Karen Gillan ready for Doctor Who shock

Karen Gillan anticipates leaving 'Doctor Who' will be a "shock to the system" after the show has been part of her life for so long

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Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan anticipates leaving 'Doctor Who' will be a "shock to the system".

The 24-year-old actress is set to depart her role as the Time Lord's sidekick Amy Pond later this year and thinks it will be very "strange" not to have the programme in her life anymore.

She said: "We have so much fun. It's so life-consuming, but in the most wonderful way. We film pretty much every day, for nine months of the year, so it's basically your life. And when you're not filming it, you're promoting it and talking about it, so it really does take over your life. It's going to be quite shocking. It will be a strange shock to the system, to not be doing it anymore."

Despite her sadness at leaving, Karen is pleased to have taken the plunge and is happy to be written out completely, rather than make occasional guest appearances in the future.

She added to Collider.com: "If I do something, I want to just do it. I just feel that it's a stronger impact, and I like to go with my instincts because it's more exciting."

Karen is excited about her future projects but hopes the roles are as well written as Amy has been.

She added: "I'll remember working with my friends, getting the best writing there is out there in Britain, at the moment, and also just playing such a strong female.

"That's one thing I hope I continue to get to do. A lot of stuff is clearly written from a male perspective and the women aren't quite as fleshed out as the guys. Whereas this character is really well-written. I just hope I get to do more of that."

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