Karen Gillan's emotional exit

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Karen Gillan "couldn't stop crying" when she read her 'Doctor Who' exit storyline and she thinks it will surprise fans.

Karen Gillan "couldn't stop crying" when she read her 'Doctor Who' exit storyline.

The 24-year-old actress and co-star Arthur Darvill are being written out during the next series and Karen has promised the scenes will be incredibly emotional, though she is pleased with the way her character Amy Pond bows out from the show.

She told Total Film magazine: "I literally couldn't read it without crying ... It was the most highly-charged read-through I've ever experienced. But I couldn't have asked for a better exit. I don't think it'll be what people expect."

Show runner Steven Moffat admits he took Karen's decision to leave personally and says he was very upset.

He said: "It's a huge upheaval - it's personal and it's human.

"People should not underestimate how upsetting it is for everybody involved in it."

Meanwhile, the next series will see Matt Smith's Timelord and his companions battle with dinosaurs in an episode based on 2006 movie 'Snakes On A Plane'.

Entitled 'Dinosaurs On A Spaceship', the programme will see the Doctor land on a spaceship, unaware the craft also contains prehistoric monsters including a pterodactyl, Tyrannosaurus Rex and a stegosaurus.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "When we said we had a monster series lined up, we meant it.

"This will be a whopper of an episode."

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