Karen Gillan surprised by Doctor life change

Karen Gillan has admitted she is shocked at how different her life is since she rose to fame as Amy Pond in 'Doctor Who.'

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Matt, Karen and Arthur at screening

Karen Gillan with her co-stars Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill

Karen Gillan is surprised at how much her life has changed since starring in 'Doctor Who.'

The actress - who rose to fame as sidekick Amy Pond in the sci-fi programme -admits she walked into the role "blindly" and never expected to be under so much scrutiny.

She said: "Everything's changed. The work is heavily scrutinised, you're photographed in places where you might not expect it. It was a bit of adjustment to make.

"People tell you but until it happens you've got no idea. I walked into it quite blindly. The pap stuff goes in waves depending on if the show is on or not. Getting your picture taken when you leave the house is always weird."

The 24-year-old star - who is appearing as Amy for the final time in the next series - says she's had a great time playing Amy Pond and admits her co-star Matt Smith - who plays the Doctor - has had a huge influence on her.

She told the Metro newspaper: "I learned so much from Matt Smith in terms of inventiveness and being in the moment and seeing where it takes you - that's what I love most about acting now.

"We had a director called Adam Smith who said I needed to set myself free. It felt like I let everything go that was holding me back from being as good as I can be."

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