Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Doctor Who star defends 'sexy' role

Karen Gillan has hit back at feminism 'uproar' over her character Amy Pond in Doctor Who

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has hit back at the "uproar" over her character Amy Pond's sexy demeanour - saying feminism was not the issue any more.

Gillan told the Radio Times she did not want "strong female" Amy to conform to a simple "girl next door" formula and her character would not just constantly stand around in awe of the Doctor.

The 22-year-old said Amy's short skirts are typical of what young women like to wear.

Kissogram Amy recently tried to seduce the Doctor in an episode of the BBC1 show, which is popular with children.

Gillan told the magazine: "I guess there was a bit of an uproar and I really didn't see that coming. I just don't get it with the skirts. It's what any girl on the street is wearing. I mean, Amy's not a schoolgirl, she's 21, pretty much the same age as me, and we all wear stuff like this."

The actress said the relationship between Amy and the Doctor was one of equals.

She said: "Feminism is not the issue any more, not for me, anyway. It's just never occurred to me that a woman wouldn't be equal, in any sphere, to a man.

"It's nothing that has ever come up in my life and nothing I've thought about in terms of Amy. She's just a strong girl, woman, whatever. Oh, let's just say she's a strong female.

"And I really like that she gets to drive the plot sometimes and gets her own storylines. She's not just standing around in awe of the Doctor all the time."

Gillan suggested that Amy and the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, were unlikely to get together romantically as the Doctor sees Amy more like an annoying younger sister.

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