Karen Gillan has said that returning for ‘The Time of the Doctor’ was a “surreal experience”.
Gillan reprised her role as Amy Pond for Matt Smith’s final Doctor Who episode as The Doctor.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said: “It was such a surreal experience. Because those were three very important years of my life on that TV show and then to go back and be on someone else’s TARDIS was a really weird sensation.”
“[I was] sort of… on the outside looking in. But also knowing that life is okay after you leave Doctor Who. It was just a really interesting experience and important to me that I was there for Matt’s final moments in character.”
“Everyone was crying! Everyone!” she recalled. “Me and Jenna [Coleman] were hugging. Oh my God.”
Matt Smith has said the regeneration fans saw in The Time of the Doctor was very different to other versions he filmed.
Speaking at the WonderCon Q&A, Smith said: “It’s very interesting the Christmas episode and particularly the regeneration. We shot so many versions of that.”
“We shot much more brutal, emotional and troubling takes and stories in there. The actual take that is used is an interesting one for me,” he elaborated.
Smith doesn’t go into any further details, but admits he would have preferred one of the alternative regenerations.
He said: “To be honest, although it’s still a great episode, I think perhaps of what we shot and what was cut I would have chosen differently.”
Steven Moffat has explained the timey-wimey confusion, following the events in The Time of the Doctor.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, a reader asks that if The Doctor prevented his own death, how could his tomb be in The Name of the Doctor?
Moffat replies: “I’ve often wondered about that. Fortunately, late one night, The Doctor turned up in person and explained it to me:”
“THE DOCTOR: Changing time is tricky. It’s a bit like a detective story: so as long there isn’t an actual body, you’ve got a certain amount of wiggle room – for instance, if the body has, rather conveniently, been burned on a boat in Utah.”
“Here’s the thing: I can change the future so long as the future has not already been established as part of my own past. I can’t rescue Amy and Rory because I already know that I didn’t.”
“But what do I know about Trenzalore? There’s a big monument that looks very like my TARDIS. There’s a temporal fissure leading to my timeline. Maybe it’s my grave. Maybe, one day, it’s my burial ground. Maybe it is something else entirely, and we got it all wrong. Don’t know. Don’t plan to find out for as long as possible.”
“The main thing is, Clara still jumped into my time stream, and ended up helping me through all of my life. All that is established, unchanged – but there’s wiggle room!”