Lead actor David Tennant also started receiving the same praise and attention for his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor. Writer Steven Moffat was then tasked with the challenge of following in Tennat's footsteps and carrying on his legacy as he began to kick off this new generation of Doctor Who. As he began to craft what this new world and period of Doctor Who would ultimately look like, he decided he wanted to focus specifically on the characters of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his sidekick, Amy Pond. Gillan dove fearlessly into the spunky, yet vulnerable characteristics of Pond. She ushered in an incredibly new force into the TARDIS with her presence alongside Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).
The dynamic duo unfortunately stepped away from the series in 2012. However, in a recent interview with Wired, Gillan confessed that she would return to Doctor Who, but she would only like to do so if her former co-stars, Smith and Darvill, would join her as well. After reflecting on the good times she had on set with her castmates, Gillan stated, “Never say never. If I was asked, I would be really, really interested and keen. It would be really amazing. I would like to do it with Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill, if I was going to go back.”
Since her Doctor Who departure, Gillan has made quite a household name for herself and further affirmed her place in Hollywood. She has starred in major blockbusters such as the Jumamji sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy, and even the iconic Avengers: Endgame. Gillan also starred as the lead in her own action film for Netflix titled Gunpower Milkshake.
Gillan's prompt answer should give Doctor Who fans hope to see the beloved Amy Pond return after her abrupt, disheartening departure from the series. The highly anticipated 60th anniversary of Doctor Who is going to be honored through a special, celebratory episode. The episode is set to be released in November 2023, and it will be directed by previous showrunner Davies. This anniversary special is the perfect opportunity for Gillan, Smith, and Darvill to make their comeback, as it would be very nostalgic and comforting for many Doctor Who fans - fingers crossed.
Doctor Who airs on BBC.