Karen Gillan has some words of advice for her Doctor Who replacement Jenna-Louise Coleman: "Hold on tight because it’s gonna be a ride and a half..."
Gillan and co-star Arthur Darvill - aka Amy Pond and Rory Williams - starred in their final episode, The Angels Take Manhattan, on Saturday and Coleman, who made a surprise appearance in series seven opener Asylum of the Daleks, will take up the companion role for real starting with this year's Christmas episode.
Darvill expects Coleman to excel: "Jenna’s a really wonderful actress," he told BBC America, "I think she’ s gonna be absolutely amazing. My tip would be to enjoy it… and she’s got to own it, make it her own, which I know she will because she’s brilliant."
Gillan said the Doctor Who rollercoaster was ultimately something Coleman would have to experience for herself, but did have a final piece of advice.
"It’s something that you can’t really put into words... I just want her to experience it because it’s the most incredible thing, it’s like just jumping in at the deep end and I don’t think anyone can really prepare you for that.
"But I’d probably just say 'Don’t Google yourself!'"