Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan on Matt Smith, dinosaurs and fighting horse-sized ducks

The former Doctor Who star took part in a Ask Me Anything session on Reddit - resulting in some unusual questions...


Having played Amy Pond in Doctor Who, Karen Gillan is used to being asked the odd questions now and again – but surely nothing like, “Would you rather fight a horse sized duck or a hundred duck sized horses? Yep, last night Gillan took part in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AKA: AMA) series: a feature in which users pose – usually unusual – questions to celebrities.


Here are a few of the highlights… 

Matt Smith really likes biscuits

The Doctor, of course, is famous for his love of Jammy Dodgers, but Gillan reveals that Smith is more than partial to a biscuit himself. Asked for a secret about her former co-star, she says that, “Matt eats a whole packet of chocolate biscuits a night with tea.”

The key to her heart is…

“Cadbury eggs and bad jokes.” In unrelated news, the profits of Cadbury have just sky-rocketed.

If she could be a Doctor Who alien, she would be…

“I would be a Silurian.”

American accents are hard

Karen Gillan wasn’t just doing the AMA for the good of her heatlh. She was promoting Oculus: a horror movie where, in one scene, she delivers a 13-minute monologue in an American accent. She said, “It was the hardest thing I ever had to learn. It took me 2 months. If you think of the memory like a muscle, I pulled it.”

Doctor Who isn’t the only sci-fi show she likes

Asked what she would be most excited about at Comic Con as a fan rather than an actor, Gillan revealed a love for another sci-fi ginger.If the X-Files were at comicon now, I would freak out,” she said. “Gillian Anderson is the greatest redhead there ever was. I want to believe.”

She takes dinosaurs seriously

Drama erupted when one user asked Gillan the hard-hitting question: what is the best dinosaur? Gillan replied: “Pterodactyl. They get to fly and be a dinosaur.” This wasn’t enough for one pedantic user, however, who pointed out that a Pterodactyl isn’t actually a dinosaur, but a pterosaur. Her comeback? “Talk to Spielberg.” Fight, fight, fight.

She did, however, later concede the point with a picture posted on Twitter. 


Her favourite colour is…


Her ideal sandwich would consist of…

“…avocado, chicken, pepper, and bread with seeds.”

Her favourite video game console is…

“Playstation all the way.”

And finally, the answer to the question we’re all waiting for…


“Definitely a horse sized duck. I just think a giant duck is brilliant.”