Karen Gillan would have loved to be a companion to a female Doctor in Doctor Who

And the Jumanji star says she could still return alongside Matt Smith

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This Christmas Day will see a pretty momentous step for Doctor Who – the introduction of the first female incarnation of the Doctor, in the form of Jodie Whittaker – and it’s fair to say that former series companion Karen Gillan is pretty excited.

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“I’m more excited than ever!” the Scottish actress, soon to appear in big-budget movie sequel Jumanji, told RadioTimes.com.

“I think that was the best, most perfect choice. She’s an amazing actress. I can’t wait to see what she does with the role, and I’m just so happy that they’ve cast a female, because there have been so many sceptical people for so long.

“Questioning whether a woman can play the role! Which is so backwards, frankly. Of course a woman can play the role.”

And Gillan says she would have loved to travel alongside a female Doctor herself during her days as Amy Pond.

“That would have been really cool, yeah!” she told us, adding one caveat: “Although I’m always loyal to my Doctor, Matt Smith.”

So could she return alongside him, as Smith suggested he might be interested in doing last month?

“Yeah – I’d always be open to that,” Gillan told us. “I’m always trying to get back in the Tardis.”

For now, though, Gillan is leaving space and time behind to travel through the jungle instead. Later this month, the 30-year-old actor will star in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams-starring original – which, as it turns out, has a rather special place in Gillan’s heart…

“I’m the biggest Jumanji fan ever! Yeah, I’ve decided I am it,” Gillan told us.

“It’s in my top three films of all time. It goes 2001, A Clockwork Orange, and Jumanji. And I just love it sooo much. And when I first heard that they were making a sequel to the film, I had this really strong irrational sense of ownership over it.

“I was like, ‘What are they gonna do with my Jumanji?’” she laughed.

“And then I read the script and realised it was gonna be so special. And then I was like ‘OK – I need to be a part of this.’”

“I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get the role,” she concluded. “It was one that I had to, not like fight for, but I did a lot of auditioning for.”

And happily, the finished product seems to meet even her high standards.

“You can’t ignore the legacy of Jumanji when there are so many fans,” she said. “Like me! They really care about that.”

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is released nationwide on 20th December