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Karen reveals she pushed for Amy Pond's sexy look

Karen reveals she pushed for Amy Pond's sexy look
Karen reveals she pushed for Amy Pond's sexy look (Image credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Karen Gillan has revealed it was her choice to 'sex up' Doctor Who sidekick Amy Pond by dressing her in short skirts. Her character in the BBC One show has been getting viewers hot under the collar by travelling round the universe in mini-skirts. And Karen said she worked with the programme's wardrobe gurus to devise Amy's style. "She's got a sexy side and she's confident enough to wear those kinds of things," she said. The new series recently came under fire from some viewers for a scene in which Amy tried to seduce the Doctor. Speaking about the outfits, Karen said: "I was part of the costume process. I like to think I had a bit of input there. I worked with the costume designer and we just thought that was one of the things that Amy likes to wear. "You know, she's a 21-year-old girl. Most 21-year-olds do wear clothes like that. I think with my input in it there's obviously stuff that I like in there and stuff that I would wear, but it's put with a different top that I wouldn't wear. "So she has her own style, but aspects of my style." During an interview on the BBC's Doctor Who website, Matt Smith, who plays the Time Lord, agreed that she had a rather saucy style. "She's kind of sexy, Amy," he said.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.