Karen has played Amy Pond alongside Matt Smith since Smith became the Doctor in 2010 and now relishes what life has to offer her next
“My greatest fear is saying, ‘what if?’" she admitted. "Being in Doctor Who has been so amazing. I don’t think I will ever have a job quite so fun ever again. I feel sad because I am going to leave, but with any story, it has to come to an end.” She explains “It was a mutual decision with me and Steven Moffat. We had this lovely dinner and decided when the best time for me to go was. So I’m excited and slightly scared.”
Both Karen and Arthur Darvil (her on screen husband) will leave the show this year after “a few really good episodes”.
Doctor Who made her a star but we will see there’s more to her than just a sidekick, when she plays 60s model Jean Shrimpton in BBC 4’s “We’ll Take Manhattan.”
We’ll Take Manhattan is about Shrimpton’s relationship with photographer David Bailey and a wild 1962 Vogue photo shot in New York. Which may not be that big aleap for Karen as she used to be a model and she recently split from her long term photographer boyfriend Patrick Green.
“I know what it’s like to be a model and go to castings where some people like what they see and others look at you with distaste.
“It’s a strange sensation to be completely judged on how you look and that’s something I can understand because I used to be in that situation.”
Karen studied Acting in Edinburgh at 16 and at 18 continued her studies in London where she was offered a job that meant she would leave collage, however, once the job finished she had no income, no collage and had to work in a pub to make ends meet.
Which is why, as she contemplates a life without the financial security and celebrity status the Doctor Who brought her, Karen knows she is doing the right thing.
She says: “It’s good to go with your gut instincts.
“You just should. Even if it doesn’t work out, something good will come out of it.”