Little-known actress Karen Gillan has been unveiled as the next assistant in Doctor Who!The 21-year-old will star alongside new Time Lord Matt Smith in the new series, to be broadcast next year. Gillan has already appeared in the drama, having played a Soothsayer in The Fires Of Pompeii in the last run.
"I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion. - I just can't wait to get started," she said.
"The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it. Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him," she added.
"When she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special," he said.
Writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said they saw some "amazing actresses" but Gillan "walked through the door the game was up".
He described her as "funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too," he added.
Head of drama, BBC Wales, Piers Wenger said she brings "energy and excitement" to the role. Gillan developed a love for acting after attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in various school productions.
At the age of 16 she had decided to pursue her career further and left school to study acting at Edinburgh's Telford College. She went on to secure a place at the Italia Conti drama school in London and landed her first role in the Scottish drama Rebus.
She has had parts in Channel 4's Stacked, The Kevin Bishop Show and James Nesbitt's forthcoming film Outcast followed, but her Doctor Who role is her first high profile to date.
The name of Gillan's character in Doctor Who is yet to be confirmed. Filming for series five of Doctor Who starts in July and will broadcast Spring 2010 on BBC One and BBC HD.