Marvel’s Nebula actress, Karen Gillan, has shared the Avengers: Endgame regret that haunts her – and it involves her time on Doctor Who.
Karen Gillan played Amy Pond opposite Matt Smith’s incarnation of the Doctor in Seasons 5-7 of the BBC sci-fi series. She was first introduced in 2010’s Season 5 premiere, “The Eleventh Hour,” where the Doctor first encountered Amy as a young girl (played by Gillan’s cousin, Caitlin Blackwood) before accidentally jumping too far forward in time and encountering her again as a young woman. By the end of the episode, Amy Pond was running away with the Time Lord for adventures in time and space, the night before her wedding. Since her exit from Doctor Who in 2012’s “The Angels Take Manhattan,” Gillan has gone on to appear as the murderous alien cyborg Nebula in the MCU.
After first appearing as Nebula in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and its 2017 sequel, Karen Gillan would later reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Endgame saw a reformed Nebula working with the Avengers in the wake of Thanos’ snap, which erased half of all life in the universe. In order to bring back those affected by the snap, the Avengers planned to utilize time travel so that they could recover the Infinity Stones used – and later destroyed – by Thanos from the past.
One Endgame scene sees the Hulk (now given Bruce Banner’s mind in his Hulk form) explaining the mechanics of time travel to his fellow Avengers, who protest that his explanation contradicts the time travel rules laid down by various depictions of time travel in sci-fi media. They list examples such as The Terminator, Back to the Future and Hot Tub Time Machine. But Doctor Who is absent from the list. Twitter user, @Owzll, picked up on the missed opportunity to have Karen Gillan herself reference the show. Gillan responded, by claiming the fact she didn’t think of this at the time “haunts” her:
Given Karen Gillan’s much-loved role on Doctor Who, a reference like this would surely have gone down well with fans.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Endgame:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
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