The entire room roared at the idea, but went back into a more serious mode as an audience member asked the actress how it felt to return in “The Time of the Doctor” and just utter one single, yet essential, line to Smith.
“I was going over that line – over and over it – because when you just have one line, you focus on it like a weirdo,” Gillan said. “And then I remember getting onto the set, and I remember watching Matt film his regeneration and the scenes leading up to it, and it was a tough time for him because he was saying goodbye to this very important part of his life. And then I realized – I don’t even need to act this line. I was just going to tell him that it was going to be OK, like, just in real life.”