It’s very telling, when you look at the DVD for Dr. Who: The Complete Fifth Series (available yesterday from BBC Home Video), the extent to which the studio believes Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) is an asset to the show. The lovely redhead is featured on the art on the front of the first disc–a position that’s often reserved for the main character. She really steps up and is more front-and-center with more consistency than other assistants I’ve seen (although I’ll admit, it’s pretty well-established that I’m not a Dr. Who expert).
The great thing is, this box set is packaged for people who want to know each and every little thing about the show, so everyone can become a pseudo-expert in the course of the time it takes them to watch the hours of special features.
That said, both Gillan and Matt Smith are terrific, and this series is a clever, exciting one–which is exactly what you need, I imagine, to placate longtime fans when you segue between Doctors. A discouraging outing his first season, and a new Doctor could quickly become the Timothy Dalton of the series (the “short-lived and not well-loved” part, not the part about getting to sleep with Linda Hamilton in new episodes of Chuck).
Check this one out–coming from a guy who was left cold by the episode where Smith was introduced, he’s really stepped into the role and the writers’ room clearly are playing to his stengths.