Doctor Who's Amy Pond says her skirts aren't too short

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

This seems to be the week for Doctor Who drama. First came accusations of a Matt Smith nude scene, and now it's up to Karen Gillan, who portrays the Time Lord's companion Amy Pond, to defend against charges that her character is too sexual, the BBC reported.

"I guess there was a bit of an uproar, and I really didn't see that coming," said Gillian, responding to, among other things, complaints that her skirts were too short. "I just don't get it with the skirts. It's what any girl on the street is wearing. I mean, Amy's not a schoolgirl, she's 21, pretty much the same age as me, and we all wear stuff like this."

Gillan also said the relationship between Amy Pond and the Doctor was one of equals, that her character wouldn't continually be in awe.

"It's just never occurred to me that a woman wouldn't be equal, in any sphere, to a man," she said. "It's nothing that has ever come up in my life and nothing I've thought about in terms of Amy. She's just a strong girl, woman, whatever. Oh, let's just say she's a strong female."

Gillan added: "Amy is likable, I hope, but she's not ordinary. She's quite complicated, and there are layers to explore. So I was taking a few risks with her, and I think it works."

What do you think about the Doctor's newest companion?