Karen Gillan is delighted that fellow Scot Peter Capaldi has been cast as Doctor Who - but has insisted Matt Smith will always be the Doctor to her.
The 25-year-old actress from Inverness played the Time Lord's assistant Amy Pond for two years with Matt, who will step down at the end of this year.
Karen admitted: "It's weird that he's leaving, because to me he is the Doctor and he always will be. But I'm biased, I guess!
"I think Peter Capaldi is an amazing choice and a really cool direction to take the character - he's older, he's different to Matt and he's Scottish!
"A lot of people associate him with Malcolm Tucker who's very grumpy, but that could work for the Doctor."
Karen - who recently shaved off her flowing red locks to play alien villain Nebula in new Marvel movie Guardians Of The Galaxy - also confessed she is a sci fi geek at heart.
She revealed: "I never ever considered myself a sci fi geek, but the more I talk about it with people I've worked with, I think I am!
"My mum watched Star Trek a lot and I watched it growing up so I know a lot about it. I worked with Kate Mulgrew recently, she played Captain Kathryn Janeway, the only female captain on Voyager, and I was so starstruck - that was when I realised I am actually a nerd.
"I went to the dubbing of one of the Star Trek films - I went to listen to the music being recorded by the orchestra, it was the coolest thing ever. OK, yes, I'm definitely a nerd!"
:: Karen Gillan stars in romcom Not Another Happy Ending is out in selected cinemas now.