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According to Matt Smith the actor is Doctor Who's 'sexiest companion ever' and now she is to play Jean Shrimpton. Here, she talks about her obsession with the 60s – and why she wishes she could make everyone fall in love

One freezing week in 1962, David Bailey took 18-year-old Jean Shrimpton and a sad-eyed teddy bear to Harlem, where he shot a Vogue fashion story that would change fashion photography for ever. The pictures still look modern: a glossy black-and-white spread of the Brooklyn Bridge, raw and stark and angry, with that innocuous yet sinister teddy bear underlining Shrimpton's innocence. That week, Bailey (an arrogant, married 23-year-old) and Shrimpton (a flighty Buckinghamshire farm girl) fell in love – this month BBC4 airs We'll Take Manhattan, the dramatisation of that affair. Karen Gillan, best known as Doctor Who's sidekick Amy Pond (Matt Smith pronounced her "the sexiest companion ever") plays "the »

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