Next month, former ‘Doctor Who’ companion Karen Gillan can be seen in James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as Nebula, one of Thanos’ deadly daughters. But before fans see her don the blue skin and shaved head in the upcoming sci-fi adventure from Marvel Studios, she strips down to her underwear for Esquire Magazine.

Here we take a look at the actress’ return to her modeling roots for a photoshoot in the August issue of Esquire. The hot Scot also rocks her long, red locks that made her famous alongside the Eleventh Doctor as Amelia Pond. However, looks can be deceiving. But before we get to that, you can check out the pictures below:

In addition to the photos, Esquire has released a pair of videos showing off Gillan’s fun side. In the first video, she shares her comedic chops by telling a joke. Then in the second one, she sheds the intergalactic villain persona of Nebula (among other things) and teaches us some Scottish colloquialisms from her homeland.

If the wig in the second video surprises you, the story goes that when Marvel asked her to shave her head for ‘Guardians’, they had a wig made from her hair. I assume that this wig is the same one that Gillan used at last year’s San Diego Comic Con and for Matt Smith’s final episode as the Doctor where she made one last appearance beside her raggedy man. However, I gotta say that she didn’t really need it for this shoot since she’s a gorgeous woman with or without her trademark ginger hair.

What do you think of Karen Gillan’s photoshoot in Esquire Magazine? Do you think that she should have posed with or without the wig? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ starring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Rooker blasts off on August 1st, 2014.  

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