Amy and Rory to leave during the next series

December 15th, 2011
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It has been confirmed that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be leaving Doctor Who during the next series.

The actors will be stepping down from their respective roles – Amy Pond and Rory Williams – in what showrunner Steven Moffat described as “a heartbreaking end” at the screening of the Christmas Special earlier tonight.

“The final days of the Ponds are coming,” he said. “I’m not telling you when or how.”

Matt Smith added: “We had the most incredible journey. We took over the show and we’ve really had to hold hands and help each other through. It’s very disappointing, but one has to remember that this show is about making changes and regeneration.”

As always, the Doctor will be meeting “a new friend” following their departure, and it is thought that the role of his new companion is still to be cast. Who would you like to see? The official site’s Twitter has said that they’ll be bringing us “more details” tomorrow.

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Series 7 filming begins in February, with its broadcast “moving a bit later” in 2012.

36 comments on this article
  1. Rosalie
    December 17th, 2011 at 12.47am | #1

    I have loved Amy and Rory as companions, but do think that it is time for a change. However, this does not mean that they cannot return for cameo appearances, like Martha did in the fourth series. I would hate to see River reduced to a simple companion, and think that it would be quite nice to have a new companion WITH NO ROMANTIC INTEREST IN THE DOCTOR for Series 7. I assume that River will continue to pop in and out of the Doctor’s life, and will still be around for the 50th anniversary. There is no reason why Amy and Rory could not join for that occasion as well. And may I just say…I am so excited for the Christmas Special!

  2. Tim G
    December 17th, 2011 at 2.52am | #2

    I wanted to vote both ways… it has been so short a time but they have told us what they are about and it is time for them to head back to Leadworth a nd settle down to the family they both want…. and they have to remeber to go visit themselves in 2015…lol

  3. Grace
    December 17th, 2011 at 6.52am | #3

    Can’t say it hasn’t been fun knowing the onds but I am anxious to see what type of companion(s) the doctor will attract this time! I just hope it’s someone strong and with his or her own personality! That was the one thing I loved about Donna! She wasn’t constantly staring up at the doctor being wowed she was giving him what he needed whether it was a hug or a kick! Mostly though, it was a lot of lip!

  4. Telly Addict
    December 17th, 2011 at 8.59am | #4


    If the series is seeking to move the character of The Doctor back to being his more traditional default setting of an adventurer rather than this legendary figure that has been created since the Time War, I would like to see him share his adventure with a friend who is also there for a laugh and an adventure – plus somebody who can rein back his darker side… as Donna said – sometimes he needs somebody to stop him.

  5. MagicTimeTravel
    December 17th, 2011 at 11.45am | #5

    The thing is, Karen said that if she left she’d want it to be permanent, and that she wouldn’t want to keep making cameo appearences. :(

  6. chris
    December 17th, 2011 at 4.06pm | #6

    i’ve got quite a strong feeling that the amy/rory story will end with amy being killed off and rory, in a state of grief, severs all ties with the Doctor. It could happen, folks…

  7. amelia
    December 17th, 2011 at 4.40pm | #7

    The sensible side of me is thinking, well, it’ll have been two-and-a-half series by the time they leave (from what the Moff said) so that really is quite enough time – longer than anyone since the reboot, and their main arc has been completed so maybe it’s time.
    But the OTHER side of me is going, No, no, no, no, no, Moffat, what are you doing? I love the Ponds – I only got really into Who in Series 5 so the Ponds are MY companions like Eleven is MY Doctor – and their arc is nowhere near finished, okay most of the River mystery has been cleared up but there are questions both old and new still to answer concerning Series 5 and 6, the Silence, the Question, Amy’s house etc etc etc etc. So. That’s my opinion.


    I don’t think Moffat will kill either of them off – he’s gone so far into establishing their love that to kill one would be too awful. Still – it’s Steven Moffat, I suppose.

  8. stetsons are cool
    December 17th, 2011 at 6.35pm | #8

    anyone fancy rose and the duplicate doctor?

  9. Grace
    December 18th, 2011 at 2.53am | #9

    I dont see the Ponds dying…but I do see them lost in time somewhere…

  10. shawn
    December 18th, 2011 at 2.55pm | #10

    i think amy pond will die and rory will be left heartbroken as stephen moffat said that the ending is heartbreaking

  11. RoseTylerfan
    December 19th, 2011 at 1.32pm | #11

    My thoughts on Amy and Rory are pretty undecided really. I know I will miss them when they leave, but they have been on the show long enough and their story has been told. I hope they don’t get killed off, but they get a happy ending which they deserve. If Rose and the Duplicate Doctor were to come back though, that would be just AMAZING!

  12. Tom Versey
    December 22nd, 2011 at 2.16pm | #12

    I have loved Amy and Rory being on the show! Their story has been great. But I would love to see something fresh and new, it’s been two years of having Amy and Rory now, so I think we need someone who is helpful. And for once, I think Doctor Who needs a male, single companion on their own rather than a girl or married couple. Someone like, I dunno… Daniel Radcliffe? (Harry Potter) Since the producer of HP is doing a DW movie, they should use Daniel for the main show! I imagine how the adventures will be.
    The One thing which won’t be the same once Amy and Rory leave is, what’s going to happen about River? There are still many questions to ask about her involving the Ponds, such as, how is she related to the Pond’s if she’s part time lord?

  13. Emerald Rose
    December 22nd, 2011 at 6.56pm | #13

    @Tom Versey

    It was explained in AGMGTW that being conceived in the Tardis warped Melody’s DNA so it resembled that of a Time Lord. Thus she is still the Ponds’ daughter while being a bit Time Lord.

    I really, really hope Moffat doesn’t kill them off. I’m far too emotionally invested in both of them, it would be too upsetting. I’ll be sad to see them go, but it’ll be ok as long as they’re granted a happy ending.

  14. Tom Versey
    December 22nd, 2011 at 8.29pm | #14

    @Emerald Rose
    Oh! Didn’t catch that bit then. I’ll have to watch it!

  15. CybexAl
    February 5th, 2012 at 3.38pm | #15

    Has anyone actually thought that the Ponds leaving may be a direct prelude o the 1Eleventh’s departure too?

  16. Mike C
    February 29th, 2012 at 11.31am | #16

    I’d really like to see Romana return… regenerated… of course.

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