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Friday, 16 December 2011

Doctor Who: Amy & Rory to Leave in Series 7

Executive producer and head writer for Doctor Who Steven Moffat has confirmed that the companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams are to leave during the course of the next series and that a new companion will join the Doctor for the latter part of the series, read on for further details:

Although he didn't go into full details he revealed that Amy and Rory, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, would depart in the next series and Matt Smith commented that everyone would miss them but noted that one of the strengths of Doctor Who is its ability to change, or as he put it, to 'regenerate'.

The audience at the Q&A released an audible gasp at the news. Amy and Rory first appeared in The Eleventh Hour, Matt Smith's full debut as the Doctor. Karen Gillan has appeared in every subsequent episode up until The Wedding of River Song and Rory achieved full companion status from 2010's A Christmas Carol. They've proven immensely popular in both the UK and overseas and already there's speculation about how they will make their farewells, but Steven Moffat would not be drawn! He did let us know, however, that the Doctor would be a getting a new 'friend' but again, he wasn't about to reveal any more details!

Steven has previously revealed that 14 new episodes have been commissioned and all will feature Matt Smith as the Time Lord. So, with coming and goings, a bumper number of episodes on the way and the 50th anniversary in 2013, the next couple of years look set to be a hugely exciting time for Doctor Who.

The final episodes featuring the Ponds are of as yet unknown. Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day with The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.