The fate of Doctor Who's Amy and Rory

Posted by CB Droege

There have been rumors for months that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play The Doctor’s current companions, will not be coming back for the seventh season.

The final episode of the sixth season seemed to establish the possibility of such a scenario, but we’ve seen the show set up to leave The Doctor alone before, only to come back for yet another season. So understandably, fans have been waiting for some official confirmation, rather than sheer speculation.

And now we have it. This week at the preview screening of the Doctor Who holiday special, show runner Steven Moffat spoke to the press about plans for next season, building on the comments he made to Doctor Who Magazine earlier in the week.

During the event, he confirmed that the current companions will be moving on. "The final days of the Ponds are coming," Moffat said. "I'm not telling you when or how, but that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end."

He went on to hint that River Song would continue to play a role in the story of The Doctor, but that a new regular companion would be found.

Many fans will be saddened or upset with the change, but this is the nature of Doctor Who. Some fans of the show, especially in America, have only ever known The Doctor and his companions in their current incarnation, since the show started to pick up popularity in the US during the tenure of this cast, but one of the things that has always made Doctor Who great is its constant state of change.

Personally, I think that Amy and Rory have had a good run, but very soon their story will start to get stale. We’ve seen as much of them as we need, and it makes sense to find someone new.

I’d like to see a really unique companion for at least one season, rather than just another pretty girl. Give us an alien or a robot or a caveman or something. The older series used to do this occasionally, and I think it’s time that the new one jumped into this possibility, perhaps it would help make The Doctor slightly less Earth-centric for awhile, stop visiting Earth’s history, and spend some more time on alien space ships and such.

The Doctor Who holiday special will air onDecember 25, 2011, but the next season doesn’t start until late 2012.