â€œOne of them will die…â€
This was the prophecy that Dalek Caan gave the Doctor and Davros in 2008â€™s The Stolen Earth/Journeyâ€™s End. A foretelling of Donna Nobleâ€™s fate. Or was it? Weâ€™ve been promised (or threatened depending on how you look at it) by Steven Moffat that one of the four main characters in episodes one and two of this yearâ€™s series of Doctor Who will perish. Either the Doctor, Amy, Rory or River will meet their maker and breathe their last.
But who will it be? Chances are that Amyâ€™s time is up and sheâ€™s going to feel the sour touch of the grim reaper before anyone else. Why? Because letâ€™s face it, every other lead has died already! Weâ€™ve already seen Riverâ€™s noble and dramatic death; Rory (Arthur Darvill) died twice last year and the Doctor? Well heâ€™s died more times than Ron Dixon from Brookside has had heart attacks (nice topical reference there – Ed).
Amy is the only member to have died for less than a few minutes (she was back to her old self after the cliff-hanger of The Pandorica Opens) and so the potential is there for her death to have the most impact. And after all, she means something special to each one of the leads so it would be a massive loss for them all. Somehow you canâ€™t quite imagine Rory being beside himself with grief if River was to somehow kick the bucket again; he just doesnâ€™t know her that well.
But you know what, all will be well anyway. This is classic Moffat getting anyone who may casually watch the show to tune in and see the results of his claim. Hardcore fans will always watch Doctor Who week in, week out, even if a hurricane was taking place outside (â€œIs the Number 23 hovering in the air outside?â€ â€œSsshhhhh! The Doctorâ€™s explaining about his last regeneration!â€) whereas this â€œsomeone will dieâ€ promise has to be a clever ruse to bring in casual watchers only to be solved at the end of the adventure.
I mean, when has Doctor Who ever killed off a major character for good…?