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Published on December 16th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Heartbreak TARDIS

At the recent press launch for the coming Doctor Who Christmas special, one of the worst kept secrets in Whodom was confirmed: Amy is leaving the TARDIS for good.

Described by Steven Moffat as “heartbreaking”, the moment has already been cleverly pre-empted by the closing moments of The God Complex. Of course, Amy and Rory were seen to leave the TARDIS in one episode only to be spotted in the following adventure and then appeared as alternate versions of themselves in The Wedding of River Song.

Right now, neither is travelling in the TARDIS, but you can bet that is about to change very soon. But back to The Grand Moff:

“The final days of the Ponds are coming. I’m not telling you when or how, but that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end.”

With the departure of primary companion Amy Pond and her partner from the Doctor’s life there is of course opportunity to bring in a new actor or actress to work with Matt Smith, who sounds as though he’s going to miss Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

“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.

“So it’s very disappointing, but one has to remember that this show is about change and regeneration, and that’s what galvanizes it and pushes it forwards.”

Indeed it does – and the very best of post-Doctor Who luck to Karen and Arthur!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to Heartbreak TARDIS

  1. avatar gavinio says:

    Not sorry to see Amy go at all. I just haven’t warmed to her as a companion. I thought Rita in The God Complex was a much more likeable character than Amy has ever been and that was in less than half an hours worth of screen time – so the fault for that lies squarely with all the writers mishandling Amy.

    Nothing against Karen Gillan but she has not really been treated as well as other companions I feel. I will miss Rory though as Arthur Darvill has brought a lot of humour to the part and whilst you could say he hasn’t been served well either, he made Rory likeable with the scaps he has had to feed on.

    • avatar Marcus says:

      +1 to Rita – exactly my feelings for her too. Amy has been utterly bland, despite the moff and the beeb trying to promote her as a fiery sexy redhead.
      Rory on the other hand has really grown throughout the 2 series, and will be missed.

  2. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Can CO get into action and release a Rory figure before he leaves? err like NOW?

  3. avatar ChrisL says:

    I have to agree with the above comments.
    I too failed to warm to Amy’s character and found her more irritating than alluring. Her tendency to either shout or mumble her way through many episodes was too annoying for her ever to win my affections.
    I had hoped that I might warm to her in the same way I did towards Donna, who also began her era by shouting a lot, but Amy never seemed to evolve beyond the ‘shouty’ phase.

    Rory, on the other hand, will be sorely missed. His character development was a joy to behold and I felt he ended up as a major plus for the Moffat era.

    Whether Amy’s shortcomings were a result of poor writing or limited acting ability I wouldn’t like to say… although I strongly suspect the latter!

    Hopefully River will now take up full time residency in The Tardis and become a ‘proper’ companion.

    • avatar Gg says:

      Belated reply – but yes! Her mumbling drove me nuts.

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