Doctor Who fans, get ready to cry. In less than two short weeks, we'll see saying goodbye to companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, who have been with the Doctor since Matt Smith took over the role in 2010. The fifth episode of series 7, "The Angels Take Manhattan," has long been known to be the definitively final episode for the TARDIS's first married couple. And, since the Weeping Angels are the monsters involved, you can bet that it won't be a happy goodbye filled with sunshine and smiling.
“There will be tragedy and there will be Weeping Angels," Steven Moffat recently shared about the upcoming episode. "It is a heartbreaking farewell to Amy and Rory. We see the Doctor and his little Amelia Pond race through the streets of Manhattan to save Rory with help along the way as River Song charges back on to our screens, just in time to say goodbye."
Yes, Rory and Amy's daughter, River (Alex Kingston), will be returning, though whether or not her tenure on the series will extend past her parents' remains to be seen.
A common theory circulating is that Rory will be killed by the Angels while Amy is transported back in time, eventually becoming the coincidentally(?) named Ms. Angelo who vaguely recognizes the Doctor in his first appearance, "The Eleventh Hour." Its a good theory, and one I share.
As Moffat says, “All stories have to end, and painful though that is, the most important thing about a story is how it finished. I had over a year’s warning to get this sorted out, and I’m very proud of what we’ve done. A fitting end to the mighty era of the Ponds!”
The next episode of Doctor Who, "The Power of Three," will air Saturday, September 23 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. The following Saturday will see the fateful episode, "The Angels Take Manhattan."
What do you think of Moffat's comments? What do you think about the theory? Let us know in the comments section below.