Fans of Doctor Who are looking forward to the show's upcoming seventh series with a blend of anticipation and dread. It shouldn't be hard to see why there's anticipation; after all, this is Doctor Who we're talking about! But the dread stems from the fact that the seventh series will feature the departure of the show's two companions, Amy and Rory Williams (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill).
In an interview with IGN, Gillan clarified that her character's exit would be final: no sporadic returns like former companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). "I really, really want to have a final exit and then be able to look back on that as a final exit," Gillan said. "I don’t know… I just don’t want to take away from that exit by making cameos in the future. I’d quite like it to be final and for people just to remember it fondly."
And while showrunner Steven Moffat has prepared us for a heartbreaking departure for the TARDIS's first married couple, Gillan has different ideas about Amy's departure. Calling her character's exit "the best ever," she said, "I want to see her go with everything that she wants, because initially, when we met her, she was just seeking what she wants, you know what I mean? And she was kind of in this lost, transitional period, where she didn’t have a stable life. So I just want to see her get what she wants."
Gillan has portrayed Amy since the series five premiere, "The Eleventh Hour." She had previously appeared on the show as a different character in the series four episode "The Fires of Pompeii." Series 6 saw Amy and Rory leave the TARDIS apparently permanently, following the events of the episode "The God Complex."
Amy and Rory's final departure will occur sometime in the show's upcoming seventh season, which will air at a currently unspecified date in fall 2012.