Doctor Who has begun filming for its seventh series, which will begin airing in both the UK and the US in the fall. While we're still several months out from the series premiere, we are at least getting glimpses at the set, despite its notorious secretive nature. Of course, they're not spoilery in the least bit. Take, for instance, the first official set photo released from the season. It simply sees stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill mugging in front of the TARDIS and a really unimpressionable background.
A press release accompanying the photo is equally nondescript and perhaps even more frustrating: "Filming has just started on Series 7 of Doctor Who in Cardiff. This series will see the last days of the Ponds with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill returning for their final, rollercoaster voyage with the Doctor. Amy and Rory have been at the Doctor’s side for more than two series but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure? On returning for his third series as the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith says: “It’s thrilling and exciting to be back and working with two of my closest friends.” Karen Gillan adds: “It’s just brilliant to be back on the TARDIS with Matt and Arthur for our craziest adventures yet.” Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend. Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before."
So it looks like Amy and Rory, while they're filming now, aren't too long for this series. While we haven't received any major spoilers yet, I'd say that it's likely we'll start seeing reports of who the Doctor's new companion will be within a few weeks, providing that these releases aren't being intentionally misleading.
Doctor Who will return for its seventh series in the US and the UK in fall 2012.