Loathe though fans of Amy Pond, spunky redheads, and short skirts were to admit it, Karen Gillan is leaving Doctor Who after next season. While it’s disappointing for fans who had come to love the power couple of Amy and Rory, it’s also inevitable since the Doctor has a long, established history of swapping out companions every couple of seasons. Up till now it has sounded like, despite their impending departure, Amy and Rory would still be playing a significant role in season seven. According to some new comments from Karen Gillan, however, Amy and Rory’s appearances in the new season may be a lot more limited than we’ve been lead to believe.
Gillan was appearing at an American press event to promote her TV movie We’ll Take Manhattan. Naturally enough, the questions soon turned to the subject of Doctor Who, and specifically the departure of the Ponds. Hitfix asked how much of the new season she would appear in, and Gillan said, “There’s going to be a few episodes. A few really good episodes.”
Now, the words “a few” leave a whole lot open to interpretation, but it does seem to suggest that the Ponds might be leaving sooner than we might expect. That would make sense, given the rampant rumors about who may be stepping in as the Doctor’s new companion, including Hyperdrive‘s Miranda Hart and the Girl in the Fireplace herself, Sophia Myles. Assuming the new companion is going to be introduced this next season, they will theoretically need time to introduce and establish him/her, so it would make sense to curtail the Pond appearances somewhat.
Gillan also said that she was sad to be leaving the series, but that it was a mutual decision between her and showrunner Steven Moffat:
I feel sad, because I am gonna leave, but with any story, it has to come to an end … [Gillan and Moffat] had this lovely dinner and decided when the best time for me to go was, and it’s been decided. So I’m excited and slightly scared.
We’ll be sad to see you go, Karen. Nobody rocks the kissogram-cop uniform quite like you.