Who fans are still recovering from Saturday night’s “The Angels Take Manhattan,” which brought the Doctor’s adventures with Amy Pond and Rory to a definitive and unforgettable end. While some of us are still sniffling into nearby hankies, the BBC has posted a video from a Q+A with showrunner Steven Moffat, executive producer Caroline Skinner, director Nick Hurran, and Michael Pickwoad (who, with a name like that, should really be a Harry Potter character). In the video below you can see the crew talk about what it was like creating the Ponds’ final moments, as well as a theory on Doctor Who monsters and a few other tidbits.
The most interesting part of the video is Moffat’s observations that, while many of the companions have departed in sad or tragic circumstances over the years, their loss is probably even harder on the Doctor himself. “…he loses and loses and loses,” says Moffat. “He’s completely useless in that episode from the moment he realizes he’s going to lose Amelia.” Indeed, most of this season’s episodes have foreshadowed not just the end of the Ponds, but how unprepared the Doctor is for their loss. As has been pointed out before, Amy has been a part of his life from the very beginning of this Doctor, and hers was the face was the first he saw after regenerating (not counting his own, of course).
While the Doctor had to know on some level that eventually Amy would leave him, under good circumstances or bad, it’s been clear this season that he was operating completely in denial about that fact. Because of that, his next companion may be his most important ever, because she’ll be crucial in helping him grieve and move on and open himself up again. How will that all work? We’ll have to wait until Christmas.