Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat on Amy and Rory’s “heartbreaking farewell”

Steven Moffat talks about the departure of Amy and Rory in ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’. Beware mild spoilers!

Doctor Who Series 7 'Angels Take Manhattan'
Doctor Who Series 7 'Angels Take Manhattan'
Doctor Who Series 7, Episode 5 ‘Angels Take Manhattan’ airs 29 September 2012

Doctor Who Series 7 executive producer, head writer and all-round guardian of knowledge in the Whoniverse, Steven Moffat, spoke to BBC Wales about Episode 5, ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ and the exit of Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill’s Rory Williams Pond from the show.

“There will be tragedy and there will be Weeping Angels,” said Moffat. “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.

“All stories have to end,” Moffat continued, “and painful though that is, the most important thing about a story is how it finishes. 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!”

As for the atmosphere on set without the two cast members, he added, “I do miss the fact that Karen and Arthur aren’t around, that just seems strange, though I think we have a really good ending for them. A change of companion is a well-known part of the show, and Jenna is fantastic and will do a great job.”

Doctor Who ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ is airing 29 September 2012 on BBC One HD and BBC America. The first half of Doctor Who Series 7 is released 12 November 2012, and is available to pre-order on DVD, priced £17, and Blu-ray, priced £20.99, from Amazon.co.uk.