Amy Pond set for 'heartbreaking' Doctor Who exit

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Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

'Doctor Who' writer Steven Moffat is penning a "heartbreaking" exit for Amy Pond.

Steven Moffat is penning a "heartbreaking" 'Doctor Who' exit for Amy Pond.

The writer of the BBC One sci-fi show revealed there will be a tear-jerking storyline involving Amy - who is played by Karen Gillan - and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) that will result in the Time Lord's companion leaving the programme.

He said: "I'm writing that right now, the big Rory and Amy heartbreaking finale. It will be quite heartbreaking. I think you'll be in trouble watching it."

Steven also confirmed pre-production has started on the new series - which is set to include episodes penned by Toby Whithouse and Chris Chibnall - and he is expecting the first episode to hit TV screens in the autumn.

He explained: "We just had our official day commencing pre-production on 'Doctor Who'.

"Knowing when it's actually going to be shown is a little bit optimistic, but... I'm pretty sure it will be the autumn."

Steven insists he still gets "very excited" about penning episodes of the sci-fi series - which sees Matt Smith portray the Time Lord - but he admits it is "harder" to re-create the feeling of it being a novelty.

He added to Dublin University's Observer newspaper: "I remember sitting down for the first time and thinking 'Bloody hell, I'm actually writing 'Doctor Who'' [and] that never completely wears off.

"I'm always very excited about writing 'Doctor Who', but it's now harder for me to recapture the feeling of it being entirely a novelty."

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