Is Amy Pond leaving Doctor Who?
WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS CONCERNING THE ENDING OF 6×11: THE GOD COMPLEX READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
At the end of tonights episode of Doctor Who. The question was raised “what now for Amy and Rory?” and more importantly have they left the series? It would be very easily to look at the 6×11: The God Complex and look at them as the final episodes of Rory and Amy. It did give them a good exit from the series and some ends were tied up. But were they?
Its known that Karen Gillan had signed up for another series next year in 2012. This means that to some extent that Amy Pond would be returning in Series 7 in some form or the other. The question also arises as to how the character was written out from tonights episode. The Doctor lets her go because he doesn’t want to be the cause of her death or her to be hurt. You only have to look at the previous weeks 6×10: The Girl Who Waited and the Doctor’s expression right at the very end. His decisions have played a role in affecting her life. She was the girl who waited and she kept on waiting, because she placed her faith in the Doctor. But this raises a bigger concern. If the Doctor realises this, surely he knows that there is no way that he can take on another companion since that way he would only be doing to the next person exactly the same as he does to Amy. Since the Companion is a integral part of the show. It seems only way to resolve this is to resolve Amy.
Also the Doctor knows that he is going to die. What did he see in Room 11 of the Hotel. My guess is that he either saw River Song or even more likely he saw the Impossible Astronaut waiting for him at Lake Silencio. He is going off to face his end and he believes he is going to die. if he is going to die then he wants to make sure that the people closest to him (Rory and Amy) are protected. That way he can meet his end knowing that the people he cares about are safe.
There’s even a more sinister reason behind this. Whoever they are, the Silence are still out there. plotting the downfall of the Doctor and they more than likely know what is going to happen at Lake Silencio. The Doctor has already made it clear that the people closest to him are the most vulnerable as well. The Silence may even now be looking at Amy and Rory and seeing that the Doctor has left them alone and unprotected. Perhaps the Doctor is even aware of this and however dark it may be, he may be using Amy and Rory as bait to bring the Silence out from the shadows.
Finally there’s the practical way of looking at this. When Billie Piper announced she was leaving Doctor Who it was plastered everywhere in every outlet of media. This has had nothing. This leads me to the conclusion that nothing is what it seems. A rule I have generally developed more and more with Steven Moffat. This could all be a red herring, to distract us from the true plot. None of us saw the Doctor’s death coming at the beginning of 6×01: The Impossible Astronaut. Somehow there is more to this story than has yet been revealed.
UPDATE 2: The Doctor Who News website has included photo’s from yesterdays recording of the Doctor Who 2011 Christmas Special. The filming was at the home of Rory and Amy and featured both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill appearing for filming. It may just be a cameo appearance in the Christmas special but it definitely means that they haven’t been completely written out of the series.