Doctor Who isn't afraid to hurt us. When this show isn't scaring us with creepy monsters, it's making us weep. Rose falling into an alternate universe and Donna losing all memory of her time with the Doctor hit us like a gut punch. But that's a casual stroll through Venice compared to the pain of what's ahead: major character death.
According to Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who Magazine says that one of the 11th Doctor's four main characters is going to shuffle off that mortal coil.
Either the Doctor himself, Amy Pond, Rory Williams (misprinted as Rory Pond) or River Song has a target painted on his/her fictional head:
Yep - one of the show's four lead characters is going to get killed in the "season opener". Steven Moffat talks about his decision to do this in an article inside the magazine, briefly quoted on their Twitter feed:
"We're not lying, we're not cheating: one of those four people is going to die! When I came up with this heart-wrenching twist, I thought 'We'll kill off one of the leads in the season opener.' It lures you in."
Yes, we're lured in, even though we know it's going to end in tears.
This isn't the first time Doctor Who has killed off a major character. Young mathematician Adric had a poignant death in the 1982 episode "Earthshock" while trying to prevent a freighter from crashing into Earth. Before that, two companions, Katarina and Sara Kingdom, died in the same episode, "The Dalek's Master Plan," in 1965.
So which character do you think will make us cry when he/she dies? The Doctor has regenerative powers. Amy has been spotted in upcoming episodes. Rory already died. Logically, this makes River the next character we'll be mourning ... but we won't know for sure until we see the episode on April 23.
Oh, [insert character name here], we hardly knew ye.