Spoilery rumor of the day: [REDACTED] leaving Doctor Who after all

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Dec 15, 2012

Just when we thought it was almost safe again for our favorite couple to enjoy a bit of traveling through time and space in the TARDIS, now comes another rumor that Doctor Who companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill)—aka the Ponds—may both be leaving the Doctor (Matt Smith) at the end of this season.

The story, which discerning fans will of course take with a grain of salt, comes courtesy of the Daily Star. This is what they report:

The writers have decided to "rest'' the couple [Amy and Rory], who are hugely popular with fans, for the time being.

However, they won't be killed off. Amy and Rory will announce they want to head back home and settle down.

One plan is to have them appear as "stay-at-home'' assistants for The Doc, helping him out from Earth from time to time.

A source said: "There are going to be a lot of tears in the finale. The Doc will set off in the Tardis for his next adventure on his own.

"Amy and Rory will be reunited with their baby Melody Pond and they make a decision to stay on Earth to settle down as a family.

"But TV bosses are well aware the couple have been popular so this won't be the last you see of them."

So, if true, Amy and Rory leaving would only be some sort of temporary thing?

We have to admit that this rumor is not too improbable, because Arthur Darvill is currently starring in a play called Doctor Faustus right until the 2nd of October, and Doctor Who's Christmas episode is set to start filming next month, meaning Darvill may not be available in time to film the special.

Also, Karen Gillan has already confirmed that she would be back for season seven, though she never actually gave specifics about her return, and nothing's been said about her being in the Christmas episode either yet.

So the idea of the Ponds leaving the TARDIS and staying behind on Earth to help the Doctor sometime during season seven, and skipping the whole Christmas episode thingy (the Doctor being alone during a Christmas special is, as you guys know, not a new thing—he was without a steady companion during The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned and The Next Doctor) may not be too far-fetched after all.

What do you guys think?

(via Doctor Who TV)