Why Steven Moffat 'completely' rewrote the Ponds' Doctor Who exit

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Jun 25, 2015

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that he really struggled with writing the final moments of the Doctor's (Matt Smith) beloved companions the Ponds, Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill).

In an interview with Digital Spy during the BFI screening earlier this week (where the main cast was also in attendance), Moffat revealed that he completely changed the ending of "The Angels Take Manhattan," the last episode featuring our favorite (and only) married couple in the TARDIS.

"I completely changed the ending as I was writing it, thinking 'No, I've got it wrong ... I'm on the wrong emphasis'—but it's a good one and it's properly emotional. And it's scary!"

About the final script, our Time Lord himself Matt Smith said:

"I was very moved, very moved indeed, because not only is it two characters that I love, it's two actors that I love working with. To see them go—and I think go so beautifully ... it's moving."

"I instantly phoned Matt [when I read the episode], and I was crying and laughing hysterically ... because it's so good!" was Karen Gillan's comment on the last adventure of the Ponds in the TARDIS.

Arthur Darvill added:

"It was like getting the last chapter of the best book you've ever read and being really surprised by the ending ... and really satisfied. It was pretty emotional.

"It's Doctor Who—I'm so proud of being part of such a big show. The show is bigger than all of us, and it will outlive all of us. ... I'm really proud to have been a part of it."

Even if Moffat, Smith, Gillan and Darvill were gushing about the final episode featuring Amy and Rory as the Doctor's companion, a few things were said about our Time Lord's newest, upcoming companion, whose full name has been revealed to be ... Clara Oswin.

The character of Clara is said to be ''a feisty and flirty computer expert—and is said to be more than a match for The Doctor.''

So it appears that this means no Victorian origins for Clara, as we first thought. Color us puzzled then. Guess we'll have wait and see what all those Victorian episodes will really be about.

Moffat said about Jenna-Louise Coleman's Clara that :

"She brings a kind of speed, a wit, a sort of unimpressed-ness which has the Doctor dancing a little harder than he's used to."

Doctor Who season seven (part one) is now said to return to our TV screens on Sept. 1. Are you guys ready?

(via Digital Spy and Life Doctor Who and Combom)

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