Saturday, December 17, 2011

That Annoying Couple Is Leaving DOCTOR WHO

Not necessarily a big movie deal, but I figured I'd post some awesome news relating to Doctor Who.  TV Guide has put up on their site that after speaking with DOCTOR WHO showrrunner, Steven Moffat, and he dropped a few important news regarding the two companions of the Doctor.

Hit the jump to see what's going on.

Turns out, that the actors that play the characters of Amy and Rory, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be leaving the show after this upcoming series to pursue other endeavors. Moffat is quoted as saying "The Ponds will be rejoining us next series. But the final days of the Ponds are coming..I am not telling you when and I won't say how. But that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end." 

Honestly, this is probably some of the better news I've heard in a long time about the show. Let me preface this by saying that most of my experience is with the modern series that started in 2005, and some random Tom Baker Doctor episodes. Regardless, I find Amy and Rory to be the most annoying of the Companions. To put it in perspective, I liked Donna an infinity times more than I like either one of them.

I know it's not the cool consensus amongst the Who fans (Whovians?), but ever since Matt Smith became the Doctor, it felt like these characters were just shoved into prominence and importance to the Doctor. I mean, Amy's first story is how she meets the Doctor and all of the sudden is the important part in the scheme of the crack in the universe that has huge ramifications on the universe. It's so weird to all of the sudden have a random character have so much importance out of nowhere and just keep that up.

Oh plus, while engaged, she makes out with the Doctor. Sorry, but there is very little for me to like with this character; her supposed charm and cuteness is completely undermined by the fact she's a terrible person. She makes out with the Doctor, her pushover fianc√© marries her anyway, and she gets to go on adventures with both of them. Talk about having your cake and eating it too. 

Then Rory is the living embodiment of what a dude should not put up with when dealing with a lady. The whole emasculating relationship he has with Amy is ridiculous and honestly pretty distracting from what is usually a really fun show. Mind you, I'm not saying that any of the Tennant-era companions, such as Donna or Martha, were flawless, but at least they felt like they were actually a part of the story and the show instead of being just shoved in your face.

Either way, while I like the actors themselves, I'll be glad to see what Matt Smith can do with other Companions. I think a big part of David Tennant's high regard in the fandom does have something to do with the fact that every new companion that he took brought out something different in him and while Matt Smith is an amazing Doctor we have yet to see him actually do anything but be quirky with Amy and Rory. 

Series Seven of DOCTOR WHO starts Christmas Day with The Doctor, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Here's a prequel for the next episode.

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