Steven Moffat on Amy and Rory’s Doctor Who exit: “I think you’ll be in trouble watching it”

The showrunner teases the characters' big finale and reveals how Sherlock is also for kids

All good things must come to an end, and soon enough Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill’s tenure on Doctor Who will become one of those things as Amy and Rory wave goodbye to the Doctor.


Showrunner Steven Moffat has previously admitted that he intends the pair to have a “heartbreaking finale” in the next series of the BBC show, but just how poignant will it be?

“I’m writing that right now,” Moffat told Dublin’s University Observer.  “It will be quite heartbreaking… I think you’ll be in trouble watching it.”

So we know Moffat is writing the exit episode, but who else will be penning series seven of the show?  According to Doctor Who magazine, Being Human’s Toby Whithouse and Camelot’s Chris Chibnall will both return to write episodes, and Whithouse’s will be “one of the final ones” featuring Amy and Rory.

Although Moffat refused to give away any more details of the series seven plot, he did reveal that he still finds working on the programme “very, very exciting” despite it becoming harder to “recapture the feeling of it being entirely a novelty.”

The writer also spoke of the synergy between the audience of Doctor Who and another of his projects, Sherlock, a 21st century reboot of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. 

“I think Sherlock is really loved by kids as well actually. I’m not absolutely certain that the Doctor Who audience and the Sherlock audience are as different as people might like to imagine.

“I was alarmed when they moved back the last episode to nine o’clock, because that’s slightly too late for kids to watch it,” he said.

“While we don’t make it for them – it’s obviously more adult than Doctor Who – at the same time I’m always careful not to include anything.  You know, you can push the envelope a bit, but you don’t make it unwatchable by kids. There’s nothing my kids wouldn’t watch in it.” 


Filming on the new series of Doctor Who is due to begin later this month.