Doctor Who will be a very different show next year. We already told you about showrunner Steven Moffat's promise of a year of just stand-alone episodes in 2012 — and now Moffat and star Matt Smith have unveiled more changes to come. Spoilers ahead...
At a press screening for the show's Christmas special, Moffat revealed that Amy and Rory Pond would be leaving the show for good sometime next season. Said Moffat:
The final days of the Ponds are coming. I'm not telling you when or how, but that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end.
But Moffat said the Doctor would be getting a new friend, who hasn't been cast yet.
Added Matt Smith:
We had the most incredible journey. We took over the show and we've really had to hold hands and help each other through it. So it's very disappointing, but one has to remember that this show is about change and regeneration, and that's what galvanizes it and pushes it forwards.
[BBC News, Thanks David!]