As fans of Doctor Who will doubtless know, this weekend’s episode, The Angels Take Manhattan, will see the exit of popular sidekicks Amy Pond and Rory Williams, who are of course played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill…
And today, Arthur has revealed that starring in the show as Rory has been, “the best job I’ve ever had.”
However, he also revealed to TV Choice magazine that leaving the show was also one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do.
He said, “There were lots of people crying at the read-through. It was great because it does mean so much to all of us, and I think that’s right.
“I don’t think we were being over-emotional about it, it’s a really emotional script. I can’t really speak for anyone else but I’m so proud of what we’ve done on this show…
“It’s been the best job I’ve ever had.”
He also went on to praise the show’s writers, and revealed his admiration for the way they permit the stars of the show to put forward their own ideas about any particular character’s development.
He said, “The longer you do anything, especially something like Doctor Who, you feel like you’ve got more ownership over it.
“We know these characters better than anybody. Directors come and go, so it’s down to Karen, Matt (Smith) and I to keep a consistency with it.
“What’s so lovely is, the team that work with us – and we work for – is very trusting, and very open to our suggestions.
But he joked, “I do get concerned that we’re just a bunch of idiots. We do express ourselves far better through song though.”
The role of the Doctor’s companion is of course being taken over by former Emmerdale star Jenna Louise Coleman, who we’ll meet properly – she’s already been briefly introduced – during the show’s Christmas episode.
For now though, here are a couple of sneak peek previews of The Angels Take Manhattan, starting with a teaser about Amy and Rory’s exits…