Doctor Who to Say Goodbye to Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill

The Doctor will be getting a new friend soon.

Doctor Who‘s current companion Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) and her hubby, Rory (Arthur Darvill, far right), will not be returning to the British sci-fi series after the next season, executive producer Steven Moffat announced Thursday at a London press screening.

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“The final days of the Ponds are coming during the next series,” said Moffat, according to the show’s official Twitter feed. “Then The Doctor will meet a new friend.”

Moffat also hinted that Amy and Rory’s daughter River Song (Alex Kingston) will likely be back.

The Christmas special Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe airs stateside Dec. 25 at 9/8c on BBC America.

Who fans, how are you feeling about the news of Amy and Rory’s departure? And who should play the Doctor’s new companion?