Killing one of the leading characters is rarely a good idea (look at what happened to Outcasts..) but at least we know that Steven Moffat and his crew of television geniuses can bring back the poor sod who will be offed in the opening episode of Doctor Who series six.
But that won’t take away from what producers are promising will be a “heart-wrenching” shock, when either the titular Time Lord – played by Matt Smith – his sidekick Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), her husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) or River Song (Alex Kingston) is killed off in ‘The Impossible Astronaut’.
“We’re not lying, we’re not cheating. One of those four people is going to die,” said executive producer Moffat when speaking to Doctor Who magazine. “The Doctor’s darkest hour is coming. Shows like ‘Doctor Who’ should have big, colourful, memorable moments that make you go, ‘What the hell?’ Well, this is one of them.
“It’s hard to create a shock in ‘Doctor Who’ when we’ve already blown up the universe a couple of times. What do you do next? When I came up with this incredible, heart-wrenching twist, I thought, ‘We kill off one of the leads in the season opener. Who’s going to stop watching at that point?’ It lures you in.”
The series opener which is expected to air on Saturday 23rd April will see the foursome in 1960s America, where they are asked to fight a new alien threat called The Silents – described as the “scariest” creatures in the show’s history – by President Nixon.