Heartbroken Doctor Who fans say goodbye to Amy Pond after she is killed at the hands of the weeping angels
23:21 GMT, 29 September 2012
Karen Gillan promised that her character Amy Pond would leave Doctor Who in 'flames of blazing glory', and she wasn't kidding.
Viewers of the enduring sci-fi show saw Doctor Who say a tearful farewell to his sidekicks Amy and Rory, who is played by Arthur Darvill in Saturday's episode.
Their exit had been a closely guarded secret, but in The Angels Take Manhattan, the pair died at the hands of the terrifying statue creatures.
Farewell: Doctor Who viewers watched Amy Pond die at the hands of the weeping angels
Earlier in the episode the pair fell from a skyscraper to sacrifice themselves in a bid to stop New York from the weeping angels.
However, their plunge ended up thwarting the attempts, and they found themselves at a graveyard.
It threatened to be a happy ending as they celebrated their survival with the Doctor and Alex Kingston's River Song.
However, it took a turn for the worse after Rory notices his name on a gravestone.
Uh oh: Rory, played by Arthur Darvill, notices his name on a graveyard and is soon killed by a weeping angel
Heartbreak: Amy, played by Karen Gillan, decides to end her life to be with her husband
Tragic: Viewers see Amy for the last time on screen
Doctor Boo-Who: Matt Smith's Doctor is bereft when he realises Amy is gone
One of the statues survived and ends up killing Rory – leaving Amy to decide to end her own life to join her husband.
Despite the Doctor's best attempts to persuade her not to, Amy heads to her death – with her name also appearing on the gravestone.
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Poignant farewell: Amy and Rory's exit upset viewers
Sad: Karen Gillan promised fans she would leave the show in a 'flames of blazing glory'
The Christmas special of Doctor Who will feature the doctor's new assistant, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Gillan recently spoke about her exit, saying: 'All I wanted was for her to go out in
flames of blazing glory and she definitely does that. I couldn't have
wished for a better way to go.'
She also confessed she was 'emotional for about two weeks' during the final filming period.
Sacrifice: Amy and Rory attempt to sacrifice themselves to save New York from the terrifying creatures
Freefall: Their plunge saves the city, and they survive… for a short time anyway
Happy ending It looks like a job well done, until they notice a weeping angel survives and kills the popular duo
The 24-year-old explained: ‘I was crying at everything. Things that
aren’t even sad. I kept thinking this is the last time I will do this.’
Doctor Who fans took to Twitter to express their sadness about Amy's exit.
One Twitter user seemed wrote: 'Wow… That was a better end to Amy and Rory's
time with the Doctor than I had ever imagined. Amazingly heartbreaking.'
While another wrote: 'Thank goodness they lived together. AWESOME episode but you broke my heart. Inconsolable.'
New assistant: Jenna-Louise Coleman will appear in the Christmas episode