|Location for "Shakespeare Globe".|
Filming for the post-Series 6 Christmas special is expected during the summer lapse in broadcast, and Arthur Darvill will almost certainly not be a part of it. Does this mean the end of companion Rory Williams and thus Amy Pond?
The Doctor Who News Page reports:
The Shakespeare's Globe have announced casting for their forthcoming play, Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus; the titular role will be played by Paul Hilton (whose television credits include Silk), with the evil spirit Mephistopheles that 'serves' him in the story to be played by Arthur Darvill - the actor is, of course, currently starring in Doctor Who as TARDIS traveller Rory Williams.
The play, Doctor Faustus will run from 18 June to 2 October of this year, a run that will almost certainly elapse the span of Series 7 filming. It is believed that filming earlier this year saw the departure of Amy Pond, with a solemn Doctor withdrawing alone into the TARDIS. Rory's absence in Series 7 therefore suggests that Karen Gillan will also not be planning on an appearance for next year, since the two characters are inextricably linked.