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The Latest DOCTOR WHO Companion Spin-Off Series, POND LIFE, Arrives Monday!!

Published at: Aug. 22, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

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“Doctor Who” companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darville) are getting their own Web miniseries, “Pond Life,” and it’s coming super-quick.

The five-episode series, which will depict what the Ponds are up to between their adventures with The Doctor, will begin airing Monday (Aug. 27) on the BBC1 Youtube channel, and will conclude a week from Friday (Aug. 31),  just in time for the season seven premiere of “Doctor Who” on Sept. 1.

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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Would it be strange

    by Kevin Martin

    To get Rory drunk just to smell his cock? Amy is hot but red heads scare me...

  • So, more bullshit for the new women watchers and *yes, dear, whatever you say, dear*, castrrated male mates of those new female viewers, eh? Hopefully they will be telling SF stories again soon, as opposed to unending, companion characterization shows with seen-it-all-before villains masquerading as one of the best SF TV shows to ever grace the airwaves.... Oh, that's right, it's the bullshit version of Doctor Who that everyone puts up with, because women now like to watch it, because of all the bullshit that has replaced what made Doctor Who exemplary in the first place.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Doctor Wow

    by MegaBaz

    Wow, the posts before mine are a little...underwhelmed. But hey, that's fair enough, everyone's entitled to their opinion, and I don't necessarily disagree with their comments. But Karen Gillan is H.O.T. and that's really all that matters. Love them redheads!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Over rated

    by Deagol21

    I'm sick to death of the "Ponds". By rights it should be the "Williamses" anyway. Is Rory the husband in that marriage or not?? I've never really likes Amy. Karen Gillan isn't a great actress, and I don't like Amy as a character. She's very bland, and I don't think she's "all that" in the hotness dept. either. I'll be glad to see her go. And I have no idea what the new companion will be like, but she blows Amy out of the water in hotness, IMHO.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    She can definitely recieve it

    by Dharma4

    Sexiest ginger ever -Namaste-

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Sexist Trolls Are My Favourites

    by MattDomville

    The very best variety of anonymous bigotry. Kudos.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I love Amy and Rory has really grown on me - Cool News indeed!

    by slayme

    hope they get a spin-off show along the lines of Sarah Jane Adventures or Torchwood in the future. Oh and Amy is so fuckin hot!

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Kill the husband off in the first webisode.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    They always have the doofus boyfriend now. Sort of like

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    the ugly guys in pornos and commercials, to give troglodytes false hope.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Will only be available to brits

    by SirFlibble

    Watch it happen and of course the BBCA and Au ABC wont bother putting it up.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Ever since the episode where she tried to fuck Doctor Troglodyte...

    by buggerbugger

    ...I have wanted this pale, plain, overrated Olive Oyl motherfucker to leave the TARDIS. And to stay out of the TARDIS. And to take her "Dave" of an underling partner with her.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    September 1st...

    by dj_bollocks

    *ahem* called it...

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    I hope it's an actual love interest compaion

    by happybunni

    I am sick of these puppy dog love companions. Where the doctor obviously wants to bang them, and they obviously want to bang the doctor, but nothing happens.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    What we really need is a webseries of Rory as the Last Centurion...

    by BloodiedFox

    He was guarding the Pandorica for over 2 millennia, he must have had some awesome adventures in that time, surely.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Bloody Fox - what a great idea

    by Master of Zinj

    I'd love to see The Last Centurian. It'd be a bit like The Littlest Hobo. If the Littlest Hobo was a Roman soldier. Who was actually an alien robot. Who had the memories of a human from the future. Actually, maybe they should just remake The Littlest Hobo where it's not a dog but actually a hobo. With Arthur Darvill in the title role. He could even keep his current hairdo. Yes! TV gold! If anyone from the Beeb is reading - SIGN ME UP! Anyway. Where was I? I've actually loved the development of Rory over the series - it's a great character arc, and I think it's been played brilliantly, especially the little moments. I don't think anyone else could have pulled off the look on Rory's face when the Doctor bursts out of the cake in Vampires of Venice, for example. For me, Amy's settled into a bit less of an interesting character than she could have been, but I still don't understand the vitriol on this talkback. I guess I'm just used to Docbacks' relative civility...

  • - too much hot - not enough cool?

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Amy Pond is boring

    by Deagol21

    I have several issues with Amy Pond as a companion. First, I don't think she's all that "hot" as so many seem to feel she is. She's kind of plain in my opinion. But hotness has little to do with my dislike of her as a character. I just think she's dull overall. And Karen Gillan is not a great actress. She basically has just the one look on her face most of the time, and to me it just says, "OK, whatever. Can we get back to the romantic drama with the Doctor that will never happen?" I too am just plain tired of this whole Will they or Won't they "hook up" between the Doctor and whatever female companion he happens to have along. Doctor Who was never supposed to be some kind of young adult romantic garbage. Ever since they brought it back, first it was Rose, then it was Martha, and now it's Amy (even though she's married, she still has a thing for the Doctor.) That's why I really enjoyed Donna as a character. She was strong and fearless, and not afraid to put the Doctor in his place from time to time. But she didn't have one ounce of romantic interest in him. She was in it for the adventure. Which is what the show is supposed to be about. No romantic entanglements. No flirting or kissing or suggestive comments. Just the Doctor, a companion, and a baddie trying to take over the world/universe. That's what made the show so fun in the old days. The Doc and his companions were just close, but platonic friends, and that was it, and it was enough. Why do they feel the need to play up all the romantic garbage all the time? Anyway, I'll be very glad to see Amy go. I'm a bit sad to see Rory go, since he's the first real male companion they've had on the show since Turlough left back in the 80s (unless you want to count Mickey, I suppose.) Rory is an interesting character and has grown quite a bit. I just wish they hadn't made him basically the "Kenny from South Park" character and "killed" him off in every other episode. It got kind of ridiculous there for awhile. I'm looking forward to seeing Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion. Yes, she's really "hot" in my book. But a companion has to do more than look good. Hopefully she'll challenge the Doc in some ways without being the damsel in distress all the time. But most importantly, let's hope they don't keep going down this silly path of having her fall in love with him and constantly having all this "unrequited love" angst that we've seen too much of for the last several years. I'm personally hoping for a companion kind of like Zoe or Nyssa. Someone who's darn cute, but just as smart and capable as the Doc and can be a truly valuable companion.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    mcgootoo - Amy and other companions

    by Master of Zinj

    Fair enough. I can see where you're coming from. I'm no Who expert, but I've been catching up with some of the older series and for me, the good and bad companions fall into two categories. There's one category of companions who have virtually nothing to do except ask questions, do stupid things or prompt exposition from the Doctor (culminating in Colin Baker's wonderfully overused line "I'll explain later") - if you're going to swing the dynamic this far in 'favour' of the Doctor, it gets boring in my opinion. The best companions for me have a wonderful banter with the Doctor and keep him on his toes. In other words, they put him on the verge of being second fiddle, by virtue of their own strengths as characters. Obviously, that balance is delicate. Personally, I enjoyed the dyanmic between the Doctor and Amy a lot in The Eleventh Hour and some of the early episode of Smith's tenure. I think the sheer ballsiness and unpredictability of Amy Pond threw the Doctor off his guard. If the Doctor is someone who thrives on the unknown, you could see why he found Amy so fascinating. (In fact, you could argue that his appearance when she was young kind of forged her unbalanced personality - she grew to become 'not quite cooked' like the Doctor was back then). However, I do agree that the saga of last season was a little bit too Pond-heavy, though only in that it gave the Doctor a companion-specific mystery rather than an alien-specific mystery. And she's maybe lost some of that early spark that I liked. But it's only one season really. And I still enjoyed it a lot. I didn't like much of the first series with Ecclestone in for various reasons. In fact, it was a little embarrassing in parts. But the great thing about Who is you know it's always changing. That's why I'm a little surprised by the strength of feeling on these pages, but I appreciate it's a show we all feel passionate about in our own ways.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Questioning the reasoning behind Pond Life.

    by Peter

    I love the cast, writers, producers, etc etc. However, surely the bits between the Doctor's adventures are the boring bits? Isn't that the reason they are not filmed? Perhaps Steven Spielberg will make the next Indy film about the bits in between his big archeological adventures - doing a bit of teaching, reading a few books, having a drink or two with pals, that kind of thing. If it hasn't got sci-fi action, big blue boxes and mad Timelords, I'm not sure I want to watch it. I mean, it might as well be a Coupling webisode, or something. No offence intended - I'll probably check it out, anyway and hope to be pleasantly surprised.

  • More than ready for a new new companion. Hell, why couldn't it be River Song for awhile?

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Amy pond was written in an odd way

    by emeraldboy

    at the start she was the girl who waited for the dr. then she was written as the smartest companion ever. someone who seemed to be as equally smart as the dr. the story about amy seemed to be that there was a much bigger deal. going on. all that stuff with the pandorica and her being the mother of river song and remember Madam Kovarian and all that stuff about the silence. we are getting a new companion. and I just hope that moffats writing for jenna louise colman is much better for Karen Gillan. the dr knew that the angels were going to kill off amy pond and did everything he could to stop this from happening. as it stopped River song from being born. but I am slightly confused by the image of the dr carrying the body of amy pond in episode of the asylum of the daleks. notice how its a baby weeping angel that blows out rory's match.

  • and father in law, of course

  • I saw part of it....couldn't get into it, and I love that era...growing up in it and all...

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Amy Pond: DEFINITELY HOT!!! :)

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Hottest companion since Peri, back when Colin Baker was the 6th Doctor. And her smart mouth and snarky attitude make her an engaging companion for The Doctor. That said, Rory needs to die... for good. He's a huge anchor on the show and his incredible lameness and dishrag-dull personality is only emphasized by the much more dynamic personas of The Doctor, Amy and River Song. Is he supposed to serve as a representative of the viewer??? Because I'd really like to think that I'm nowhere near that much of a Sad Sack. :P

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Rory Wiliams

    by The Alienist

    Might be my favorite character ever in the Who-verse.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by ByTor

    The reason many docback regulars aren't here might be because we know what these non-docback talkbacks turn into. And clearly you're a huge part of that. You want to say you can't stand Amy? Fine. You're entitled to your opinion. But when you insist that those males who do are castrated guys doing what their women tell them to do, you become a fucking asshole. It's tiresome. You're tiresome. But hey, enjoy your stay with the name-calling, vitriolic nutjobs and the arrested-development nerds who don't understand why the Doctor should occasionally have a love interest.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    As much as I like the Ponds...

    by bubcus

    my favorite two episodes involving Matt Smith as the Doctor have been:"Closing Time" and "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" which barely had the Ponds at all.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    McGootoo - I'm surprised

    by DoctorTom

    You ARE looking forward to 5 episodes with the Doctor running around with his mother in law? Given your other pronouncements I'd have thought you wouldn't want the Ponds back at all. Though, you have to admit, the whole mother-in-law bit could put a fun wrinkle in the relationship for the next few episodes. I'd love to see Rory handle being a father-in-law .

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo: did you actually read what I said?

    by ByTor

    I specifically said that you're certainly entitled to your opinion. When you insult those whose opinions differ, you're going to piss people off. If you haven't figured that out yet, well, it's a shame because it's pretty simple.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Look -- People may want the Ponds gone

    by Timmid

    But first and foremost -- ditch River ( I suppose she's a Pond technically) Think the issue is that they make big story arcs around the companions and then when their done the actors feel a bit spare and forced into the show. If the companions were more the original concept ( i.e stand ins for we the audience) it would work better -- I just hope they play it down with the next one. The only companion for me that really worked in recent years was Donna , even though the end for her was sad , it was complete and she went and that was that. Perfect. Don't get me started on the cockney chipmonk though -- lord the concept of a 900 year old man in love with some thick chav defied all belief.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    COUNTDOWN: 9...

    by Perigee

    Opinions being like... well, what they are, I try to steer clear of topics of preferences. My own opinions of Pre-pond Nu-Who companions is not especially high, with a certain yammering bovine at the dead bottom of the bunch. Frankly, I'm surprised with all the various companion condemnation more people aren't embracing The Devil They Know. Companions have a pretty high perceived failure factor, and from descriptions, Coleman sounds like she could be Puss-In-Boots on a TARDIS. And that won't please folks much. ...And the great thing is, she'll only get a sawed-off season to endear herself. If the writers miscue, you'll be howling about her all through the off-season. WHERE ARE YOUR PONDS NOW!!!? Here's hoping she pleases some of the people some of the time. Because obviously, companions can't please all of the people all of the time. As far as ~Pond Life~ is concerned, I'm figuring it to be a pack-in for the next seasons DVDs, which is fine by me, because I like extra stuff on my DVDs. It mirrors the stuff we saw on the S5 discs, and isn't that far off of the "While Ponds were sleeping" stuff from S6.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Perigee - Puss in Boots on a TARDIS?

    by DoctorTom

    Now you've got me thinking of the Seventh Doctor's cat Wolsey, who he gave to Bernice Summerfield, and how Nick Courtney got to do the voice for the anthropomorphized Wolsey in the audio for Oh No It Isn't. Maybe Moffat could be convinced to let Paul Cornell and Jacqueline Rayner (since she added a whole new dimension to the audio) to adapt Oh No It Isn't to be a Doctor Who Christmas Special. Having a panto at Christmastime wouldn't be bad...

  • And, considering Smith started his rein by stripping off, having him leap into a lake nekkid isn't a far shot. Just tell him there's a Dinosaur in it, or something... Not sure how far we'd get calling Coleman ~Puss,~ though. That hasn't turned out well since Honor Blackman.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    (Heh. Could this be my "Harriet Jones" moment?)

    by Perigee

    Imagine that - if she's as feisty and ahead of The Doctor as all the press gives out, and everyone suddenly starts calling Coleman ~Puss~. They accost her in the street; they call her ~Puss~ at conventions. Some wag writer pops a ~Puss~ reference in a 2013. Puss Coleman, they'll say. Oh, how she'd hate me... ... Don't call her that, anybody...

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    yammering bovine

    by gotilk

    I plutonically love you, perigee.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Plutonically

    by ByTor

    You love him like a dog?

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    bytor - plutonic love

    by DoctorTom

    It was originally a full love, but in 2006 astronomers reclassified it as a minor love, although some scientists maintain it should be accorded full love status.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    doctortom

    by ByTor

    Well played.

  • I really am a longtime fan of the show, and I hope it goes in directions I favor again. Be well, peace. And remember, wherever you go, there you are....

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    The bible warns against plutonic love

    by veteran_of_mu

    For the love of money is the root of all evil ...

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Oh, sorry, you meant doggy-style. Never mind.

    by veteran_of_mu

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Oh, and good punning guys! Goofy agrees, plutonically...

    by Michael Lunney

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Plutonic, platonic...

    by gotilk

    either way, my typos are bending me over and having their way.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    The hate for the Ponds does seem a bit like

    by gotilk

    kicking someone in the butt when they're already leaving. Or a terrier barking and growling at someone when the door's already been closed.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by gotilk

    Fair enough. At least in your case it isn't a sudden thing.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Sherlock fans - Three Words tomorrow...

    by Perigee

    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-08-23/sherlock---steven-moffat-teases-the-three-words-that-will-define-the-new-series

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    These 2 without the Doctor are just two douche bags.

    by Mag

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Possible spoiler - Mrs Angelo / Angel.

    by V'Shael

    Rory and Amy get wiped back into the past by the Angels. We get that. What might be a new spoiler, is that they grow up and grow old back in Leavenworth. And old Amy has lost her memory somewhat. When the Angels sent them back in time, they took the name Angelo. Mrs. Angelo, played by Annette Crosbie in the Eleventh Hour, is the old old Amy Pond. When she sees the Doctor, she thinks she remembers the face. But the Doctor dismisses her, and says she can't have, it's a brand new face. Then she remembers the Raggedy Doctor.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    by v'shael

    by emeraldboy

    that does make a lot of sense and it explains why the dr is shocked that Amy cant remember the daleks. but deep down he knows why...

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Leavenworth?

    by veteran_of_mu

    The prison or the pun? A titillating title. And all the ladies of the court took out their tits and tittered. Where is that from?

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST

    recycling?

    by Angus Gore

    So...we'll just be treated to the bits that wound up on the cutting room floor (so to speak)? I appreciate recycling, but, along with the Who 'Specials' they've been vomiting out this summer, this really feels like more desperation to be popular, to keep feeding the audience what they think it wants: even more hype. I remember when nobody liked Doctor Who but us goofy geeks. I kind of miss those days.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST

    If they have a couple aboard the Tardis again anytime soon...

    by tangcameo

    ...they will have to be strangers. One from the future (probably the female) and one from the past. And they should hate each other at first. Give them a Joel and Maggie situation.

  • *trying to be nonspoilery here* Will they end up having to go through what Carey Mulligan's friend had to go through, possibly seperately (which will be the great tragedy about the Ponds)?

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    tangcameo they might even work in a few more 11th Doctor eps

    by DoctorTom

    it's possible. They might even use this to retcon some things included in the first Matt Smith story. They could use it to explain how there's an ID badge for Rory with the year 1990 on it, when he would normally have been far too young. They could also use it to explain who that was dashing around the house when young Amelia was packing (since timing wise it wouldn't have been Matt Smith travelling backwards in The Big Bang - he hits the time period later when Amelia's fallen asleep outside.

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    mcgootoo - the bullshit version of Doctor Who...

    by Mister Vertue

    ...that everyone puts up with, because women now like to watch it, because of all the bullshit that has replaced what made Doctor Who exemplary in the first place? Wow. For once, I'm actually glad that Herc has run a Doctor Who article without Merrick's regular Docback rules of 'be cool'. That way, we get to hear what people *really* think, don't we? You claim to 'probably like the show more than most', but I've never had that impression from you. Quite the opposite. You seem to really hate the show and try to antagonise people into agreeing with you. Of course you have the right to an opinion and not like certain elements of the show. After all, you can't please all of the people all of the time. Some of us love the show (and always have), and some of us dislike various elements throughout the history of the show as it changes to match the times (something else we obviously disagree on). But all you seem to do is constantly post veiled digs in the hope that somebody will bite. Well here you go, I've bitten now that you've been able to post a non-veiled opinion. You're not restricted by Merrick's rules in here so I'd love to hear more from you and what you really think about the show.

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Aww, Jeez, MOV...

    by Perigee

    There you go, feeding the trolls again. You're gonna need blood pressure meds if you keep this up. If you're in the mood for a scrap, go on with your bad self; but don't pick up the burr and put it under your own saddle. His opinion can't possibly mean that much to you. There's too much good coming for too many people for you to worry about one cranky negative poster; don't let it spoil the party for you. Best of luck, in any case. I'll see you back at the ranch.

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    perigee - I know, I know

    by Mister Vertue

    They should be ignored, but sometimes I need to know just what the hell is going on in these people's heads. Waste of time really because you rarely get a coherent or consistent response. One of these days I'll learn my lesson!

  • The majority enjoys what's coming. And though there'll be for sure certain elements that'll ignite some criticism... overall it will be the hell of a ride up to the 50th! We'll all be there. We'll all discuss. Even silly old me, who seems to awaken just twice a century... I'm back regularly when the next season opens. Ready to like, to discuss, to ask, to criticze, if I feel so... Have a good time, man. Breathe in deep and slowly... ;-)