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Work Begins On Amy, Rory 'Doctor Who' Exit

PLUS: Toby Whithouse, Chris Chibnall return to writers room

Were you a fan of "School Reunion"? "Vampires of Venice"?

How about the entire series of "Being Human"?

If you answered yes to any of those, then good news: Toby Whithouse is coming back to pen an episode of "Doctor Who," according to Den of Geek.

Whithouse, who is the developer of "Being Human" (credited for both the British and American versions) is slated to write a yet-to-be-announced episode in the show's seventh season, planned to begin in the fall. It's not clear if the episode will air before the year is out, or be held for early 2013.

Whithouse wrote not only "School Reunion," which featured the return of Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith, but also most recently "The God Complex," the freaky hotel episode that aired last season.

Also returning for Season 7 is Chris Chibnall. He wrote the "Doctor Who" episodes "42," "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood." That was his last "Doctor Who" episode, however, which aired in 2010. Since then Chibnall was busy with "Camelot," his short-lived Starz series that had the plug pulled after a single season.

Showrunner Steven Moffat says the biggest episode of the season, however, will be written by him: That is, the farewell episode for Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. In fact, he's working on that episode as you read this.

"I'm writing that right now, the big Rory and Amy heartbreaking finale," Moffat told The Observer from Dublin University, according to Digital Spy. "I think you'll be in trouble watching it."

But is Moffat's time at the helm starting to wane? There has been talk about Whithouse replacing Moffat at some point as showrunner, and while Moffat appears to be around for the long haul, he does admit that the sparkle may have worn off, just a little bit.

"I remember sitting down for the first time and thinking, 'Bloody hell, I'm actually writing 'Doctor Who,' [and] that never completely wears off," Moffat said. "I'm always very excited about writing 'Doctor Who,' but it's now harder for me to recapture the feeling of it being entirely a novelty."

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