Matt Smith return for another 13-episode season of Doctor Who, plus the Christmas special, the BBC confirmed this morning. Whether co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill -- companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams -- will be with him remains to be seen.
The news was delivered on Twitter by Sam Hodges, head of communications for BBC1, and quickly followed by messages from head writer Steven Moffat, who wrote, "14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I've got a plan and I'm NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun. [...] So many QUESTIONS!! You've all had too many spoilers as it is. Now settle down and PLEASE let me get some work done."
While it's still early, the silence surrounding Gillan and Darvill lends weight to recent suggestions by the two actors that this season will be their last. TV Overmind notes that, since the return of Doctor Who in 2005, two seasons has been the longest amount of time for any companion.
Of course, it's not time to bid farewell to Amy and Rory just yet: The midseason finale, "A Good Man Goes to War," was broadcast last weekend in the U.K., and airs this Saturday in the United Sates on BBC America.