Comments of the sort made by DS user ryanellis - who described Amy and Rory's exit as "heartbreaking" and "brilliant" - were not uncommon. But of course, you can't please all of the people all of the time - fellow poster Jeff Rudd voiced the opinion that 'Angels' was "confusing" with "gaps galore" in its complex plot.
Digital Spy itself gave the episode a glowing five-star review, though with a few reservations - mostly related to the character of Rory and how his shock exit seemed chiefly designed as a lead-in to Amy's own emotional goodbye, robbing Arthur Darvill of his own proper farewell.
But writing out Doctor Who companions is a tricky business to get right - Who fans might pick holes in the Ponds' exit, or complain that the initial emotional departures of Rose (Billie Piper) and Donna (Catherine Tate) were undermined by their subsequent returns, but companion exits have improved considerably since the show's original 1963-1989 run.
There were plenty of touching and deftly handled final episodes of course - Jo Grant moving on from the Third Doctor in 1973's 'The Green Death' or Sarah Jane's first farewell in 1976's 'The Hand of Fear'. But for every triumph, there's a disaster - characters who leave the TARDIS at the drop of a hat, for utterly baffling reasons, or - worst of all - series regulars being written out off-screen with barely any explanation at all.
This week's Week in Geek blog takes a look at how Doctor Who companions have been written out in the past and hopes to pinpoint the *best* way to write out one of the show's core characters...
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Some left me...
The broadest and so most commonly used kind of companion exit - everyone from original TARDIS travellers Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) and Ian (William Russell) to Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) moved on from their time with the Doctor simply because something else was calling them.
This one's really all about the execution - the aforementioned two exits, plus the final scenes featuring Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and Romana II (Lalla Ward), were all pulled off to varying degrees of success.
The rub is that life onboard the TARDIS is portrayed for the most part as so fantastically, bafflingly wonderful that the reasoning behind a companion willingly leaving it all behind has to be solid. Jo's whirlwind romance? We can just about buy that. Dodo's vanishing act? Yeah, less so.
Some got left behind...
Perhaps a fate even crueller than death - one dished out to Rose, Donna, faithful Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) and more. Some characters have been forced to leave the TARDIS or have been cut off from the Doctor permanently.
It's interesting to note that the first time Doctor Who writers were faced with the problem of how to write out a regular character - the Doctor's granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford) - this is the route they plumped for. Attracted to a new life with a new man, Susan still found it difficult to leave the TARDIS until its doors were forcibly shut on her.
And some died...
The most dangerous and least-taken of paths - killing off a series regular on any show is good for shock value, but employ it too often and that drama is lessened considerably. In Doctor Who's almost 50 years on-screen, only three companions have bitten the bullet - most famously child prodigy Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) in 1982's 'Earthshock', but also the short-lived Sara Kingdom (Jean Marsh) and Katarina (Adrienne Hill) in 1965/1966's blood-thirsty 'The Daleks' Master Plan'.
Another problem - how irresponsible would it seem if the Doctor was constantly plucking people from their everyday lives, getting them killed and then repeating the same process, ad infinitum. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that killing a Doctor Who companion is the worst way to write out a character - it works brilliantly for other shows, but not this one.
The final end!
So we're left with two basic options - the companion leaves the Doctor or the Time Lord leaves them. In the Week in Geek's book, the first option is always preferable.
Sure, employing a string of happy endings in which characters always choose to move on because there's a new and exciting life over the rainbow runs the risk of becoming dull and repetitive. And you could argue that there's more 'drama' in a tragic farewell.
But Doctor Who is a sucker for happy endings - it's better at them than it is at tragedy. Rarely does the show rip a character from the TARDIS and then leave them to their fate. Rose came back from the parallel world. Donna returned too. They might have originally left under tragic circumstances, but they got their happy ending in the end.
The same is true of much of the classic series - the show killed poor Peri (Nicola Bryant), only to resurrect her in baffling fashion a few weeks later. The majority agree that her first exit was the more powerful, but Who has always favoured a win over a loss.
So why not give these characters the happy ending they'll inevitably receive the first time round? Let them leave the TARDIS willingly - a clean break. As the show has proven numerous times since 1963, you can take that basic premise and play it out many, many different ways.
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