(Yes, there are about to be spoilers.)
Worst companion exit of the reboot era. In my opinion. Because:
- Rose: Helps save the world from Dalek and Cybermen invasion.
- Martha: Helps save the world from the Master.
- Donna: Helps save the universe from the Daleks.
The Ponds? They save…New York City? OK, we can give them the world, even. Save the world from the Weeping Angels. Except, oh, one Angel survives in a reverse deus ex machina that is blatantly there for no reason except the Ponds are scheduled to depart, so they can’t win this one.
And then it’s an all off-screen ‘well you suppose they led a happy life but you’ll never know and now they’re dead’ ending. At least Rose had a (melo?)dramatic climactic moment, and consolation ending with family and pseudo-10th-Doctor. Martha’s exit had the most logical motivation of them all, and we saw her again. We know she’s good. Donna’s was my least favorite departure. But the 10th Doctor at least sort of patched it up to a happy-ish ending for her.
But the Ponds? Meh. I was sad. The fall season was disappointing.