Goodbye’s never an easy thing to say.
And unfortunately, in order to preserve the decades-spanning show Doctor Who, fans have had to get used to the sad act. As we’ve all painfully learned, every so often, the Time Lord must undergo an involuntary regeneration (no matter how badly David Tennant doesn’t want to go), and after a spectacular display, we’re introduced to a new-looking version of the character.
Famously, the most recent transformation saw the series introduce its first female Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. Though audiences have yet to say goodbye to her, there’ve been 12 other Doctors who’ve undergone the change. And that’s all without mentioning the dozens of side characters we’ve had to part ways with since the show’s start over 50 years ago.
Now, thanks to a fan page on Twitter, Whovians from all over are sharing their hardest goodbyes – and (hardly a surprise), a lot of them are coming from Tennant’s time as the Tenth Doctor.
You can check some of them out below, and maybe have some tissues nearby.
— Mrbunny (@FluffiesForLife) July 9, 2019
Noothing beat Dr Donna… pic.twitter.com/FksAiFHOIs
— Diego Perez (@diegoperezsv74) July 8, 2019
Saying goodbye to my hero & inspiration was the saddest TV moment of my life pic.twitter.com/sTyZy2xKy7
— Kieran Bugg (@KezyBugg1998) July 8, 2019
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But don’t get me wrong, there’re plenty of moments worth re-exploring, no matter how painful they are. And fans were quick to bring up some of the times from Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s turns at the helm.
— DrLord16 (@SalamiSandwich4) July 8, 2019
— Sheila Friend (@Slfriend79) July 8, 2019
— ChildishSometimes (@ChildishSometi1) July 8, 2019
— Chris Hughes (@ChrisHughes1984) July 8, 2019
— Comix Môn (@ComixMon) July 8, 2019
— Mara Cimetta (@MaraCimetta) July 9, 2019
In addition to all the love the recent seasons of the show’s been getting, there was also a great deal of appreciation shown for the classic series. In terms of votes, Jon Pertwee’s final moments with companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning) in “The Green Death” was especially noted. But again, the goodbyes to the various Doctors made quite a presence.
Hands down Jo and the Doctor in The Green Death. Such a beautiful and sad goodbye pic.twitter.com/9STeGSQKUi
— Doctor Who Brasil (@doctorwhobrasil) July 9, 2019
Doctor 3 saying goodbye to Jo
Or 4 saying goodbye to Sarah
Mind you 1 saying goodbye to Susan is fairly upsetting.
5 to Adric?
2 to Zoe and Jaimie?
7 to the Brig when he thought he was dead?
— Chris Boot (@iolanthe81) July 9, 2019
I won’t forget you, you know. pic.twitter.com/rE8N3G12kZ
— Rowan Thorne (@rowan_thorne) July 8, 2019
— William Tusing (@wbtusing) July 9, 2019
William Hartnell: “One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must me no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan, goodbye, my dear.
— Ranting Peridot (@itsyourboyjayc) July 8, 2019
“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.” pic.twitter.com/dabziFgISc
— John Player (@JohnPlayerNo6) July 8, 2019
Of course, the series has proven time and time again that in Doctor Who, nobody’s ever really gone forever. You know, time machines make reunions rather easy. But we want to know, Whovians, what do you have to add to this conversation? What moment in the show makes you misty-eyed? Let us know in the comments section below.