Ah… the tenth Doctor’s beloved. But which ending to choose from – she’s had three after all. But it’s the original departure in “Doomsday” that still wields the most power. Watch that episode again, and it’s impossible not to be moved by the sudden severance of their relationship. The final, teary-eyed coda on the beach at Bad Wolf Bay, with the Doctor unable to say what we’ve all known for weeks, is a true tearjerker.
Of course, Rose returned a couple of years later, and received another sad farewell – albeit a more hopeful one. But it’s the devastated Time Lord, alone in the TARDIS, that we remember most fondly.