Who's Steven Moffat reveals the Ponds' exit that almost was

The epic farewell of longtime Doctor Who companions Amy and Rory has finally arrived, and not surprisingly, fans are split on how it all went down. But according to showrunner Steven Moffat, it could've been a lot worse. Big spoilers for "The Angels Take Manhattan" ahead!

As we now know, Moffat managed to give the Ponds a semi-happy ending by zapping them back in time via the Weeping Angels to live out their lives without the Doctor. Sad? Yes. But at least we know they had a long life together.

We'd already heard that Moffat was torn when writing their final episode, and it turns out he strongly considered really breaking our hearts and killing the long-running companions outright in the episode.

Of course, that was before he came up with the perfect coda to the Amelia Pond era. He explained to Radio Times, as reported by Digital Spy:

"So many times over those mad few days [of finishing the script], the fate of the Ponds changed. Alive, dead, alive, dead. Everything was wrong. Nothing felt right. Nothing felt inevitable.

...About four o'clock in the morning - with the gaspingly late script promised to the production team in a few hours - I remembered 'The Eleventh Hour'... and the single moment we've been heading for, since the very beginning."

What'd you think about the ending? Did you like Amy and Rory's final sendoff?

(Via Digital Spy)

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