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Tournament of Sad Doctor Who Companion Exits, Part 2

(Skip this unless you've read Part 1--which I doubt you have. Or want to. Also from LJ.)

Now we come to the...."Elegiac Eight!"

Match-up one: Dodo v. Jamie & Zoe -- So, we have the most shabbily treated companion in terms of exit up against the most beloved companion pairing ever, whose storyline first demonstrated the memory wipe technique. In the end, though, the terrific twosome get a decent exit with some, though not too much, emotional resonance. Dodo's exit is neigh-unto unforgivable. While I love Jamie and Zoe, Dodo's shafting is so intense, it tilts the battle in her favor. Dodo advances.

Match-up two: Sarah Jane v. Tegan -- Like Jamie and Zoe's exit, Sarah Jane's exit is genuinely sad. She's abandoned by the Doctor in Aberdeen and wastes years of her life hoping he would return. However, she's now received one special, and appearance in "The Five Doctors," several appearances in the new series, and a spin-off which gives her the child she never had. In the end, it's worked out quite well for her. I just get the feeling that Tegan's life did not go well after she left the TARDIS. "Brave heart, Tegan" can only do so much when you've seen what she has and lost what she has -- remember Aunt Vanessa? Tegan advances.

Match-up three: Peri v. Ace -- Ace's exit is non-existent; that was enough to get her through to the second round. However, in the face of the dead, but not dead, married to Brian Blessed (!) departure of Peri, it seems like it might sometimes be better to ride of into the sunset in the TARDIS than to have a definitive exit. Peri advances.

Match-up four: Rose v. Donna -- To many fans of the new series, this is the only match-up that matters. Rose, the lover, lost forever, but not -- Donna, the best friend who doesn't miss her life with the Doctor because she has no idea it ever existed. In a way, this question boils down to a test of "'Tis better to have loved and lost..." The power of "Doomsday," though immense at the time, was so altered by the Doctor 10(b) resolution, that, in essence, Rose gets a happy ending. Donna, on the other hand, has lost nothing, at least as far as she knows. We know, though; the Doctor knows; Wilf and Sylvia know. The universe knows -- in Ancient Rome she is worshiped as a goddess. The Ood sing songs of the Doctor-Donna. The loss of all that is so unbelievably tragic that it makes this bout a little one-sided. Donna advances.

So, the "Funereal Four" are set: Dodo v. Tegan! Peri v. Donna! Who will make it through to the final match-up? And who will become the Final Champion of the Tournament of Sad Companion Exits? Tune in later...actually, just keep reading, it's right below...

"The Funereal Four"

First match: Dodo v. Tegan -- We've gone through the pros and cons of both of these companions, so I'm just going to come out and announce the winner. Tegan's exit is sad and unsettling, but at least she gets to say good-bye. DODO advances to the final pairing.

Second match: Peri v. Donna -- Again, since I've been through these details, it comes down to a simple call of which is worse. For me, it's got to be the rueful fate of Donna Noble. DONNA advances to the final pairing.


So, at last, we're final for the final pairing, and what a pairing it is. Dodo "My last scene is in episode three of the story before I'm written out off-screen like a secondary character" Chaplet going up against Donna "All those wonderful things mean nothing to me because I'm just a loudmouthed annoyance again" Noble. So, we've got the most pathetic leaving and the saddest. For me, it all comes down to the future. There's nothing preventing some future ingenious writer from bring back poor Dodo. True, sci-fi would allow for the return of Donna, but her departure echoes strikingly one of the best scenes of her era: in "The Forest of the Dead," after the Doctor and Donna lie to each other about being fine, they walk away, while we see a scene of her supposedly imaginary husband walk onto the transmat. Just before he dematerialized, he tried to call her name. Her loves her, and she loves him, but he's unable to call out in time because of his stutter. He vanishes, and she believes he never existed. Nothing is worse than knowing that the best thing in the world is just beyond your fingertips, yet you cannot reach it. Wilf wants the better Donna. The Doctor wants the better Donna. Hell, even Sylvia probably does. However, she can never be brought back. If that's not the definition of tragic, I don't know what is, and the tragic always beats out the pathetic. Which means, we have a champion!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you....

DONNA NOBLE, Winner of the Title of Companion with the Saddest Exit in all Who History.


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