In fact it’s so relentless that you’re left feeling that Moffat has just perpetrated a hit and run on your heart as well as your mind. Smith, Gillan and Darvill deliver performances of such power that it not only creates a truly tearful end, but shows how far all three have come since we first met them on that pleasant Saturday evening in April 2010. Yes, you will need hankies ready. Goodbyes are no more easy for Time Lords than they are for us.
The Doctor doesn’t like endings but Steven Moffat certainly knows how to write them. This is a stunning swansong for Amy and Rory, but the Doctor’s story never ends. A new chapter begins with six thrilling words: The Doctor will return at Christmas.