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Is This The Best Relationship In All Of Doctor Who?

In ye olden days (read: the 1960s), the premise behind BBC's "Doctor Who" was more "The Magic School Bus" than "Quantum Leap," but since the science fiction juggernaut returned in 2005, it has taken a decidedly dramatic turn toward the romantic. Yes, we mean that in the epic adventure sense, but we also mean that in the literal, romantic sense. Since the moment Christopher Eccleston clocked his first shift in the TARDIS, the series saw a significant rise in couples. Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), River Song (Alex Kingston) and the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and whoever was willing ... the list literally goes on and on and on.

If reality TV has taught us anything, it's that fans love to pick their favorite couples, and when digging into the data there is one couple, in particular, that always seems to be at or just below the top spot on fans' list of the best romances of the whole series. So, which couple is considered the best, and more importantly, do they deserve the title? Let's take a look.  

Why Amy and Rory deserve the title

When it comes to the general consensus for the best couple in the history of "Doctor Who," the names that keep popping up near the top of list after list after list are Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). Amy and Rory are the primary companions of the Eleventh Doctor, and their love has conquered entire millenniums. Two of them, in fact, thanks to the Season 6 episode "A Good Man Goes To War."

Amy and Rory grew up together, but it was only after they were much older that Amy realized Rory had been pining for her. The two became a couple shortly after, and then, following their first adult encounter with the Doctor's perilous adventures, became engaged. On the night before her wedding, the Doctor returned to see Amy again, offering her a chance to explore the universe. She immediately agreed without disclosing her impending nuptials, although she did demand to be returned by the morning. Their rough relationship throughout the bulk of the series followed this pattern, with Rory rarely communicating what he wanted and Amy jumping ship at the first sign of hardship. All the while, the Doctor remained close by as a friend or obstacle. 

So, why would these two deserve the title of best "Doctor Who" couple of all time? Because Rory stood guard over an imprisoned Amy for 2,000 years to keep her safe. Because when Weeping Angels threw Rory permanently into another point on the timeline, Amy followed suit without hesitation. Because they ultimately achieved what so few characters ever get: a long life, and a happy ending together. At no point were they perfect, but they always found each other again. Maybe it's not realistic, but it's hopeful, and that's enough. It's for those reasons that we'd have to agree with the consensus that they take the "Doctor Who" coupledom crown.