Allyn Gibson wrote:
[...] But I think it lessens the emotional impact of the story to introduce a timey-wimey out as a way of getting around the story's ending.
This is why, as much as I dislike the Ponds being removed permanently, I want it to stick. Don't present viewers with a "this can never, ever be undone" scenario then promptly undo it. It was irritating enough when Rose, a character I disliked, reappeared after we'd been assured she'd never ever ever ever
be able to return; my annoyance would go off the scale if there was a similar sort of cop-out with characters I genuinely enjoy.