It started out with a kiss:
They ran to Trafalgar square and Barbara got attacked by pigeons.
Ian was worried for her safety at first:
But after watching her:
He found her so incredibly beautiful and cute.
Next they both pretended that Mr. mean Lion wanted to eat Barbara:
Ian tried in desperation to free Barbara’s hand from the Lion’s mouth.
After that they decide to pretend that they were tourists by doing embarrassing aeroplane poses in different directions.
Ian tried to impress Barbara with his fish impression.
Barbara was just too happy and decided to run joyfully. She also wanted to practice her gymnastic skills.
Ian, however was shocked because he had noticed something awfully familiar.
A blue police box! An actual police box that they then decided to climb all over and shout “Helllooooo! Doctor, you in there?!”
Ian wanted to sabotage the police box but Barbara warned him against public vandalism.
So instead they linked arms, held hands and posed for a picture.
In the park, Ian lept for joy:
Barbara ran toward Ian with her tongue sticking out (wonder what she wanted hmmm)
Ian ran to her in slow motion ready to engulf her in a huge cuddly bear hug.
After hugs, he held her legs up whilst she clung onto a tree.
But she couldn’t quite lift him, so he had to just ‘pretend’ he was flying.
They then ran hand in hand through the park happily as if they had no cares in the world. They looked at life happening around them and were so pleased to be able to settle down to a normal life together.
After a lot of running, the two of them felt tired and Ian suggested catching the bus. Barbara was worried for Ian’s safety and held onto him to lead him across the road.
They collapsed on the seats of the bus and joked about the rising price of bus fares and the fact that they had no idea to explain their two year absence.
But that didn’t matter, they had each other and they were home. And they were VERY happy.
-The idea of using a collection of snapshots to say goodbye to Ian and Barbara was one of the most beautiful (And cost-effective) moments ever. So subtle, sweet and right for them. It remains our favourite departure in Doctor Who because it simply shows that some people want to go home and that you can have a happy ending. You can be a hero, you can do amazing things and then you can leave that behind and still be a hero in everyday life. Ian and Barbara are the heroes of the every day people and they never take the glory. No one will ever know of their importance but they don’t care because they had their adventure and life goes on.