Soapbox: 10 Main Character Exits That Ended Amazing TV Shows (And 10 That Saved Them)

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Parting is such sweet sorrow (except when it isn’t)

When a main character leaves a TV series, that’s usually a bad sign that it’s not going to be long before it’s canceled. After all, a large part of a show’s appeal is its characters – and that’s especially the case where the protagonists are concerned.

With the hero gone, it can be hard for audiences to connect with the series on an emotional level. We grow so attached to these fictional people, it’s as if we’ve lost someone in real life!

Indeed, television history is littered with programs that experienced a fatal ratings drop in the wake of a lead character’s departure. And the thing is, it’s rarely the showrunners’ fault either – as it’s seldom their decision to show these characters the door.

No, more often than not, it’s actually the actors playing these roles who decide to move on, leaving the creative team to replace them, or wrap-up the series entirely.

Yet not every exit by a lead character ends in disaster. On the contrary, sometimes this kind of shake-up winds up making – rather than breaking – the show in question.

With this in mind, here are 10 Main Character Exits That Ended Amazing TV Shows (And 10 That Saved Them).

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Soapbox: 10 Main Character Exits That Ended Amazing TV Shows (And 10 That Saved Them)

Soapbox: 16 LOST Episodes Of Amazing TV Shows

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It’s official: these two shows have something in common!

A surprising number of TV shows have “lost episodes” – broadcasts that either never aired or were later misplaced after their initial broadcast.

In most instances, these episodes were lost due to the cost-cutting measures of TV studios who were less concerned with keeping a complete archive than they were with re-using available video tape.

Other times, it’s the case that an episode was actually aired, only to be later removed from future circulation due to viewer complaints and subsequently mislaid during the archiving process.

Then there are those occasions where an episode is filmed and has to be permanently shelved due to unintentional connections to real-world tragedies. In these scenarios, the episodes are not strictly speaking “lost” – but they’ll never see the light of day as originally planned.

And lastly, sometimes episodes are scripted but ultimately abandoned prior to filming. As they were never filmed, these are in some ways the most truly “lost episodes” – considering fans will never, ever get to see them!

Regardless the reason behind why an episode is lost, the end result is always the same: TV fans are left fascinated – or even frustrated – by the gaps left behind in their favorite shows.

In honor of these missing pieces of television history, we’ve pulled together this list of 16 TV Shows With Lost Episodes.

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Soapbox: 16 LOST Episodes Of Amazing TV Shows

Soapbox: An Adventure In Space And Time…In Heels! Why The Next Doctor MUST Be A Woman

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The Doctor thought long and hard about what life as a woman might be like…

Doctor Who Series 10 is now well under way, and yet rather than focussing on the mystery at the heart of this newest story arc – and seriously, what is the Doctor guarding in that vault? – many fans seem more fixated on who will take over from current series lead Peter Capaldi when he departs the show in December.

As even the most casual Doctor Who fan will already know, one of the key conceits of the show is that our hero is a Time Lord, an alien capable of “regenerating” after sustaining a mortal injury – a convenient plot device that allows a new actor to take on the role of the Doctor when the current star decides they want to call it quits.

With Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat set exit when the credits roll on the 2017 Christmas Special, there has been a huge amount of speculation – and, inevitably, equal amounts of excitement and outrage – at the prospect that incoming series mastermind Chris Chibnall will make history by casting the first ever female Doctor.

Whilst a recent statement by the BBC seems to have dashed these hopes, plans for Series 11 of Doctor Who are far from set in stone, and there is still a slim chance that a woman may yet be given the keys to the Doctor’s time travelling TARDIS.

Read on to learn why a female Doctor MUST happen – for the good of the Doctor Who franchise and its fans – and for a few thoughts on which actress should fill the role!

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Soapbox: Small screen, big love – The 10 best TV couples of all time

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If you grew up in the 90s, chances are these guys were your fave couple

If there’s one thing that pop culture is not short of, it’s great romances.

Nowhere is this more the case than TV, a medium pretty much built around the “Will they/won’t they?” model of dramatic tension.

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’ve rounded up the following list of the 10 best TV couples of all time – full warning: increased heart rate and misty eyes are likely to ensue.

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Soapbox: Thrills, chills and more – Five reasons you need to watch Doctor Who

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Reason #6: This relationship is purely platonic

In the months before I moved to London back in June 2014, one of my favourite ways of keeping my excitement in check was researching my new home. By far my favourite field of study was catching up on UK pop culture, which basically meant that I spent six months sitting down to watch any British movie or TV series I could get my hands on.

It was around this time that, to my great surprise, I found myself falling head over heels for a show I’ve since come to understand is less a form of entertainment and more of an institution here in Blighty, namely, Doctor Who.

For those of you who have never considered watching Doctor Who, you’re probably picturing men in scarves spouting technobabble whilst being chased by people in rubber monster suits. Basically, something with pretty limited appeal outside of the geek niche.

But Doctor Who is much more than that, as its huge popularity in the UK and abroad can attest to. Fans of the series will be quick to point out the quality of writing across the vast majority of episodes since its relaunch in 2005, and the top notch performances by both up and coming and veteran British acting talent.

They’ll also probably mention the improved production values and increasingly cinematic feel of the camera work, as well as the always excellent scoring (it has easily one of my all-time favourite soundtracks). In short, there’s a lot more to Doctor Who than meets the eye.

With Season 9 on its way this month, now seems like a great time for me to convince those of you yet to join the Doctor on his adventures through time and space to start tuning in!

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Soapbox: Thrills, chills and more – Five reasons you need to watch Doctor Who