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The last two companions, Amy and Clara, go on brief excursions with the Doctor before he returns them to their homes. I don't recall any previous companions doing this, both in the current and the classic series.

Why does the Doctor drop them off after each adventure instead of having them live on the TARDIS?

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    Perhaps the tardis itself is now reliable enough that the Doctor can drop off and pick up reasonably. Perhaps the new writers are trying to wean the companions away from total dependency and give them lives of their own and let these outside lives act as plot points or dialog drivers. – Patrick Hughes Sep 24 '14 at 2:26
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    May also be the Doctor is trying not to get as emotionally attached to the companions. – Joe L. Sep 24 '14 at 3:06
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After the events of "A Good Man Goes to War", the Doctor comes to realize that the choices he has made and the life he has lived is making him a target, and that because of his compassion for his companions, they become targets as well. It's after this point that he starts to distance himself from Amy and Rory. Not because he doesn't care about them anymore, but because he cares too much.

We've seen the Doctor's previous companions in the new series become very attached to him, and this makes them liabilities. He's also been previously admonished for turning those around him into weapons, partly because of their trust and faith in him. It's a sobering wake-up call.

He doesn't want his enemies coming at him through his friends again, so he holds them at arms' length in order to protect them. That means letting them live their own lives, and only occasionally popping round to whisk them off on an adventure.

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In both cases, it is simply the companion's preference. Amy (with Rory) and Clara both have established lives and responsibilities on Earth that they do not want to abandon. Series 7A, and in particular, "The Power of Three", explores with the Ponds' conflicting lifestyles and gives us a better look at what they have on Earth and why they may want to stay there, and in Clara's case, she had the Maitlands to look after in Series 7B and now has a full-time job as a teacher.

  • Don't forget that you don't have to worry to be back the next morning, if you've got a time machine (that doesn't screw up the time and space coordinates). – Mario Sep 24 '14 at 7:56
  • This answer is a little off considering Amy herself ran away on her wedding night, knowing that she wouldn't be missed at all when travelling in a time machine. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 24 '14 at 13:03

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