I almost cried when they took him to that museum. That was probably one of the best moments this season.
I was the same!
But I disagree with the hate to Rory, while I personally didn't like him, he did feel like an anchor for Amy instead of her falling in love with the Doctor from the get go, as to be honest I am SICK of these new contrived love plots for the Doctor, be wit Rose or Martha and yes I know it's always been there, but come on Rose had Mickey and Amy had Rory, and both straight away basically forgot they had a boyfriend to fall in love with the Doctor, hell Amy was about to get MARRIED
. Honestly the heart breaking goodbye to Rose was handled really well I felt and even when he left the Human Time Lord Meta Crisis with Rose. ( Dues Ex Machina at it's finest. )
This maybe why in The End of Time I loved Wilf so much as the Doctors companion there, as there was no forced love object but a man who saw the Doctor as all that was good in the universe, as for Wilf the Doctor saw him as all that was good in humanity and when Wilf said he'd have been proud to be the Doctors father to the Master and later the Doctor saying he'd be proud for Wilf to be his father I was really moved. Also the finale when Wilf was locked in the radiation chamber got me, I had thought 'Wow he beat the Master he's not going to die, but how are they going to swing his regeneration?' and then you hear Wilf knocking on the glass and see the Doctor's face drop as he realises it wasn't the Master but Wilf who was his killer. Even when he said to Wilf's plea to leave him 'Oh well fine then, I'll be off', you know he couldn't leave Wilf and as angry as he was at him for being stupid and getting locked in there, he couldn't let him die as he loved Wilf, loved him as the father he probably wished he had and when he told him it'd be his honour to die for Wilf I was on the verge of breaking down and weeping at just how sad that was.
Wow that was rather the rant for me..
But yeah, don't hate on Rory, hate on the fact they always have to find away to crowbar in Doctor/Companion love story, even if Matt Smith's Doctor is trying really hard to not lead Amy on. Also as teeth grindingly annoy as Cathrine Tate was ( NOT a fan of her at all, in any capacity. ) at least she was there to be the Doctor's friend not his love intrest.