The Doctor didn’t like the room he was in. The window was too small, for one, and the only view was of the rest of the hospital building and the parking lot below. The rest of the room tried too hard to combat the stiff sterility and clinical feel. The potted plant in the corner, the curtains’ bland design of pale gold, cream, and dull pink, the soft, dimmed lighting, the too-firm armchair…they all made it worse, not better.
But then there was the reason he was here, and even in her fragile state, she took his breath away. Rose laid there on the bed, peaceful but for the tangle of tubes and wires surrounding her and the harsh lullaby of steady beeps and ticks accompanied by the soft whoosh of the machine that was breathing for her.
He shifted restlessly in the armchair by her side, unable to get comfortable and unable to discern if this was the chair’s fault or how his mind was trying to string together the words he wanted to say.
“You know,” he started,”you know I don’t want you to go, Rose. But you don’t have to stay…for me. I’ll be all right. ‘Sides, I’ll be right behind you—Oi! I already hear you fussing and moaning. No, not like that. I wouldn’t dream of offing myself. The number of times you saved this sorry hide? That’d be quite rude, wouldn’t it?”
I’M JUST TRYING TO MIND MY OWN FUCKING BUSINESS IN THE FUCKING TEN X ROSE TAG AND DO YOU SONS A BITCHES KNOW WHAT I KEEP SEEING? MOTHER FUCKING ELEVEN X CLARA.
‘ELEVEN X CLARA IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN TEN X ROSE BECAUSE ELEVEN RISKED SOOOO MUCH MORE TO SAVE CLARA THAN TEN DID WHEN ROSE WAS STRANDED IN PETE’S WORLD SO HE LOVES HER MORE BUT LOL JK I LOVE TEN X ROSE TOO.’
‘ELEVEN X CLARA IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN TEN X ROSE BECAUSE CLARA SPENT HER WHOOLLEEEE LIFE WITH HIM SO NO WONDER HE’D RISK IT ALL INCLUDING HIS HEARTS TO SAVE HER.’
I DON’T DO THIS. I DON’T GO INTO OTHER TAGS AND POST SHIT. NOTE HOW I’M NOT TAGGING THIS WITH ELEVEN X CLARA SO IT SHOWS UP IN THEIR FUCKING TAG?
FIRSTLY: DON’T COMPARE SHIPS. SECONDLY: DON’T TAG THEM. THIRDLY:
YOU. CANNOT. COMPARE. THOSE. SHIPS.
“Can you think of a favourite scene from the next six episodes and give us a mime of it?” x
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When the Ninth Doctor first asked Rose to travel through time with him and refused, the Doctor accepted that and moved on. He traveled through space and time, saving the universe, all lonely for years thinking “I wish Rose could have been here.” Eventually, he goes back to a few seconds after he left Rose and says “By the way, did I mention it also travels in time?”
Rose never knew how long the Doctor waited for her.
I think this makes sense. In the episode Rose you see all those photos of Nine at the assassination of Kennedy and at the Titanic (on his own). But also in that episode he’s checking his reflection in the mirror like he’s seeing it for the first time, so he can’t have been long regenerated. So maybe he does all that stuff in the time before he comes back and says “Did I mention, it also travels in time?”
which makes that line even more powerful because this time he would really want her to say yes, because he knows what it’s like without her.
What’s interesting are the events the Doctor (theoretically) chose to visit during that time between when Rose (theoretically) first said no, and when he returned to extend the invitation a second time. Nine was photographed/drawn near the Titanic, Krakatoa, and the Kennedy assassination. All horrible catastrophes with tragic loss of life, all catastrophes that caused profound change in human history, catastrophes that (if Pompeii and Bowie Base One are anything to go by), would likely qualify as fixed points in time.
This leads me to believe that the Doctor was nearly in the throes a Time Lord Victorious breakdown as a result of the Time War and Rose’s rejection. He was dancing around the edges of these fixed points, likely looking for a way to save lives and prove to himself that he wasn’t a vile person. To prove to himself he could make a difference.
To prove to himself that he’s worthy of having someone brave and clever like Rose as a companion.
And Nine (obviously) doesn’t save Kennedy’s life or stop the eruption of Krakatoa, but in the episode “Rose” we find out he DOES save one family originally scheduled to travel on the Titanic by convincing them to delay their trip. A small measure of redemption.
Enough so that the Doctor summons the courage to return to that dark London sidewalk and casually lean out the door of his TARDIS like no time had passed at all, like he hadn’t been scrabbling in the wake of Rose’s rejection. And then he said the words he’d practiced alone in his console room dozens of times, with the exact amount of calculated swagger he’d rehearsed: “By the way, did I mention it also travels in time?”
Matt & David (x)
i want to know the advice,i bet it’s something dirty
Probably something about the best way to nick things from the set and not get caught.
or how to shag your co-star without anyone else knowing about it. ;)