The real world is a minefield for fangirls. At any moment, we might see a seemingly harmless object or hear someone say a common phrase and be plunged into OTP feels. See what happens when you show a Rose/Ten fan a pair of 3D glasses or throw a “quite right, too” into a conversation. Frankly, I’m still not really comfortable around the Staples Easy button.
For this week’s playlist post, I picked five of my favorite Rose/Ten moments – the ones that threaten to pop into my head at any time and throw me into an emotional tailspin – and found the songs in the playlist that most remind me of them. Stay away from windows, my friends. This is a tough one.
“Love of mine, some day you will die
But I’ll be close behind
I’ll follow you into the dark
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the ‘NO’s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark.”
When the Doctor realizes what he has to do to save the Earth from the impending Dalek and Cybermen invasion, he jumps into impersonal, busy Time Lord mode. He already knows what he has to do to protect Rose and he can hardly look at her. We all know that something is terribly, terribly wrong but still don’t quite comprehend just how hard Russell T. Davies is about to screw us.
Meanwhile, Rose isn’t having it. The practical thing would be for her to get as far away from danger as she can, but love ain’t practical y’all. She’s even willing to say goodbye to her parents forever. Shit is getting real.
“I made my decision a long time ago, and I am never gonna leave you.”
And HIS FACE at that part! (I spend most my time watching Ten episodes yelling, “YOUR FACE” at the screen. Kim’s seen it.) He is STRUGGLING to do the selfless thing, but he desperately wants her to stay. Ugh. Acting.
So let this be the chance
The only one that counts
You’re love will be my last
Until my life runs out
Until then I won’t rest
Till then I will not stop
Until I hear the words
All I need is a yes
And that I want to be where you areI
feel the same as I did from the start
Whoa, I want to be where you are
And I’m willing to get there
When I hear this song, I think about the time in between the Torchwood Institute and Bad Wolf Bay. We have no idea where the Doctor has been or what he’s been doing since he lost Rose. It’s probably too heartbreaking for us to see, since I imagine he was just trying every crazy idea he could think of to get back to her. And failing every time.
Finally, he figures out a way to at least see her one more time. He has to sacrifice a star to do it, but oh well. Boyfriends everywhere realize that they’ll never be able to make a grand gesture this romantic.
“I’m burning up a sun just to say goodbye.”
“And I’ve, well I’ve seen a thousand things in one place
But I stopped my counting when I saw your face
Erasing memory, well I feel as though I’ve never seen a face before
Until I saw your eyes
And they’re smiling back at me through my tears
I’ve been counting all these years, oh
Suddenly the thousand things I’ve seen were nothing more than dreams of
Of you and me
You and me.”
Oh, Donna Noble. You shipped Ten and Rose even more intensely than us. She gives the Doctor a hard time about “losing” his last companion before she realizes how wounded he is. She asks him a straight question and he gives a straight answer. After all of Ten’s hedging, I was shocked at how open he was (FINALLY) about the actual nature of their relationship.
“Rose, her name was. Rose. And we were…together.”
“You could be happy, I hope you are
You made me happier than I’d been by far
Somehow everything I own smells of you
And for the tiniest moment it’s all not true
Do the things that you always wanted to
Without me there to hold you back, don’t think, just do
More than anything I want to see you, girl
Take a glorious bite out of the whole world.”
It’s “Journey’s End” and Rose Tyler has done the impossible. She’s spent years in the alt-universe Torchwood designing a dimensional canon (obviously), so that…
“So I could come back…shut up.”
And then, in another “YOUR FACE” moment, Ten reacts like so:
World ending and Daleks and lost love errrrywhere, but the Doctor takes a minute to be like, “That’s my girl.” Sigh.
“I’ve been beaten down, I’ve been kicked around,
But she takes it all for me.
And I lost my faith, in my darkest days,
But she makes me want to believe.
They call her love, love, love, love, love.
They call her love, love, love, love, love.
She is love, and she is all I need.”
Then there was that time that the Doctor was trapped in a pit with, you know, Satan – who, by the way, he doesn’t believe in. He’s facing not only certain death, but possibly the upheaval of every truth he’s ever known. And he’s got one thing left to hang on to.
“I’ve seen fake gods and bad gods and demigods and would-be gods. And out of all that, out of that whole pantheon…”
“I believe in her.”
THEIR LOVE IS FOR THE AGES, YOU GUYS. I think I actually stood up on my bed and screamed, but I’ll only admit that to the whole of the Internet. It went a little like this:
Is your favorite Rose/Ten moment on this list? Leave your picks in the comments. Corresponding songs optional, but encouraged. 🙂