Your favorite OTP playlist took a break over the holiday season, but we’re back! Yes, it’s 2013 and we are still writing about these idiots and their stupidly gorgeous faces.
This week’s playlist post is all about time, that heartless bitch. You might think life with a TARDIS would make time inconsequential, but nope. Nope, nope, nope. As hard as he tries to outrun it or stretch it out, the Doctor’s time with his companions always ends. These five songs are all about the the role that time plays in the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler.
*Disclaimer: When I told Kim which songs I picked for this week, she replied, “KILL ME.” So, you know. Fair warning.
Time, where did you go?
Why did you leave me here alone?
Wait, don’t go so fast
I’m missing the moments as they pass
I rewatched the “End of Time” two-parter right before Christmas and was just flattened by a few things I hadn’t noticed about this heartbreaking scene. The Doctor knows that he’s dying, and he’s on a farewell tour to all of his companions. He visits everyone in the “present” of their timelines (Martha and Mickey are engaged, Donna’s getting married), but, of course, he doesn’t have that option with Rose. He can’t go back in his own timeline and see the two of them together, so he looks in on a Rose that doesn’t know him yet.
And when a complete (albeit totally beautiful) stranger steps out of the shadows to ask a teen girl what day it is, Rose Tyler acts like she’s just met her best friend. The Doctor’s face is PAINED as he talks to her, especially when she tells him it’s 2005. He knows that she has all of their adventures ahead of her, while he’s already left them behind. And then, (this is what shattered me this time), the camera follows Rose into her building and up the stairs through the window, until she’s completely out of sight. BECAUSE HE DID TOO. CAN YOU STAND IT?
The first and last face this face saw.
It’s only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table
The walk before the run
The breath before the kiss
And the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?
So choke the dawn and damn the daylight
Time is just an invisible line
I’m hoping you hear me, tonight
Please wont you slow it down tonight
The days are rolling by
Tell me I’m gonna be, alright
Speaking of Nine (and shouldn’t we always be?), let’s talk “Father’s Day.” Much is made of the way that Rose humanized the Ninth Doctor, and I think that force is strong with this episode. He takes her to the past to the day that her father died, believing that Rose will somehow be able to just be there and not intervene. He throws a hissy fit about how stupid humans are and that she should have listened to his vague warnings about paradoxes. But what human child wouldn’t save the life of the father she can hardly remember if she could? Oh, Nine. You’re fine, but you’re simple.
But, as usual, the humans rise above Nine’s expectations. Pete sacrifices himself to put the timeline right again, and the Doctor tells Rose to go and comfort him in his last moments. Struck by the unconditional love obvious in the Tyler family, the Doctor cools out. He and Rose walk hand in hand back to the TARDIS.
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I’ve broken
But I swear in the days still left
We’ll walk in fields of gold
We’ll walk in fields of gold
Yes, I know this is a Sting song. But just trust me on this arrangement, okay?
Man, this verse just screams “Doctor,” doesn’t it? He can’t pledge himself to anyone or anything, but he tries like hell. No matter how Ten reassured Rose, he knew something was wrong after “The Satan Pit.” But what can he do? Say “see ya” and drop her off at the Powell Estate? She wouldn’t allow it. So instead, he carries on whisking her around the universe, trying to cram in as much as he can. And that is what she said.
I do remember the swing of your step
The life of the party, you’re showing off again
And I roll my eyes and then you pulled me in
I’m not much for dancing but for you did
Because I loved your handshake, meeting my father
I love how you walk with your hands in your pockets
How you’d kiss me when I was in the middle of saying something
There’s not a day I don’t miss those rude interruptions
And I’ll go
Sit on the floor wearing your clothes
All that I know is I don’t know
How to be something you miss
Never thought we’d have a last kiss
Never imagined we’d end like this
Your name, forever the name on my lips
Donna and Rose were soul sisters in a lot of ways, including the way they imagined their tenure in the TARDIS. Forever. Martha and Amy and Rory all had lives to return to, but the Doctor was essentially everything to these two. Not to go super dark or anything, but I bet Pete, Jackie, and Mickey were keeping an eagle eye on Rose after the events of “Doomsday.” Of course, Rose Tyler is too amazing of a human being to give up on life. But if anything could tempt her, it would be this. But wait! Thanks for playing, Rose. For your parting gift, you’ll get your very own half-human Tenth Doctor to marry and have a million babies with. Not a bad deal.
As usual, thanks for indulging my obsession with fictional characters. Make sure you’re subscribed to our Rose/Ten playlist, and we’ll see you next week for more OTP feels.