Anonymous asked: Hello!Why do some haters think that Rose’s character development in S2 went downhill?Personally I loved how she matured and became more capable. P.S I love your blog.Have a great day!
oh man let us settle in here I have a lot of thoughts
I agree with you — I think the notion that Rose’s character growth stops dead after POTW is bullshit, and I think she absolutely has a character arc in s2. S1 for Rose functions as kind of her call to action, where she gets involved in this world-saving business and discovers she likes it and is good at it — really the culmination of her arc is in that speech she gives to Jackie and Mickey in the chip shop, about having seen a better way to live life and being able to say no and make a stand rather than sit by doing nothing. In s2 we’ve already established that about Rose — that she likes to help people, and that she’s capable of it — and so instead we focus on her growing further into that hero role and learning to do it on her own. She becomes more of a leader, and more of a hero on her own independent of the Doctor. Compare her nervous stammering in front of the Sycorax in TCI with the way she organizes the crew in Satan Pit, investigates on her own in TIL, saves the day in Fear Her, etc.
It’s a shame that Rose is so clingy.
Doctor Who Meme → Two Quotes [1/2]
But it was, it was a better life. I don’t mean all the traveling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life…You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no.” You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away!
I just want to do a brief compare/contrast between Clara’s actions in “The Name of the Doctor” and Rose’s actions in “The Parting of the Ways”. This isn’t meant to be anti-Clara because I’m not anti-Clara! But I just thought it’d be interesting to look at some of the differences.
One thing that is somewhat similar between the two episodes is the time loopiness of it all. But I think that a very important distinction here is that Clara KNOWS that it’s a time loop. She knows that the Doctor has already met her so she knows that she does scatter herself to save him. She knows that she’s going to sacrifice herself. (If she doesn’t then I guess paradoxes would ensue? IDK.) And imo, that takes away a lot of Clara’s choice in the matter. I mean, I guess she could still not sacrifice herself and then the paradoxes would happen and then… whatever, I guess. I’m not sure what would actually happen. But Clara does know that she’s already done it which makes it seems like Clara’s sacrifice is just an inevitability.
Contrast this with Rose in “The Parting of the Ways”. Yes, the Bad Wolf DOES create itself. But the point is that ROSE DOESN’T KNOW THIS AT THE TIME. She doesn’t look into the heart of the Tardis because she knows that she’s already done so and has already become the Bad Wolf, scattering messages across space and time. I think that makes Rose’s actions seem more brave and sincere.
And then you have the fact that as far as Clara knows she is going to die if she jumps into the time stream. She’s making an active choice to sacrifice her own life in order to save the Doctor. Rose, on the other hand, doesn’t exactly know what looking into the heart of the Tardis will do. I mean, it does have the eventual consequence of killing her (she was only saved because of the Doctor’s intervention), but she isn’t making a choice to die. She’s just doing whatever she can to save the Doctor.
I don’t really have a thesis with this post. I don’t really know exactly what I’m trying to say. I just wanted to point out the similarities and differences in the situation.
And now you all should discuss it so that I can get your thoughts!
Rose Tyler. Defender of the Earth.
It’s coming from across the stars. The darkness.
The Doctor and Rose Tyler
- “From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soul mates. They understand and complement each other.” – Russell T Davies
- “What Rose brings to the Doctor’s life is completion. It’s completing a circle – he’s male, he’s alien, he’s a traveler. Between the two of them together they complement each other and discover each other. And are in love with each other – absolutely, unashamedly, unreservedly.” – Russell T Davies
- “It’s a love story…it’s like love at first sight, in a way.” – Christopher Eccleston
- “The Doctor is literally thrown into this bizarre new circumstance before he’s properly gotten himself together after saying farewell to Rose, who was the love of his life.” – David Tennant
- “I think Rose was unique in the sense that she loved him and he loved her back. And it was more than just a hint, it was deeply emotional.” – Freema Agyeman
- “The Doctor and Rose love each other. I think it’s that simple.” – Euros Lyn
- “She’s the one woman, the one human, that can make him better– that can make him a bigger character, a better man.” – Julie Gardner
- “From first holding the Doctor’s hand to a farewell on a beach, Rose is the Doctor’s reason to fight, to endure, to ensure there’s light in the darkness. Together they can achieve anything. As Episode 9 describes it, they are the stuff of legends.” – Julie Gardner
- “Obviously and quite overtly, really, the subtext of this show is that the Doctor is hopelessly in love with Rose.” – Steven MoffatSomething I wanted to finish for Nili’s birthday- HAPPY BIRTHDAY NILI!!! >:D<
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