You don’t scare me! I know how sad you are. You’ll be back in a minute. Or you’ll hang around outside the TARDIS waiting for me. And I’ll make you wait a long time!
Doctor Who + Colors Abound
doctor who meme: six companions [1\6] → Rose Tyler
“Think about it, though. Christmas 1860. It happened once. Just once, and it’s… gone, it’s finished. It’ll never happen again. Except for you. You can go back and see days that are dead and gone, a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.”
|ten and rose + romantic valentines meal in 19th century paris|
As fun as it was to visit the past, the dresses could be a bit much, Rose had decided. The Doctor wanted to show her Paris at Christmas, but in typical Doctor fashion, they’d ended up there mid-Feburary- February 14th, to be exact. Paris on Valentine’s Day. One might think that this would be fun and romantic, but the fun and romance didn’t quite reach Rose and her period appropriate undergarments. The corset was as restricting as she had imagined it would be, but no one had warned her how much skill was involved in sitting while wearing a bustle. Rose felt as if one false move would send her sliding to the floor.
The Doctor had insisted on taking Rose to a cafe off the Champs-Élysées and was going on about the history of some dish or other- apparently it had been invented by a cook that worked in an aristocrats house during the French Revolution or something like that- but all Rose could think about was when they could go back to the Tardis and she could change into her comfy jeans. Her reverie was broken by the appearance of something in the window.
“Doctor!” Rose hissed.
“… so you see, most people are unaware of this fact, but I was there, so I saw the whole thing myself.”
“Doctor!” Rose whispered more urgently as she stood suddenly, jostling the dishes on their table.
“Hm? What were you saying Rose?”
“LOOK OUTSIDE. There is a TENTACLE emerging from the sewer.” Rose said, gesturing to the window.
The Doctor’s eyes widened. “Oh. OH! Well come on then! Back to the Tardis! We’ll need to gather some supplies. If I’m not mistaken, that species tends to lay eggs in damp and dark places, so I suspect we’ll need something to destroy any potential future offspring.”
Rose laughed as she and the Doctor darted back into the Tardis. Surely something was wrong with her because she suspected that she was going to enjoy getting back into her grubby clothes and going after that creature more than any meal in a Parisian cafe.
Elton: I wasn’t being pervy or anything, I wasn’t after her! I was looking for the Doctor!
Jackie: Oh I know that. I worked that out. Cos it’s never me, is it?
Jackie forever for the win.
When I say, I love Rose Tyler, this is part of what I mean. I love that Rose came to us with the estate in her attitude, with a single mother that she both loved and fought with, with an absent dad that she missed and she talked about often, and without her A-levels. I love Jackie Tyler and I loved that the bond between these characters was so natural and yet so great and so deep that it transcended space and time: Rose was in the year fifty-thousand-apple-whatever, freeing space miners or meeting the future prime minister of the Horsehead Nebula, and on earth at that same minute, Jackie was loving her, defending her, waiting for her. When I say I miss Rose Tyler, I mean I miss that, too.
you say no
Something that I really love about Rose Tyler is the way that she takes ownership of her own life. Like idk. I think that it’s really important that in the moment that she chooses to go with the Doctor, she has Mickey being scared and clinging to her leg, but then Rose is like “nope, I’m not going to be held back and tied down to Earth. I’m going to go travel with this man and see what it’s all about!”. It’s not that she’s heartless, but she can’t just stay behind to take care of Mickey forever. She wants to go see what the Doctor is all about. So she makes the choice to leave Mickey behind because she knows he’ll really be fine (I mean he was a bit scared, but it’s not like he was dying or anything), and then she joins the Doctor for some adventures.
I think that this is the kind of thing that RTD is talking about when he calls Rose “wonderfully selfish”.
The Doctor sends Rose back to her mum in “The Parting of the Ways” and she just won’t accept it. The Doctor doesn’t get to make those kinds of decisions for her, so she fights to get back. The same thing happens when the Doctor tries to send Rose away in “Doomsday”. She loves her mother, of course. But being stuck on Earth isn’t the life that Rose wants. She’s made her choice and that choice is traveling with the Doctor.
She fights to get back to the Doctor in series 4 because when Rose knows what she wants, she fights for it.
And I just really love that about her. Rose is assertive about her own life. And I think that’s fantastic.