BBC’s Bad Wolf→ a Doctor Who spinoff about Rose and the metacrisis Doctor building their life together in Pete’s World (and beyond).
Now you see them, on some planet, Earth perhaps, but likely not. You see them emerge from a police box and you wonder what these two people—one blonde with pink cheeks and the other lanky with tussled brown hair—were doing in that big blue box. The rings gleam on their left fingers as he takes her hand. The woman looks up, smiling with her tongue curling over her teeth and lip.
You see them skip over to some market, chatting with the locals, and in-between, catching the other’s eye and pressing kisses to lips and hands. You look at their love and are envious.
But what you, standing just meters from where that blue box appeared, don’t see is the time it took them to get there, you don’t see the struggle. You don’t see him—the Doctor—forgetting to sleep or her—Rose—berating him, begging him to be less reckless. He only has one life, after all.
You don’t see them piecing together their lives after being viciously ripped from another, working on what it means to be in love in a different world with a different set of hearts, only two between the both of them this time. You don’t see the months, the years it takes to grow their own TARDIS, replacing trips to Woman Wept with an airplane to Italy. And you don’t see them come to realize that, even after all this time, some pint of the Bad Wolf still lives in her. And as he is part Time Lord, both of them age far slower than their human bodies ought to.
But here they are now. Off in the cosmos, you get this odd feeling that these strangers you’re watching are exactly as they should be: in some market, on some foreign land, together.
The white luminosity of the sunlight breaking into their eyes strays their vision momentarily. The blueness of the TARDIS fades in and out and eventually its sound melds into the crashing waves and then disappears.
There is a quiet lush sound of the water licking the sand.
Rose Tyler is brave, she has never not been. He, on the other hand, feels like a coward. He is everything he had wanted to give her, but suddenly the emptiness in the air, absent of the sound of the blue box, pries into him and the unfurling and sharp whipping of her blonde hair almost fills the void, but doesn’t.
He realizes he is afraid; he is more afraid than he can remember, more than when he faced the devil, more than when lost Rose to this parallel world, more than when the thought slipped through his brain that Rose might not love this version of him.
And as she smiles uncertainly at him, he smiles back and it almost reaches his eyes. She falters.
They know they have each other.
But as they both glance back to the messy traces in the sand where the TARDIS had stood, the harbinger of their love and tragedy, they wonder if that will be enough.
The whisper and kiss on Bad Wolf Bay.
Maybe the viewers didn’t get to hear what the metacrisis Doctor whispered in Rose’s ear, but we all know, unequivocally, he finally got to tell Rose he loved her, after all that time of bottling it up. TenToo, though most certainly the same man, is nevertheless a different kind of creature. Obviously, he is far more human, but not only physically, but mentally. With that touch of human instinct, TenToo was able to release all the emotions the Doctor felt for Rose, while the original Doctor never could. Finally, Rose and the Doctor get their happy ending.
Imagine it. The Doctor sees Rose there, waiting for his eyes to fall on her. They run to each other, faces beaming, with the Doctor happier than we’ve ever seen him, and Donna behind him, glad for his happiness. And imagine no dalek. Rose and the Doctor reach each other, smother one another in hugs and kisses, because at that moment, the joy would override all sensibility. And I believe he would have said it then, in a passing second, like words that seemed as natural as anything. But we were robbed of that too. Luckily, there was one more time when the Doctor had a chance.
"I guess, if it’s my last chance to say it… Rose Tyler—"
Doomsday. Every time I watch it, the tears flow more. And we all know he was going to say it, he really was. Due to an unfortunate miscalculation, the words were lost. Some of us think he didn’t get to say it at all, others think he said it, but we only missed it because of the hologram’s fade. We saw what Rose saw. Nevertheless, the Doctor believed this was the last few moments he would ever spend with Rose Tyler, defender of the earth and the woman he loved. Hearts broke across the nations.
"If I believe in one thing, just one thing, I believe in her!"
The Doctor never voiced his love more than in this moment, and not to mention “…Oh she knows.” He is a man of science and reason; myths and faith is something that he treads lightly on. He’s seen a lot and so he doesn’t believe a lot. But Rose is something he will always have faith in. This young London shop girl made this old, broken, but fantastic man into a believer. Rose saved the Doctor in every way you can save someone.
→AU Alice in Wonderland with Rose as “Alice” and the Doctor as the “Mad Hatter” | Anonymous requested “Rabbit”
"Curiouser and curiouser," mused Rose as she tread through the wild grasslands. She had lost the rabbit with the fob watch by now, so she was traveling alone. Her blue dress snagged on thorns so she lifted it lightly with one hand as she made her way through Wonderland. Giant flowers loomed overhead as she reached a beautiful iron gate, woven with ivy and such things she had never seen in all her life. As she entered, her small feet padded softly on the cobblestones.
In the distance, a mad man in pinstripes stood alongside his blue box. He watched her approach, smirking and singing lullabies to himself. He tapped his foot to the beat inside his head and slung himself behind his box.
Rose ventured into a magnificent garden, laden with greenery and stone architecture. At the end of a very long path, a strange blue box sat, bits of the land climbing up it. Rose couldn’t take her wide eyes off of it. She tiptoed near it, still holding the blue hem of her dress.
"Oh!" she exclaimed. "Why, we match, this blue box and I."
"Oh, indeed you do!" said a man, his face peering around the edge, startling Rose. His wild brown hair matched the untidiness of his dress; his tie poked out from under his jacket, several buttons were missing, and one, mismatching, was sewn on in its place. His bright white shoes starkly contrasted the dark of his clothes.
Rose stuck out her chest, determined to be brave in this strange new land and said, “Hello. I’m Rose.” She offered the mad man her hand, which he took and shook profusely.
"Brilliant to meet you Rose! I’m the Doctor! And this is my blue box! Her name’s the TARDIS. Would you like to go for a spin?"
Hesitating, Rose quickly studied the man and the box, and asked, “How do you mean?”
"Oh, me and my TARDIS, we’ll take you anywhere! Out of this strange land, and into stranger! All of time and space, Rose. How does that sound?" He was bouncing on the balls of his feet now, a sharp twinkle in his eye. Rose recognized it as the thirst for adventure.
"All of time and space?" she repeated, incredulously. "That’s mad!"
"Oh," said the Doctor, grinning manically. "We’re all mad here."
"You wither and you die. Imagine watching that happen to someone that you—"
"You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mine with you."
The Tenth Doctor’s love for Rose is as obvious as daylight in the sky, but the moment that it really shines is in “School Reunion”. Rose has just found out about his previous companions, and she’s terrified that she’ll join their ranks. But immediately, the Doctor insists she won’t, because, to him, she’s something more. He was this close to saying he loved her. It was on the tip of all our tongues. And even though he doesn’t say it, he gives Rose the opportunity to live her life with him. This is where “Forever” begins.