Okay people who say Rose is clingy in a derogatory manner make me want to rip my hair out.
You know what she was?
Persistent, immensely courageous (I mean, how hard would it have been to get those three words out? To him, especially. How hard must it have been to risk everything to find a way back to him, when he had never said them and she wasn’t even sure he wanted her back? That’s one colossal step up from “omg should I text him idk if he likes me!?”), and constantly true to her word. She said she would never leave him and she came back over and over and over to prove her point.
Because that’s what you do for the people you love.
And you know what the Doctor was?
He was a man who’d lost everyone over and over and over, and suddenly there’s this girl who keeps on coming back to him no matter what, who risks her life to keep her promise to him.
Like did you see his face on one side of that wall after they were separated, when he thought he lost her forever?
He’s heartbroken yes, but mostly he’s tired, resigned. You can practically hear him thinking, “Why was I stupid enough to think that this time it would really be forever? Every time I love someone I lose them, and here we go again. Why should I expect any different from the universe?”
AND THEN SHE COMES BACK
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I don’t think he understood why she did it, but I think he loved her for it.
And I think that’s what finally made him realize that no matter what he had done, he was so inconceivably, impossibly, irrevocably loved.
So sure, call her clingy. Fine. Do it. Be my guest.
But for a man who never seems able to keep the people he loves, for a man who moves so fast that it makes it so hard to hold onto things, for a man who anything permanent and lasting rolls off of like water off a duck’s back and for a man who is literally a walking inadhesive, maybe clingy was exACTLY what he needed.