Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can’t quite believe it ‘cause everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world.
Last night I started a rewatch of Doctor Who to take my dad through the show from the beginning. He’s watched several episodes, but never really in any order.
A rewatch of course means plot bunnies or meta posts from me, because every time I watch this show, I catch things I missed before.
For instance! Has anyone ever noticed the look on Rose’s face at the very end, when she tells the Doctor no and he doesn’t argue? She expected him to persuade her.
My entire meta/headcanon surrounding this has changed. I used to think she said no because he was offering her so much more than she’d ever thought was possible. I still think that’s part of her thinking–”I’m just a shopgirl; why does he want to travel with me?” And Mickey is right there, reminding her of how much she isn’t.
But now… I think I get it now. She was uncertain if she really had the right to accept such an offer, so she said no hoping he would give her reasons that she was the perfect companion for his life. The initial refusal is also there to appease Mickey, at least a little. “Well, I didn’t just run off the first chance I got… he had to talk me into it.”
It’s all there in her body language. Even when she says no, she’s still hopeful and poised to run. When he slumps in disappointment and only says okay, she is surprised. That’s not how she expected him to react. (@rudennotgingr pointed out that she’s not used to people accepting her choices without arguing over her.)
And then she stands there in that alley for a few seconds after the TARDIS disappears, staring at the spot where it had been in disbelief. He wasn’t supposed to leave without her!