I had a request to paint something along the lines of Eleven and Amy meeting Ten and Donna, but in my mind, I don’t think Eleven would be brave enough to face the woman who can’t remember him or his former self who doesn’t know yet that he’ll have to make her forget. But he would give in to Amy’s request to meet his other best friend, they’d just see from a distance.
This is NOT a Photoshop filter, every stroke is painted by me.
“There, that’s me,” the Doctor said, angling his sizeable chin down the marble steps.
Amy’s eyebrows lifted as she looked at the tall, skinny man in the long coat. “Blimey, look at that hair,” she said, taking care to keep her voice down. “You were really–” She stopped when she caught the hurt look on her Doctor’s face. She smiled sweetly and amended her intended statement, “…skinny.”
Appeased, he looked back at the pair just below. His green eyes softened with emotion as his gaze switched to the woman beside his former self. “And that’s her, my best friend. The one who…” His voice broke, unable to continue.
“The one who forgot?” asked Amy, gently.
He nodded, shoving his hands in his pockets, his jaw tight. He could scarcely bear just standing there, watching from a distance. His hearts squeezed painfully and he wondered how he’d feel if he’d actually given in to Amy’s request to introduce her to his other ginger best friend. Maybe he would have regenerated on the spot. That would have been a new one.
Amy touched his arm and he wrenched his gaze away to meet hers. “Don’t worry, Raggedy Man,” she said with a smile. “This is one ginger who won’t ever be forgetting you.”
She couldn’t possibly know that, but he pulled her into a grateful hug anyway, just for saying it. He knew that Amelia Pond was well on her way to breaking his hearts all over again, they all did, in the end. That’s why he ran so fast. Trying to outrun a foregone conclusion, where he was alone again. Amy was another ginger he would eventually lose. Just the how, the why, the when, and the where remained to be discovered.
Til then, he’d run as fast as he could, clinging to her hand the whole way.
Running down corridors, absolutely classic!! I like how Amy losing her faith in the Doctor echos back to when the exact same thing happened to Ace back in The Curse of Fenric, and I loved how the Doctor took some responsibility for the Ponds and saved them. He really cares about them.