The Doctor: Rose, get out of the way now!
Rose: No. ‘Cause I won’t let you do this.
The Doctor: That thing killed hundreds of people!
Rose: It’s not the one pointing the gun at me.
The Doctor: I’ve got to do this. I’ve got to end it. The Daleks destroyed my home, my people. I’ve got nothing left.
Rose: But look at it.
The Doctor: What’s it doing?
Rose: It’s the sunlight, that’s all it wants.
The Doctor: It can’t—
Rose: It couldn’t kill Van Statten, it couldn’t kill me. It’s changing. What about you, Doctor? What the hell are you changing into?
I want you safe. My Doctor.
1x13 - The Parting of the Ways
Look at the Doctor’s face. He has been falling in love with Rose throughout the whole season, and has, to some extent, loved her since the moment they met. But he’s broken and he’s scared and he’s self-loathing. He doesn’t believe that he is lovable anymore. He doesn’t think he deserves to be loved.
But then Rose says this, and he can finally see that she does love him. And as the Bad Wolf, she knows the whole universe, all of time and space. She knows him. She forgives him. And she loves him.
Though he is terrified for Rose, knowing that she’s burning up from the inside with all that energy inside of her, he gains hope from these words. Just look at his face at the revelation that Rose loves him. This is the moment that solidifies their relationship. He will never give up hope for her after this point. He will do anything to save her.
Bringing this back because I had a discussion yesterday about whether or not the Bad Wolf was actually Rose, and I want to get my point across just how important I think it is that Rose gets the credit for being the Bad Wolf from the fandom.
The Bad Wolf was meant to save the Doctor, but the more important thing that the Bad Wolf did was show how far Rose had come as a person. The Bad Wolf is an act of self-sacrifice and love. (And every character involved in this episode does have an act of self-sacrifice: Jack sacrifices his life and goes down fighting the daleks. The TARDIS sacrifices herself to give Rose the ability to be the Bad Wolf. The Doctor kisses Rose and saves her, knowing that he will die or regenerate from all the energy coursing through his body.)
It is absolutely crucial, not only to her character and the way we as an audience view it, but to the story, that we acknowledge that Rose was the Bad Wolf and not the TARDIS. The TARDIS definitely helped - it was a team effort. As Rose says, “I looked into the TARDIS, and the TARDIS looked into me.” The TARDIS gave Rose the power to see time and space and change the things that needed to be changed. But regardless of whose original power it was, Rose was the one whose eyes were seeing time and space, whose brain was calculating what needed to be changed, whose hands were changing things and spreading the words through time and space.
Denying that it’s Rose is denying the big picture. Rose’s being the Bad Wolf was monumental for both her and the Doctor and their development as a couple. It was her shining moment as a hero.
Yes. The TARDIS could not on her own save the Doctor—she required a vessel with such an intense love for the Doctor as well as someone who the Doctor could not let die for him to make that sacrifice.
Rose took the initiative, Rose had free will. It was her choice, and the TARDIS enabled her.
one photoset per episode: Doctor Who 1.02 The End of the World
“The end of the Earth. It’s gone. And we were too busy saving ourselves, no one saw it go. All those years, all that history, and no one was even looking. It’s just…”
See, that’s the thing about Rose Tyler. She can be incredibly selfish and then turn right around and be entirely selfless. Because, oh hey guys, she’s HUMAN.
Series 2 Episode 2 “Tooth and Claw”
yes, they do just travel around time and space making ridiculous bets. The Doctor is so far into debt to Rose Tyler, he’ll never get out.
Series: Companions of Doctor Who, an exploration into their many levels of awesome
ROSE TYLER 1/6: Rose Tyler is so compassionate she once taught a Dalek to feel love