October 29, 2012
– Posted by Sage
If you love and hate their precious faces in equal measure, they’re probably your OTP.
As promised, we’re devoting one post a week to spotlighting five songs on our awe-inspiring Rose and Ten playlist. Read Kim’s first playlist breakdown post here. This week, I’m walking you through five more selections and why they’re reminiscent of the best OTP in all of time and space. Ugh, I could write about these two all the live-long day. Pop open your Spotify, queue up Rose and Ten, and get ready to re-feel all the feelings.
“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure
“‘Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
The one that makes me scream,’ she said
‘The one that makes me laugh,’ she said
And threw her arms around my neck
‘Show me how you do it
And I promise you I promise that
I’ll run away with you
I’ll run away with you.’
Spinning on that dizzy edge
I kissed her face and kissed her head
And dreamed of all the different ways I had
To make her glow
‘Why are you so far away?’ she said
‘Why won’t you ever know that I’m in love with you
That I’m in love with you.'”
In my weird brain, Robert Smith sat down with a pot of tea and decided to write a song about the Doctor and Rose Tyler. The first verse is pure Series 1. The Ninth Doctor was born out of war, and carries that cynicism and world-weariness on his back. And then Rose comes into his life – this blond bundle of curiosity, compassion, and joy. As MATT SMITH SAID TO ME ONCE, “seeing the universe alone is different to showing the universe and letting someone else experience it.” Things change for The Doctor as soon as he starts looking at the world through Rose’s eyes. I’ve always been partial to the theory that Ten is who he is because, when he regenerated, Nine was so in love with Rose and in awe that she basically sacrificed herself to save him. He’s always wanted to be better for her and now he has the opportunity to literally become the man she needs. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that, folks.
Cute lyrics, right? It’s all spinning around and magic tricks and love and fun. Right? RIGHT?
“And found myself alone alone
Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me .”
It’s basically “Doomsday” set to music. Ugh. Let’s move on.
“Long Live” – Taylor Swift
“Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming, long live the look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered.”
“And you take a moment
Promise me this
That you’ll stand by me forever
But if God forbid fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children someday
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name.”
In the special features on the Series 2 DVDs, David and Billie do a visual commentary for “Doomsday.” Even though they both admitted to being devastated by filming the goodbye, that wasn’t the last scene they shot together.
The last scene that David and Billie shot as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler was the final scene of “The Satan Pit.” They’ve materialized on a space station stuck in the orbit of a black hole; saved as many of the crew as they could; defeated what may have been the actual devil; and come close to actually dealing with how they feel. (“If they get back in contact – if you talk to Rose – just tell her…tell her…oh, she knows.”) They’re safely back in the TARDIS when crew member Ada asks, “You two…who are you?” The Doctor looks at Rose, smiles, and says, “Oh…the stuff of legend.”
They couldn’t get through it without crying.