Even though I was born in Michigan, I grew up in Nashville, so country music is practically ingrained into my DNA. I LOVE country music, and I get very annoyed when anyone says they hate it. In fact, I am convinced that anyone that says they hate country music has never really given it a chance. Sure there are some TERRIBLE songs (“Red Solo Cup” is the most recent big hit that comes to mind), but that’s true of any genre (“Gangnam Style” anyone?). To me, what sets Country Music apart as a genre is its focus on story telling. Not that a good pop song can’t tell a story (we’ve got hundreds on this playlist that do) but country songs often take it to the next level and can make you feel all sorts of emotions. Naturally, there are many country songs on this playlist that conjure up Doctor Who feelings. So those who claim to HATE country should give these songs a listen and then get back to me.
And if you get back to me and say you still hate country music, I can’t help you. And I also question whether or not you have a soul.
“There’s a new wind blowing like I’ve never known.
I’m breathing deeper than I’ve ever done.
And it sure feels good to finally feel the way I do.
I wanna love somebody, love somebody like you.
And I’m letting go of all my lonely yesterdays.
I’ve forgivin’ myself for the mistakes I’ve made.
Now there’s just one thing, the only thing I wanna do.
I wanna love somebody, love somebody like you…”
This song screams the Ninth Doctor at the end of “End of the World”, which I also covered in my last playlist post. While the Doctor still has many many gruff moments post “End of the World” (which IS only the second episode of the series), I always pinpoint the end of that episode as the moment where The Doctor started to heal and began to open himself up to Rose. He doesn’t completely change all at once, there would be no fun in that. It’s an ongoing process. But in that moment where he and Rose head off to get some chips, The Doctor begins to let go of his past and relax and allows himself to think that there could be something more for him.
“We run on fumes
Your life and mine
Like the sands of time
Slippin’ right on through
And our love’s the only truth
That’s why I run to you.
This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you
I run to you baby
And when it all starts coming undone
Baby you’re the only one I run to
I run to you.”
This song is about partnership and finding that one person you can count on above anyone else. If that is not what you think the Doctor and Rose are to each other, then you are watching the show wrong. Fact.
“Rescue me, Chin Boy, and show me the stars!” — Oswin Oswald, “Asylum of the Daleks”
“But every night, Doctor. When it gets dark, and the stars come out, I’ll look up on her behalf. I’ll look up at the sky. And think of you.” — Wilfred Mott, “Journey’s End”
“It’s all waiting out there, Jackie. And it’s brand new to me. All those planets, creatures and horizons—I haven’t seen them yet. Not with these eyes. And it is gonna be… fantastic.” –The Tenth Doctor, “The Christmas Invasion”
Yeah, yeah, I know that neither one of these quotes were said by our heroine, Rose Tyler. But I DO think that these quotes demonstrate one of the greatest appeals of traveling with The Doctor for the companion…seeing the stars! It’s why Rose ran away with The Doctor in the first place…she knew she wanted to see something MORE than what she had going on in her current life. Heck, it’s why we all watch the show. It’s why I went to Space Camp THREE TIMES (#nerdalert). We ALL want to run away with The Doctor and see all of time and space. It’s why we’re on constant alert for that TARDIS sound.
Needless to say, there are a LOT of songs about the stars out there, and there are quite a few on our epic playlist. Let’s take a look at some, shall we?
“Tell me all about your foreign wars
And all about the photographs that line your drawers
Cause i know a lot about closing doors
But not enough about what opens up yours
Oh my my
Oh my stars
Everything you see is ours
Or it could be if you would try
I wish you would
I wish you might
If everything you’ve said to me has been true
Then all my stars are leading me to you…”
This song SCREAMS Rose and Nine to me (and YES, I realize we talk a LOT about Nine here. Because he is awesome. Perhaps we should just rename these posts Rose and the Doctor feels?). “Oh My Stars” conjures up images of when Rose first started traveling with The Doctor, when he was all prickly and brooding. And (oh so gently) Rose would push him to start to FEEL again. Conversations like this one from “The End of the World” would happen:
The Doctor: You think it’ll last forever. People and cars and concrete. But it won’t. One day it’s all gone. Even the sky. My planet’s gone. It’s dead. It burned like the Earth. It’s just rocks and dust. Before its time.
Rose: What happened?
The Doctor: There was a war and we lost.
Rose: A war with who? What about your people?
The Doctor: I’m a Time Lord. I’m the last of the Time Lords. They’re all gone. I’m the only survivor. I’m left traveling on my own because there’s no one else.
Rose: There’s me.
And thus Rose Tyler, a completely ordinary girl from London, began to melt the heart of a 900 year old Time Lord and heal his battered soul.
The real world is a minefield for fangirls. At any moment, we might see a seemingly harmless object or hear someone say a common phrase and be plunged into OTP feels. See what happens when you show a Rose/Ten fan a pair of 3D glasses or throw a “quite right, too” into a conversation. Frankly, I’m still not really comfortable around the Staples Easy button.
For this week’s playlist post, I picked five of my favorite Rose/Ten moments – the ones that threaten to pop into my head at any time and throw me into an emotional tailspin – and found the songs in the playlist that most remind me of them. Stay away from windows, my friends. This is a tough one.
“Love of mine, some day you will die
But I’ll be close behind
I’ll follow you into the dark
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the ‘NO’s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark.”
When the Doctor realizes what he has to do to save the Earth from the impending Dalek and Cybermen invasion, he jumps into impersonal, busy Time Lord mode. He already knows what he has to do to protect Rose and he can hardly look at her. We all know that something is terribly, terribly wrong but still don’t quite comprehend just how hard Russell T. Davies is about to screw us.
Meanwhile, Rose isn’t having it. The practical thing would be for her to get as far away from danger as she can, but love ain’t practical y’all. She’s even willing to say goodbye to her parents forever. Shit is getting real.
“I made my decision a long time ago, and I am never gonna leave you.”
And HIS FACE at that part! (I spend most my time watching Ten episodes yelling, “YOUR FACE” at the screen. Kim’s seen it.) He is STRUGGLING to do the selfless thing, but he desperately wants her to stay. Ugh. Acting.
Whenever I go to the gym, I always hashtag my FourSquare check-in #runningfortheTARDIS. Technically I guess I should say #ellipticallingfortheTARDIS, but that just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well. It is both a way to connect with my fitness buddy Jenn and very often my sole motivating factor that gets me through my cardio. Cause let’s face it. They do a LOT of running on Doctor Who. And when the Doctor comes for me (SHUT UP HE WILL), I want to be ready. I can’t be slowing him down when we are running away from Daleks or Cybermen or Dinosaurs!
There also happen to be a lot of songs about running on the playlist. Songs about running away together. Songs about running TOWARDS each other. Best of all, songs that capture that incandescent and reckless feeling that comes along with being head over heels in love with someone. Bonus: All but one of these songs are pretty happy, so you won’t want to kill yourself at the end of this post.
“Get Out of This Town” – Carrie Underwood
“Let’s get out of this town tonight!
Nothing but dust in the shadows,
Gone by morning light.
Somewhere we won’t ever get caught, ever be found,
Baby, let’s just get out of this town!
Don’t need directions, don’t need a map
If we get lost I’ll be good with that.
Yeah, we’ll find a way to make the time pass…”
For as much as we focus on all the ANGST that comes along with Rose and Ten (because we do love all the angst) we tend to forget about the times when they were just blissfully happy together. The giggling and flirting in “Tooth and Claw”. The opening scene of “The Idiot’s Lantern” (“You going my way, doll?”). Their sexy sleuthing in “Fear Her”. And that running gif completely personifies this song. Yeah, they are likely running for their lives at that point. But that moment when they look at each other and just LAUGH and keep running. He’s saying, “Let’s get out of here, baby.” That, my dear readers, is the breathless feeling of being in love personified.
And the line “Yeah, we’ll find a way to make the time pass…” = doing it, doing it, TARDIS doing it. You know this to be true.
As Sage is deep down the rabbit hole of a never ending work event (Seriously everybody! Send her all the good vibes so she can survive one more day!), I’m taking the playlist post again this week.
Pats self on the back for being an awesome blog partner.
In addition to being massive TV geeks, Sage and I are also musical theatre geeks. So it was inevitable that showtunes would end up on the playlist. And for some reason, I’ve been in a quite a showtuney place lately, so I thought I would look at the ones we chose for the playlist…
Written in the Stars – Aida
“I am here to tell you we can never meet again.
Simple really, isn’t it? A word or two and then
A lifetime of not knowing where or how or why or when.
You think of me or speak of me and wonder what befell
That someone you once loved so long ago so well…
Is it written in the stars?
Are we paying for some crime?
Is that all that we are good for
Just a stretch of mortal time?
Or some God’s experiment
In which we have no say?
In which we’re given paradise
But only for a day.”
Um. Was this song ACTUALLY written for this scene…?
Why yes. Yes I THINK IT WAS. Aside from the whole “Marry the princess, Radames” interlude, that is. I will never be able to listen to this song the same way again. You’re welcome.
First of all, I must say that Sage and I are thoroughly enjoying destroying you guys every week with these playlist posts. It gives you a small glimpse into our daily lives, as we will often just IM each other lyrics and then flail over them everyday. That’s totally normal behavior, right?
Warning. This post is VERY Doomsday heavy. I’m sorry.
“The Scientist” – Coldplay
“Questions of science, science and progress
Don’t speak as loud as my heart
And tell me you love me, come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are
Nobody said it was easy
Oh it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start”
First of all, that is one of the meanest graphics I have ever seen. Is there a more heartbreaking scene than Rose and The Doctor pressed against the same wall in parallel universes, hands touching, yet not touching? (Actually, yes there is, though I didn’t know it when I watched Doomsday for the first time.) There is a moment where they both KNOW that they are as close as they possibly CAN be to touching…you see it in both of their faces. Their bond is so strong they can feel it through the void of time and space. It’s devastatingly beautiful and brilliantly played by David and Billie, especially when you consider that they likely filmed it without the other on set.