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FIC: Not Ready to Choose One Guy (1/1)

Title: Not Ready to Choose One Guy
Series: There's The Door!
Rating: T
Author: tkel_paris
Summary: In the wake of “Boom Town,” the Doctor lays down some home truths to Rose over her treatment of Jack and Mickey – and himself.
Disclaimer: Not a fan of Rose, which should prove none is mine.
Dedication: Yet another one I can give tardis_mole credit for prodding. :)
Author's Note: I actually haven't watched Boom Town. What little I've read and heard, however, doesn't leave me any more well disposed toward Rose Tyler than before. If anything should've killed any love that the Doctor might've had for her, it ought to have been this episode. At least until she ripped open the TARDIS and caused Nine's death.

Not Ready to Choose One Guy

Started May 28, 2012
Finished February 6, 2013

Rose wasn't sure why Jack said that the Doctor had called them all together in the TARDIS. Her, him, and Mickey. She didn't know what he was needed for. Hadn't the Doctor called him an idiot?

Jack let Rose and Mickey enter the ship first. His time senses and empathy told him that the Doctor had a stick up his ass, and this time it was probably justified.

Mickey was scowling. This hadn't been anything like the trip Rose had said it would be. Maybe he should've said no when she asked him to bring her passport. If she was traveling through time and space, what good did a passport do?

The Doctor watched as the three entered. He'd taken care of Blon, giving her a second chance thanks to the TARDIS' interference. Now...for the far more unpleasant task.

Rose moved right next to him. “Doctor, what's the matter? Why call all three of us here?”

He wasn't going to pull any punches. This would be as direct and possibly insensitive as could be. “Rose Tyler, did you not lure Mickey Smith to Cardiff under false pretences?”

She blinked. “What?” Her voice was a bit small, wondering how he could possibly have known what she offered to Mickey.

“The TARDIS can hear your thoughts, and she's chosen to share them with me.”

Rose was appalled.

“Not,” the Doctor stressed, “that I needed to know you'd played on a young man's desire to be intimate with the girl he loves to have reason to be unhappy with you.”

“What did I do?!”

“Played Jack and Mickey off each other. That's very, very cruel of you, Rose.”

The harsh glare had never been directed at her. Irritation, yes. But something that resembled anger? Well, he came close when they went to visit her father and everything went wrong. He'd yelled at her a lot then, and she'd thought he wasn't coming back after the visit to her mother afterward.

The other two men looked at each other cautiously. Seemed they had something in common, and an ally. But how far was that ally willing to push things?

Rose searched for the words to placate the Doctor. But he cut her off before she could speak.

“There is nothing that justifies what you did. You think you can flirt your way around and not have to care about the consequences. You can't. Nor can you act like there are none to you. You act like having me around gives you the option to act however you feel like. You never had that right. None of my companions ever did.”

“There were others before me?!”

He rolled his eyes. “And that's the point that your little ape brain picks out of all the points I made?”

She squawked in protest. “But I thought I was the first!”

“I never said that. You assumed. You assume that a nine hundred-plus year-old alien would only have ever had one companion.
Just like you assumed that it's possible for me to love someone as immature and inconsiderate at you. I've had family treat me rather like you have, and I have no wish to repeat the experience any longer. Your actions prove that you're not ready to be in any kind of a serious relationship, and you've latched onto me as a ticket to avoid life. No longer, Rose Tyler. You are going home!”

Rose shook her head. “No! You can't! You need me!”

The Doctor practically snorted. “Jack and Mickey can help me. I'm sure their lives will be better without you in them. Though I suppose Mickey will want to check in with Jackie every so often.” He paused, and quickly resumed. “So will my life, come to think of it. No more correcting for a selfish seventeen year-old girl's mistakes.”

Rose paled. He'd realized her actual age. “But I'm eighteen now.”

“Not according to the TARDIS. You missed an entire year, Rose. You're still seventeen."

She complained more, but the Doctor just had Jack hold her back while Mickey ensured that Rose's things were all in the Control Room. A quick swipe through her pockets restored the TARDIS key to the Doctor, and Rose's phone lost its upgrade.

Rose found herself outside the Powell Estate part of the Tower Hamlets before she knew it, and the shock of being all but thrown out left her staring after the disappearing TARDIS in silence. She couldn't understand how those three men would get on without her.

She had no idea that Mickey would grow up faster, and realize more of his natural genius. She could not grasp how much happier Jack would be without her causing any harm to his timeline. And most of all, she would never know that dumping her paved the way for the Doctor's own future happiness.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 7th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
"the Doctor had a stick up his ass". I'll say it again. YOu do know how to turn a phrase!! And it fits Nine especially.

You know, for someone who was so dismissive of people much of the time, it was strange how many times he forgave and covered up for Rosie. I wonder if RTD ever realized exactly what he wrote? I became disillusioned and down-right annoyed with Rosie very early on, and this was based solely on what I saw on the screen. And long before my Donna-love ever really developed!

Feb. 7th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, lordy... Crack!fic alert: Nine pulls the stick out of his arse to swat Rosie out of the TARDIS. *cacklefit*

If he has even half the God complex that Moffat seems to, then I doubt it. I have the feeling that by the time I've finished my viewing for "The Noble Girl", I'll have no respect for Rose left in canon. Not even a hint of hope of it left.
Feb. 7th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, now that is a scene we all need to see! And Chris would have been maginficent at it.

As I've said to a number of people, I don't give a fig about what RTD or SM or anyone SAYS about the relationship between Rose and the Doctor, (or about Ten and Donna, for that matter), or about Rose's personality. I only know what I SAW on the screen. And I SAW an immature, self-centered, Earth/human-centric, spolied, man-hungry, manipulative little girl.

*Sigh* Why aren't we in charge?!

Edited at 2013-02-07 10:34 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
*snickers* It might turn into one of my next May stories. :DDDD

Yeah, I can't believe the writer when I can see holes in their logic. One of the things I've read while studying for revising my NaNo story is that if you think of yourself as the creator, you resist making changes and seeing the flaws. If you see yourself as the steward of the story, then you're willing to do what the story needs instead. They could use that lesson.

Hmm... Might turn that into a post onto itself... :DDDDD
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
I started out liking Rose. I did. Honestly it wasn't until Ten showed up that I started to notice all the clingy, whiny, childish crap she was pulling. After that, it was downhill for Rosie-poo. I did go back and watch her with Nine, and I picked up annoying behavior from her then too.

~Ali ♥
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
It's amazing what perspective and a rewatch can do. I hadn't seen much of "Rose" until I started writing "The Noble Girl" and needed to check for details from the episode. I simply can't believe that anyone would make her a main character for anything. A side character, yes, because those don't have to be anywhere NEAR as fleshed out as the main characters MUST be.
Jun. 20th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
You know, I never thought about him dumping her this early on, but now that I think about it, it's perfect! The next year of adventures would've been SOO much more interesting traveling with Mickey and Jack. Not to mention sparing poor jack centuries of heartache.

I admit I originally was a doctor/rose fan but then series three came, and Donna showed-up and suddenly I was completely over Rose all-together. I think the Doctor initially needed someone like Rose to get him out of his funk but long-term she wasn't the best thing for the him.
Jun. 20th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
Very much so. And a lot would've had to be re-written to ensure Earth's safety. But the whole Miracle Day thing would never have happened for sure. And THAT would be an improvement.

Really? Well, that's interesting. I'm afraid I never had a real fan phase toward Rose. More of a state of not knowing enough to have an opinion one way or the other. I only finally watched "Rose" last year to complete a story for a friend's birthday in August last year. I'll be watching more of Series 1 to complete more stories for her sake.

Anyway, thank you. This might help me resume writing again.
Jun. 20th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, I question my sanity a little bit whenever I re-watch some Rose episodes. I suspect it was more to do with the fact I started on the series with series 1 thanks to a friend. If I had been started as of series 3 or 4, that may have changed my entire perspective on Rose. I can say one thing though, I was never happy with the way she treated Mickey.

Yay for resuming writing! I'll keep an eye out!
Jun. 20th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
As a writer, I was trying to figure out how to write plots and see how characters had or didn't have agency. Anyway... let's just say I nearly face-palmed myself several times. If you're wondering which story, look up the series tag "series: the noble girl". I think I'm going to start again on the next one in the series.

And I practically started with series 4. So you can imagine how much that skews my perspective.

Again, thank you. :D
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