Cities In The Rain by Christophe Jacrot
Plot twist: The next companion is a normal girl/boy who only dies once in their lifetime and has no remarkable back story but he thinks they’re wonderful because they are human and the Doctor needs reminding that you don’t need to be a mystery to be remarkable.
WHY CAN’T I FUCKING TELEPORT I AM SO FUCKING ANGRY
I think about Rose and the Doctor a lot. They were beautiful together because their relationship was so easy - they completed each other in the best ways without even really trying. It was just natural for them. It was obvious that, the same way Rose was amazed by the Doctor and all of his brilliance, he was equally awestruck by her, this little shopgirl from London. What made them so wonderful for each other was that they loved each other on such a deep level, and there was never any question that they did; they never needed to prove themselves by making big romantic gestures or through displays of physical intimacy. It was just there and it was lovely and it was perfect, and that to me is what made their chemistry together so fantastic.
A lot of what the show lacks now is this sort of ease and simplicity. It’s the biggest problem I have with the Doctor’s relationship with River. Moffat obviously tries really hard to emphasize that they are together and that they love each other. They flirt, they make nauseatingly frequent sexually suggestive comments to each other, they kiss, and River knows the Doctor’s name, could they be any more intimate? But the thing is, despite the fact that they certainly act a lot more like a romantic couple than Rose and the Doctor did, they just don’t feel like two people in love to me. They never have. Sometimes it seems like they don’t even like each other.
It’s probably fair to say that a lot of this could just be my bias talking. Rose is my favorite companion and always will be, and she’s the only person I ever want the Doctor to love that way. But there’s still something to be said about how the nature of the Doctor’s relationships has changed. It’s not the same. I want relationships with genuine heart on this show again - no flash, no gimmicks, no awkward sexual banter, just two people who have a deep emotional connection and endless admiration and respect for one another.
I really miss Rose and the Doctor.