Other People’s Pets — Ch. 14 The Post-Epilogue Epilogue


Written for Ashley on her birthday except it’s not her birthday anymore, er, sorry about that.  Happy Almost-But-Not-Precisely-Your-Birthday, Ashley!

Oh, and this whole thing won’t make a whole lot of sense unless you’ve read the first bit here.  Also, I did not make the following hilarious Dalek gif.



The streets were deserted, and there were signs of fighting everywhere.  At a loss for divining the Daleks’ master plan, the Doctor questioned Donna about the meaning of Rose’s warning.

Donna just smiled.  “Why don’t you ask her yourself?”

The Doctor turned, hardly daring to hope, and just like that, there she was.


Middle of the night, standing on an empty street corner.  Her smile bloomed, bright as the sun, and without even realizing it, he was moving, running, racing toward her, and she was running toward him, and the only thing in time or space that mattered was a calculation of speed and distance, a figure ticking down until she was in his arms.

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"I think Clara is the Doctor’s mother" yeah because that wouldn’t make the already-intensely-awkward-and-painful flirting in Eleven’s era even more intensely awkward and painful

Everything about that idea is ludicrously painful, in every way, wow. 

lol though with Moffat’s whole “but WHENNN did the Doctor say he WASN’T HUMAN??” condescension spectacular at that q&a earlier this year, and his desire to cram his OCs into every last nook and cranny of this show, this is exactly the sort of thing he would do.

I mean, in terms of Eight, Moffat’s obviously only ever paid attention to the tv movie. The “half-human on my mother’s side” line is just the kind of nonsensical and unimportant thing Moffat would seize on and milk, to show off his ~cleverness~. 

Kinda hoping this happens, because the more far-fetched and ridiculous Moffat gets when he jacks with the 47 years of show that preceded him, the more likely we all are to corporately ignore anything he ever had to do with this show. 


Behind the Scenes of The Unicorn and the Wasp

Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s DWM article:

Greeves, fetch a flannel!  David Tennant has just spilt a cyanide-laced beverage all over his suit, while in the throes of some formidable “I’ve been poisoned” acting.  This incident has onlookers rolling about.

Once his suit has been miraculously speed-cleaned, David spends the remaining takes paranoid about repeating the blooper.  “Did that look like I was taking a decent gulp?” he asks.  “I was being so ginger about it!”

David’s favorite detective, we later learn, is Columbo.  […] “He’s just so cool.  A mind like a trap, hidden in a body like a dung-heap.  There’s also something quite Doctor-ish about him, so that’s probably why he appeals to me.”

DWM: When you dad Sandy’s present on set, as he is today, does it change the way you conduct yourself?
David:  It probably does make me behave myself.  But he’s very good at looking after himself: he’ll chat to anyone.  Even DWM!
DWM:  Do you utter profanity in front of your dad?
David:  I don’t swear at all - I don’t know what you’re talking about!  Besides… my dad might read this.
DWM:  What brings you to set today?
Sandy McDonald: I came down to see David.  We’ve been having a difficult family time [the episode was filmed a few weeks after David’s mother passed away] and I felt it would be good for us to get together.  As you can imagine, I must be high in the list of Doctor Who fans!  It’s good to meet the people: not just the stars, but also members of the crew who I hear David talking about.

The rest of my behind-the-scenes photosets are available here





The name’s Mickey. Mickey Smith. Defending the earth.

And that’s what I call character development.

But why did they have to turn Martha into the scared one to do it though. They could’ve just been like ‘fuck yeah let’s do this together’

Sorry… I don’t normally do this, but this scene actually matters a lot to me. It’s my second favourite of the goodbyes in that episode (the first being Rose).

This moment isn’t about fear.  While the evil alien was still shooting at them, Martha never showed any fear (neither did Mickey, for that matter).  She was thrilled, laughing, and having a fantastic time.

The moment that is giffed on the right above is after the Sontaran has been dispatched and Martha and Mickey are seeing the Doctor and recognizing that he’s saying goodbye.  It’s not about fear, not of dying, but fear and upset on behalf of the Doctor, and Mickey isn’t protecting her, he’s comforting her.

This gifset, to me, isn’t about Mickey becoming brave, even though he did. It’s about Mickey becoming an adult.  On the left, he is a submissive member of the relationship, seeking comfort when he’s afraid.  In the second, he’s an equal member of the relationship, offering comfort when he and his partner are upset.  Because that’s what adults should do.

In addition, Martha turns to Mickey not simply, to my mind, to seek comfort, but also because she knows that he will need comfort as well.  Because the Doctor means a lot to both of them.