Like how long was he hanging onto that, ‘I think you need a doctor,’ because he looks almost pleased to be able to say it, among all the other myriad emotions pinballing around that scene.

And half under the TARDIS console, Rose Tyler prancing around in her tight shorts and her thin vest, complaining about the cold, and just thinking it over to himself, I am going to get out from under here, and “Cold, Rose Tyler? I think you need a doctor.”

And it’s a terrible line, he knows it’s terrible, but he’s grown fond of it, all the times he’s thought to use it and never did, because it’s just bad enough, just cheesy enough, that she’ll probably give him that grin with the tongue, and roll her eyes, but they’ll be twinkling, she’ll be twinkling, and it’ll be because of him and his goofy joke.

And of course he’d kiss her then, because what’s the use of trotting out a pun like that, ham-fisted and silly, if he’s not going to get something out of it, and that’s the time, she needs a doctor, and he’s the Doctor. 

There’s more of course, playing doctor, and physical exams, and something about tonsils, he hadn’t worked that line out yet, but it was there, and he’d get to it during all that sleeping she did.

But then there wasn’t a chance, wasn’t time for ‘open your mouth and say ahhh,’ or ‘open your mouth and say please,’ and it’s the end and he gets one final shot, and it shouldn’t have been like this, but it was only ever going to be like this, and:

I think you need a doctor.

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