You're Still You

The Doctor wonders that Rose cannot feel his dark gaze on her. But she's busy, her hands fiddling with the console controls as she beams at the meta-crisis.

More importantly, the Doctor wonders that she's still Rose Tyler, Defender of the Earth, Bad Wolf, and companion. A Child of Time, Davros said.

He wonders that her smile is just as bright, her eyes as shining. He wonders about the way she still just barely sticks her tongue out of her mouth when she smiles. Oh, he wonders, and how wonderful it is.

Because, even after all this time, after everything that she's seen and that's been done to her, she is still the Doctor's Rose.

Set during Journey's End. Inspired by "You're Still You" by Josh Groben.