The Doctor took a deep breath, and he knew that Jack was watching him suspiciously.
"How about we go on a trip?"
There, he'd said it. He now felt the room's three other occupants staring at him, in various stages of disbelief.
"W- What?" Rose asked, wide eyed and trembling.
"Do you really think that's a good idea, Doctor?" Jack asked nervously as Jackie tried to comfort a now panicking Rose.
"Look, it's not doing Rose any good being cooped up in here, and while the familiar surroundings helped at first, it's now been a month and a half and you've only left the flat once! We need to take you somewhere you haven't been before, somewhere that won't bring up memories of you being kidnapped down in the courtyard," the Doctor explained, nodding out of the window as he spoke.
"B- But it'll b full of strangers," Rose pointed out nervously, allowing Jackie to draw her in for a hug.
"Well, yes, but we'll make sure you're with at least one of us all the time. And we can stay on the TARDIS at night. I could take you to the most relaxing spa planet in the Universe," the Doctor pointed out gently.
"Now hold on, I'm not sure if I wanna go to some Martian spa!" Jackie chipped in suddenly, glaring at the Doctor.
The Time Lord rolled his eyes.
"Why do you always think we're going to Mars?" he muttered under his breath.
Jackie continued to glare at him, so the Doctor hastened to reply.
"I was thinking of Barcelona, actually," the Doctor announced loudly.
For the first time in six weeks, he thought he saw a glimmer of excitement in Rose's otherwise dull eyes.
"The planet?" she asked timidly.
"Yeah," the Doctor replied, grinning "besides, I did promise to take you there!"
Rose smiled uncertainly, and Jack couldn't help but smile too. He'd been watching the interaction carefully, and realised that Barcelona must have been on the cards for some time now, they had just never gotten there.
"Are you sure this 'Barcelona' is safe for humans?" Jackie butted in again, brow furrowed as she continued to hug her daughter to her.
Before the Doctor could reply, Jack piped up.
"Very safe. The most danger Rose could get in there is being licked by one of the noseless dogs." Jack replied with a chuckle.
Jackie nodded, seemingly satisfied.
"When were you thinking of leaving, Doc?" Jack asked the Time Lord.
"Well, as soon as everyone's packed and ready to go," the Doctor admitted.
"I'll go pack now then," Jackie announced, beginning to head out of the room "what will I need to pack?"
"Whatever you feel comfortable in, Jackie," the Doctor assured her.
Jackie nodded, and had just reached the sitting room door when she froze.
"Hold on, what do you mean 'noseless dogs'?!"
"Why are you doing this?" Rose asked the Doctor quietly.
They were sat in the TARDIS, waiting for Jackie to finish packing. As Rose had been sleeping on the TARDIS, she hadn't needed to pack anything from the flat. Jack had headed off to his room, insisting that he wanted to change into something 'more suited to Barcelona', although the Doctor knew that that was the Captain's way of giving him and Rose some privacy to talk. He made a mental note to thank him later.
"I think it'll help you get better. I know it won't make you better immediately, but we need to get you back outside, back out in crowds and surrounded by strangers." The Doctor told her.
He noticed Rose stiffen at his words, and knew she was beginning to panic again.
"You can do this, Rose," the Doctor told her gently, gripping her hands in his.
Rose squeezed his hands tight, and offered him an awkward smile.
"Wha' if I can't, though?" Rose asked quietly.
"You will. Maybe not immediately, but we'll get there in the end. I believe you can do this, Rose, you just need to prove it to yourself."
Rose's cheeks flushed in embarrassment, and just then, the TARDIS doors were flung open and Jackie dragged a suitcase in.
"We going, then?" Jackie asked the Doctor abruptly.
"Yeah, if Rose is ready," the Doctor replied, jumping to his feet and looking down at his companion.
Rose attempted a reassuring smile and nodded. The Doctor grinned, and soon enough, he was bounding round the console, setting coordinates. He only hoped his plan worked…
A/N : Haven't done an A/N at the end of a chapter for a loooooooonng time! But just to let you know, although this story is finished, this series will continue for one more story. So keep a look out for 'Kiss the Girl', coming soon! (Hopefully)