A/N: This chapter sort of continues on from 'I'll Try', so it's best to read that chapter first, although this probably makes sense without it.. :) Actually, I think this might be my new favourite over 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight'..
A Whole New World
"You let her get abducted?!" Jackie screeched, hands on hips as she glared at the Doctor.
"I'm sorry, Jackie! It... It was a busy market, she must have gotten caught up in the crowds!" the Doctor protested desperately.
Jackie's eyes narrowed, and before Rose could stop her, her palm had collided with the Doctor's cheek. The man cried out slightly, cupping his now stinging cheek as Jackie continued ranting.
"It serves you right, you stupid Time Lord! Letting my Rose get hurt like that… An' you'd better be able to fix her, or I'll be hurtin' you a lot more than that slap!"
Jackie's eyes drifted lower, and Rose's cheeks burned while the Doctor's eyes widened and his hands left his cheek to shield his crotch.
"Just leave it, Mum!" Rose chipped in suddenly, rubbing her temple "The Doctor brought me back here to see if anythin' would jog my memory. You yellin' and slapping him won't help!"
Jackie huffed, but her features softened slightly as she looked Rose over.
"Oh, I'm sorry, sweetheart," Jackie sighed "it's just, if he didn't keep takin' you to all those dangerous places…"
"Drop it, Mum." Rose cut in quietly, noting how the Doctor was looking more and more miserable with every word that left Jackie's mouth.
Reluctantly, Jackie nodded.
"I'll pop the kettle on." She sighed, heading for the kitchen.
Nothing was working. They'd been at Jackie's for almost two days, and there hadn't been even the slightest glimmer of recognition from Rose's battered mind. The Doctor had been considering asking her permission to go into her head and see if he could give her a bit of a nudge back on the right track, but after what the Scornulux did to her, he was reluctant to try it. He was coping, though. Jackie had even pulled him to one side a few hours ago to ask if he was alright, and he'd forced a smile and nodded. They weren't here for him. They were here for Rose. She needed to heal.
"Really, Mum? A Disney movie?" Rose asked, eyebrow raised.
"An' what's wrong with a Disney movie?" Jackie huffed.
"Nothin'." Rose replied quickly "Just the Doctor made me watch one earlier."
"You always watch Disney movies when you're unwell." The Doctor replied with a shrug, one hand in the biscuit barrel again.
Rose rolled her eyes, but moved over to Jackie and picked a film out anyway.
Tears stinging his eyes, the Doctor fled from the flat. He didn't bother shutting the door behind him, and he could hear Rose's and Jackie's concerned voices behind him, but he didn't care. Leaning over the balcony slightly, he took several deep breaths, willing himself to calm down and get a grip. Eyes shut, he concentrated on breathing, and was shocked to feel a hand on his arm. The Doctor's eyes snapped open, and he looked over to see Jackie watching him with motherly concern.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have let her pick that movie." Jackie told him quietly.
"Nothing to worry about." The Doctor told her, not looking at her.
"It is something to worry about, Doctor." Jackie protested softly "It upset you."
I'm fine. It just… Reminded me of, well, before the accident." The Doctor responded, attempting a weak smile even though his eyes were still watery.
"You're not ok, Doctor. You're hurtin'." Jackie responded calmly "You've lost your…Whatever Rose is to you. Your partner."
"She's right in there, Jackie." The Doctor replied dryly, nodding back towards the flat.
"You know what I mean." Jackie berated softly "She doesn't remember you. You've as good as lost her, and it's alright to grieve. We'll get through this, but it'll do you no good to keep it all bottled up."
"I don't want to hurt Rose, though." The Doctor answered quietly, staring out across the estate, avoiding Jackie's knowing gaze.
"But believe me, Doctor. You'll feel a lot better after you've cried. I did after Pete died. Kept tellin' myself I couldn't cry, that I had to stay strong for Rose, that she'd pick up on somethin' being wrong. It took months before I properly grieved, but after I had, I felt so much better." Jackie told him gently, rubbing his arm.
The Doctor sighed, head bowed as they listened to the faint strains of 'A Whole New World' coming from the sitting room.
"Now," Jackie continued, slightly louder "are you gonna stand out here in the cold and cry, or are you gonna bottle it up and come back in?"
The Doctor exhaled loudly, watching as his breath formed in front of him in a little white cloud.
"I think," he began uncertainly after a while "I need to stay out here for a bit."
Jackie nodded in understanding.
"I'll leave the door on the latch." She told him softly before heading back into the flat.
"What're you doing up here?"
The Doctor didn't look round at the sound of the voice, he already knew it was Rose.
"Watching the stars." He replied.
He listened as he heard Rose walking over to him.
"You've been gone hours, you know. Me and Mum were getting worried." Rose told him as she hopped up to sit on the brick platform "You didn't tell us you were gonna come up to the roof."
"Easier to see the stars." He responded, still not looking at her.
"Mum told me the film upset you. 'M sorry, I should have picked something else." She told him quietly, watching him carefully.
"Doesn't matter." The Doctor replied.
"It does though. I hurt you." Rose pointed out, before adding "Why won't you look at me?"
There was silence for a minute or so as the Doctor considered his answer. Finally, he replied.
"Because it's easier not to." He admitted softly "Every time I look at you, I can see it in your eyes. You have no idea who I am."
He did look at her then, briefly, eyes dark and sad in the night-time gloom. Rose stared back, willing herself to say something, but before she could respond, the Doctor returned his attention to the stars.
"It wasn't the film that upset me." The Doctor announced suddenly, hands in his pockets.
"No?" Rose asked, brow furrowed as she looked up at him.
She wrapped her arms around herself, wishing she'd brought a jacket up with her.
"No." the Doctor replied "It was the song."
Rose frowned for a few moments as she recalled the song lyrics. Then she realised.
"Oh." She murmured.
"Yeah." The Doctor replied, still gazing out at the stars.
They descended into silence again, both staring out at the inky black sky and the tiny pinpricks of lights that signalled the rest of London. At some point, Rose realised, the Doctor had begun humming, and she couldn't help a small smile when he began singing quietly under his breath.
"I can show you the world, Shining, shimmering, splendid, Tell me, princess, now when did You last let your heart decide?"
There was something familiar about the Doctor singing, something nagging at the back of her mind, and Rose closed her eyes, concentrating hard on grasping the memory and dragging it forward.
"I can open your eyes, Take you wonder by wonder, Over, sideways and under, On a magic carpet ride" the Doctor continued quietly as he stared out at the stars.
He was oblivious, Rose decided, to the fact she could hear him. It was sweet, she decided.
"A whole new world, A new fantastic point of view, No one to tell us no, Or where to go, Or say we're only dreaming"
The Doctor finished singing and, after realising he wasn't going to continue, Rose picked up where he left off, singing just as softly as he'd done.
"A whole new world, A dazzling place I never knew, But when I'm way up here, It's crystal clear, that now I'm in a whole new world with you"
The Doctor looked at her in shock, wide-eyed.
"Well?" Rose prompted, eyebrow arched.
"Now I'm in a whole new world with you" the Doctor sang softly, still looking rather confused.
"Unbelievable sights, Indescribable feeling, Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling, Through an endless diamond sky" Rose continued, smiling as the Doctor's confused expression began slipping away to form a soft smile instead "A whole new world…"
"Don't you dare close your eyes" the Doctor sang, stepping closer to where Rose was sat.
"A hundred thousand things to see" Rose countered
"Hold your breath - it gets better"
"I'm like a shooting star, I've come so far, I can't go back to where I used to be" Rose sang with a grin.
"A whole new world," the Doctor continued, voice growing in strength now.
"Every turn a surprise"
"With new horizons to pursue"
"Every moment gets better"
They both paused slightly, before singing in unison.
"I'll chase them anywhere, There's time to spare, Let me share this whole new world with you"
"A whole new world," the Doctor sang loudly, suddenly throwing his arms out wide in front of them, causing Rose to laugh as he grinned back at her.
Rose barely managed to get her line out as she sang; "A whole new world"
"That's where we'll be"
"That's where we'll be" Rose countered, also grinning now.
"A thrilling chase,"
"A wondrous place"
At some point, the Doctor had moved to stand between Rose's legs, and they were now nose to nose as they, somewhat breathlessly, sung the last line together.
"For you and me"
The end of the song was followed by a lengthy silence as they both just stared at each other. And then, slowly, the Doctor bent down and captured Rose's lips with his own, kissing her gently. Rose kissed him back, slow and relaxed, and when they finally pulled away, a memory sparked in her mind.
"I've heard you sing before." She told the Doctor quietly.
"You have?" the Doctor asked quietly, brow furrowed.
"Yeah, you were singing that song from The Little Mermaid." She told him.
The Doctor blushed, and he scratched his neck.
"Ah," he murmured "wasn't aware you'd heard that."
Then, he froze, eyes locking with hers.
"You remember that?" he asked quietly, wide-eyed.
Biting her lip, Rose nodded.
"Yeah." She confirmed softly.
"You know who I am?" the Doctor asked.
Again, Rose nodded.
"You have your memories back?"
Rose paused at the question, before nodding.
"Well," she amended "bits and pieces, I think."
"Oh, Rose Tyler, you are brilliant!" the Doctor exclaimed, grinning as he kissed her on the forehead.
"Still a way to go yet," Rose pointed out.
"I don't care, it's a start." The Doctor replied, tugging her in for a hug "My Rose."