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18 August 2007 @ 08:14 am
The Necessity of the Tin Dog  
Title: The Necessity of the Tin Dog
Author: Me
Rating: G
Characters: Ten/Rose, Mickey
Spoilers: School Reunion
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: When Mickey asks to come along on the TARDIS, the Doctor has to say yes. But the request has come too late.

Comments: I've been thinking about this one for a while. Don't know why it came up right in the middle of my work on "Treasures of Lost Gallifrey," but then no one asks the plot bunnies why they spawn, because they never answer, being too busy making more plot bunnies and all.

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"Can I come? I'm not just the tin dog, and I want to know what's out there," Mickey said. It looked to the Doctor as though the question was one Mickey had been waiting to ask for a long time. The Doctor had to give him credit. Mickey was beginning to step up, make a stab at defending his territory, and high time, too.

He glanced at Rose and she mouthed the word "No."

Things were getting more difficult. Or rather, he was finding the situation more difficult. Rose was getting attached. Well, he himself was getting attached. Only a day or two ago, he'd almost said it, almost admitted the emotion he'd worked so hard to lock away. But the truth was that the longer it was just the two of them on the TARDIS, the fewer barriers he'd be able to build against her: her enormous heart, her fearlessness, the darkest eyes he'd ever seen. Whenever he held her in his arms, whatever elation he felt was tempered by a voice in the back of his mind saying: "This far and no further."

He could have no hostages to fortune, no place in himself to be vulnerable now. He couldn't afford it. And he wouldn't hurt Rose and destroy the very thing he wanted so much and had to deny himself.

Mickey would keep Rose distracted. He would create a necessary distance between them. He'd keep the Doctor from letting her in.

Of course, he knew the truth. The damage was already done. He was in love with her, down to the center of his soul. And he knew she felt the same. It was in every embrace, every glance.

He hadn't stopped it. He hadn't wanted it to stop.

They needed the tin dog. Even if it was already too late.
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Foible: Mickeyfoible on August 18th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
This is excellent. Love the tone and the Doctor's voice. You really bring out his conflicted emotions. :)
scarlett_key: DrWho: Timeless Lovescarlett_key on August 18th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sarah: [Doctor] // the tardismisswritten on August 18th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
This was awesome, I loved it!
scarlett_key: DrWho: Burns at the center of timescarlett_key on August 18th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it!
Jessica: dw Ten and Rosestarxd_sparrow on August 18th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely.

"This far and no further."
*sigh*
a shooting star: Doctor in specs_snookums on August 18th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Poor tormented Doctor, just take your Rose D<

This was awesome :D
Stacey: DW : I'm On My Waystaci_x2 on August 18th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
This is the exact reason I use in my own fics as to why the Doctor let Mickey travel with them, and very nicely portrayed. I enjoyed it :)
boycotting FOX because they terminated T:SCC.: brunette!billiexbriyeon on August 18th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Absolutely lovely, and could very well be canon =]
rjrog77 on August 19th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)

I like this.

My personal canon on the events of The Doctor inviting Mickey on board at the end of School Reunion is that he wanted to have a definitive answer one way or the other from Rose about her relationship with him [Mickey].

But this is at least as plausible, and along similar lines anyway.

Laetilaeti on August 28th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Brilliant! This is exactly how I interpreted the whole thing and I'm very grateful to you for putting it into words. Thank you!