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Title: In the Depth of Winter
Fandom: Doctor Who
Author: lunaillustris / Gill
Characters: Ten/Rose
Rating: G
Word Count: 1278
Spoilers: set Post-Doomsday, vague references to S1 – S3
Disclaimer: Doctor Who is owned by the BBC.
Summary: The Doctor takes Rose to a cold planet.
Written For: kalleah for the oh_she_knows Secret Santa 2007 Ficathon (posting: 16 – 20 December)
Prompts: Ten/Rose; "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." -Albert Camus
A/N: A million ideas sprung from this quote (it really is a wonderful quote) but this is the one that finally made it through. I hope you enjoy it!

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus.

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They’re standing in the middle of a frozen lake on a planet a million miles from Earth. It’s absolutely freezing and every single cell in their bodies feel like ice. Snow is falling so heavy that the entire scene almost resembles a piece of blank paper which is quite appropriate since, well; this is new, new, new Doctor and Rose.

“Are you alright?” the Doctor asks as Rose shivers. “If it’s too cold we can go back inside.”

“It’s funny -” Rose starts, turning to face him.

“Is this an actual joke this time, Rose? Because you’ve started your sentence with the hope of providing the listener, me, with a laugh and then when it turns out you’re not really trying to be funny it’ll be rather disappointing.”

“It’s freezing,” she says, “but I haven’t felt this good in a long time.” She edges closer to him and links her arm with his. “You’d think, standing in the middle of what seems like an eternal winter I’d feel completely awful and depressed. But I don’t,” Rose looks up at him, blinking snowflakes off her eyelashes. “Because I’ve got you again,” she hiccups, not having meant to sound so deep but the Doctor doesn’t seem to mind at all.

“Oh, Rose Tyler, good feelings aren’t about the weather or even just the temperature – it’s all about how your heart beats faster and your palms sweat and -”

“Great, now I feel like I’ve turned up to a biology lesson,” Rose laughs, but the Doctor shakes his head and continues.

“It’s that tingling sensation inside of you and all those thoughts and memories racing through your mind and there are all those other psychological and biological processes that, sometimes, keep you up when you should be fast asleep. And, you know what Rose Tyler? I’m feeling pretty good myself.”

“Well, it can’t be the weather,” Rose smiles.

“It must be you then,” the Doctor grins.

“So you have emotional feelings too, then? And here I was thinking you were completely alien,” Rose giggles.

“I am alien,” the Doctor says indignantly. “One of a kind, actually,” there’s a sadness in his voice but he brightens up seeing her twinkling eyes. “And I’m definitely alien to you,” he nods down at her and she grins.

“Well, I’m alien to you,” Rose nudges him and they sway to the side. She laughs loudly and the noise echoes off the surrounding ice.

“Ooh, Rose. You want to be careful with all that happiness – we wouldn’t want to cause an avalanche,” he un-hooks his arm from hers and grabs her hand. “Time we were off, I think.”

“What? A bit of sight-seeing, no aliens, no danger and then we’re off?” Rose laughs. “You’re getting soft in your old age!”

“Oi! I’ll have none of that ‘old age’ thank you very much,” he says mock-frowning. “I’ll have you know I’m in my prime.”

“It’s nice to see you haven’t regenerated in all this time,” Rose smiles. “Not that I’d hate another new, new you – or is that new, new, new you? Anyway,” she trails off. “Where are we off to next?”

“Anywhere in particular you’d like to go?”

Rose considers the question for a moment and almost says ‘home’ referring to the TARDIS but, thinking it sounds too sentimental, she says: “somewhere fun – any idea what time of year it is for me?”

“Well, I’ve brought you to a winter wonderland – make your guesses,” he grins. She thinks for several moments and then:

“It’s Christmas, isn’t it? You know what’s really odd about this whole situation?” Rose says trying to put on a serious face.


“No alien invasions – I had one every year when I worked for Torchwood,” Rose laughs. “It became a Christmas tradition!”

“I know the feeling,” the Doctor grins. “Maybe we should pop back to Earth to check we haven’t missed out on anything.”

“We wouldn’t want to miss out on our yearly running exercise during the festive season, would we?” Rose replies, a smile growing on her face.

“Just like old times!”

“Hey!” Rose laughs loudly. “Enough of the old,” she winks at the Doctor.

“I’ve missed you Rose Tyler.”

“I’ve missed you too Doctor,” Rose grabs the Doctor in a hug but she loses her footing on the ice and they tumble to the ground. “There goes gravity,” she giggles and moves to lie properly on the ice. “It’s freezing here,” she laughs but doesn’t make any attempt to stand up. The Doctor laughs too but attempts to get up and then:


“Did you hear that?” Rose stops laughing and tries to look around for the source of the noise but fails being unable to see anything but white. “What was that?”

“You’re lying on it,” the Doctor says jumping up suddenly and skidding a little on the ice. “You know how we were talking about running just a moment ago?” The Doctor asks putting a hand out for Rose to grab on to, she nods gripping his hand tightly. “Now would be a really good time to do that,” he says pulling Rose up on to her feet and then pulling her across the ice as fast as he can.

Rose tries to look down at what she’s standing on whilst the Doctor pulls her across the frozen lake and finds that there are cracks appearing all over the ice. “Winter wonderland, did you say?” Rose shouts at the Doctor. They manage to reach the land in time to see clear blue water drift over pieces of ice on the lake’s surface. Rose watches as pieces of ice break away and then her eyes catch the glare of sunlight reflecting off the ice and the water. “I think the summer’s ready to show herself,” Rose smiles.

“It’s a very quick atmospheric turn-around on this planet,” the Doctor tells her seriously.

“You’ve just made that up,” Rose laughs. “We could’ve fallen in!”

“But we didn’t – and that’s the important part of the story to remember,” the Doctor points at her. “Remember Rose, we didn’t fall in. It’s very important you remember that.”

“Do you think I’m going to babble to your old companions?” Rose laughs. “This could be a great bargaining tool,” Rose says rubbing her hands together.

“Don’t you get any ideas,” the Doctor warns.

“Too late,” Rose sticks her tongue out.

“Be careful, your tongue might stay like that. The winter can be harsh on people like that.”

“I figure I can take my chances,” Rose grins. “Plus, if every where’s got an atmospheric turn-around like this place then I know the summer’s always there to help me out,” she winks at the Doctor and then turns to walk back to the TARDIS. The Doctor shakes his head.

Oh. Of all the people he’s met, Rose Tyler certainly has a way of bringing the summer with her twinkling eyes and her bright smile.

“Are you coming?” Rose shouts back to the Doctor who was pausing to take in the moment.

She’s right, he thinks, I am getting soft in my old age. He nods at her and begins to follow behind. Still, no need to tell her that. The winter in his heart had almost broken him before this and now, well, now that summer was here in the form of his wonderful Rose he hoped that the universe didn’t have the same quick turn-around as this planet did.

“Come on Doctor!” Rose shouts from the TARDIS doors. “We’ve got some alien invasions to stop,” she winks at him and then disappears into the TARDIS. The Doctor laughs.

“Just like old times,” he smiles before following her inside.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - The End - - - - - - - - - - - - -

A/N2: I tried to place the quote into the main body of the text but every idea that sparked to do that started to get a bit sad and angst-y so I just used it as a bit of inspiration. I know it’s not entirely happy or fluffy but I do hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Feedback and criticism are welcomed.
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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 21st, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely. The Doctor is (as usual) oblivious to some key details about the place they're visiting, but that's all the fun. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
Dec. 21st, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - I'm glad you liked it! And a Merry Christmas to you too!
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