Doctor Who ‘Ship-Off: Who Wins the Doctors Heart?

Doctor Who ‘Ship-Off:

Which is Your Favorite ‘Ship?

Bear with me a moment. I know that Doctor Who is not a show built around romances. However, with that in mind, it still manages to sneak some into its show. Especially in the new Who series. Let’s face it, will they/won’t they romances keep a large part of the audience hooked. So GiaTomcat and I decided we were going to visit some of our favorite shows and explore the ‘ships within.

What we would like to do is present to you two different ‘ships, and give our ideas on why each is our personal favorite. And then open the floor to you, the fans, and have you vote to see what your favorites are. A mutual passion between the 2 of us has always been Doctor Who. So both of us are going to present our arguments for what our personal ‘ship is, and let you, good reader, decide.


Rose and the 10th Doctor – SuperwhovianFreak


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So I am a huge fan of David Tennant and the tenth doctor run. Though my favorite overall companion with him is Donna Noble, they clearly were not a romantic coupling. No, that honor goes to one Rose Tyler, who was clear between both 9 and 10 there was a romance brewing there. Rose is a character you either love or hate. You either love her for her character and being able to snag the Doctor’s heart, or you hate her because the Doctor/show isn’t supposed to be based on romance. I for one though am a fan of this ‘ship and let me tell you why.

So from the very first episode, aptly titled “Rose,” there was a distinct chemistry between the two. From Rose’s point of view, here is a man who is offering to take her on the adventure of her life. Mickey, who is her boyfriend at the time, fades into the background. Though the doctor can drop you off right at the moment you left, you’re not the same person you were when you come back. It was hard to watch her lose 9 after absorbing the time vortex. Even though he was still the doctor knowing that image of him was dying was still hard to swallow. When 9 was regenerating his parting line to her was: “Rose, before I go, I just wanna tell you: you were fantastic, absolutely fantastic. And you know what? — So was I!

The Feelings:

In the case of Rose, the Doctor changes the reality she lives in. How do you not fall in love with a man who makes it possible for your family to be whole again? Her family was alive and together in the parallel universe where they had fallen back in love. But it is not all hearts and kisses though, their relationship is littered with some tragedies. The fact that she is cut off from 10 and trapped in the parallel universe makes romance a little hard to achieve.

With most of the companions who fall in love with the Doctor, the love is one-sided. With 10 and Rose the love is shared yet they still can’t be together. But, the beauty of the Whovian verse is that we get a fully human regeneration of the 10th doctor. This version, who has all his memories and more importantly feelings, is able to go and live with Rose in the parallel universe. So this ending ultimately satisfies both sides of the dissent. Rose and Human 10 get their Happy Ending, and the Whovians get an unattached doctor again. Albeit one is who is sadder.

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River and the 11th Doctor – GiaTomcat


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The first we see of River Song is with the 10th Doctor. She calls him “the pretty one” and he has no idea who she is. The last we see of her is with the 13th Doctor and he says this of the Singing Towers:

“All anyone will ever tell you is that when the wind stands fair and the night is perfect, when you least expect it but always when you need it the most there is a song.”

In the middle is a lifetime lived with the 11th Doctor and always in reverse. You see the doctor and River Song are living their love story back-to-front, or her timeline is going backwards, and his is going forwards. So they never know what, where, and when they’ve met.

How do you love someone that will outlive you by infinity?

“When you love the Doctor, it’s like loving the stars themselves. You don’t expect a sunset to admire you back.” From the “Husbands of River Song.”  

Why they Work:

The doctor loves her because she is a thread of stability in his long life. River is a human who has TARDIS genetics, knows how to time travel, is cleverer than the doctor, breaks the rules, and loves him even when he’s crazy. Plus, she’s the daughter of his best friends Rory and Amy.

Did I tell you she doesn’t take any shit from him?  And the constant innuendos keeps 11 just under a full boil. River both infuriates him and tantalizes him. This isn’t a “cutesy” relationship, it is a mature “finishing each other’s sentences” kind of love that is rewarding and sexy. River is open and certain she loves him and doesn’t have to guess how he feels about her – after all she is his wife.

They keep diaries to track themselves through time to prevent “spoilers”, and frequently go on adventures off-screen. There is a lot of relations that are implied, and the Doctor finds her lack of fear very sexy. River is the perfect woman – not girl – for the doctor.

River: “I hate you.”

11: “No you don’t.”

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Time to Vote:

Now it’s time for all you lovely readers out there to vote between the two for your favorite. Drop some comments, let us know what you think, or let us know if you have some of your own favorite ‘ships you would like to see duke it out. Until next time, stay nerdy out there. Drop by and shout out to us on twitter as well, we love to hear feedback.

-SuperwhovianFreak And GiaTomcat Out



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2 thoughts on “Doctor Who ‘Ship-Off: Who Wins the Doctors Heart?

  • June 1, 2017 at 8:07 am

    See, the chemistry between 11 and River is muuuch better, but with The Doctor and his wife, the writing was too good, I fear. The parts of their relationship just stand out too much; except for a few seconds here, a scene there, most of their time onscreen feels like part of a relationship, like we’re never privy to a whole one. Whereas The Doctor and Rose (somewhat ironically) have much more of their relationship built onscreen, so it just feels more solid since it’s right in front of you. That, and The Doctor Dances will always be pretty awesome.

  • June 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Those are both really good points I agree. We just sort of accept that river and the doctor are supposed to be together because they are on the future. So we don’t get that build up like we did with rose. And that build up is crucial to investment. Though I do agree with you that their chemistry was solid


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