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Closer to You by swankkat Closer to You by swankkat
Sketched in 2B and 4B pencils at midnight last night, tinted and touched up in photoshop. Random fits of madness, inspired by and intended for latest contest at the Doctor-x-Rose club: [link]
Lyrics are from The Wallflowers' "Closer to You," which you can find here: [link]

The picture and lyrics also inspired me to write a wee ficlet. It's unbeta'd and has the teeniest spoiler for S3's Utopia, so scroll past QUICK if you don't want to read it.


He stood in her room in the soft light of early morning.

He didn't feel the warmth of the summer sun, nor smell the perfume of the flowers that had been carefully placed in a crystal vase on the table by her bedside. If he concentrated hard enough, he probably could, but right now his whole being was focused on one thing.

Rose Tyler.

The Doctor let his eyes rest on the curve of her spine, the fall of her hair, the drape of the lavender sheets across her hip. She was on her side in her bed, facing away from him, as he preferred it. He'd only ever once caught her otherwise, and he'd tried to never repeat that mistake.

Seeing her face just proved to be too much.

He crossed over to kneel by her bedside, some part of his consciousness knowing that his feet were moving across gleaming wood floors and plush carpets. The Doctor knew he didn't have to worry about waking her, as she would never sense his presence.

He knew that, even though he told her on that beach in Norway that she would never be able to see him again, should he try hard enough, the Doctor could bend time and space to his will, cross dimensions, and break through to the parallel dimension in which Rose lay prisoner. At least his mind could go where his body could not.

Jack was not the only one to visit Rose from time to time.

Her body shifted slightly and the Doctor stilled, wondering if somehow Rose knew he was there. He tried to quell his disappointment when she merely lifted a hand to brush some hair away from her nose, buried her face into her pillow and fell asleep once more.

The Doctor smiled ruefully; he knew that time would move onward as the day grew brighter, and his Rose would still be snuggled up in bed, as always. He supposed he would never understand her obsession with sleeping in.

And yet, there's nowhere else in the universe he'd rather be than by her side, watching her sleep.

The urge to climb into bed beside her was tempting, but the ties keeping him on this plane were starting to wear with the strain of his tired concentration, and he felt the pull of the TARDIS calling him back to his own universe. With a resigned sigh, he reached out a hand, as if to stroke her hair, and murmured a few soft syllables; his own little ritual every time he visited her.

As he stood, Rose rolled over, not quite facing him, but enough to see her profile. Her lips moved, and he wasn't quite fast enough to avert his eyes before he saw her lips form his name.

With determination and a hint of sadness, he gave one last burst of mental concentration, hoping that somehow Rose could hear or sense his thoughts.

Don't give up. Don't give up on yourself. Don't give up on me.

Rose Tyler smiled in her sleep, and when he came to on the floor of the console room, the Doctor doubted he'd seen anything quite so beautiful.
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tenthdoctor10 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Something I've been thinking about, is that if the doctor has a machine that he can use to make himself human, why not make Rose timelord? They could be together, and when Journeys end comes along he can make the other doctor become John Smith for the poor matron. Rose+timelord+doctor=LOVE and HUMAN DOCTOR+John Smith+Matron=LOVE And LOVE+LOVE=JOY!!
tenthdoctor10 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
That is beautiful.....
Queen-ofthe-Pirates Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just can't handle... How cute this is... And how sad. I love it so much. *dieing of the sugar overload*
AureusMoonrise Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This was one of the best fanfictions I've ever read. Your little but BEAUTIFUL piece says so much. <3
AureusMoonrise Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
This is amazing. This is lovely. This is fantastic. <3 <3 <3 It is beautiful. The world would be a sadder place without this and your fanfic scene. <3 Thank you. Thank you so much for this wonderful piece of art. <3
percabeth1212 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
c-can i cry now?
WhoLocked1234 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
OMG crying
FatesGuardian Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bittersweet...quit breaking my heart you all...
guardianblade801 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
awwwwww so sweet
Anonymous-Lizard Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, poor Doctor~
rababco Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sniff, so sad poor Doctor!
RoseBadWolfTyler Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that is just incredible!! I love the description, tho...when did Jack ever visit her??
nekodegomen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! What wonderful piece of art and that bit of prose just made it that much better! I am really really impressed! I'm sure you get this a lot, but everything about this piece just tugged at me! Spectacular! :3
kittykade Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so wonderfully sad
TinaCaper Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Five Stars! The soft colors,expression on the Doctor's face, The story and more this is so well done!
CherryGeek86 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So sweet! *wipes tears*
SterbenEdelweiss Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awz...too adorable. i love his expression
TwilightandAnimefan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. Is there a story going with this too? If there is a full story I want to read it.
swankkat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately, no. I tend to make up universes in my head and then draw from them, but rarely do I write. So for this picture, the only story is what's in the comment box. But thank you for the compliment! Maybe one day I'll write a full story around this. :)
TwilightandAnimefan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you do, I will be one of the first to read it. Well, I would have to know it's out to read it, lol. I'm writing a fanfic about the doc and rose. I'll let you read it when it is done if you want.
ThetaKoshei Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
loving the fic!
Noe-Izumi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, I want to cry. That was SWEET :)
SparklingWaterBabie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The shadow effect of the pencil is amazing and I just love how it gave the picture a real softness that reflected the wonderful tenderness of both the characters and the situation. :)
Squidgeblip Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
MiSSyChRiSSiE Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Aw :) its a really good picture,
and very cute and dreamy :heart:
Names-Allie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
I like this and I don't even watch the show! :3
PrincessKikyo22 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
awww this is so beautiful! i saw this pic around before but never stopped to read the description and you just blew me away! all the details about how the doctor feels and the last line of him loving Rose's smile is simply AMAZING! fave :)
WikkidX Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I am actually crying right now. *squeeful sigh* (thanks for that expression, zotlot!)

Googling that song now...

Oh, and hitting fav of course. Anything that makes me cry automatically gets one.
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
*tear* awwww!!!!! poor Doctor!
Pawpetmum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Another bloody amazing pic, now why am I not surprised? Fantastico!!!
lost-gaze Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
That is just the sweetest thing....*whimpers* beautiful....:heart:
I cried twice when he lost her to that parallel world....
Jemzy14 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
sooooooooo cute XP fab pic!
lmhouchen Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
I feel that they should not have added that romance to Doctor Who. For me , That ruined the show
swankkat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry you feel that way - as someone who enjoys both the new show and the classic series, I enjoy them as separate entities, and can appreciate why some fans dislike the romantic aspect of the new series.

However, since your comment has nothing to do with my art and could be seen as "flaming" by other people (some of whom can be rather, shall I say, ardorous about defending their shipping rights), I ask that you refrain from making negative comments on my dA pages in the future. Thank you.
lmhouchen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
I will respect that wish.
Shadow-and-Nightmare Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
awwww....very niceee...
NewKatherine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008

Thank you for bringing this piece into the world.
zotlot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
thats so gorgeous! :+fav: there are several fanfics with this kinda theme that this fits so well!
TKirr Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet and artistic, I saw this and stared, what a treat!
spyrolizzy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesomer than awesome.

this is BANANA awesome.

Tseecka Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
The expressions, the soft colors, the fitting lyrics, and oh my word especially the ficlet...this is all so beautiful. It brought a tiny little tear to me eye.
bombshell66 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
aww that's awesome :heart:
rotten-cherry Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Wooow! THis is amazing!
I love David Tennant so muuch!
puchitis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
wonderful !
this is so romantic
nice work ^^
FluffyNabs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
That's so sad and romantic. I love your Doctor Who stuff. *sobs*
SimbiAni Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007   General Artist
Awwwwwwwww... you've killed me, really... the pic is full of cuuteness but the fic is like, ahhh angstomg... ^-^

Lovely work all around!
Cookiepaw Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
So cute! :D
Phantom-Jaselin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
This picture is so beautiful, and his expression is so nice.

This is an absolutely wonderful picture, I love it.
Love-Naru Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist
This picture is so beautiful..omg i'm crying. His expression..this is so beautiful.
Aww. That was lovely =] It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside =]
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