Why are you always so young?
The look on the Doctor’s face in the last gif kills me EVERY time. From Clara’s perspective, it’s been less than 24 hours since she last saw the Doctor. But from the Doctor’s perspective its been HUNDREDS of years (about 900 according to The Tales of Trenzalore ) since he last saw his Impossible Girl. Based on his reaction upon hearing Clara’s voice, I assume that he had no knowledge that Tasha had gone back in time to bring one of his best friends back to Trenzalore so she could be with him before he died. He had probably accepted the fact that she wouldn’t see her again.
600, actually, since she came back twice - the first time was after he’d been there for 300 years, so then he went another 600 years before she came back again.
But I love this. When he says “Barnable?” you can see that she’s upset, because she thinks he’s forgotten her, but then she says her name, and he turns around, and he’s just so pleased to see her…and now I can feel tears in my eyes…oh dear…*sniffs*
Reblog for commentary. Guys, he loved her; he loved her so much he gave her up. Please watch ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ for an example of how painful that notion is and what it means.
Her life - her happiness - was his victory.