"The End of the World" is my favourite episode of Doctor Who. I’ve sobbed fat tears plenty of times throughout watching this show, but this episode — specifically, this scene — is unparalleled in the emotion it draws from me.
Rose Tyler is so entirely human. Her subdued dismay at not catching Earth’s final moments is completely inherent. Her reaction is simple. It’s basic. It embodies what I believe it means to be human. But best of all, when the Doctor has taken her hand and begins to guide her to the door, she turns over her shoulder and looks back.
"But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human." - Kurt Vonnegut
Not to mention, this is one of the very small handful of things I’ve ever found truly romantic. The moment itself passes quickly, but it’s a beautiful blaze of destruction and cycle. It’s a manifestation of our ever-present knowledge of ourselves in the universe; that which we value most will inevitably disappear. These sort of reminders keep me complacent and blissful. I do love to feel human.