Donna: Why me?
Doctor: ‘Cause you’re special.
Donna: I keep telling you, I’m not.
Doctor: No, but you are. Oh, you really don’t believe that, do you? I can see, Donna, what you’re thinking. All that attitude, all that lip, ‘cause all this time you think you’re not worth it.
Donna: Stop it!
Doctor: Shouting at the world ‘cause no-one’s listening. Well, why should hey?
Donna: Doctor… stop it.
#this is just one of the loveliest, truest, most amazing character moments i’ve ever seen on television. there are hints throughout series 4 at donna’s belief that she isn’t anything special - she either dismisses it when anyone suggests that she is, or she’s just plain surprised, like she is in turn left to think that someone like the doctor would want to travel with HER, plain ol’ donna noble, an ordinary temp who’s never done anything much with her life. couldn’t keep a husband, can’t keep a job, can’t please her mother. but here, when she’s confronted with it by the doctor - just that little bit of heartbreak in donna’s voice when she tells him to stop it, to stop reminding her of why she’s not worthy of their adventures… UGH IT’S BOTH BEAUTIFUL AND TERRIBLE AT THE SAME TIME. donna bb you are amazing and you did amazing things even when you thought you were nothing special, and that’s just what’s so perfect about donna, you know? how RELATABLE she is, how real she is - she’s brave and she’s amazing and she’s special without realising it, and in the face of everything she thinks and believes about herself, and somehow that’s… braver, and more amazing and more special. can there also be a zillion awards for catherine tate’s face and acting here, because LOOK AT HER and how she just portrays that apprehension and self-doubt donna hides beneath her blustery, carefree exterior… that even the doctor didn’t quite figure out until the metacrisis. #a love letter to donna noble