#I LOVE CRAIG AND CRAIG AND ELEVEN AND THIS #BUT WHAT I REALLY LOVE #REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE #IS THE IDEA THAT THE DOCTOR CAN HAVE A FRIEND #A FRIEND WHO IS HONESTLY TRULY IMPORTANT TO HIM AND THE DOCTOR GENUINELY LOVES #BUT WHO DOESN’T TRAVEL WITH HIM #NOT ONCE #CRAIG HAS A NORMAL LOVELY HUMAN LIFE #AND HE JUST HAPPENS TO BE MATES WITH A THOUSAND YEAR OLD TIMELORD WHO TRAVELS AROUND TIME AND SPACE IN A BLUE PHONEBOX #AND OCCASIONALLY SAVES A UNIVERSE OR TWO #I LOVE IT #IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME #BECAUSE WHILE EVERY COMPANION IS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING AND CHOOSES TO BE WITH HIM THROUGH THICK AND THIN AND DALEKS#SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T JUST DROP EVERYTHING AND GO WITH HIM #SOMETIMES YOU DON’T WANT TO #AND THE IDEA THAT THOSE PEOPLE CAN STILL BE HUGE PARTS OF THE DOCTOR’S LIFE IS -AMAZING- AND FRANKLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS MOFFAT’S RUN
The original story of the little mermaid is that she must kill the prince in order to be human, and in the end, she loves him too much and kills herself instead.
The artwork is too great not to reblog.
Ok, ok - important expansion: she only has to kill the Prince because the deal was if he fell in love with her she could be human forever, and he didn’t. By which I mean, he was a good person and genuinely nice to her, but he didn’t fall in love. He fell in love with someone else, also perfectly nice - not the seawitch in disguise, fu Disney. The Mermaid is told she can only return to the sea now if she kills the Prince. She goes into the room where he and his lover lie sleeping and they look so beautiful and happy together that she can’t do it.
That’s why she kills herself. And because it was a noble act she returns to sea as foam.
One moral of the story was that women shouldn’t fundamentally change who they are for love of a man, and in theory Han Christian Anderson wrote it for a ballerina with whom he fell in love. She was marrying someone else who wouldn’t let her dance.