The Doctor Dances (by korbnep)
Just this once, Rose, Everybody lives! And this to me is an important truth about the Doctor. He’s had many adventures, and seen wonderful things, but people always die.
The dead around him, not by his own fault, but because he hasn’t solved the problem of the week hurt Nine so terribly. The emotional wounds of having ended the Last Great Time War are still so fresh. He hasn’t built the defenses that Ten and Eleven have.
So having saved everyone, and knowing just how precious a thing that is, the Doctor is in rapture. He can respond to his earlier failure to dance with a magnificent ballet of putting everything right, the flip-side of the terrible and majestic wrath that Ten will pour out on the Family of Blood.
This vulnerability and this joy in not being tied to death, just one time, is why Nine is the best Doctor of all.
Also if there was any limit to his threshold for melodrama. That would’ve stopped him cold.
Shadow of the Bat #74.
Every 25 years we show up and see if they’ve agreed to our demands, otherwise we don’t help.
Strange Adventures #217
You could also call it the magical land of Oz, but Hell is probably a better fit.
Suicide Squad #15
Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown.
Batgirl v1 #20