WE CAN ONLY FALL SO FAR
(Contains Spoilers for “The Woman Who Fell To Earth”)
The Doctor could hear whispers come from the crowds in the church as Graham gave his eulogy.
Several of Grace’s friends were trying to place where they’d seen her before, or if she were known to them at all.
“Which one of Grace’s friends is that?” came from one, a Mrs. Lindsey York, aged 52. She had a terrible lisp.
“She looks a bit like that kindly lady who stopped by over in 2006 to help settle the kids down” Yvonne Hooper, who worked with Grace at the Chemo clinic.
“Did you talk to her?” asked Lindsey.
“A bit yeah, she said she’d been travelling a bit and heard from a source some of the youngsters over the last few days were scared of their treatment. It’s strange how word got out that fast, or that it was important enough to share in the town. I don’t recall leaking any of it out. Mind you, she said she was in a different time zone when she heard all this”
“A different time zone? What like how for Americans it’s the break of dawn while it’s later afternoon here?”
“She talked a bit in riddles, but she meant well and the kids were all very happy with what she did” Yvonne concluded.
“That was ten years ago right?” Lindsey said, staring back at the Doctor.
“I reckon it was yeah, poor girl seems to have fallen on some hard times” Yvonne replied observing the ragged state of The Doctor’s attire.
Yasmin Khan could also overhear the conversations, and she felt quite sorry for the wayward soul standing at the back of the church trying to avoid the chatter. Almost as if she didn’t want to hear anything, like it was sensitive information or something.
Like she was trying to avoid being spoiled.
The look on the Doctor’s face indicated she’d heard as much as she wanted to, so Yasmin reached over to the two ladies and urged them to keep quiet while Graham continued to talk of Grace
Yasmin looked over at The Doctor and gave her a reassuring thumbs up, letting her know she needn’t be the centre of attention this day.
A part of her also wanted her to know she was forgiven for the crazy and tragic events of that evening.
It would have been so easy for Graham to have snapped at this strange person who had led him, Yasmin, Ryan and Grace through their fateful adventure that ended in triumph and tragedy, that there had been consequences to enjoying the thrills of the adventure too much, but Graham was too kind a soul to see the negatives in everything.
Not everyone was a cynical soul in this world, taking so much for granted and wasting their breath cursing out the well intentioned when their good intentions met with ill reward.
Yasmin observed The Doctor and realised her outer appearance needed to change, and in doing so, maybe she could change her outlook, which appeared solemn and tinged with guilt.
Yasmin decided she would suggest a change of clothes to The Doctor, and she welcomed it.
Sometimes we can only fall so far before someone reaches out to grab hold of our hearts and lift our spirits up.