Okay so maybe this is obvious but it literally just occurred to me WHY the ((crazy, rude, nasty— not respectful and normal—I am aware there are good and bad shippers on both sides so don’t both yelling at me about it)) Everlark shipper battle cry against any and all things Gale related is “BUT HE…

I thought the story of Rose, which was beautiful, was done. I didn’t want to add to it, and I didn’t feel comfortable adding to it, really. That was always [former Doctor Who showrunner] Russell [T Davies]‘s story. But we did want Billie. And I liked the idea of bringing back the Bad Wolf version. The way Russell ended it in “The End of Time,” by just sort of looping it around, was perfect. I didn’t want to stick another bit of it in. That would be wrong. I just wanted to get Billie Piper, one of the absolute heroes of Doctor Who, back in the show, but without interfering with the story of Rose Tyler. I just thought I might spoil something. I might trip over my bootlaces doing that.