Oof. Way to hit me with a can of worms, anon.
Long story short: I love the character of Rose. She’s not perfect; far from it, she’s a bit selfish, a bit headstrong, and more than a little impulsive. But she was a brilliantly crafted, three dimensional character that made the Doctor, this strange alien with this facade of an observer from afar, well… approachable. It was a fantastic way for many people to be able to get to know what could easily be a god-like character with 40+ years of history, and see both his humanity and his alien perceptions. At the same time, we got to know Rose, too- her mum, her rocky romantic past, her struggles with work and school, and her own self consciousness. I never understood why people complained she was a ‘Mary Sue’, because she openly had flaws, and wasn’t this perfect magical flawless woman made for the Doctor. She was a shop girl who’s annoyed and suspicious of this Doctor man, and talks back to him rather than accept what he says.
I’m satisfied the way her story ended, even if at times I’d love to see what she and her Doctor are up to in Pete’s Verse. I don’t want Moffat writing her, and she got the best ending she could have.
That being said, I know there are people who loathe her and would like nothing more for her to be completely written out of existence or left in the vacuum of space. Trust me, I dealt with that enough when I was in fandom. I get that nobody’s going to like everyone. But the people who seem to purposely ignore canon to make her out to be some clingy idiot and loudly complain about her in shared spaces irks the HELL out of me. When people claim that nobody hated RTD and Rose like they do Moffat these days never realized that most of us had to retreat to locked comms to squee because people actively told us we were ruining Doctor Who for liking Rose. We even had people make sockpuppet accounts to screen cap our threads to mock us further, call us racist for not immediately shipping Martha the way we shipped Rose, called ableist and gendered slurs, etc. Looking back, I’m surprised I stuck around as long as I did.
Yeah, apparently I was some sort of BNF to some people, but honestly, I’d trade it all to not look back at my time in Whodom and just be utter gutted that the whole thing got ruined for me. I’m not happy to see Moffat running things into the ground, despite some people thinking so, I’m sad that the fandom I met so many wonderful people just became too toxic for me to deal with.