I've never seen a Doctor so needy for a companion. Other incarnations were often bemused, sometimes jolly, occasionally imperious about collecting companions, but I don't remember one ever almost begging like that. And then there was that odd push-pull; he enticed Rose in, but he can't have thought that watching the destruction of their home world is what a girl wants on a first date. Invoke the adventure of travelling in time and space; then assert that all she knew meant, in the end, nothing. Everything dies. He seems to want her to suffer his grief. It's odd to have a doctor with wounds so barely hidden. But it's gorgeously played by Eccleson, and Piper is a perfect balance. I'm already hooked hard.
Love, love, frickin' love.