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Back in the Buffy fandom there was a meme of sorts where everyone posted their take on their favourite character.

I started writing this last August so there are bit's some of you have seen before.  [livejournal.com profile] missbaxter even contributed her Wilf, who was spectacular from memory.  I don't think you'd call it complete in any way but I've had fun doing it. 

This is my take on the lovely Miss Noble.  I offer it in lieu of real writing.   Of course, your Donna may vary.  I  would love it if anyone would like to share their Donna or in fact, any of their favourite characters.

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  •  Is a Daddy’s girl
  •  Really loved Lance
  •  Couldn’t face Morocco on her own. It was too soon and it hurt too much. She told everyone that she chose Egypt because the travel agency would only transfer the fares for a similarly priced destination only it wasn’t the same price. Donna paid the extra to walk in the oldest dust she could think of.
  •  Didn’t even think about the Doctor’s offer until after her father’s funeral when her mum’s cousin Sharon assumed that Donna would be moving ‘home’ for good now to look after her mum and granddad, but she didn’t think of it as running away, she thought of it as moving on.
  •  Knows her mother loves her. That’s just the way some mothers are. What Donna doesn’t know is that Sylvia sees the potential in Donna and it frustrates the living shit out of her that Donna doesn’t do something with it all. Sylvia would kill to be as clever as Donna is. 
  •  Has worked as a temp for all these years because she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She doesn’t want to commit to anything until the right thing comes along. She thinks she might be on to something with this running around with a skinny alien saving the universe lark.
  • Is fucked up about this love thing. Oh, she knows that she was/is fiercely loved by her father and her grandfather but they had to love her. It’s the ones who don’t have to love her that she has problems with. The whole strong, independent, clever woman thing that both those men adored and fostered in her is what seems to put most blokes off. Sylvia always told her she’d never get a fella that way. That’s why when Lance didn’t run a mile the first time she’d let him see the real her she thought she’d found a keeper and why she pushed so hard about getting married.  He said and did all the right things to make her feel special. She couldn’t let him get away. How was she to know he was only using her as spider-bait?  But part of her always thought it was too good to be true; her and Lance and that day under the Thames while her world fell apart, a nasty little voice – part Nerys, part Sylvia and yeah, partly her own – said ‘told you so’.
  • Finds it ironic that the she gets to live the life Lance was prepared to kill her for.
  • She says a silent thank you to him everyday.
  • Was spoiled by Wilf because he couldn’t spoil Sylvia when she was growing up. He was away from home a lot due to work and Sylvia's mother wasn’t the softest of people. Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. (Sylvia married Geoff because he was so much like Wilf. She shouldn’t have been shocked when Geoff doted on Donna but it stung. Geoff was supposed to be for her.   What she didn’t realise was, he was. Always.)
  • Loves the Doctor even though she thinks he talks shit half the time and keeps shifting the goal posts to suit himself most days.
  • Gets a little thrill every time he tells her she’s brilliant, even though she doesn’t believe him. Yet.
  • Hopes she will one day soon.
  • Is trying to teach him to see the 'smaller picture' as well as the big picture.
  • Is amused that he still tries to impress her sometimes.
  • Would never in a million years tell him that he doesn’t have to try.
  • Didn’t see the appeal of River Song to be honest. 
  • Still wakes up to the screams of 20,000 people some nights.
  • She’s always quiet for a couple of days after.
  • Still has nightmares about a diamond planet and a frightened man with no voice who very nearly died while she drank fruity cocktails and soaked up xtonic sunlight by a luxurious swimming pool.
  • She’s always angry and a little bit ashamed for a couple of days after.
  • Still misses her children. Surprisingly for Donna, she doesn’t miss Lee as much. Thanks Lance.
  • Knows the Doctor needs her but would be a little shocked to learn just how much.
  • Is happy to ‘look after him’ as long as nobody mentions it. She doesn’t think it’s exactly a fair trade for all the Doctor’s done for her but it seems to be enough for him.
  • Misses her dad terribly.   While he was in the hospital drifting in an out of consciousness, she told him exactly what happened on Christmas day. She thinks he understood her. She wishes she could tell him about her life now. She thinks he’d get a big kick out of it.
  • Pushed the Doctor so hard about accepting Jenny for his sake as much as for Jenny’s.
  • Misses the possibility of Jenny. Thinks it would be better for the Doctor to have a family.
  • Doesn’t realise the Doctor feels he has one.
  • Doesn’t mind being mistaken for the Doctor’s wife as much as she lets on. She thinks it’s kind of funny actually and she likes how his cheeks pink up when anyone says it.
  • Has trained the Doctor to make an excellent cup of tea.
  • Hasn’t seen X-Factor in months and doesn’t care.
  • Wouldn’t mind a browse through ‘Heat’ or the odd packet of Pringles every now and then though.
  • Would kill for a Terry’s Chocolate Orange some days.
  • Loves it when the Doctor surprises her with one.
  • Loves all the adventure of different planets and even the running but she also likes the time spent in between in the Vortex. Some days they can spend hours sitting in the library reading, drinking tea and not saying a word to one another. They used to start out on different chairs, now they both just head for the three seater although it seems to be getting smaller because one or the others legs end up draped over the other before too long. Neither seems to mind terribly much.
  • Will say “Did you hear that?” when he starts to annoy her because he always gets bored with reading first and he tries to distract her from her book. She does the half turned head thing and the single eye squint move as well. He always goes off to the console room to investigate. It never fails.
  • Likes to listen to him talking to himself in Gallifreyan as he potters about the console room. She’s pretty sure she knows which ones are the swear words.
  • Thinks the Doctor held her hand so much in the beginning because he was trying to help her keep up. Now she’s able to keep up. She’s not sure why he still holds her hand.
  • Has caught the Doctor looking at her wistfully. When she calls him on it he goes pink and puts it down to his lazy eye.
  •  Has introduced happy hour in the TARDIS. Five o’clock anywhere will find them sipping cocktails and noshing on a plate of nibbles with their legs dangling out the doorway of the TARDIS swapping war stories. The first drink Donna ever made the Doctor was a Harvey Wallbanger. He didn’t like it much.
  • Has written letters to her mother and her grandfather that the Doctor is to deliver in the event of her death. She’s also written letters to Martha and Jack on Doctor handling in the event of her death. She’s knows they’ve both been there before but it doesn’t hurt to have a contingency plan. The letter she is writing to the Doctor is a long one and open ended. She had to buy herself a proper journal once it hit thirty pages. She wants to make sure that she thanks him for everything. In detail.

 



This Donna is of course without the happenings of JE.  It's very random and there are probably bits missing.  If there is a particular something that you wonder what my Donna would think/do/feel about, please don't hesitate to ask.  She's feeling quite chatty at the mo'.

Date: 2009-03-12 06:39 am (UTC)
biodamped: ([dw] *manic grin*)
From: [personal profile] biodamped
Firstly - how does your Donna take her tea?

Secondly - is her love of Terry's chocolate oranges stronger than mine?

Thirdly - Can you write the fic in which the Doctor does surprise her with one? I'd like to see that. :)

Date: 2009-03-12 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Firstly - she's learned to drink it strong and black because you know how offices are; everyone's got their name written on the milk and a tide line and NOBODY trusts the temps with anything. She prefers it milky though with two sugars.

Secondly - I don't know; it's pretty fierce!

Thirdly - Er, no. Sorry. I did write one last year where Donna raiding her mother's stash of Terry's figured. Does that count?

Date: 2009-03-12 08:42 am (UTC)
biodamped: ([dw] a sudden realisation)
From: [personal profile] biodamped
1. It's JUST like the staff room at uni! Though i have managed to hide my milk where no one can find it, so i can always be assured of a supply. In a pinch (like at work, where the filthy optoms eat everything and never replace it) i'll drink it black. Unhappily.

2. So's mine. Erm, but she has the slight advantage of age and Englishness so i'll concede defeat there (funnily enough, we ordered the parents/in-laws to buy crates of Terry's on their English holiday that's coming up. I think they think we weren't serious about the crates, but we really were.)

3. Dammit. Well, yes, i suppose it does. *pops off to read if it's up anywhere* Can i write the one where the Doctor surprises her then? :D

Date: 2009-03-12 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
1. It's every staff room in every universe love.

2. Yours sounds pretty fierce too. I think you may win.

3. It's not very good, but you've shown me yours so...

http://lounge-lily.livejournal.com/207886.html

Of course you can write that one! I'd be very happy to read that.

Date: 2009-03-12 09:26 am (UTC)
biodamped: (Default)
From: [personal profile] biodamped
1. Of course it it. *wants the universe where it jolly well isn't*

2. Hee!

3. Is bookmarked and i'll read after i finish this ep of Wire in the Blood. Why am i disturbingly addicted to psycho-thrillers?

Also yay! *puts that one in the wait pile*

Date: 2009-03-12 10:00 am (UTC)
usedtobeljs: (What Would Donna Do by Omphalos)
From: [personal profile] usedtobeljs
That's just wonderful, L. What a great list.

[hugs]

Date: 2009-03-12 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paratti.livejournal.com
Perfect.

Date: 2009-03-12 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Thanks Lori. That's very nice of you to say. Did you ever do a 'My Anya' list? Now that's something I'd be interested in reading. [squeeze]

Date: 2009-03-12 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Hello there lovely. Thanks for saying so. She's a bit special and I'm a tad obsessed.

I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed the final Being Human. I think it's a keeper. There's going to be more, right?

Date: 2009-03-12 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
1. I think you might find it in the Restuarant and the End of the Universe.

2. :P

3. I dare not even hazard a guess.

Don't get too excited. It's not much.

Date: 2009-03-12 05:32 pm (UTC)
usedtobeljs: (What Would Donna Do by Omphalos)
From: [personal profile] usedtobeljs
You're too nice, L. [hugs]

I never wrote that kind of list for just Anya. I wrote this list of canon moments which define My Anya, I wrote an essay about Anya as Dame, and I wrote a list of My Giles/Anya points like yours for Donna. :-)

[hugs again]

Date: 2009-03-12 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Oh my God Lori. You made me fall in love with them all over again! I could waffle on about how much I agree with you and quote yourself back to you but I'm just going to pinch Lesley's "Perfect". Thanks for showing me these.
[squeeze]

Date: 2009-03-13 01:23 am (UTC)
usedtobeljs: (What Would Donna Do by Omphalos)
From: [personal profile] usedtobeljs
You're a lovely person to say so. :-) [hugs a million]

Date: 2009-03-13 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agentphillips87.livejournal.com
Brilliant!! I love lists like this (partly because I've always been better at this sort of thing than "proper" fic)
Some of the stuff about Donna's relationship with her Mum and her Dad made me tear up a bit, but the bits with the pringles and the chocolate oranges cracked me up!

Date: 2009-03-13 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ageless-aislynn.livejournal.com
Oh, I love that! You really paint such a strong, vivid image of her! It reminds me of those pictures that are made up of tiny, individual pictures -- sorry, I'm having massive word fail trying to remember what you call them. *blush* It's like standing up close and seeing all these little snapshots of Donna, then backing up to see them form into one large portrait of her! \o/

My ship-loving heart *squeed* over these points in particular:

# Loves all the adventure of different planets and even the running but she also likes the time spent in between in the Vortex. Some days they can spend hours sitting in the library reading, drinking tea and not saying a word to one another. They used to start out on different chairs, now they both just head for the three seater although it seems to be getting smaller because one or the others legs end up draped over the other before too long. Neither seems to mind terribly much.
# Will say “Did you hear that?” when he starts to annoy her because he always gets bored with reading first and he tries to distract her from her book. She does the half turned head thing and the single eye squint move as well. He always goes off to the console room to investigate. It never fails.
# Likes to listen to him talking to himself in Gallifreyan as he potters about the console room. She’s pretty sure she knows which ones are the swear words.
# Thinks the Doctor held her hand so much in the beginning because he was trying to help her keep up. Now she’s able to keep up. She’s not sure why he still holds her hand.
# Has caught the Doctor looking at her wistfully. When she calls him on it he goes pink and puts it down to his lazy eye.


*wistful fangirling sigh* ;)

I love it! And can't think of a thing to add right now because I'm so busy admiring your view of the fabulous Ms. Noble. ;) ♥♥♥!!!

Date: 2009-03-14 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cytherea999.livejournal.com
There are so many things on this list that are so perfect.
I don't know where to start and I fear this comment will become long and rambly, and super!lurky!stalker coming from me, but you've touched my heart- so here goes:

+ Donna paid the extra to walk in the oldest dust she could think of
+ Knows her mother loves her. That’s just the way some mothers are.
+ Has worked as a temp for all these years because she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up.
+ Is fucked up about this love thing.
+ Finds it ironic that the she gets to live the life Lance was prepared to kill her for.
+ She says a silent thank you to him everyday.
+ Oh, all the stuff about the dreams
and her family, and his family, how he has one with her
and the letters and how she knows the doctor, and theres so much more but I could go on like this forever so I'm going to stop, but not before I say a super huge thankyou. You have made my week with this and I'm mem'ing it immediatly!

Date: 2009-03-14 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kwiknkleen.livejournal.com
This is brilliant. I love your portrait of Donna. You make her very real.
My favorite parts:

# Is a Daddy’s girl
- I can relate to this, I was a Daddy's girl to. Alas for only eight years though as my father passed away when I was eight. *sob*

# Gets a little thrill every time he tells her she’s brilliant, even though she doesn’t believe him. Yet.
- Hopes she believes him soon.

# Is amused that he still tries to impress her sometimes.
- We all know that the Doctor is a show-off, especially for his Donna.

# Doesn’t mind being mistaken for the Doctor’s wife as much as she lets on. She thinks it’s kind of funny actually and she likes how his cheeks pink up when anyone says it.
- Anytime you can get the Doctor to blush is a plus. 'Cides, he has got to be pretty cute when he does it. ;D

# Likes to listen to him talking to himself in Gallifreyan as he potters about the console room. She’s pretty sure she knows which ones are the swear words.
- Would love to listen to the Doctor talk in Gallifreyan. I believe it would be a beautiful language. My question is though since the TARDIS translates languages into english for the Companions why not Gallifreyan?

# Thinks the Doctor held her hand so much in the beginning because he was trying to help her keep up. Now she’s able to keep up. She’s not sure why he still holds her hand.
- I think she knows why but doesn't want to admit to having the same reason for still letting him hold her hand.

# Has introduced happy hour in the TARDIS. Five o’clock anywhere will find them sipping cocktails and noshing on a plate of nibbles with their legs dangling out the doorway of the TARDIS swapping war stories. The first drink Donna ever made the Doctor was a Harvey Wallbanger. He didn’t like it much.
- What I love about this is the picture of them sitting in the doorway of the TARDIS while she is parked by some Nebula or something of the like.

# Will say “Did you hear that?” when he starts to annoy her because he always gets bored with reading first and he tries to distract her from her book. She does the half turned head thing and the single eye squint move as well. He always goes off to the console room to investigate. It never fails.
- This is so funny. You would think that the Doctor wouldn't fall this; at least after the first 10 or 20 times. :)

# Has written letters to her mother and her grandfather that the Doctor is to deliver in the event of her death. She’s also written letters to Martha and Jack on Doctor handling in the event of her death. She’s knows they’ve both been there before but it doesn’t hurt to have a contingency plan. The letter she is writing to the Doctor is a long one and open ended. She had to buy herself a proper journal once it hit thirty pages. She wants to make sure that she thanks him for everything. In detail.
- Isn't just like Donna to be prepared. Hopes that she has many, many, many pages that she gets to fill before forever comes.


Question(s)-Does she regret not going with the Doctor the first time?
-Does she ever think of herself as Jenny's mum?
-She loves the Doctor but is she "in love" with the Doctor? If so, for how long?

Date: 2009-03-14 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raptorgirl.livejournal.com
I really like this list. It's quite lovely. I think you captured her personality and gave it even more depth here.

Date: 2009-03-14 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fansquee.livejournal.com
Reading this adds much to Donna... and makes me miss her all the more.

Do you mind if I borrow the idea meme for a Firefly Character?

Date: 2009-03-14 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almosee.livejournal.com
This is gorgeous, this is Donna. Thankyou, I think this list made my day :D

Date: 2009-03-14 07:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you very much. That's so nice of you to say.

Date: 2009-03-14 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Thanks very much. I miss her terribly too. Probably more than someone should miss a fictional character really.

Heavens no, I'd love it if you did. As I said this was something that was around in the Buffy days and for everyone to play with. I hope you enjoy doing yours as much as I enjoyed doing this.

Date: 2009-03-14 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
I'd love to see what your Donna (or your Doctor, or Wilf or... well you get the picture) is like.

I teared up reading that you teared up, but I'm glad there was a bit of a laugh for you in there as well!

Date: 2009-03-14 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
I know the thing you're talking about. It's not a collage is it? I'm having a bit of a senior moment myself trying to think of the word.

I'm glad your shippy-self found some squee-worthy points. I would really like to read your take on her or any other character that moves you. I have a feeling I'd be nodding my head in avid agreement.

I'm glad you enjoyed this and thank you for the lovely comments.

Date: 2009-03-14 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
You've made me blush. And you've made *my* week and touched my heart (I'm stealing all your lines!) with the wonderful compliments, so a super huge thank you to you!

What about your Donna? I'd like to know about her.

Date: 2009-03-14 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mihane-echo.livejournal.com
Oh, I like this. Similar to my own Donna, really. In my head, Wilf and Donna's dad are pretty close. And when Donna was a little girl, her dad and gramps would sit on the hill with their telescope and star charts, with their little ginger munchkin scrunched between. I figure she may've grown out of it as she got older and boys got more interesting than aliens and far-off planets, maybe because her mum thought she was too old to be dreaming about silly things like that with her dad. But she never really did, never really stopped dreaming about other worlds, even before that first Christmas.

Also, my Donna kind of thought of herself as Jenny's mum. She felt responsible for her and liked it when Jenny looked to her for someone to talk to and connect with while the Doctor was detaching. I don't think she realized it at the time though; probably only after Jenny was gone.

I love that bit about Sylvia as well. Dead on.

Date: 2009-03-14 10:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm. I'm sorry to hear you lost your father so young. I can't even begin to imagine what that must be like.

I think Gallifreyan would have a beautiful lilt like Gaelic and I think the TARDIS doesn't translate it for the companions because she thinks of it as one of the few things he has left of Gallifrey and she wants to protect that.

I think you may be right about the hand holding.

That's exactly what it is. A little time out for all concerned.

It's code and he knows it (now, it took him a little while though) but he lets her think she's putting one over him. It makes her happy and he likes to see her happy.

The letter to the Doctor is so long, Donna has 'new journal' on her list of things to buy next time there's any shopping to be had.

Donna doesn't regret not going with him the first time because she knows that she wasn't ready and neither was he. Besides, she would have missed all that time with her dad before he died and she would never have forgiven herself for that. No, it turned out the way it was supposed to.

Donna misses *all* her children.

That's the big question. Donna doesn't think she'll let herself fall in love again with anyone for a very, very long time. She's being very careful about it because of how badly it ended last time. It really knocked her around. That's why she's all "hands!" and "mates!" and "never ever married!" She can't even entertain the possibility of the idea. Thank you Lance. It wouldn't take much though.

God, that got long winded! I told you she was feeling chatty! Thanks for playing with me. Care to share your thoughts on Donna?

Date: 2009-03-14 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Thanks. I can so see your Donna with her two favourite fellas staring at the stars. She had great self esteem as a kid because those two treated her like a queen.

Sylvia was a little jealous about all the attention Donna got from both men but wouldn't come up the hill because she thought the stargazing was a waste of time and because part of her felt she'd be intruding.

I think you're spot on about Donna feeling like Jenny's mum, and you're right that it was only after she was gone. The Doctor definitely felt that they'd both lost Jenny so we know that's exactly how he saw it.

I think Sylvia's a good egg underneath the prickles.

What else is your Donna like? Please tell.

Date: 2009-03-14 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Thank you for saying that; you just made *my* day!

Date: 2009-03-14 08:19 pm (UTC)
ext_23120: ([who] donna&ten running)
From: [identity profile] hibernate.livejournal.com
This is a lovely list! I couldn't find anything I didn't agree with. Some of them made me wibble a bit, especially the last and the one about her father.

This made me laugh rather a lot:

Will say “Did you hear that?” when he starts to annoy her because he always gets bored with reading first and he tries to distract her from her book. She does the half turned head thing and the single eye squint move as well. He always goes off to the console room to investigate. It never fails.

I may have squeed a little about the handholding. :) Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2009-03-15 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Thank you! And wibbling, laughing and squeeing are all encouraged. Thanks for reading!

Date: 2009-05-22 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexthai.livejournal.com
Interesting!

Date: 2009-05-30 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyberscribbles.livejournal.com
Has worked as a temp for all these years because she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up.

I love that and associate with it a little more than I'm happy about.

She thinks she might be on to something with this running around with a skinny alien saving the universe lark.

And that just breaks my heart.

Date: 2009-05-30 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lounge-lily.livejournal.com
Oh, me too. Far too much; which might tell you a little bit more about my Donna.

Well that's not good; but only in a way that is. Thank you!

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