Doctor Who‘s Rose Tyler touched my hair. Or at least someone who looks like her.
I was standing in the Hair Care isle, mulling over how big Dove conditioner I should get and wondering where’s the free beauty bar they were offering weeks ago. Then someone was brushing my hair using her hands and asking me stuff about my hair dye. By then I didn’t notice she looked like Rose Tyler. I was too freaked out someone’s talking to me; sales women on that Hair Care isle often talk to customers but this is the first time someone’s interested in my hair and was not trying to sell a bottle of new shampoo. I didn’t mind but I hoped she’d already stop attempting to talk to me because talking to strangers often makes me uncomfortable. So I changed the subject and asked where’s the free beauty bar that comes with the big conditioner and she said they don’t offer it any more and then thank godzilla, she already left and talked to the other sales lady.
My sister Joanna and I then proceeded to the Body Care isle. Minutes later, I caught a glimpse of the sales lady again and then turned back to the lotions I was checking out, but had this weird thought that the woman looked like Rose Tyler. Maybe, I thought, it’s just how she presents herself. Some people can look like others because of how they act, talk, or just even stand, and not because of their face. I can’t get Rose Tyler out of my head so I looked at the sales lady again and realised she looks like Rose indeed. She was just a few feet away from me so I had to mouth to Joanna “Doctor Who. Rose.” Joanna turned around to look at her. With her eyes wide while grinning, she looked back at me, a not-so-subtle way of telling me that, yes! She looks like Rose!
When she’s already far from us, I asked Joanna “Why is Rose Tyler here? Why is she following us?”
I half seriously told Joanna, what if we go to the lady and told her “Hi! You look like Rose Tyler. You might not know her but that doesn’t matter. I just want to take a photo with you.” I know, that would be so creepy but it’s the kind of creepy that when done to you, you’d actually be proud of it, you’d tell others about it, while pretending it was so creepy, but actually you enjoyed the moment because you seemed to matter.
I shouldn’t get too excited over seeing a brunette version of Rose. After all, I ended up disliking her character because she cheated on Mickey and she had no life before the Doctor came so it was so easy for her to just run to the Doctor when he invited her. Whereas Donna, the best companion, was doing her best to build a life and took time deciding whether she really wanted to be with the Doctor (And when she’s ready, she brought lots of clothes!). For some reason, it’s also fun to hate Rose’ character and comment “She still cheated on Mickey” every time a Doctor Who Facebook page posts something good about her. (I would often tell my sister about the time I post another comment like this and we’d both yell “Haters gonna hate!” and just laugh at the trollish silliness of it.)
But this is Rose Tyler we’re talking about. Any Whovian would want to see her in the flesh. Or even just someone who looks like her, for that matter. Hell, if given a chance, I would even want to see The Silence.
Joanna and I continued buying groceries but I kept on thinking, I want to see Rose Tyler again. While Joanna was queueing at the cashier isle, I went to the Hair Cair isle to see Rose Tyler one last time before we left, but alas, she’s gone.
“She already returned to the alternate universe,” Joanna said. I was sad. Why did she have to leave so early.
At the Customer Service area, while Joanna was filling up these coupons given to her, I asked about the free beauty bar promo. The woman talked to her mic to call someone about it. And all I could think was, “Please let it be Rose Tyler. Please let it be Rose Tyler.”
When Joanna’s done with the coupons and no one came yet for the beauty bar, I decided we already had to go home. Rose Tyler is gone, but that’s okay. Why, Rose Tyler got out of the alternate universe and touched my hair.