How many times must he fall before he can learn to fly?
He just can’t win. I mean, there’s always something.” - Misha
AU: Castiel pays a visit to the Doctor just after the Ponds departure (a sequel to this)
└ “You’re full of grief, vexation and guilt. The guilt has sunk so deep into your soul that you started to live on it as if it was the only emotion left in you. And you started to believe in it and you started to loathe yourself. You’re not the same man, Doctor. That man, the man I knew— he’s gone.”
AU: unexpected visit
└ when the Doctor gives up after losing the Ponds, the old friend appears in the TARDIS to convince him there are still things worth living for