Probably one of the worst moments of all time.
Look how he reaches for her. His best friend. He just wants her to show some recognition. That she is still in there somewhere. He just wants his best friend back.
#Sometimes when I rewatch this episode #and when this part comes up #I always wonder just what is going through the Doctor’s head#I imagine it might be the first memory of her he ever had #that moment she randomly appeared within his TARDIS and just how confused and excited he’d been at the situation #or maybe even all the adventures he never talked to her about #and he wonders just how many amazing things he could have shown her #would have been able to show her had it not been for everything that had led up to her forgetting him #and I wonder if he finds that just the touch of her hand in this small handshake was painfully beautiful #because it took him back to all the times he took her hand #and ran #maybe it was the most painful thing he’d ever experienced and maybe he made a note of that in this moment #that he could never run while holding her hand again
no but at the end of the poison sky after martha shows her engagement ring and says “besides, someone needs me” and this is the look that donna gives the doctor: