wow. his opinion changed on that over time. </3
no but it’s so perfect. ten never really felt the pain of death until it was his own. all of his companions ended up okay in the end. rose disappeared, but she was still alive. martha was off saving the world. jack was immortal and fighting earth’s battles. death surrounded him, but he took it for granted, almost. when somebody sacrificed themselves for him, they were noble and beautiful and he cried for them but he didn’t regret their deaths.
and then he came face to face with his own death, the death of who he was as ten, and he fought against it so hard that, as eleven, he is the antithesis of death. he’s an ageless god with the face of a twelve year old. he’s a perpetual child who lives in the moment and wants nothing but happy endings because that’s what ten didn’t get. so when something finite finally hits, he’s devastated and he doesn’t know how to take it.
this isn’t a character inconsistency. it’s perfect.