Love doesn’t hit a Time Lord like an unexpected rubber mallet over the head. It’s a conscious decision. It’s also rather rude to let oneself get all giddy over someone else without asking her first.
It was a long time before he realised that she was his equal in a way that humans were not. Once he knew what he wanted to ask her, it took him too long to rally his courage and ask.
She was gone. Adric was concerned. ‘She’ll be superb’, he told the boy. She always would be. He wished he’d said it to her face.