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Fanboy Challenge - [2/10] tv shows: Doctor Who
"I just want you to know there are worlds out there, safe in the sky because of her. That there are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble, a thousand million light years away"
OMG, thank you so much! That is such a wonderful thing to say, I’m so flattered you would think that about me.
I like Clara. She’s a fun companion, doesn’t take shit from the doctor, and her timeline is very interesting. I really like how Neil Gaiman writes her. I loved how independent she was (“I’m not going to compete with a ghost”), literally carrying on a normal life and then having a few days with the Doctor on adventures.
Until Moffat got to writing her in the Trenzalore episode. That very episode was the moment I started disliking how she was written. “My name is Clara Oswald, and I was born to save the Doctor.” Really Moffat? This fantastic, independent female character is the new companion and you’re going to make her existence revolve around the Doctor. And it didn’t even do that! Her saving the Doctor was entirely her choice, and it had nothing to do with her purpose.
By saying that, you insinuate that since she’s another female companion of “yours” then she must have only one purpose revolving around the Doctor, and that even her choice to do so must mean that that’s why she was born. You’re insinuating that since this choice revolves around the Doctor, she’s lost her free will to do whatever she wants to with her life/lives. Sounds a lot like River Song and Amy Pond. Gee, I’m sensing a pattern.
In short: Moffat, you need to STOP being showrunner.
When Clara said “I was born to save the Doctor” she was in the Doctor’s timelines. She was talking in the literal sense of the word - “I’m born, I live, I die”. The “original” Clara Oswald was not born to save the Doctor, she merely decided to save the Doctor a thousand times over. That is the choice she makes and that is the oppositve of not having free will. Saving the Doctor was never the original Clara’s purpose, she made it the purpose of her echoes.
The fact that she knows that her echoes have saved the Doctor in the past merely tell her that’s it’s possible for her to do that, similar to “Bad Wolf” in series 1. She can still go home, she can still leave the Doctor to his death, but that wouldn’t be in line with her character at all, that wouldn’t be the girl who put her life’s plans on hold when a friend of the family died, who only travelled with the Doctor once a week because she had other responsibilities. Clara Oswald doesn’t run out on the people shes cares about, not in London and not at Trenzalore.
As you said,
“This fantastic, independent female character is the new companion and you’re going to make her existence revolve around the Doctor. And it didn’t even do that! Her saving the Doctor was entirely her choice, and it had nothing to do with her purpose.”
And you know what? You’re absolutely right. The original Clara never revolved around the Doctor and she won’t in the future either - however much people apparently had issues with her being shown teaching in The Day of the Doctor, she appears to have a job once again completely independent from him. In fact, the only time we’ve ever been shown that her “existence revolves around the Doctor” is when she is in the Doctor’s time stream. Because she made the decision, to re-iterate it, out of her own free will.
I will not go into the Amy Pond and River Song comment in detail here, but I’ve touched upon it here. They’re different cases than Clara Oswald insofar as both of their lives truly start out as affected immensely by the Doctor, a parallel which is actually drawn by Moffat himself - "Imagine what that does to a girl. - I don’t really have to." But people seem to either forget or ignore that their storyline on the show in both cases show a major development towards independence from the Doctor. In many ways, that is their story.
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