What did you say your name was?
One of the things I loved about “Time of the Doctor” was that it showed that Clara wasn’t perfect. Moffat sums it up in this line, when Clara babbles that she is a “bubbly personality masking bossy control freak.”
One of the criticisms of Clara’s character is that she is too perfect. She saves the Doctor at every point in time, she entices One to the right TARDIS, she stops the Doctors from using The Moment, she convinces the Time Lords to grant new regenerations. Yeah, grits my teeth as well.
But the thing is — this episode showcases how hard Clara fights to maintain control over things, and at the very end, when she tries to exert control one more time, she can’t. Throughout the episode, Clara fights to maintain order in her life: from cooking the turkey to trying to keep the Doctor the man he currently is. She has no reason to expect it would go any other way, because she has maintained that control over everything since series 7b.
But at that very last second, when Clara is whispering, “Please don’t change,” that’s when her magic suddenly flees her. She’s trying, once again, to control the outcome of the situation. But she can’t. The Doctor regenerates, and nothing she can do will stop it.
I hope series 8 explores this flaw in Clara more. I think it’s a fascinating flaw to have, and one that makes her far more human.
10 walked away, getting into an old station wagon and putting on a sad mixtape. he cried, turning over to look at 11 every few minutes to make sure he hadn’t walked away.
FINALLY SOMEONE ASKS THE QUESTION
#Amy’s story is so beautiful #so intricate in its details and parallels #so poetic in its storytelling #and in the way that storytelling is used as a theme in the story itself #the power of words #Amy finds the Doctor and loses the Doctor through them #they guide her to remember him #and then rip Rory from her side #and she can only choose to follow #and yet words always offer a last connection between her and the Doctor #the erased words of River’s diary #her letter to him #little things always remain #the book before #her glasses when she chooses to leave him behind #Amy Pond remains in the Doctor’s memories as vibrant as ever #as he remained in hers #because you just don’t forget a story like that #how COULD you? (via moffatappreciationlife)
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Didn’t anyone ever tell you? There’s one thing you never put in a trap if you’re smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap.