So this hit me last night;
have we maybe forgotten, that Clara is the Woman who is born to save the Doctor? (Surely not) We know little to nothing about the many echoes she had scattered herself up for him, but the ones we know (better) we know they die.
Even when the Now-Clara is maybe the Original (is she?) she is still born to save the Doctor. We know on what cost her echoes saved him in earlier episodes. And I am so fucking afraid about her now.
I read so many theories about Clara and the season final, that I fear there will come something really heart wrenching up to us. Well, heart wrenching is fine and it shall be a great final, but one thing; and god help you Moffat when you fuck this up with Clara and the Doctor I’ll swear I’ll skip the show till 13 has arrived.
I’ve worried about this as well. However on a more positive note: if you read the intro/beforehand/authors note (whatever you want to call it) for Summer Falls by Amelia Williams, you will in fact find out that not all of them died saving the Doctor. The one mentioned in that instance is an old woman who talks to Amy about saving the Doctor as young girl. Amy finds the conversation weird, especially because the woman say she has a message she’s been waiting all these years to tell him. Amelia through this text passes this message on to the Doctor “run you clever boy, and remember me.” Thus revealing the cameo to be Clara.
Not sure what this means for actual Clara though. It could mean lots of things or nothing. Either way I’m with you about how the upcoming final has me sitting on the edge of my seat as to what’s going to happen with Clara. Although form the pictures I have to say Clara looks quite soldierish and now with her occasionally being Doctor!Clara I wouldn’t be surprised if she reprises the role to help UNIT (maybe in a way because the Doctor doesn’t show up or is otherwise unable, as we see in ten’s first story, or several who stories Peter Capaldi has been involved in so far) which explains his anger at them.
Much like Clara, I don’t think the Doctor could ever hate her either. However his dislike of himself and soldiers may cause him to hate UNIT if they use her as those thing. I think we’re more likely to see his anger in those circumstances. If anything actually happens to her I’m expecting him to lean more toward devastation first.
I’ve made it a habit to analyse episodes this season, so I’m gonna continue with that, and here’s the Flatline review (spoiler: it was awesome. Seriously. So fricking creepy monster-wise and amazing regarding character development). Here goes:
- Clara continues her lie about Danny being okay with her travelling in the TARDIS.
- "I need you to help me find out what’s caused this" — Clara runs off on her own to see what’s going on. Didn’t there use to be a rule about ‘no running off’? Not for Clara. The Doctor trusts her to manage on her own.
- Giving her his Doctor stuff without hesitation.
- Clara pretending to be the Doctor and enjoying it immensely.
- Same theory about tiny people.
- "Try not to scare him off" — Clara, usually, wouldn’t. In fact, she’d probably be the only thing keeping people around when they meet the Doctor because he’s a bit hard to love. This time? Clara jumps immediately into Doctor mode, forgetting that Rigsy is a human who isn’t used to the space stuff. Instead of reassuring him, she focuses on the mystery and doesn’t even notice he’s running until the Doctor tells her. Very Doctor, not very Clara.
- "Are you aliens?" — Immediate no. A pause before "well, he is." Interesting after the Caretaker and Clara’s "because… he’s an alien." She’s gotten used to this Doctor. She no longer sees him as this alien she can’t get a grasp on. She’s starting to understand why he acts the way he acts (see Mummy).
- Clara awkwardly holding the hammer like “apparently they’re in the walls” made me laugh. A lot.
- Clara taking Danny’s call while being in mortal danger. Literally anything else would have been a better idea in that moment. Ignore it and call him back! Controlfreak much? Needing to retain control of the situation by pretending she can juggle both the adventure and her boyfriend?
- "Excellent lying, Doctor Oswald." — Need I say more? Clara lied and the Doctor finally found out. Danny can probably guess what’s going on too at this point. She’s losing control of her construct of lies.
- "I am the one chance you’ve got of staying alive" — Cold. To the point. True. Again, very Doctor. Clara is the leader of this operation. At first she still takes direction from the Doctor, but she’s soon making her own decisions, which are coloured by what she’s seen him do in the past. Clara is the one to suggest lying to them, not the Doctor. He seems rather surprised at the suggestion coming from her. Remember Clara used to have a problem with his lying until she realised in Mummy that sometimes that’s necessary to save people. What matters is the goal now, not the way. The ends justify the means. Clara didn’t use to think that way. She does now.
- The 2DIS. That was adorable.
- Clara saving the Doctor by suggesting he move the TARDIS literally by hand.
- Clara’s face when she didn’t know whether the Doctor had made it or not.
- Clara stopping the train and saving the driver’s life.
- Clara jumping on the moving train to save Rigsy. But the way she did it was cool. Very leader-y. Again, very Doctor. There was no emotion behind it, just cold calculation and logic, which is effective and something a leader has to do.
- "What would you do now? … No. What will I do now?" Cue brilliant solution to save them all.
- "You made a mighty fine Doctor."
- The Doctor’s speech. Every Doctor needs a speech. This one was kinda heartbreaking because he really tried. He tried so hard to believe they meant no harm, that they were misunderstood and that this could be resolved peacefully. He didn’t like throwing them back into their dimension (and effectively killing a lot of them), but he had to do it. Because sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose. “The man that stops the monsters.” A part he has to play. Whatever the cost.
- The smile Clara gives him after he banishes the Boneless from this world.
- People thanking Clara for saving their lives.
- "You look chipper. […] You okay?" - "I’m alive." - "A lot of people died."
- "On balance. That’s how you think isn’t it?" - "Largely so other people don’t have to."
- "I was you today, I was the Doctor."
- "Admit it, I did well." Insisting he tell her he did good.
- Clara lies about it not being Danny calling her and ignores his call. Remember she picked up when she was in mortal danger? She could talk to him then, but she can’t do it when she’s trying to get the Doctor to praise her.
- "You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara. Goodness had nothing to do with it."
- Missy is creepy.
Clara as the Doctor (see quotes above):
Clara has grown increasingly independent and important throughout this season, and there have been several hints at her slowly turning into the Doctor before. This was basically just the final blow and confirmation of that. Let’s talk about that last quote though
"You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara. Goodness had nothing to do with it."
Funny thing about Flatline: I’v see a lot of people criticizing Clara for being cold/dark. I’m not going to go into the being equal to the Doctor, since I’ve mentioned it on several other posts. I am however going to ask: how does it make someone dark or evil to be accustomed to death? Every day Doctors rejoice when their patient receive donor organs, even when it means someone else died, this doesn’t make them bad. Soldiers make life and death decisions every day to save lives, and this doesn’t make them evil. Judges and juries sentence people to death in order to prevent future murders and that doesn’t make them bad people.
Those are just real examples that don’t even cross into the Who Verse where we see this phenomenon even more. In fact the main star of the show has lived by this from the beginning. In the first episode of New Who someone Rose personally worked with is murdered, yet we see neither the Doctor nor Rose take any time to mourn him. And last season the Doctor literally parked his TARDIS to mock someone before they got hit by a missile, whether the guy deserved it or not is another argument but it was rather dark.
Even in a town called Mercy we see an incredibly dark Doctor, but I heard no talk of him needing to improve or facing some consequence for. This whole season has been peppered by that behavior, the Doctor kills someone with a pill in into Dalek and Clara ignores it. I saw some weariness and some intrigue there, but no direct criticisms like I’m seeing after this episode. Honestly I think the story line is interesting, and while I have no objections to an evil Clara story line/AU (you know Jenna would pull it off brilliantly), I really just don’t get that from this episode.
Agreed. I find it intresting that Clara acting like the doctor makes her a bad person that deserves being left behind. But the doctor doing it makes him a hero that deserves all the love.
I like this.
I like you.
I’m not sure I see the sentiment including the idea of her deserving to be left behind, as much as it is a fear that it’ll be the endgame. However, I do remember seeing a lot of people saying Clara doesn’t “deserve” another trip with the Doctor after how she acted in Kill the Moon. Both ideas — that Clara needs to “earn” her trips with the Doctor, and that her showcasing traits similar to him [as morally complicated and ambiguous as they are] is indicative of a future abandonment plot — are just… No, folks. Just..
Clara is the Doctors equal. If what Clara does is wrong, what the Doctor does is wrong. I’d also like to throw back in here for all those using the “but it’s her planet” argument after kill the moon, it’d actually make her less in the wrong being in charge of the lives in Flatline then say someone who decides things for other planets. So nope she doesn’t need to prove anything, not that she already hasn’t, not any more so than the Doctor. And as I’ve said before: if the Doctor abandons her he doesn’t deserve her.