Hi, my name's Caitlin. I'm 21, Australian, and a multi-fandoming multi-shipper. Among other things, I love Doctor Who, Torchwood, Agents of Shield, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Supernatural, Merlin, Harry Potter, Top Gear, Hannibal, Sherlock and AFL. I write a lot of meta on all of these which can be found under fanworks. I also love German, my friends (on and off tumblr), mindless liveblogging, online dress-up games, Australiana and in-depth analysis of the Hogwarts houses. Clara Oswald is the prettiest.
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After I got a chance to watch ‘Listen’ last night, and again after I watched it this afternoon on the train up to York, I was searching my brain for an episode that made me think so much beyond the actual plot lines within NuWho, and frankly I drew a blank.
I think the most impressive thing…
#this episode was that great confrontation that was coming since day of the doctor#that there isn’t a monster under the bed anymore#after five regenerations of constant paralysing fear#of the daleks of his own people of what’s happening to him#of hurting people of being alone of going mad#of dying or of living forever#and now suddenly nothing#there’s no reason to be afraid#but he’s so used to it he invented a monster#(drawn from an RTD script of course)#he can’t explain who he is or what he feels#there’s nothing to fight against or hide from#and though clara did a monologue#it’s still not entirely resolved#is the failure of the promised land that you cannot accept it?
Clara in series 8 is undeniably different to how she was in series 7. She’s had her graduation into adulthood, and she’s settling into that life. It’s true in both her lives; in the “real world” she’s a teacher, in charge of and influencing lots of young minds, and in the Doctor world she is his moral compass as he discovers his new identity. With this change comes confidence, the ability to deal with a lot more situations, and a lack of the masks we saw in series 7.
But it’s not all good things. She’s lost a lot of her best qualities. She’s less questioning, less open, less willing to adjust her worldview. She is teaching now, not learning, so she has to come from a place of confidence in her opinions and morals. And while confidence is a good thing, the fact that she is no longer questioning or looking past the obvious means it often wanders close to arrogance.