When he says that my heart literally jumps out of chest and goes into fangirl cardiac arrest because it is the most perfect expression of love a hopeless romantic (like me) could ever hear. THEREFORE greatest plot twist in rom-com history.
why is “in cahoots with” not a relationship option on facebook
*remembers homework, exams and responsibilities*
this is the most accurate post i have ever seen
Clara Oswald’s normal, everyday life — here meaning her biological family (Mum, Dad, Gran, Linda), her quasi-adopted family (Angie, Artie, and Mr Maitland), or her job as a teacher — has been a part of 70% of her episodes so far. Not always a major part, but there is a continual commitment to showing her roots, that travelling with the Doctor is an addition to her normal life and not the whole of her life.
When people say Clara has no characterisation and her whole existence revolves around the Doctor, I honestly wonder if they’re watching the same show as me.
Clara does things outside her life with the Doctor, but we never get a reason WHY she’s doing them. There’s no character motivation or depth that enriches or contributes to the scenes. They’re just…there. As if just having them should be enough to make us stop complaining.
I’m going to have to disagree with this. I wasn’t aware she needed a reason for wanting to have a life. Should she be curled up in a ball in her flat doing nothing but pining for the days she travels with the Doctor? Those trips are like vacations to her, they’re not her whole world. No, we don’t get spoon-fed an explanation as to her out-look on life, but if we did I’d feel like I wasn’t being respected as a viewer. I don’t want the writers to hold my hand like that- it’s patronizing and unnecessary. She obviously enjoys her non-Doctor life. Shouldn’t that be enough? Not every aspect about any given character has to have ~*deep*~ motivation.
Not to mention that we do actually get some insights into her motivation. We know that she lost her mum as a teenager. Also, we are told that she was staying with the Maitlands when their mother died and that made her put her own plans on hold and become a nanny for their children.
Now, these two events are never explicitely linked - but do they really have to be? Knowing both things, isn’t it absolutely obvious? Do we need to be spoonfed that she could empathise with their situation and that she wanted to help?
I wasn’t aware that one needed any sort of special motivation to want to be with (and please) one’s family at Christmas.
And, yes, it is true that we haven’t seen a lot about her teaching and I am not going to argue that these scenes have done much except paying a homage to Classic Who and establishing that Clara not only continues with her normal life after TNotD but actually moves forward with it. (Considering we are talking about more or less a minute of screen time here this is actually pretty impressive.)
But there is likely going to be an increased focus on this topic in the coming season with another teaching becoming a re-occurring character, so complaining about the fact that it didn’t play a considerably meaningful role in two incredibly Doctor-centric episodes would be a bit premature.
"And, yes, it is true that we haven’t seen a lot about her teaching and I am not going to argue that these scenes have done much except paying a homage to Classic Who and establishing that Clara not only continues with her normal life after TNotD but actually moves forward with it. (Considering we are talking about more or less a minute of screen time here this is actually pretty impressive.)"
I’ve got to disagree with the idea that said scene’s primary function is to pay homage. It’s much more than that when you consider the fact that being a teacher is a logical progression of what we have seen of her past: 101 Places to See was an important book between her and her mother as she grew up. We see Ellie reading it to her at bedtime and in Clara’s first full episode, “The Bells of Saint John,” we also know Clara is a fan of Amy’s Summer Falls and later we have her scold The Doctor in “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” for having monsters in the TARDIS because, “Good guys do not have zombie creatures. Rule one, basic story telling.” We can gleam from these pieces of information that reading is important to her without her having to spell it out for us (which shows a lack of trust in the viewer).
Now, the loss of her mother wounded her deeply and she became a nanny because of the shared loss with the Maitland kids. She’s good with children partly due to how Ellie raised her and party out of experience as a nanny. This is where her echoes, Oswin and Clara Oswin, get their desire to be a Junior Entertainment Manager and a Governess from; this is why Clara Oswin is constantly telling stories to the Latimer children (who also didn’t have a mother, was it a coincidence she was drawn to them?).
So when Clara becomes an English teacher, it makes sense. She’s already a lover of literature, she’s been analyzing literature for some time now as shown by her knowledge of how a story works in JTTCOTT and she’s good with children. Her past has shaped her or this profession. No wonder she’s teaching her students about Marcs Aurelius’s Meditations in the first scene we ever see her teaching in: “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” And the quote in question ties beautifully into The Doctor’s story and the role Clara plays in convincing him to be a “good man” and save Gallifrey instead of burning it. It goes right back to the core of her character: someone who is loyal, someone who loves children, and someone loves literature.
I’d honestly love to see someone more knowledgeable about Meditations write a meta about that in relation to Clara, because I think there’s a hell of a lot to mine and plenty of parallels to be made.
criticize moffat all you want
criticize the doctors all you want
criticize the companions all you want
but criticize murray gold and i will find you and beat you over the head with a cello
the world famous detective
a master of disguise
wore a draw on moustache to try and fool john
and it worked
*wraps blanket around favourite character*
*wraps arms around favourite character*
*wraps entire existence around favourite character*
*hisses* dont touch him