So I recently saw a lot of people complaining about Clara and although I admit that the story line of the Impossible girl was bad I don’t actually mind her as a companion. I think the majority of the problems that people have with her stems from this story arc and it is a shame that this was how she was introduced to us; as someone who’s life focused on helping the doctor find his way.
However, after watching the last couple of episodes I think I have a greater understanding of why people don’t like her. Now this might sound like I’m going to be going on some sort of rant but it’s not as I realised that it is the reason why I, too, sometimes find her abrasive. But I think it’s because she’s a strong-willed somewhat independent woman. Yes, she follows the Doctor around but, at least now anyway, it’s not because she fancies him. It’s because she wants to and this was made more clear with the ending to episode 7 of this season.
I feel sorry for her character in some respects as the main appeal with her was the reason behind er reincarnations and what she meant in the Doctor’s life but since that “mystery” has been solved she has not had the same level of interest. This has left her with the persona that was created for her in this respect; the girl who would tell the Doctor what he needed to hear without any reason as to why she shouldn’t. This led her to be an opinionated, strong-willed person and unfortunately these traits are not well received even more so when the person or character is feminine. Surprisingly, I don’t think that the character was created to be annoying but unfortunately that is how it has become. And I don’t think this is the fault of the actress Jenna Coleman, it seems like bad luck that people have been so put off by her.
I do, however, believe that if these traits were to have been shown in a male companion that they wouldn’t have been received so badly. Take the Doctor himself for example. He always believes that what he is doing is the right thing and he always wants to take charge over every situation. I’m not saying that wanting to do that is a bad thing but I do sincerely believe that if the Doctor had been female then audiences wouldn’t have been so receptive of that behaviour. This realisation saddens me somewhat and it makes me want to believe that the world will change it’s thoughts but I’m not sure if that will happen any time soon.
Anyway, that’s just some musing I had on this whilst watching the 7th episode this morning.
Hasta la fuego
Lauren 🙂 x