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14 April 2013 @ 05:40 pm
Cold War  
I have nothing to say about this episode except:

my heart got all warm and squishy when Clara asked, "How did I do? Did I do okay?" and the Doctor's response was "That wasn't a test." Not just because the way that Eleven interacts with Clara continues to be so different from the way that Ten interacted with Martha - making her feel like everything was a test, that she somehow had to be "good enough" to earn more than "just one trip" - but because I happened to watch "The Vampires of Venice" the other day (I had a craving to see Eleven pop out of a cake, what can I say?), and Rory's comments seem to fit in here: "You make people want to impress you." Clara wants to impress him - wants to be "good enough" - and Eleven responds by saying, basically, you were great, but that's not what this is about; that's not why you're here. Yay, he's learning.

I feel, a bit, as though I'm falling in love with Clara's face faster than with the character; I love watching her react to things, but I don't quite feel like I know her as well as I'd like, yet. Maybe I just wanted to see more of her this episode; I don't feel like it quite built on the other two? Or that her big emotional moments weren't especially unique to her: it would be weird if she didn't react with shock upon seeing a body ripped apart on the ground, so that reaction doesn't tell me anything about who she is. Since I've already brought Martha into this: the episode made me think about "42," a bit, in that the Doctor and the companion are separated from each other for so much of it, and Martha has another one of those "this isn't just fun and games" moments, in the capsule. She thinks about her family, and why she jumped at the chance to leave them behind for a bit, even though she loves them: "All that noise." It would have been nice to get something like that from Clara, I think, something that told us a bit more about her instead of just telling Clara what traveling with the Doctor is like ("Things have got very...real").
 
 
 
pink for pterodactyl: p:cherry blossomsignificantowl on April 14th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
my heart got all warm and squishy when Clara asked, "How did I do? Did I do okay?" and the Doctor's response was "That wasn't a test."

yesssss. ♥ That was my one real take-away from this episode - the rest of it was just kind of there.
tempestsarekind: come along pondstempestsarekind on April 14th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
That's how I felt, too. :)
litlover12: AH_hatlitlover12 on April 15th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
"I feel, a bit, as though I'm falling in love with Clara's face faster than with the character; I love watching her react to things, but I don't quite feel like I know her as well as I'd like, yet. Maybe I just wanted to see more of her this episode; I don't feel like it quite built on the other two? Or that her big emotional moments weren't especially unique to her: it would be weird if she didn't react with shock upon seeing a body ripped apart on the ground, so that reaction doesn't tell me anything about who she is."

I'm having the exact same feeling (right down to the part about the face :-) )! Like we just don't know her yet. And also . . . you know I'm a latecomer, so the only other companion I've seen is Amy (not counting one rerun I saw with Martha -- I don't think one episode is enough to say I really got to know her). And Amy had such a strong personality and such an unpredictability about her that I still miss. Clara is going to have to show some pretty strong qualities in her own right to keep from fading into the background by comparison. And she hasn't yet.
tempestsarekind: a sort of fairytaletempestsarekind on April 15th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Jenna-Louise Coleman does have an excellent face, doesn't she? :)

I do think Clara suffers in comparison to Amy at this point - not because Amy is an objectively "better" character or anything, but because Amy's need for the Doctor to come back (for several reasons: to prove she wasn't mad; so that she could believe in magic and fairy tales again, etc.) was so clearly telegraphed in her first episode. (As was the pain that the Doctor inadvertently caused her: "Twelve years, and four psychiatrists.") And right now the thing that's been telegraphed about Clara is that she's a mystery - which means she's harder to get to know!

Edited at 2013-04-15 06:42 pm (UTC)
harder, harder, hardest; i am the artist: dr who -- oswin | lounging to carmenradiantbaby on April 15th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
It would have been nice to get something like that from Clara, I think, something that told us a bit more about her instead of just telling Clara what traveling with the Doctor is like ("Things have got very...real").

I felt the same. Then again, it was a Gatiss episode and one thing I'm learning more and more about his scripts is that he doesn't seem to be able to write women very well. They are very Other to him, so much so that in nearly all of his stories the companion is sidelined and separated from the Doctor for much of the story. I'm hoping as other writers give Clara more embellishments this season, we'll get to know her more instead.
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on April 15th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Although I felt like Gatiss wrote Amy pretty well in "Victory of the Daleks" (I had other issues with the episode, but not that one), even though he separated Amy and the Doctor for much of it: she's got a good rapport with Bracewell, and is sparky with Churchill. Here, though, I felt like Gatiss was giving us more Generic Comapnion than Clara Oswald. Ah well - there's always next week. :)