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31 October 2014 @ 09:02 pm
oh, clara, clara, clara...  
I am so worried about you, dear. Every time Clara interacted with the children in that episode, I kept thinking back to "The Rings of Akhaten," and how Clara's first priority was taking care of a little girl and stopping her from being afraid. Now, her first priority is the puzzle, the danger - and it's Danny (how much do I love Danny? So much) who remembers that he's a teacher, and the kids come first, no matter how "enchanted" he might be.

Watching this episode and "Flatline" back to back really brought home the ways in which Clara is proving herself to be brave and clever and heroic - and also becoming more like the Doctor in some of the ways that are not so good. She's gone from being horrified by Twelve's coldness and rationality, to excusing it, to mirroring it herself. And I don't know what is going to happen to her because of it.

Another thing these two episodes brought home to me, though - and possibly it comes from having two teachers for characters - is the way that several episodes have taken children or teens that other people have written off, and shown that they are valuable. This particularly struck me with Rigsy in "Flatline," whose first act on screen is being forced to paint over his own name, who seems to have internalized the narrative of his worthlessness so much that he thinks the only way for him to be remembered - to matter - is to sacrifice his life by crashing the train; he doesn't even want to leave at first when Clara proves the sacrifice isn't necessary. And by the end, the Doctor - this Doctor, who is far more likely to call you a pudding-brain than say something nice - tells him that his thoughts were so valuable they helped save the world, and that he's going to go on to do amazing things. And that is a bit lovely, it must be said.
litlover12 on November 2nd, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Funny thing -- I like Capaldi, and I like Coleman, but somehow I don't like the writing as much as I did before. Not sure why.
tempestsarekind: eleven wears a fez nowtempestsarekind on November 2nd, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
For me, anyway, I don't think it's the writing so much as the story they've decided to tell. (I think they're doing a good job at it; it's just not a story I like as much.) This season has been very much about interrogating the nature of the Doctor: is he a good man, or not? Characters keep pointing out his callousness and "clinical detachment" - and that all came to a head (or at least, so it seemed) in "Kill the Moon," where Clara was horrified by the way he had treated her - manipulated her - in order to get the right result.

And - well, I've written a *lot* about the ways in which I think Doctor Who, with the possibility of regeneration always inherent in the premise, should be about hope and grace…and it very much was, when Eleven was the Doctor. So I can't wrap my mind around this new Doctor, who responds to the miracle of Gallifrey's potential return by becoming flintier and meaner, who is full of hurtful, dismissive nicknames. (I'm still upset that he keeps calling Danny "PE.")
litlover12 on November 2nd, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, that makes sense. And it does seem like the Doctor has changed TOO much. I'm used to nice heroes and I'm used to cranky heroes (Dr. House, call your office . . .); I'm just not used to seeing the former turn into the latter!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on November 2nd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yes - especially since nothing seems to have happened to make him that way!