Monday, 1 September 2014

Clarification required...

It was interesting to see the Doctor declare with some solemnity that he has never traveled through the interior of a Dalek before, but the drama of the moment was somewhat diminished by the fact that the woman standing right next to him at that very moment (or at least a version of her) had spent the whole of her introductory episode gaily living a life of domestic bliss inside such a beast... a set of circumstances that probably could have been reasonably expected to have had least some resonance on the journey in question. Of course, no-one mentioned anything along these lines, because she would have probably unraveled before our very eyes into a sodden mass of narrative incoherence.

They seem to have given up on the whole 'impossible girl' angle to Clara, which is no doubt a perverse recognition that she makes absolutely no sense at all.

In this context, I  hope that we can quietly forget the whole 50th Anniversary affair, in which Clara, a character we barely knew or understood, was asked to 'enter the Doctor's Timeline' and intimately entwine herself with 50 years of Who-history, bearing the entire weight of a whole George Lucas style canon-retconning fiasco. They certainly seem to be trying hard to repair the damage. In every line of dialogue (which I think is quite well done by the way) you can hear Clara and the Doctor desperately re-aligning and re-calibrating their relationship into something that makes sense. They are frantically wrestling the whole business into shape: He something grumpy and avuncular, her feisty and flirtatious. Not a massive move on from Three and Jo or Four and Sarah perhaps, but maybe no bad thing....

And then there's the little Jiminy Cickety thing, where she cares when he forgets to..... and the 'quite liking soldiers thing' (I hope there's a UNIT episode). At the moment we don't seem to have much solid to cling onto. The only broadly consistent element to Clara seem to be a predilection for Victorian dresses....I think that the Doctor is meant to be the ineffable, enigmatic one...... not the companion.... unlike the White Queen, I'm not sure that I really want more than one impossible thing before breakfast...

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