We viewers have never known Clara Oswald, any more than we ever knew Amy Pond.
Don’t believe me? Think of Rose Tyler. Of Martha Jones. Of Donna Noble. Or even of Jackie Tyler (not to mention Mickey Smith).
Who was Rose Tyler? A bright and very brave working-class girl raised with working-class expectations, never properly challenged or inspired. A young woman with a puckish sense of humour, an inchoate concern for justice and the spirit of born leader.
Who was Martha Jones? A driven child, as an adult still struggling with the bourgeois aspirations of social-climbing mother. Emotionally repressed, self-confident but one who has probably never stopped to examine her own self.
Who was Donna Noble? Emotionally abused, aggressively over-compensating and only vaguely intuiting that she had been robbed of her own intelligence and imagination. Hers was a wasted life, until the Doctor happened along to wake her up.
As with real people, other interpretations are not only possible, but inevitable. Yet these women were individuals, full-blooded characters with back-stories, motivations and quirks entirely their own. They were people, whom no one could ever confuse one for the other.
Take any of the Moffat-era stories, swap Amy for Clara, Clara for Amy, and what changes? Nothing, nothing at all.
To paraphrase somebody or other, there’s no there there. This void holds for Moffat’s men too, but it’s especially true of his women."
Moffat cannot write characters to save his life, not to talk of the show he’s still inexplicably in charge of.
I can easily be one of the loudest and most vehement Moffat haters out there, but I disagree with part of this. Amy did have a story, she was a real person—except that every time we saw this, Moffat screwed us out of it. Amy is a loud, brash, take-what-she-wants woman who loves Rory but questions herself, who wants children and has her only daughter stolen from her, who pushes her husband away because she doesn’t know how to deal with her own grief over not being able to have more children. But most of this happens in little moments and is quickly swept under the carpet. Amy has heart; Amy is a real person, it’s just that Moffat doesn’t want her to be.
Now Clara, yes, Clara is a mystery. That is literally her whole storyline for her first season: Clara is a mystery. And then she’s the most important person in the Doctor’s life, bar none, no room for argument, simply because Moffat said so. But we never see anything to make us believe that. Clara moves from job to job with no training or explanation. She’s a nanny, then a teacher, next week she’ll probably be a nurse or an astronaut. She’s Barbie. Pretty and nice and there to make pretend in whichever way helps the Doctor most. Amy is real. Clara is not.
I thought about this… could be true?
Spoiler: Amy is not Clara’s Gran. We know Amy died in New York, at the age of 87. She was already dead by 2012 and we know she never left New York (except to go to Florida and Washington, as mentioned in an “interview” after her book).
Additionally, Amy and Rory’s child (other than River) was named Anthony Brian Williams and they adopted him in 1946, which would make him far too old to be Clara’s father. Furthermore, men don’t change their last names and Clara’s surname would be Williams otherwise.
In conclusion: the BBC has only one prop department and it is quite small.
all I could think during this scene
I’m not running away from things. I’m running to them before they flare and fade forever. That’s all right. Our lives would never remain the same. They can’t….You were the first. The first face this face saw. And you were seared onto my hearts, Amelia Pond. Always will be.
DVD Special: Clara and the TARDIS
That gravestone, Rory’s, there’s room for another name isn’t it?
#don’t you hate that amy never mentions her daughter and she doesn’t care for her?! #oh wait nevermind #in my headcanon the ponds have a room for river #so she can sleep there everytime she decides to break out of prison #and amy always has a bottle of river’s favourite wine #and rory always buys river’s favourite food #and when river visits them they have dinner and talk about what they’ve been up to #and amy always gets embarrassed when she remembers how much she shared with mels #and how much mels shared with her #and she’s like ‘I can’t believe that you got drunk when you were 15! YOU ARE SO GROUNDED!’ #and river is like ‘do you want me to tell dad about that time when YOU got drunk at THAT party?’ #and amy tells her to shut up and drink her wine #yes #this is how it happens
The reasons why I love Marta to bits.
And omg, there’s a sequel!