theprettiestman replied to your post: But I’m not sure if Clara’s special in terms of…
It’s just your emphasis on her :P There’s nothing wrong with putting emphasis on a character you strongly relate to, and it wasn’t meant like that :P
Still doesn’t really make sense of the comment, and there’s a lot more analysis on her because new stuff, as well as the fact that I love her.
THESE ARE THE AGES OF THE DISNEY PRINCESSES AND YOUR LIFE IS A LIE
And to think, a guy kissed a unconscious/comatose 14 year old.
thats a little bit shady
In the original she was like seven and the Queen was her mother. And as punishment at the end they filled the Queen’s shoes with burning coals and forced her to dance to death.
Now that’s a little bit shady.
In Defense of Clara Oswald
Most of the criticisms of Clara I’ve seen tend to be either that she’s too special (which I discussed yesterday) or that she is not developed enough.
I don’t think it’s false to say that Clara is particularly timey wimey, or that she has had a much looser and less structured development than other companions, but I don’t believe those are bad things.
In Defense of the Companions
Do you know why Rose was a great companion? She was determined to make something of herself and used the skills she did have in an unlikely area to succeed beyond her wildest dreams.
Do you know why Martha was a great companion? She coped incredibly well under pressure and learned how to play to her strengths, even in an environment that wasn’t particularly pleasant.
Do you know why Donna was a great companion? She learned how to believe in herself, and inspired others around her not only to believe in her, but also to believe in themselves.
Do you know why Amy was a great companion? She gained control of her own agency and fought every day to find a way to have as many of the things she wanted in her life as possible, despite being constantly fucked over by the universe
Do you know why River was a great companion? She overcame her upbringing as a psychopath to fall in love completely and utterly, and to show such very normal and human vulnerabilities despite her extraordinary life.
Do you know why Clara is a great companion? She is determined enough to face any challenge and come out on top, no matter how big or small it might be, no matter how it might scare her.
They are all special. But they are special because of their humanity, their strength, their passion, their determination, their ability to change and adapt and learn. Only Martha doesn’t have a timey wimey specialness, but that doesn’t make the humanity of any of the others any less important.
Stop being blinded by the circumstances and look at the people. Look at these wonderful women who made their own decisions and lived their lives in such an inspiring way. Anything they do is achievable, because the science fiction is just a way to be a little more creative. The humans are what makes the show special, so stop ignoring their humanity.