- Discussion: Did Clara's attitude toward Time and Space make the opportunity seem less special?
- April 18th, 14:48
Clara was the only Doctor Who Companion who seemed to view the opportunity to travel in time and space as slightly less interesting than babysitting, going to work, or going on a prosaic date.
Did this attitude (limiting Time Travel to Wednesdays, and even then only if she didn't have other plans) make the unique offer and opportunity to travel anywhere in Time and Space seem less interesting?
Could that have been part of why the ratings dipped a bit? From now having a Companion who the Doctor had to beg to go traveling with him?
Also, there was a very odd attitude about that in the show. There seemed to be this assumption that Clara could say no to the offer, but that the Doctor would still just keep coming back anyway. In a real world, if an alien offered you the chance to travel anywhere in space and time, what real person would turn that down in order to babysit? Or go on a boring date?
Especially when the trip would take (as was specifically pointed out to her at the beginning) no time at all?
What made Clara think that once that Tardis disappeared that it would ever come back? At any other point in the show once the Tardis was gone, it was gone. The Doctor would go off on an adventure of his own, meet some other person who was more interested in traveling with him, and then just forget to come back. He may even mean to, think he'll go back "later" since it is a time machine, but then just never do it.
And yet, that possibility never seems to even occur to Clara. She dictates that she'll only travel with him on Wednesdays. Then she decides that babysitting is more important. Then she has to be back home on a regular schedule to go to work. Then she decides it's more interesting to go on a date than go explore the universe.
Then, when she finally does start to go on the Tardis full time, it's because she suddenly has a death wish. Not because she's interested in exploring the universe or seeing what it has to offer, but because she's now "in mourning" for that lost, utterly boring, boyfriend, and trying to get herself killed. And apparently this is a convenient way to put herself in risky situations.
All that added together just seems to suck the interest and uniqueness and opportunity out of the gift that the Doctor was offering her.
Any other time in the series, the opportunity (or indeed the accidental kidnapping and inability to get home) was a BIG DEAL. But with Clara, suddenly all of time and space is just boring normal. It's treated as even less important in her life, and less of a unique opportunity, than just going to dinner.
Is this perhaps why some people haven't cottoned on to the Clara years as often as some others?
Since when is it such a "normal" thing for an ancient alien to materialize out of the air and offer you the chance to see all of time and space?