Dec. 23rd, 2013

lizbee: (DW: Clara)
For [personal profile] aberration: Talk to me about at least two (but however many you want) Doctor Who Companions.

Basically, I love the companions. I love most of them as characters, and I love them all as a concept. That you have this stupidly old, powerful alien, and what is most valuable to him are his friendships.

Even the ones that I don't love wholeheartedly, I like quite a lot. Mostly.

I was pretty meh on Clara for a lot of her run so far -- it probably didn't help that she had two Gatiss scripts, and while "The Crimson Horror" featured multiple women, it wasn't exactly a great show for Clara herself.

But apparently, I've come around on the subject of Clara in general. By which I mean, I read so many posts about her personality and so forth that I got really angry at a Tumblr post about how she was a terrible character with no personality at all. So well done, Clara fans.

What I ESPECIALLY like about Clara is that the mystery that's built up around her is just ... Clara. The "impossible girl" is just an ordinary woman who made a series of brave, generous choices. I really like that, and I plan to point it out to anyone who complaints that all Moffat's women are "mysterious" and "special".

I mean, having said that, Clara's not shaping up to be one of my favourites. And that's fine. Hey, I didn't care much for Donna, either. Which I realise is a crime against something or other, but to the extent that I cared about Donna, it was all about Catherine Tate's work as an actress, not the writing.

Hey, speaking of companions, you know what made me really happy? The Eighth Doctor including Chang Lee as he farewells his companions before he died. Because Chang is often overlooked in companion lists because of racism since he spends a lot of the TV movie being the Master's henchman, and I was QUITE PLEASED to have that rectified, and Chang's position confirmed, along with a whole lot of spin off companions becoming canonical. Chang Lee: first canonical companion of colour. (One day, we might have enough to compile a top five list!)

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