30 days of doctor who - day 5
a character that you feel the need to defend: martha jones
I’ve seen many things, my friend. But you’re right. Nothing’s quite as wonderful as the things you see.
clara + saving the day
If oranges are named after their colour why don’t they call apples “reds” and bananas “yellows” ? #trippy #rugrats
Actually, the colour orange is named for the fruit. That’s why people with orange hair are called redheads: because before we adopted the word orange for the colour English speakers just said “reddish yellow” if they needed to specify in-between.
Clara Oswald’s normal, everyday life — here meaning her biological family (Mum, Dad, Gran, Linda), her quasi-adopted family (Angie, Artie, and Mr Maitland), or her job as a teacher — has been a part of 70% of her episodes so far. Not always a major part, but there is a continual commitment to showing her roots, that travelling with the Doctor is an addition to her normal life and not the whole of her life.
When people say Clara has no characterisation and her whole existence revolves around the Doctor, I honestly wonder if they’re watching the same show as me.
Clara does things outside her life with the Doctor, but we never get a reason WHY she’s doing them. There’s no character motivation or depth that enriches or contributes to the scenes. They’re just…there. As if just having them should be enough to make us stop complaining.
Hi. You reblogged my thing. Good decision. You added a negative comment with no reasoning behind it. Bad decision. Fortunately, even mistakes can have a silver lining, and in your case it’s that now you get to understand Clara better! :)))
Firstly, that she continually returns to her life changes the whole shape of her character versus the previous full-time companions. She’s grounded. She’s responsible. She’s very deliberately maintains strict boundaries… as far as she can.
What we see of Clara’s childhood shows us that it was very happy, very loving, which gives us the reason she has has such a strong sense of self. She acts as nanny to the Maitlands explicitly because their mother died and she feels obligated to them. The soufflés are to show us how she tries to be like her mother, which is important because she’s about to imitate her mother (who met her father by saving him from a car crash) in the biggest way possible.
Her job as a teacher, sure, is largely there as a reference, but not solely. (Barbara was a history teacher, not English—but Clara hated history, so that wouldn’t have fit.) It does make sense for as a character, helping people and young people and the rules of literature. And finally Christmas dinner shows us more of her family, the similarities and differences between her and her family members (this is what the Oswald family does for Christmas, folks: tell each other how they met their spouses) and also how in touch she is with her roots.
Yeah, in my opinion there’s some depth to these scenes.
Smith and Jones
A Judoon platoon on the moon and a vampiric alien! It’s all happening when Martha meets the Doctor. (Martha is smarter than everyone. The End.)
My 100 favorite Doctor Who stories in no particular order [x]
You took her from her home but now she’s back in the box again. And she’s free. Look at my girl, look at her go! Bigger on the inside!
And that’s a good thing.