I’ve tried really hard to like the new series. In the most recent episode, however, I found myself wandering off to the kitchen to get more chocolate. I was that bored. I can’t figure out what’s wrong with it. Is it the new Doctor? Peter Capaldi’s Doctor doesn’t seem that well-defined. Or he isn’t to me. He isn’t particularly likeable and his words and intentions seem to lack clarity. I might have been able to put up with him, though, if it wasn’t for Clara. God, I hate her. She has to be the worst companion ever. She may be pretty, young and thin. But that’s all she is. She has no character to speak of and her life is of no interest to me whatsoever. She was at her ghastliest in The Caretaker with the boring boyfriend and the Doctor’s misunderstanding – so seriously not funny. Really not funny. Not even interesting. It might just be the writing that is paltry but it’s also the acting. Compare Rory who was brilliant. In fact, it’s hard not to compare ClaraDanny with AmyRory – this has been done. Why is it being done again? And so badly too. My favourite companions have been the ones who didn’t fancy the doctor. Donna didn’t and please note, she wasn’t in her twenties and wasn’t super-thin. She was normal. She was funny. She didn’t take any bullshit and didn’t bat her stupid eyelashes at him. Clara might have a boyfriend now but she is still vapid. It isn’t enough to be pretty. She wasn’t interesting when she was impossible and she still isn’t. Her story arc is unfolding like a shit soap. Since she her arrival, the writing has become tired and the direction limp. Doctor Who seems to be eating itself up with derivative, cannibalistic plots. It’s become the Downton Abbey of sci-fi.
Another reason for loathing Clara is that apparently she is to blame for the Doctor’s mental state. In Listen, it’s Clara who tells the Doctor as a child that fear will always be with him. My 14 y.o. thought that was horrible. What a way to screw up someone.
And yes, I know I’m treading on toes. I know Clara is popular. She’s pretty, she’s scared. She’s courageous. What’s not to like. I’d rather have outrageous, like River Song, but that’s another story….[see interesting blog link below]