Moffat keeps talking about how we get to see a "realistic" view of what would happen in "real life" if you were best friends with a time traveller this series. I feel like a lot of it is repeating what they said last series? I do hope they don't just undo all of last series' development, though, especially as Clara had some pretty great stuff there.
lol that IS exactly what they said about s8. I’m pretty sure they also said it about s7, and s6 as well. Every year since s5 it’s been “ohoho this isn’t a fairytale!” (and in s5 it was “this is a DARK fairytale, what would it REALLY be like??”) It’s especially rich to me given that Moffat never actually delivers on any of the supposed darkness he introduces to the story.
I am honestly pretty unsure how they could continue on Clara’s s8 trajectory into s9 without the show becoming dark enough so as to be uncomfortable. The way s8 presented travelling as “dangerous” and we were, I thought, seeing Clara kind of lose sense of reality, lose track of her priorities, become someone who lies and manipulates easily and takes pride in that ability — like, when that arc doesn’t end with Clara going “whoa, whoa, whoa, this isn’t good, and I need to leave”, but instead reunites her with her “addiction” as a happy ending, I just have no idea what else can be done with it. I suspect s9 will see them travelling and “happy” and s8 and Clara’s apparently development in it will be rendered entirely meaningless.