The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.
—  Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
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“Finally they get to this wrecked, deserted, nighttime, Dalek-invaded street, civilazation gone. And from the greatest possible distance, there they are: her with her great big gun and him with the TARDIS. And they run towards each other, like the biggest romance you’ve ever seen. - Russell T. Davies

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Clara is Boss – Part 1!
I guess I’m starting a thing where I make posts on Clara’s awesomeness. It’s just my own personal take & for this first one, I’ve chosen to talk about some of her traits!

  • Humanity – 7x01: Aslyum of the Daleks: It’s not the best of days when you realise you’re actually a Dalek. Yet Oswin managed to stay true to her human-ness, merely trapped herself in a dream to deal with it. In fact she was considered so dangerous the Daleks locked her up! Although we initially see Oswin about to give into the Dalek’s killer mindset, she breaks down. And she does something that’s not in the Dalek’s manual- empathises with the Doctor. She’s one tough lady, arguably manages to keep hold onto her humanity and saves the Doctor in a heroic sacrifice.
  • Resourceful – 7.0x: The Snowmen: Victorian Clara realises there is more to this funny man who sulks on a cloud in the sky, she’s already seen through him, that he’s kind enough to help and he’s clever. But guess what, she’s clever too. Even teases the Doctor that she worked it out before they got onto the rooftop! Clara really does shine with her power of deductions & quick-thinking in dangerous times like this.
  • Independence – 7.06: The Bells of Saint John: Clara is not convinced by this ‘snog box’ & Doctor’s attempt to woo her to come travelling with him. She’s not willing to dump everything in her life just for this man who turned up on her doorstop in a monk costume! Something that the Doctor even praises her for- that she doesn’t run out on the people that care. Clara doesn’t promise straight away that she’ll travel with him, it’s a ‘might’, but she also sets the time for the Doctor to come back. It’s rather admirable that she doesn’t immediately jump on board, when it is so easy to want to escape and see the whole of time & space. That’s not as important as the priorities that Clara has in her life, as we see her looking after the kids.
  • Bravery – 7.08: Cold War: A terrifying monster is on board, so what does Clara do? Volunteer to go talk to the Ice Warrior, risking her life in the process as she’s never encountered this alien before and it’s already established that it can be deadly. It’s not just being brave, she’s willing to push herself out of her boundaries, and later on she even reflects on whether she’s done a good enough job.
  • Leadership – 7.12: Nightmare in Silver: Imagine being put somewhere new, like a new school, job etc, just somewhere unfamiliar and generally, after some time you get used to it. Clara here adapts into her role quick, even just arriving on a new planet for 5 minutes. She manages to lead a band of soldiers, and despite clashing with Captain Ferrin, she asserts her authority with confidence. 
Cos Russell told me to, the black-hearted swine. He thought, ‘Big frocks, big hair—let’s give it to the show’s token straight for a laugh.’ He gets bored in Cardiff, you know. The brief was just an e-mail, assuring me that he’d want me back for Series Two, and asking if I had any interest in Madame de Pompadour and a clockwork man… which I didn’t, really. But I’m a professional, me. Being honest, I wasn’t all that sure who Madame de Pompadour was. Could’ve been Hitler’s mistress for all I knew. Or Hitler.
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So I thought it might be interesting to make the Madame, and her life, and her extraordinary charm and personality, and her relationship with the Doctor, central to the story—not just a bit of colour between monster attacks. She’s one of the most learned, accomplished, beautiful, funny, brilliant women who ever lived. And as sexy as any other 12 women. And trained since birth—trained, educated, practically brainwashed—to be the King’s mistress. Think about that. She’s trained since early childhood to be the perfect consort to a raging egomaniac… and then she meets the Doctor! Honestly, some relationships just write themselves.
—  Steven Moffat on the question, “So where did the idea come from? Why Madame de Pompadour?" | DWM Issue 369
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