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.