A flashback to a December 2012 review on Tor.com of The Snowmen which pretty much recognized how special the Clara-Doctor relationship was from the start. And if you read the user comments you’ll see one that perfectly illustrates the challenges Eleven-Clara and, later, Twelve-Clara had in being accepted by people as you read how one viewer says he was far more captivated by the relationship between the Doctor and Strax!
Didn’t anyone ever tell you there’s one thing you never put in a trap, if you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap.
And what would that be, sir?
Me. - Doctor Who (Happy 53rd Birthday!)