I’ve been thinking about Clara Oswald lately (as one does) and I think I’ve finally realized why I find her character so personally compelling. It’s because she is both always and never herself.
See, society tells us we have to look a certain way, act a certain way, fall into a certain category, or we won’t be accepted or happy. Then there’s the counter-movement found in a lot of popular media, that tells you to be fearlessly yourself and you’ll achieve all your dreams. But neither of these viewpoints really presents a complete picture of what it is to live, because how many of us really fit into one neat box? How many of us know exactly who we are, and want to act on it all the time?
Clara Oswald shows us that you don’t need to act on yourself to be yourself. Much has been said about her tightly controlled image and how far she is willing to go to be perceived in this or that way. But less is said about how all these images she projects are, in fact, who she is.
This is a project @enigmaticwho and I are working on at the moment. We aim to produce an anthology inspired by the format of the show; a series of stories following Clara (and Me) post-Hell Bent, and all of the adventures and challenges that await!
We’ve got a lot of exciting ideas, and will keep you up to date on our progress. So watch this space! And feel free to like and share, if you’re interested :)