ahahah i always cry/laugh at myelf thinking a year ago that twelve and claras relationship would become bro-y and tehy'd ruin whouffle and now they basically took whouffle and turned up the notches like 100fold and made it one of the most romantic and complex dr/companion things ive ever sen on doctor who tbh give me series 9 now and give me all of twelve and clara all the time forever i am so here for thisand im so into peter and jenna
After everything Clara did for the Doctor - splitting across his timeline to save his life over and over again, and managing to convince the Time Lords to give him a new regeneration cycle - I knew he would forever feel an intense gratitude towards her. But for me, all it took was the intense owl stare he gave her post-regen, focusing on her like she was the most fascinating and important thing in the universe, and I knew whatever feelings he had before, he still had, and they were all that more intense.
I dunno what people remember about the buildup to s8, but I do remember one sect of fans really wanting 12 to be mean. They were tired of the nice Doctors, they said! What they really meant was “I want him to be mean to Clara”. And while the two had their ups and downs, I can come out of it saying “you got your grumpy Doctor but Clara was one of the last people he wanted to be mean to”. You know the one time he actually did a thing that genuinely hurt her feelings? Yeah, that didn’t end in smug Doctor victory. That ended in tears and sad faces on both sides.
11 and Clara had a cute relationship, but it wasn’t a very complicated one (it didn’t exactly have the time nor the reason to get all too complicated). 12 and Clara changed the outer shell of one of them, and in addition to make the alien more alien, intensified everything in how he felt, especially towards his tiny companion. He trusted her more (he lifted the veil, after all), he relied on her more, he wanted to be with her more (if the montage that starts The Caretaker is any indication). He loved her more.
I’m really excited about s9 because it’s said to be the glory days of 12 and Clara. I find no reason to not believe this - not only are we, the audience, comfortable with both the characters in the leads, but they seem to finally be comfortable with themselves. They eloped at Christmas, come on.