Today Nathan (@thecemeterygates on insta) and I (@saltcircle on insta) went to a little pioneer cemetery in WA. These two were my favorite, I’m always inspired by the ones with multiple fonts. The first says “my flesh and my heart faileth”, which caught me as well.
My problem(s) with Clara Oswin-OswaldOne thing that really annoys me about Oswin is that she has such potential and Jenna does a great job portraying her but she’s not seen as a person, she’s seen as a piece in a puzzle of the Doctor’s life. She is a mystery that he wants to solve. Once he’s put the pieces together, what will she be doing? Her entire life revolves around the Doctor, she was literally “born to save the Doctor” and she’s only a mystery to him, like an object instead of a human being. It just pisses me off so much. And then with the personality, it’s the same old spunky, sarcastic, cute and quirky girl. Like, can be make her a dimensional character AT ALL?
This is the frustrating (and incredibly creepy) thing about Clara. Her life isn’t valued for what it means to her. Her hopes, her wants, her dreams, her personality aren’t valuable because she’s her. Her value is to intrigue the Doctor, to the extent that he’s excited when he sees Victorian!Clara’s gravestone because it means she’s a mystery. He doesn’t mourn the young woman who lost her life - he sees her as a fun distraction for him. And he never shares his knowledge about her other lives with her (just like he never told Amy that she could be pregnant). Clara literally doesn’t have an existence outside the Doctor.
The different Claras in different times and places can’t all have the same personality, because they’ve had such hugely different life experiences. Would Victorian!Clara really have the same spunky, quirky personality as Oswin? Or as modern!Clara? They’ve had such fundamentally different lives, but they aren’t affected by it at all. They’re all interchangeable. It’s misogynist to treat women as if they are interchangeable, whether it’s in the obvious Clara way or, as you say, giving her the same one-dimensional personality that Moffat gives most of his women.
It’s related to Moffat’s habit of not allowing his characters to be affected by their circumstances (Amy losing her baby, Eleven losing Amy (he got over it in an episode), River killing the Doctor). But it’s also his tendency to make his characters into props to be wheeled out to show off the plot. He doesn’t care about historical accuracy, not in a campy “oh well, it’s only Doctor Who” way, but in using historical accuracy only when he wants to shock (such as turning Madame Vastra and Jenny’s marriage into a punchline).
Clara had a lot of potential but Moffat has given up writing women who don’t exist solely to flirt and be sexy.