It has long been a thorn in my side that I've never been up to date on Doctor Who episodes. Now finally (finally!) I am but one episode behind and there's really nothing left for the Internet to spoil. (Yes, thank you for telling me all about Gallifrey and River Song. Truly.)
Ever since Amy and Rory departed, something has been bugging me about the show. Like a punch line I know I should understand, but continues to evade me. Watching the 50th Anniversary special, I finally realized what it was.
Season 7 part 2 hasn't been as good as episodes in the past, and it's all because of Clara.
Don't get me wrong. I love Clara. She's spunky, has great personality, and will forever be immortalized in my mind as the girl who said 'It's smaller on the outside.'
She's a terrific character, but she's just kind of ...there.
Despite all her wonderful attributes, she is a flat character. I have yet to connect with her to the extent of any of the other companions. I feel the writers of this season have failed me in that they have told me much more about Clara than they have shown me.
Think back to every episode with Clara Oswin Oswald. She has no set goal or motivation. She wants to travel but, now that she is traveling and through space and time no less, it doesn't seem to be developing her character. She was the Impossible Girl but, as crazy as it sounds, this was the Doctor's story more than it was Clara's. That was obvious in how the story was told. When Clara finally stepped into the spotlight in the climactic finale of the storyline -The Name of the Doctor- it was over almost before it began.
In short, Clara doesn't have a story yet. She's merely a character in the Doctor's. I hope to see much more involvement from her in the future season. There are so many possibilities. Now that she isn't the Impossible Girl anymore, perhaps she can just be Clara, because Clara has the potential to be my favorite companion yet.