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a question for the whovians

I'm getting into the Clara episodes, which have so far been underwhelming, but then again I only really "get" DW episodes on a second or third viewing. Anyway, I've noticed a certain similarity between Clara's look and behavior and CAL, the little girl who saves everyone in the "Silence in the Library" two-parter. Am I seeing things that aren't there, or is there actually supposed to be some kind of a connection between these two characters?

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aearwen2
Jun. 8th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I haven't particularly noticed any deliberate resemblance between Clara and CAL, altho that's an interesting thing to ponder.

I've been underwhelmed with Matt Smith's Doctor episodes in general (with one BIG exception: The Doctor's Wife) and with his choice of companions as a whole. I am underwhelmed with the entire Stephen Moffatt tenure as showrunner. I watch, don't get me wrong, but I no longer feel quite so invested.

I'm hoping Peter Capaldi's iteration will respark my devotion. Otherwise, I must admit, that for me, "my Doctors" are Nine and Ten, period, end of statement.
fractalwolf
Jun. 9th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
Agreed! (With a nod of nostalgia towards #4, Tom Baker)

My in-person friends and I were discussing Moffat's lackluster Dr. Who but brilliant Sherlock, and decided that the problem was that he's great at reinventing things, putting his own interpretation and stamp on them, but that's not what needed to happen with Dr. Who. If he wanted to do that, he should've been on board with #9. By the time #11 came about the modern incarnation of the character/universe was established to a certain extent, and could only tolerate so much reinvention.

I think it also helps that with Sherlock he's fleshing out modern details of an existing plot, as opposed to writing a whole new plot from scratch. Because if Sherlock had an over-arching plot as heavy-handed as Moffat's Dr. Who (the crack, River Song...), I wouldn't even be bothering. The Doctor's Wife is kind of heartbreaking because it shows how cool a character Matt Smith's incarnation could be, if he had a decent writer.
fractalwolf
Jun. 9th, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the Clara epidsodes yet, except for the special with the snowmen and the introduction where she was on the Dalek planet, and it's been too long since I saw SitL to remember CAL clearly, but offhand I'd say that there's not likely to be a connection between the two characters because Moffat's just not that subtle. If there was supposed to be a connection, we'd be getting a season of "Oh Look, It Is A SUBTLE CLUE/REFERENCE".

On a separate note... just watched the first 2 episodes of Sherlock series 3. :) I adore Mary, and we'll be buying the series even if it goes downhill from there, because the first two episodes are just that good.

And now I totally get the "High functioning sociopath...with your number! [huge grin]" references/icons I've seen.

Also, Sherlock seems to be a bit more evil in this series. (Evil in the "evil prank" not actual evil.) Not that I'm complaining, mind you! But I'm glad Jon punched him at the beginning. Repeatedly. And I was amused to note his bloody nose after the 2nd or third round, in contrast to Belgravia's, "Somebody loves you! If I had to punch that face, I'd avoid the nose and teeth too."
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