Doctor Who: Was there ever an ‘original’ Clara?

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So, here’s a thought…

Was there ever an ‘original’ Clara?

The understanding we have now is that Clara was born, grew up, traveled with the Doctor, then created all her echoes in The Name of the Doctor.

What if that original Clara was also created through that action?

I mean, I don’t entirely understand exactly how she echoed throughout history. As far as I remember, there was a shot of a Victorian woman and a baby in the episode… so presumably that means Clara is born to lots of different people, rather than appearing as a 23-year-old woman. (Which is what happened with Scaroth, I think?)

Anyway, what if ‘our’ Clara was also born in this way? If she’s a self-creating paradox person? That’d be… interesting. Although there’s perhaps some narrative problems created.

(And, given that we had a presumably Time Lord Clara, does that mean we can have Claras of other races? Slitheen Clara? And is she always the same? Is there a Clarence Oswald out there? How do the different experiences shape the different echoes? Is one Clara less valid than another, if there was an original Clara? If the echoes are still out there, could we meet one in a future episode? How would Clara Prime deal with meeting an echo? How would the Doctor deal with meeting an echo after Clara Prime has left him?)

I… really rather love the idea of Clara splintering, now that I think about it. There’s a hell of a lot to it, isn’t there?

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On Sherlock’s death, The Empty Hearse, and John Watson

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You know, I think I’ve figured out what annoys me about the resolution for Sherlock’s death.

I think what sums it up is John’s line – “I don’t care how you did it, I just want to know why”.

And the odd thing is that everything about that explanation seems dedicated to making John think that Sherlock was dead. It was all about where he was standing, from his perspective, etc.

But I don’t see what’s accomplished from making John think Sherlock is dead? Should the assassin across the road have been the one who was to be convinced – and could see the whole thing unfolding anyway? I realise that Mycroft’s people were dealing with him, but they didn’t respond immediately, did they? There was still a chance for him to shoot John when he sees Sherlock and all the kerfuffle.

I mean, there’s the obvious reason – John has to think Sherlock was dead to similarly convince Moriarty’s network, in turn protecting everyone and allowing Sherlock to slip off the grid, as it were. But… that wasn’t used? It seemed to be missing a trick, if nothing else. (And that might have gone further to justify the pain Sherlock causes John)

It’s just… with that explanation, the ending of The Reichenbach Fall became less about Sherlock outwitting Moriarty against the clock, and more about Sherlock pulling a cruel and elaborate prank on his best and only friend.

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