"But we saved the world, right? So… on balance…"
Clara took on his role. Not the Eleventh Doctor’s, but clearly the Twelfth’s, with none of the lightness of the former and all of the abrasiveness of the latter.
The scene in the flat turns the Doctor/companion dynamic on its head. It’s the Doctor who warns Clara to behave in a way which isn’t alarming and it’s Clara who fails only seconds later. She’s losing her hold on that bit of empathy which she needs to understand what she can say around people who are not used to this kind of life.
Later her first instincts is to lie to people to give them hope, fully knowing that at least some of them would probably die. There’s no gentle approach to make people do what she wants, it is “I am the one chance you’ve got of staying alive” and “you wanna walk, walk”. We’ve seen her in command before, but this is a new, darker tone.
Clara has seen two peole die in front of her and she drops them from her thoughts moments later. She adopted the Doctor’s approach to death instinctively, when she finds herself in his role. And so the woman who changed the world with just the power of her tears does no longer have the time to stop and grieve.
Danny saw the Doctor as an officer and saw himself in Clara, cast her in the role of a soldier. But if she ever was that, she’s grown out of that role. Even in the moment where she should have been in her element, keeping Rigsy from needlessly sacrificing his life, her words do not speak of compassion. They are merciless with regards to just how futile this is. They end on a call to arms. And she will defeat the enemy.
She truly wasn’t exceptional at being the Doctor just because she was good. It wasn’t only the cleverness and how she saved Rigsy’s life and drew on his talents. She was exceptional because she was just as flawed as the Doctor. Every step of the way. Lies, arrogance, and “people with guns to their head cannot mourn” are embraced without a look back.
Does Clara realise it in that moment? Or has she yet to notice that she is losing her grasp on what it means to be good, in the way that Clara Oswald is good?
Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.
You walk our Earth, Doctor. You breathe our air. You make us your friend then that is your moon too and you can damn well help us when we need it!
Hello, Earth. We have a terrible decision to make. It’s an uncertain decision and we don’t have a lot of time. We can kill this creature or we can let it live, we don’t know what it’s gonna do, we don’t know what’s gonna happen when it hatches: if it will hurt us, help us, or leave us alone. We have to decide together. This is the last time I will be able to speak to you, but you can send us a message. If you think we should kill the creature, turn your lights off. If you think we should take the chance, let it live, leave your lights on. We’ll be able to see. Goodnight, Earth.
Hermione Norris: Because of the nature of the episode, working in space suits which are quite restrictive—can’t hear, can’t see, can’t breathe, no spacial awareness—in forty degrees of heat… [laughs] It’s been challenging in surprising ways.
Doctor Who Extra 1x07 Kill the Moon [x]
"An innocent life versus the future of all mankind.We have 45 minutes to decide.”
Hello Earth, we have a terrible decision to make, it’s an uncertain decision and we don’t have a lot of time. We can kill this creature or we can let it live. We don’t know what it’s gonna do, we don’t know what’s gonna happen when it hatches, if it will hurt us, help us or just leave us alone. We have to decide together.
We stopped checking for monsters under our beds when we realized they were inside us.