scandals-from-last-night said: After seeing your recent post, what are your feelings towards Clara? Do you think she was handled well last season and do you hope her development will improve with Capaldi?
As much as it pains me to say it, I felt Clara wasn’t very developed last season (save for The Rings of Akhaten, which explored her past, and The Name of the Doctor revealed her role as a pretty plot device who was born to save the Doctor.)
I absolutely think her development will improve with Capaldi, because the scenes she had in Series 7 that showcased her budding personality were really charming, and although we don’t have much backstory (or currentstory, really) on who she is, I’m excited to see more based on the moments we do have.
The fact that a fellow teacher at her workplace has been cast is a really good sign that we’ll be getting more of a picture of Clara’s life outside of the TARDIS, and I do find it pretty refreshing that she really doesn’t live in the TARDIS like most of the other companions have done: she lives her life on Earth, and will tag along for an adventure when it suits her.
I think Clara’s characterization in Series 7 was a necessary evil; we needed all of that “Impossible Girl” mystery stuff to carry out the rest of the Series, but now that her purpose has been established and the Doctor has just gone through a major character arc, I think it’s time the spotlight will be turned over to his companion.