Don't apologise. Make it up to me. There, see? Ha! Now you have to come back.
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I CANT BREATHE
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the pilot | 10.02
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Parallels in fiction are always fascinating to me and I love looking at parallels 12 and Clara (the best fictional romance😊) have with other fictional romances. One of my favorite parallels with 12 and Clara is with “Beauty and the beast” particularly the Disney version. There are so many similarities between 12 and Clara and the Beast and Belle that once I noticed it I could never unsee it! Are there any parallels you have noticed with 12 and Clara with other fictional romances?
Ah, interesting question, Anon! Personally, I'm a fan of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and I definitely see some parallels between Clara & Twelve and small, feisty Jane & older, brooding Mr. Rochester. I really love this quote from Mr. Rochester.
"I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you--especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."
Swoon! (I am such a sucker for a Red String of Fate trope.)
Btw I'm certainly not the first to see a Whouffaldi/Jane Eyre parallel - indeed, that very concept is part of the DW Comic "Unearthly Things."
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I like to think that Amy wrote an Afterword addressed to the Doctor (subtly or unsubtly) in every book she wrote and that the Doctor bought every single book written by her just to read them after Angels Take Manhattan.
At first, he read them all the time- imagining she was there, reading it out to him. He read them all the time, holding onto every memory of her. The afterwords varied in tones- Amelia wrote all about her life to him- her ups and downs, her joys and sorrows, and about Rory. Sometimes, she acknowledged him, and sometimes she didn't, but it seemed like she always knew he was on the other side. Like she always made sure it was like she was having a conversation with him.
He treasured these conversations- his only conversations with Amelia. The whole time he was on his cloud, he only read her books and her afterwords, unable to let go of his Girl Who Waited.
And then, he met Clara, his Impossible Girl, who helped him heal, who helped him move on from his great loss, and soon, his visits to those old conversations lessened. But they never stopped. They never ever stopped.
Sometimes, when he would have nothing else to do, the Doctor would reach into his pocket to get out a pair of round glasses and a piece of paper, having a small and sad smile on his face as he read the familiar words, "Afterword, by Amelia Williams."
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Twelve: damn, the power went out
Bill: don’t worry, doctor, i got this!
Bill: *shakes rapidly and stomach starts to illuminate*
Bill: i swallowed a flashlight
Twelve: *on the verge of cardiac arrest* why would you—
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Peter Capaldi as the TWELFTH DOCTOR
— The Witch's Familiar
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can i just say: there's something lovely about the idea of a tardis key.
for most of the show, it was necessary to have one. the tardis needed to be locked like an ordinary police box, and if locked, it was incredibly difficult to get into.
(unless you steal the whole-ass lock, which the sensorites totally did. we like to pretend that it can't happen again.)
anyway: this meant that companions needed to receive keys to the tardis in case of emergencies. thus, the key-giving ceremony began to crop up, and it's very, very soft.
part of the significance of this is that it represents vulnerability. the tardis is an extremely powerful bit of kit and it's the doctor's only home. she's their wife, even, in a roundabout way. plus, the tardis can technically be summoned with the key alone, so you can imagine how important this thing is. in the wrong hands, it can do a lot of damage on many levels.
and here's the real kicker: technically, the key isn't completely necessary anymore, and i really like this. it gives the tardis a new sense of agency. rather than being a pure machine - something to lock and unlock, something without a voice - she opens up to people when she chooses to. the key remains a rite of passage for companions, and it's still an important symbol of vulnerability, but now the tardis gets to make the choice as well.
i have so many feelings about this. i just love my small alien and their enormous sentient dimension wife.
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Doctor Who | The Onion headlines (pt. 1/?)
(pt. 2) (pt. 3) (pt. 4)
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THE DOCTOR + last lines
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON as THE NINTH DOCTOR
DAVID TENNANT as THE TENTH DOCTOR
MATT SMITH as THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR
PETER CAPALDI as THE TWELFTH DOCTOR
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Are they... you know... into Doctor Who?
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Happy Capaldi Wednesday! 😀
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DOCTOR WHO | 8.03 “Robot of Sherwood”
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