“In the end though, it doesn’t matter how funny or fast-talking Clara is, she doesn’t seem that different from characters we’ve seen before. Add to that, I feel like any explanation of how she manages to die and come back to life all the time will be a bit of a letdown, buried underneath a pile of hastily-written nonsense.”
This is, roughly speaking, how I feel regarding the most recent bits of Doctor Who.
This is exactly how I feel as well, compounded by my feelings on 11’s behavior and the fact that we’ve already had an impossible character. Gwen Cooper from Torchwood is an identical descendent of Gwyneth from The Unquiet Dead, both in looks and personality as far as can be told. Theoretically, this should be just as impossible as Clara, and yet 10 didn’t give a flying rat’s ass about Gwen. This was explained as a spatial genetic multiplicity caused by Cardiff’s Time Rift. By the rules previously established in the universe, Clara is completely possible, and hardly unique.
And that’s the core of what’s wrong with 11. Clara isn’t unique in terms of her condition, nor is she unique in temperament One could argue that Clara is a perfect blend of every previous companion thus far on NuWho. So why is 11 so obsessed with her? Is he still just trying to keep his mind off of Amy and Rory? If that’s the case, why those two? The man has lived for thousands of years. Are they the straw that broke his back? I don’t think so. One of the recurring themes has been that the Doctor always needs a companion, but I don’t think it’s that simple. I think the Doctor needs to die. This was the theme at the end of 10’s life, when he realizes that he’s become too powerful, too attached, and sacrifices himself for a man he’d be proud to call Dad. When confronted with a very similar situation, 11 instead fakes his own death, erases most mentions of his existence, and goes into hiding for several hundred years. He’s lived too long, and now he’s essentially gone insane. 11 must die, and soon, for the Doctor to rebalance and the show to recover.