A lot of bloggers liked this moment of “Into the Dalek”. Who Say described Clara’s slapping the Doctor “put this new, colder Doctor in his place”. Tech Times said it “Bravo for smacking some sense back into the Doctor right when he needed it.” The AV Club said “literally slaps sense into the Doctor”.
I completely disagree. There was nothing in the Doctor’s behavior to suggest he enjoyed being right more than he wanted to live. Clara’s actions makes her the worst possible companion to have in a crisis. Because the script was written Steven Moffat (with Phil Ford), her actions implausibly work. This is a lame attempt to make an underwritten female character “strong” by making her mean. Throughout Season 8, their relationship seems more like an Eric Stanton fantasy fantasy.
Longtime fans will spot my influences. “Clara Oswald never existed” came from the Season 8 finale “Death in Heaven“. During the world tour, Peter Capaldi described his portrayal as a “rebel Time Lord”. “That’s the kind of Time Lord I am” is from David Tennant’s first episode “The Christmas Invasion“.
Materials used for this story
12″ x 18″ live area on Strathmore 500 bristol paper
Blick Black Cat india ink
Speedball nib #512 (phase one inking, outlines)
Short-handle round #4 sable brush (phase two inking)