On Christmas Day the BBC gifted us the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special. With many fun family festivities going on over the past couple of days, Kris and I only got around to watching Last Christmas today.
This year’s special was fun and complex with multiple layers and us continuously trying to figure out what was real. This all made for a really good Christmas episode. Kris and I both agree it’d be ranked somewhere in the top half, possibly just outside the top 3 (check out the My Fangirl Life Doctor Who Christmas Special Rankings: here and here).
I enjoyed the Inception feel to the episode and the appearance of Santa Claus but to me this episode succeeded because of the relationship between the Doctor and Clara. More than anything else, it is the relationship between these two that has grounded and made the past season so enjoyable. This episode addressed the state of their relationship at the end of Death in Heaven and moved us to where we’re headed next.
I didn’t think I still wanted the Doctor and Clara to be romantically involved, but I do. I want them to be together forever and ever. There’s just so much love there, it’s an OTP of some sort for sure. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Clara; I wasn’t ready for the heartbreak. I know it’s coming, but in the meantime, I offer the Top 5 Moments from Last Christmas for everyone who still ships Clara and the Doctor.
5. The moment these two admit and accept the fact they both lied to each other is significant. Neither gets mad at the other, they simply admit it and the other knows they had their best interests in mind. With everything out in the open they are able to quickly move on and address the problems at hand.
4. Clara was trapped in a dream state and there was only one way for the Doctor to get to her. In getting himself captured it shows just how far the Doctor was willing to go to save Clara. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do, and he does it all here while holding her hand.
3. The sleigh ride through London was ridiculous and extremely cheesy. It was also perfectly Doctor Who (and a perfect throwback to A Christmas Carol). Of course, the moment between Twelve and Clara got me right in the feels. Clara believes in the Doctor, no matter what.2. I was not expecting this scene. In coming for her, the Doctor was too late and it shows what might be Clara’s worst nightmare, alone and without the Doctor. In that moment the Doctor see hows he has failed her in never returning. The scene with the Christmas cracker was an emotional parallel to the Time of the Doctor last Christmas where Clara was there for the Doctor when he was old, before the regeneration. Clara stood beside him when he needed her, but in return he wasn’t there for her. In that moment he knew things couldn’t be real. He realizes he can change things and be there for those 62 years he missed. 1. There was pure joy in this scene. When the Doctor grabbed her hand and together they ran I couldn’t help but smile. The Doctor was given a second chance, and at this moment he wants to spend it with Clara. Right now, these two characters need each other, they both should not be alone. I love that Santa Claus brought them back together and I hope the dreams are over.
I am extremely happy Clara is staying on for season 9 as I feel there is a lot more that can be done with the character. The relationship between the Doctor and Clara’s is stronger than ever. She is no longer the Impossible Girl, she’s no longer a damsel in distress. Clara has grown up, lost the man she loved and has wholeheartedly accepted the Doctor as Twelve. I can’t wait to see the two of them in action again. Plus, this means a whole new season of Clara outfits
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