|This is from Clara's last scene. Remember when we used to|
have to refer to all the different Claras? Thank god that's over.
Companion exits rely on a number of well-tuned things to make them work. They should feel satisfying, or if not satisfying utterly heartbreaking. This is kinda neither; Clara gets to go out on a sacrifice, one she made not just as a genuinely brave attempt at saving someone else, but in a clever "ploy" to cheat Death itself. It did ring back into last season's examination of Clara attempting to copy a lot of the Doctor's techniques, and it felt nice to see that come back and kick her in the arse at the end. At the same time, the fact it was the unintended consequence of some random, poorly explained scheme on the part of Me made it feel a little pointless. I was glad that the episode didn't take the ridiculously grandiose route taken by The Angels Take Manhattan, and it was a nice refutation of Series 7's "Clara is the most important everything lol" approach to the character for her to leave in such a random way, but it could have done with some tweaking. I was getting worked up at Clara's teary steps out into the street to face her death, but then started giggling at her silent, action-replayed screams and the following dodgy CGI burp.
|Maisie Williams' Me is only really here as a plot device.|
It's hard to judge this episode without remembering last season and how Clara's exit from the show has been dragged out far longer than it really should have been. Clara's death in Last Christmas was actually amazingly poignant, and had that not had a "oh it's okay she's fine" tacked onto the end of it, it would have served as a beautiful and appropriate sendoff for the character. This episode is by no means bad, but the final result it not something which moves you or makes you question anything (besides a few seconds here or there of light commentary on refugees), but which unfortunately feels a little like a story utility. Get the right people into the right place at the right time, and make sure that The Doctor is pissed off for the finale. And despite what I've said about Clara many times here on this blog, I love Jenna Coleman to bits, and I had hoped that she would have received a better farewell.
NEXT WEEK: The Doctor is stuck somewhere weird and wonderful in Heaven Sent.
P.S: I hadn't realised quite how much I'm going to miss having Jenna Coleman on the show. And how much I'm dreading having to see River Song at Christmas.