Doctor Who blogging: “Face the Raven”
[previous: “Sleep No More”]
The Doctor and Clara go to Diagon Alley, where Clara gets reckless again. Fatally so, this time.
I feel nothing.
I know, I know. This is supposed to be so very moving:
And so is:
And yet not even the tiniest, flimsiest of my heartstrings was tugged.
At least the Way Cool Ideas here — a tattoo that counts down; the telepathic light; a quantum shade — were actually integrated into the story.
But it’s tough to feel bad about losing Clara when I don’t feel like I ever really knew her at all. She was a convenient spear-carrier whose behavior always seems to have been dictated by the needs of a story, and hasn’t been the result of a semblance of a realistic human being behaving in a way that came naturally to her.
There is one thing I do feel right now: I feel as if Clara has been punished for actually enjoying traveling with the Doctor and wasn’t afraid or humbled enough by the danger. If only she hadn’t actually gotten a kick of stuff like this:
She might still be alive.
Ashildr turned out more interesting this time.
Neither good nor evil, just opportunistic. But I guess we won’t be seeing her again for a while, what with the Doctor warning her to stay out of his way…
Random thoughts on “Face the Raven”:
• So trap streets are a Thing now.
Any cartographer who actually created a trap street wasn’t actually creating a trap street? He or she was fooled as well? Not sure how that’s supposed to work…
• I guess it’s the telepathic light that is making us interpret this space as Diagon Alley?
That’s what we’d expect a secret street in London to look like? Yup, that must be it.
[next: “Heaven Sent”]