#okay a little meta about this scene#i think the wrong reading of this scene is to say that girls who like pretty boys are bad#it’s more nuanced than that#what we have here is multilayered#we have an audience and clara dealing with a new doctor and clara is the audience surrogate#clara struggles with the doctor’s change at first#and vastra assumes it’s because she is unhappy with his older appearance#but clara resents the implication that she only liked the doctor because he was attractive because he is her friend and obviously their relationship was stronger than that#and she rightfully calls vastra out on her assumptions#because clara may have been attracted to 11 but she isn’t going to abandon him just because he *looks* different#and that is something a lot of fans were accused of doing when capaldi was announced and it’s wrong to assume that the only reason someone (a woman especially) likes a male character is their looks#even if looks are a perfectly valid reason (via fallen-sparrow)
yes this, how dare Vastra think this is about appearance, if someone you loved changed their personality overnight, looks or no looks, would they still be the same person you love?, would what she loved in Eleven still be there?, note that this isn’t Christmas Invasion, she’s missed 800 years and a regeneration in one day, this episode was about summoning up the courage to go looking, to try to find the Doctor she loves in who the Doctor is now, we’ll see how that goes over the next month.
I don’t think Vastra actually thought it was about appearance. She was very much in control of the situation and knew exactly what to say to push Clara to look past the veil, to make her face the problem and her own feelings. It was a calculated decision to get Clara mad because when Clara gets mad she’s not in control and she can’t hide, not even from herself.
Clara got angry about Vastra’s supposed assumptions about who she was, and that’s what allowed her to no longer be that person. She didn’t gain insight into the Doctor, but rather into herself. She didn’t automatically start trusting the Doctor, and it took until the very end of the episode for her to choose to stay, but there is a visible change from this scene onwards where she is far more conscious of her thoughts and behaviour. And that’s what Vastra was after, and that’s what she achieved.
Caitlin Stasey being the hero we all deserve.
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