3 Things I Want For the New Doctor Who Companion

Unless you’ve been trapped in solitude all weekend, chances are solid that you heard a new companion has officially been named. The companion is called Bill, and she’s played by the actress Pearl Mackie. I wrote about her a bit on Geek & Sundry over the weekend.

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Even though we’ve got to wait until 2017 for the new season of Doctor Who (though there will be a Christmas special this year, so maybe we’ll see Bill there), all of our Whovian brains are racing as we imagine what kind of a companion Bill will be, and what adventures she and the Doctor will have together. While I don’t share the Clara-hate that a lot of Whovians had, I will admit that she had a tumultuous run with the Doctor. That original “Impossible Girl” story line made her more of a weird anomaly throughout the Doctor’s timeline rather than an actual character, and it wasn’t until her final season that I really started to love her. Jenna Coleman is a great actor, and I think she could have sealed herself a higher ranking in the “favorite companion” leaderboard had she started her run as companion as more than just a puzzle for the Doctor to solve. Clara, once she was fleshed out as a character, was reckless, she was caring, she was brave, she was snarky, she was loving, she was sarcastic, and she was everything I love in companions.

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It kind of frustrated me, actually, because I felt like so much time was wasted on guessing who–or WHAT–Clara could be. The awkward crush she had on Eleven, the Impossible Girl thing, feeling weird about Twelve because he was old, all of that got in the way of what turned out to be a really fun Doctor/Companion run there at the end. I don’t want that for Bill. Here’s what I hope we see once she officially boards the TARDIS:

No Romance

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I loved watching Nine/Ten and Rose’s romance. It was sweet, even though we all knew that it would ultimately end in heartbreak. However, that gooey romance has sort of tainted the Doctor and Companion romance thing for me. Martha’s run as companion got lost, I felt, because there was that awkward “rebound companion” behind everything they did together. When she left the TARDIS on her own accord, I cheered her on because frankly, the Doctor was kind of stringing her along. Then with companions like Donna and the Ponds, we saw how fun–yet still highly meaningful–it can be to watch the Doctor travel with someone who is just a friend and nothing romantic. I got why Clara crushed on Eleven. I get it dude, Matt Smith’s adorable, easy on the eyes, endearing, and he can pull off short pants and “delicate” eyebrows better than anyone. But we all knew the Doctor didn’t fully return Clara’s affections–after all, this was still the age of River Song. Then when Eleven regenerated, everything was weird between Clara and Twelve for a bit because of that crush. The Doctor–especially this Doctor–needs a friend, needs family, far more than he needs a girlfriend. It can get awkward when the Doctor has to navigate a companion crush, so I hope Bill and Twelve are just mates. Plus, I’m not really ready to see him with anyone but River just yet.

She’s Just a Regular Human

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In the Doctor Who universe, it gets repeated over and over again how important the Doctor finds each individual he meets. That’s part of the show’s appeal: everyone’s important. Rose loved the Doctor, Martha was his friend who pushed him from heartbreak, Donna was simultaneously the best temp in Chiswick/the most important woman in the universe/and the Doctor’s best mate, and the Ponds were the Doctor’s family. So taking Clara and making her something more than a human who works her way into the Doctor’s hearts felt…unnecessary. The Doctor doesn’t pick companions because they have some secret identity or skill. The Doctor finds his companions special and important because he thinks everyone is important and special–which leaves room for the companions to grow and develop as characters, and ultimately help the Doctor grow. I want Bill to be a regular human, and not a puzzle or problem for the Doctor to solve. I want to see her evolve during her time with the Doctor like an actual human, to see how her presence changes the Doctor, and not for the Doctor to simply work his way to a solution with her.

No Fearing the Doctor

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I’ve really grown to love Twelve, but a huge difference between Eleven and Twelve is how rough Twelve is around the edges. Everyone wanted to go up and give Eleven a hug. The dude invented a dance called “the drunk giraffe”, and we refer to him as Raggedy Man. That’s SO not Twelve. Twelve doesn’t do hugging (except with Clara), he doesn’t tolerate most people,  he’s got biting sarcasm (one of the reasons I love him), he’s not even consistently nice to those he’s closest with (like Clara), and he’s even had to give himself cards to react appropriately in delicate emotional situations. Clara and Twelve’s first season was tough to watch sometimes because Clara would treat Twelve like she did Eleven. She let him get away with a lot, she let him treat her terribly, and she didn’t really stand up for herself. After all, Twelve can be a bit intimidating. The relationship felt a bit toxic, and not fun at all. However,  once Clara finally stepped up and stopped allowing Twelve to do whatever the hell he wanted whenever the hell he wanted, everything got better. He treated her respectfully, she pushed him to be better, and they were fun to follow on adventures. Bill needs to not be afraid of the Doctor (who may still be emotionally raw as he’s mending broken hearts after losing Clara), and not be afraid to call him out when he’s being crazy. The Doctor’s companions keep him good, and Bill needs writing that lets her keep him good.

It can take some time for the Doctor and his new companion to find their groove together, and I’m excited to watch Bill and the Doctor become friends. I can’t wait to see what kind of a character she’ll be, how she’ll evolve during her run in the TARDIS, and what kind of an impact she’ll have on the Doctor and the universe. New episodes of Doctor Who cannot get here soon enough! What do you think of Bill? What are you looking forward to seeing in the new season? What do you hope to see with this new companion? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Fourth Doctor

I’ll be honest here. I have never watched Classic Who. I know, I know, it’s a travesty, but I just haven’t. It isn’t for lack of interest, either, which almost makes it worse. Jumping into Classic Who is a big endeavor, and I want to be able to put in the time to properly binge. Still, I love learning about the classic Doctors. I was thrilled to see a panel at the 2014 Denver Comic Con featuring Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy, and I have been fascinated with Four for some time now–that was only heightened after seeing him in the 50th.

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One of my favorite things about Four’s appearance is his giant scarf. I loooove scarves (seriously, I own like 10,000), so I couldn’t resist creating an everyday cosplay look surrounding the Doctor’s most scarf-tastic regeneration. Take a peek, and grab a jelly baby while you look. Naturally, I’ve included Four’s sonic in with this look. You know, for safety.

 

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Have you watched Classic Who? Who is your favorite classic Doctor, and who is your favorite Nu-Who Doctor? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: River Song

I loved this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, and as always, I was captivated by River Song’s outfits. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what River is doing, girlfriend ALWAYS looks great.

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One of her outfits was my particular favorites, and I simply had to create an everyday cosplay look to emulate her look (complete with a bag to store your ex-husband’s head in). Take a peek:

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What did you think of River’s style in this year’s special? What is your favorite River song look? Let me know in the comments!

The Rise of the Tragic Christmas Special

Haven’t watched “The Husbands of River Song” just yet? Then be warned…

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I have mixed feelings about the Doctor Who Christmas specials. Like I’ve said in the past, the episodes are often hit-or-miss for me. Usually they don’t have a regular companion, and the stories don’t play much into the larger storymline of that particular Doctor. Really, that’s the whole point of the special. It’s a fun adventure with the Doctor to help give you some Gallifreyan holiday cheer.

Of course, there’s also another sort of Doctor Who Christmas special, and that’s the special utterly breaks your heart. For the past three years now, we’ve had specials that are quite sad on different levels. We’ve had Eleven’s regeneration, the almost-final episode of Clara (that ended up being Danny Pink’s official, final episode), and this year marked what is likely River Song’s last episode (you never know with River–she’s so timey-wimey it’s not totally unrealistic for us to hope to see her again). Before that, we also had Ten’s regeneration happen over Christmas as well as feels-inducing “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe” and “The Snowmen”. With Capaldi staring down his third season as the Doctor, rumors are beginning to fly that this may be his last season as our favorite Time Lord, which means we could have another tragic Christmas special in 2o16.

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Seriously, can we NOT talk about regeneration? I feel like Capaldi JUST started…

While I get that having a Doctor regenerate in the Christmas special is the easiest option for everyone involved–remember Eccleston regenerated prior to the Christmas special, so Tennant’s first episode was a Christmas special which made the Christmas special a bit tough since he spent a majority of the episode regenerating–it can really put a bit of a dark cloud over the Christmas special. Still, I’ve said before that those MOTW-style Christmas specials often don’t stick with me much past the final credits. Though I HATE re-watching Tennant and Smith’s regeneration episodes, I can’t deny that those are solid episodes. And “Husbands of River Song” and “Last Christmas“? Both of those episodes are sad, but I think those are two of my favorite specials.

We’ve had three years of sad specials, and it looks like we’re in for another next year. So my question is: how do we feel about the rise of the sad Christmas special? It’s no secret that Doctor Who, for all of its silliness and frivolity, can be a bit of a gut-wrencher. For instance: Van Gogh, Bad Wolf Bay, “Angels Take Manhattan”, Melody Pond, Donna-freaking-Noble…this show likes to rip out our hearts on the regular. So a Christmas special that is sad isn’t necessarily an escape from the norm, but does adding that melancholy touch to the special ruin what makes it unique? Should the special simply be a fun adventure that isn’t important to the main timeline, or is it good for big events like companions final episodes and regenerations to happen at Christmas?

When the show had the split-season format, it made a lot more sense for the Christmas special to not offer fans closure on major plot lines from the season. It didn’t matter if anything vital to the season’s story arc addressed, because part two of that season was only a few months away. Closure and big plot events would be handled in the latter half of the season. Now though, the Christmas special is acting a sort of unofficial season finale (even though the episode prior to the special is officially billed as the finale). Since the seasons aren’t split anymore, I think it’s important for the Christmas special to tie in to the main season a bit more.

Certainly this year’s special didn’t have much to do with the events of season nine. Clara’s final episode had already happened, an we hadn’t seen River since the days of Eleven, but I think we all knew this episode was coming at some point since we never saw the Doctor give River a screwdriver. However, I think it was a big deal to have the Doctor bid River what is likely their final farewell, especially since it came on the heels of losing Clara (can we talk about how much I loved the TARDIS trying to cheer the Doctor up by putting hologram antlers on his head?). So while River didn’t directly tie into this season, she’s always a vital part of the Doctor’s story. Taking her to the Singing Towers of Darillium made him think about the people he loves, how he loves and treats those important to him.

I love it that the Christmas specials are getting a bit weightier. While I definitely don’t want every special to be soul-crushing, episodes like this one and “Last Christmas” are great because they’re vitally important to the Doctor’s story as a whole, they contain companions we know and care about, and the adventures aren’t stories to just fill the logbooks of the TARDIS–their stories have an impact that reaches far beyond that particular episode. For instance, did you catch when the Doctor told River the same thing Danny told Clara in the 2014 Christmas special?

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With the re-jiggering of the season’s structure, I think making the Christmas specials pack more of an emotional punch only makes the show stronger as a whole. I still may be on the fence on making us watch the Doctor regenerate on Christmas, but I love that the specials have had stories and characters that reach far beyond the sixty minutes of the special. And if the show runners can give us excellent, non-regeneration specials like “The Husbands of River Song” and “Last Christmas”, I’m definitely on board with more feels-heavy specials.

What did you think of this year’s Christmas special? Are you happy with Christmas specials that are a bit sadder and have more of a tie in to the season’s story line, or do you want the show to go back to the one-off Christmas special style? Let me know what you think in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Vehicles I’d Love To Travel In

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Fiction has some of the coolest modes of transportation, some more realistic than others. So this week for Fandom 5, I’m talking about those vehicles I wish I could take for a spin.

The TARDIS

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I mean, of course. How could any self-respecting Whovian not want to take the TARDIS out for a spin? Heck, this thing is so awesome that I think even non-Whovians would get a kick out of travelling in a bigger-on-the-inside police box through space and time.

The Delorean

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Maybe the Delorean doesn’t have the travel capabilities as a TARDIS, but you can’t beat a time machine that looks like your basic car from the eighties that is capable of travelling through time provided you just gun it up to 88 mph. The Delorean is a no-fuss time machine, and I’m all about keeping my time travelling adventures chill.

The Impala/Baby/The Mettalicar

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Sure, I could ride in an Impala any day of the week (provided I had access to one, I guess). But I want to ride in the Winchester’s Impala. If there isn’t an Army man stuffed in the ashtray, Legos jammed in the vent, SW and DW carved into the floor, and a Devil’s trap and a small arsenal in the trunk, I’m not interested…though I’ll probably Instagram a pic with it.

Serenity

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I can’t imagine how motion sick I’d get riding around in a spaceship like this, but if I was given the opportunity to board the Serenity with Mal and his crew, you bet your gorram life I’d take him up on that offer. Maybe I could get in the TARDIS and travel to the Serenity juuust before Wash utters these words:

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*sobs*

Hogwart’s Express

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Everything about Hogwart’s is magical, from the very arrival to the train’s platform. I’ll be honest though, one of the main reasons I’d like to take a genuine ride on the Hogwart’s Express wouldn’t so much be the train ride itself (though the pleasant train ride through the English countryside would probably be gorgeous), but the anticipation of knowing that Hogwart’s was waiting to welcome me home.

What fictional vehicles would you love to take for a spin? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Magical Items I Would Love To Own

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In today’s Fandom 5 post, I’m gonna talk about those magical items I wish I could own. I’ll do my best to mention at least one thing that isn’t from Harry Potter.

Time-turner

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Having more time in the day would be amazing. Chances are high that I’d probably try to jam too much into one day and burn out like Hermoine did, but I have several times in a week that I think how handy it would be if I owned one of these bad boys.

Sonic Screwdriver

Sonic+screwdriverOkay, I know. This isn’t magic, it’s science. Still, I would love to own a real sonic (I do have a replica of 11’s that I got on ThinkGeek). Rubbish on wood or not, I want a sonic of my very own.

TARDIS

TARDISOkay, this is more science, too…and it might be a bit of overkill with a time-turner. However, a TARDIS can get you literally anywhere. Plus, if I had a TARDIS, I wouldn’t have to worry about a house or apartment. I’d just live in my own bigger-on-the-inside time machine.

Cloak of Invisibility 

cloak of invisibilityThis is an introvert’s dream. Feeling worn out? Need to recharge with a bit of alone time? Snuggle under this bad boy, and you’re good to go.

Lembas Bread

lembas breadLet me explain. Lembas bread, according to Legolas (not so much Gimli and the hobbits), one small bite of this stuff can fill the stomach of a grown man. I would love to have some form of food that I only had to take one bite of, be satisfied, and go on my way. I assume it would be a pretty great solution to my chronic dieting (though Legolas did fail to mention the calorie count in that one bite), and it could solve world hunger. It’s a win-win.

What magical items would you love to own? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the hashtag #Fandom5 to see what everyone else is saying! 

Fandom 5: Fave Fandom Accessories I Own

fandom.5.fridayIt’s Friday, and that means it is time for another Fandom 5 post! This week is all about my favorite fandom accessories. While there is a TON of stuff out there that would love to someday call my own, today I’m talking about the stuff that I own and love. Here are my top 5 favorite fandom accessories:

1. My Marvel notebook

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I use this puppy for just about everything, note taking, random journaling, blog planning, shopping list, or anything else I can think of. I keep this notebook in my purse so I can have it with me wherever I go. I picked it up at Wal-Mart, of all places, for just a few bucks, and it has been one of my favorite things ever.

2. My Harry Potter Ring

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I am completely obsessed with this ring. It is so cute and understated, and it’s a surprisingly durable ring. My only complaint is that I frequently stab myself with the lightning bolt, but even with that added amount of danger, this ring is still one of my very favorite bits of wearable fandom.

3. My Supernatural tee

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Part of what makes this shirt so awesome is the fact that I won it from a monthly drawing from So Geekin’ Awesome. Aside from the “major award” status, I just love this shirt. It doesn’t necessarily scream out fandom, which I like, so it makes me feel a bit more comfortable wearing it in everyday, non-con/non-geeky situations. However, every single time I wear it I always have Supernatural fans come up to me talking about how much they love the shirt and the show.

4. My Han Solo Business Card Case 

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So there isn’t an actual Han Solo included, but it’s still so awesome.

I love this thing so much, and I show it off whenever I get the chance. It is a really sturdy business card holder, it fits my Distracted Blogger business cards in it seamlessly (photographic evidence included for your convenience), and it is just so freakin’ cool looking.

I can totally see why Jabba thought this was such a cool piece of wall art to have.

5. TARDIS Shower Curtain

photo (1)I never really thought I would enjoy having a giant, fandom-screaming shower curtain, but I absolutely love it. Nothing can make your decidedly smaller-on-the-inside apartment shower feel a bit more mysterious and exciting like slapping a TARDIS door on the front of it, amirite?

Honorable mention: My Supernatural wallet. 

photo 5Because a good hunter always protects her identity and money with a fully-warded wallet.

What are some of your favorite fandom accessories that you own? What are some bits fandom that are still on your to-buy wishlist? Let me know in the comments. Also, be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and see what everyone else is saying today by following the hashtag, #Fandom5. 

12 Reasons I Loved The Doctor Who Christmas Special

***Warning to all of those not caught up on Doctor Who*** 

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Last year, the Doctor Who Christmas special was a Christmas-ruiner that had me in an endless loop of hardcore ugly-crying.

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To this very day, I cannot watch this episode without bursting into ugly, horrible tears. So I was quite concerned when rumors started breaking that this Christmas we would have another downer with the departure of Clara Oswald. Mercifully, we avoided having another Christmas-ruining, heartbreaking Christmas special. Actually, as someone who generally doesn’t care much for the Christmas specials, I was actually quite a fan of this year’s special. Apart from the plot itself (timey-wimey, alien-infused Inception? Yes, please), here are 12 reasons–in no particular order–why I loved the Christmas special:

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1. Clara is sticking around! This one is the big one, so I thought I’d get it out of the way right off the bat. I am so very happy that she isn’t leaving the show. I was just started to get attached and interested in her character and her relationship with Twelve. It would have been such a shame to shut that down before the two of them really had a chance to become really close buddies. Of course, her sticking around another season only means her departure will be that much more tragic (and could very likely happen next Christmas since she’s on board for the whole of season 9), but that’s for Future Kendall to worry about.

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2. Nick Frost as Santa is everything. Frost was a brilliant Santa. He brought a good measure of heart, sass, and fun into the character. His portrayal was exactly as I would like to image Santa would really be–er–how he really is.

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3. Twelve. It was subtle, but Clara picking 12 packed a big feels punch for me. If you’ll recall in the episode “The Bells of St. John”, when she asks the boy she is nannying what chapter the boy is on, he responds saying he’s on chapter 10. She then says “Eleven’s the best. You’ll cry your eyes out.” I miss Matt Smith just as much as the next Raggedy Man fan, but I’m so glad to see that Clara is starting to warm up to Twelve just as much as I am.

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4. Facing your fears by dancing. It was a brief moment, but I loved it just the same. Her coping methods spoke to me on a spiritual level.

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5. The Doctor is still as tactless as ever. Clara may be sticking around, and the Doctor may be finally climbing down from his high horse, but Twelve will never be the gooey teddy bear of a man that Eleven was. I have to be honest, I kind of like it that way.

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6. The nod to Trenzalore. Remember back with Eleven was crazy old, prior to his regeneration, and Clara had to help him open the Christmas cracker? I sure do. It was very sweet to see the Doctor care for Clara in her old age like she cared for him when he was old. He’ll always be rough around the edges, but he will always love Clara. It was also terribly sweet that he kept telling her that he didn’t notice the drastic change in her appearance as Old Clara.

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7. The Doctor’s soft spot for Clara. I am loving their shift in relationship. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Doctor have a companion he was just mates with. Their friendship is just too cute, and the way the Doctor acted around Clara during the special–especially given how rude he had been to her all season–just makes my heart grow two sizes.

8. Alien jokes. Because the Doctor looks like a human, the show doesn’t always use the opportunities it has to crack a bunch of alien jokes. Happily, they made a TON of alien jokes, my favorite pictured above, in the Christmas special.

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9. Santa vs. The Doctor. Even though he turned out to be a product of everyone’s dream, I loved watching the Doctor and Santa square off.

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10. Danny Pink. I loved him, I miss him, and I’m so sad that he’s gone. I’m glad we got a bit more time with him. I’m gonna go ahead and begin my five minutes of properly missing Danny now…

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11. Beardy-weirdy. Probably the best Doctor-ism since “wibbley, wobbley, timey, wimey”.

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12. Did I mention that Clara is staying??? Seriously, I am so thrilled that we’ve not seen the last of her. She’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow her character.

What did you think of the Christmas special? Let me know in the comments! 

Cinema Blend Post: Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer

Christmas Day is inching closer, and that means that we’re one day closer to the Doctor Who Christmas special! I’ve already posted a clip from the Doctor Who Christmas special, and now I’m over at Cinema Blend with the official trailer for the special. I hope you’ll join me over there to check it out!

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The big question circling this year’s Christmas special is, of course, the fate of Clara Oswald. Will she continue travelling with the Doctor into the coming year, or will the Christmas special be her last hurrah? The official word from the BBC is that we’ll have to wait and watch the special to find out. However, I’ve got to say after watching Clara try to unsuccessfully erase the words “you are dying” from that chalkboard in the trailer, I’m pretty concerned for her fate.

Rumors had been circulating over the summer that Clara would be done travelling with the Doctor after this year’s Christmas special. After the Season 8 finale, however, the internet starting lighting up with more rumors that actress Jenna Louise-Coleman had gone back on her choice to leave the show…

Read the rest and see the “Last Christmas” trailer over at Cinema Blend!

Cinema Blend Post: Clara’s Fate on Doctor Who Is Unclear

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Hey, guys! I’m at Cinema Blend talking about Clara’s future on Doctor Who. After the series 8 finale (check my recap of Dark Water and A Death in Heaven) and several announcements in the press, it seemed like her days on the TARDIS might be numbered. However, after the release of the Christmas special sneak peek, Whovians started to wonder if Clara was indeed nearing the end of her run as companion. There were some interesting developments in the press today that have me even more curious. I’m talking about it at Cinema Blend!

We’ve been talking for months about the potential departure of Jenna Louise-Colemanfrom Doctor Who, and after the Season 8 finale, it seemed as though Clara’s days in the TARDIS were numbered. However, after Clara popped back up in the sneak peek for the Christmas special, some Whovians have started to wonder if we’ve really seen the last of Clara Oswald. It looks like we will have an official answer on Clara’s future in the TARDIS when we watch the Christmas special!

While Mirror UK ran a story this morning stating that Coleman will officially stay put as the Doctor’s companion, the new is nothing but a rumor at this point. When Radio Times contacted the BBC, a spokesperson for the network said…

Read the rest over at Cinema Blend! 

What do you think about Clara’s future on the show? Are you a fan of Clara or are you ready to see her go? Let me know in the comments!