Plot twist: The next companion is a normal girl/boy who only dies once in their lifetime and has no remarkable back story but he thinks they’re wonderful because they are human and the Doctor needs reminding that you don’t need to be a mystery to be remarkable.
donna. the thing you’re talking about is donna.
RTD’s companions, more accurately
but… that’s what I love about Clara: she is totally human and normal, and had she not met the Doctor in this year, she would have remained that way; she would have remained the only incarnation of Clara Oswald and none of his other encounters with her would have taken place. I don’t think people realize that the reason the Doctor doesn’t remember encountering her upon each regeneration is that the GI changed history, and thus when she saved him, she changed it, too. they rewrote time. she wasn’t always some extraordinary thing destined to be born and die and born again; she was never anything but Clara until she decided to sacrifice herself and be spread across time. she was a very normal, clever, girl who craved adventure, and the Doctor opened up galaxies of adventure for her. SHE WASN’T ANYTHING BUT NORMAL UNTIL THAT POINT. this is one of the reasons I loved the explanation of her being through time; it wasn’t like she was manufactured for that, or some plot device; it was all on her own terms and her choosing.
so, to be fair, she is no more extraordinary than Rose being enveloped by the time vortex, or Donna becoming Doctor!Donna. she was also just a normal human (come on, guys, I mean… she was a nanny to two children who also lost their mum, didn’t know how to use the internets, frequently attempted to bake a perfect souffle, kept a childhood book with the leaf that basically conceived her, dreamed of traveling, and used real life skills to outsmart the Doctor on their first meeting) until events after meeting the Doctor left her choosing self-sacrifice like many other companions dating back to Classic Who.
I don’t get the argument that Clara isn’t normal. 2013, original, human, pre-Doctor Clara is about the only companion I can relate to with a burning sense of human traits: I just want to go on an adventure, too.
that, and I just really love being the boss.
it was gorgeous
There’s something I’m missing. Something really close, staring me right in the face and I can’t see it. Rose would know. A friend of mine, Rose. Right now, she’d say exactly the right thing.
the only character to wake up normally ever
she still looks more fabulous then she should. i never look that good.