And in that moment, everybody in the theater let out a huge sigh of relief as they realized what had just happened; for the first time in forever there was no forced romance between the protagonists in an action movie.
The heavens finally answered the prayers of the people.
This was, no lie, one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie. I had been waiting the entire film for the Same Old Thing to happen between Raleigh and Mako, and I wouldn’t have been angry. The film had my heart at this point. It would have been disappointing, but not enraging. And they’re both there, and that seems to be what’s about to happen…
And then this. And it felt so, so much more real and warm and sweet and genuine and friendly and compassionate.
Also, when I showed my mother the movie, not only was she thrilled they didn’t kiss but she correctly pointed out that as a relationship resolution, a kiss would have been entirely unnecessary because they had been drifting. She much preferred this forehead-to-forehead touch for them looking for a physical confirmation that the other was okay; she pointed out that symbolically, brain to brain made much more sense than lips to lips ever would have.
And yet Rory is called badass for standing up to the Doctor while Danny gets shat on by the fandom for doing the exact same thing.
this is Danny telling his personal experience and trying to make that experience useful to someone he cares about, which is a legitimate relationship thing. NOT the same as controlling or abusive. he’s not even being rigid like not approving of her travels in the TARDIS. he’s absolutely more flexible to the whole adventure thing than i expected anybody to be, and a lot more than past companions’ boyfriends had been.
"But we saved the world, right? So… on balance…"
Clara took on his role. Not the Eleventh Doctor’s, but clearly the Twelfth’s, with none of the lightness of the former and all of the abrasiveness of the latter.
The scene in the flat turns the Doctor/companion dynamic on its head. It’s the Doctor who warns Clara to behave in a way which isn’t alarming and it’s Clara who fails only seconds later. She’s losing her hold on that bit of empathy which she needs to understand what she can say around people who are not used to this kind of life.
Later her first instincts is to lie to people to give them hope, fully knowing that at least some of them would probably die. There’s no gentle approach to make people do what she wants, it is “I am the one chance you’ve got of staying alive” and “you wanna walk, walk”. We’ve seen her in command before, but this is a new, darker tone.
Clara has seen two peole die in front of her and she drops them from her thoughts moments later. She adopted the Doctor’s approach to death instinctively, when she finds herself in his role. And so the woman who changed the world with just the power of her tears does no longer have the time to stop and grieve.
Danny saw the Doctor as an officer and saw himself in Clara, cast her in the role of a soldier. But if she ever was that, she’s grown out of that role. Even in the moment where she should have been in her element, keeping Rigsy from needlessly sacrificing his life, her words do not speak of compassion. They are merciless with regards to just how futile this is. They end on a call to arms. And she will defeat the enemy.
She truly wasn’t exceptional at being the Doctor just because she was good. It wasn’t only the cleverness and how she saved Rigsy’s life and drew on his talents. She was exceptional because she was just as flawed as the Doctor. Every step of the way. Lies, arrogance, and “people with guns to their head cannot mourn” are embraced without a look back.
Does Clara realise it in that moment? Or has she yet to notice that she is losing her grasp on what it means to be good, in the way that Clara Oswald is good?