kittypython asked stfu-moffat:
Hi! I suppose you’ll receive tons of messages like this one but I sincerely don’t care. So my question is: have you seen DW’s “The Bells of St John: A Prequel” already?. When I watched I was all like “OK, the Doctor on a swing - nice, a little girl, AGAIN, omgpleasemofffatseriouslychangetherecordinyourheadalready, well, at least she’s just a sweet random girl…” And then there was the ending *facepalm* I mean, this is not even funny anymore!
*sigh* I just watched it. If you haven’t seen it, you can view it here.
This marks the fourth time Moffat has used this trope where the Doctor meets a young girl and then meets her again when she’s older. First with Reinette in The Girl in the Fireplace (which is also the beginning of ‘The Girl…’ titles), then with Amy, River (though in reverse order), and now Clara. It’s getting overused and tiresome now.
It also shows how stagnant Moffat is as a writer, since he not only reuses the same character model for his female characters, but also the same storyline. Centuries old time traveller meets a young girl, and then meets up with her again the future and snogs her. It’s actually very creepy when you think about the implications of a older man meeting the young girl who is now older and sexualised. She waits a long time to be with a man who she met briefly as a girl and now that she’s older and a sexual being, she can finally be with him. It’s disconcerting.
This trope started with Reinette who waited her whole life for the Doctor, then with Amy who had the official ‘girl who waited’ title, then River who had to wait for their timelines to cross over again and again while she was in prison half of the time for a crime she didn’t commit, to now Clara who repeatedly dies and waits for the Doctor to seek her out. All of the women are in passive roles in this and their identities are based solely on the Doctor and how he works in their lives. Their independence is stripped from them and it’s really problematic. This is simply weak writing and weak characterisation and Moffat really needs to branch out as a writer.