Face the Raven
By Sarah Dollard
“Let me be brave.”
Well they finally did something that I didn’t think they had the courage to do. Even though the clues were there with Clara being so reckless I didn’t think Steven Moffat would actually go ahead and kill of Clara. Yes he has killed a version of Clara before but this is was the death of an actual companion since 1982’s Earthshock. Since Adric’s death came as a surprise and no one knew what was coming as social network did not exist back then there were a lot of rumors that Clara would meet her demise. I have to say they kept the secret pretty good and most fans did not realize that it would be in episode 10. There were leaks about her leaving and it was spoiled on radio and on some sites but most did not know that she would be killed off. But the clues were there and I was one to put two and two together.
Unlike most I liked Clara as a companion. She wasn’t the easiest to like as they messed with her character a lot after the Impossible Girl storyline. Clara wasn’t just a pretty face as she was pretty smart and was good at keeping The Doctor grounded. We heard a lot of that when she was saying her farewells as she told The Doctor to not be a warrior but a doctor and to try and cope with being lonely. Plus how many companions would just accept their fate and walk out to their death with their head held high and face it head on like Clara did. That was pretty courageous and you had to feel for Clara as you knew The Doctor couldn’t save her at all. He was only able to look on defeated and helpless when she died which made it her passing really sad and emotional.
Face the Raven was a pretty good story and to trust a new writer to the show in Sarah Dollard was pretty impressive as I like how she tells a story and I hope she gets a chance to write a story for Series 10. In fact I hope a lot of the newer writers from this series get another shot also. Face the Raven sets up the finale pretty well and hopefully we get a finale that is really good considering what took place in Face the Raven.