Published on April 8th, 2014 | by Philip Bates
Moffat Explains: Why The TARDIS Dislikes Clara
Just look at The Rings of Akhaten, or Hide (in which Clara calls her a “grumpy old cow”). Or better still, grab yourself the Series 7 boxset and watch the additional minisode, Clara and the TARDIS, which sees them (sort of kinda ish) have a heart-to-heart. Then the TARDIS throws a strop again. Personally, I thought it might’ve been because Clara was there in the Doctor’s grave and jumped into his time stream – and seeing as the TARDIS didn’t want to be there in the first place, perhaps it got annoyed at her… before even going to Trenzalore!
But apparently not…
Well, in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat has teased the development of their relationship in Series 8:
“As the Type 40 bad girl made clear in The Doctor’s Wife, she doesn’t like him bringing home strays. The TARDIS, as we know, likes to fire her pet Time Lord at interesting moments in history and watch the fireworks. Anyone less mad than the Doctor might have noticed by now the TARDIS navigation always works perfectly when the crisis demands, but never when he fancies lunch, or tea and biscuits at the Eye of Orion.
Now those pesky humans who keep following him home are usually content to stumble about, saying, ‘It’s bigger on the inside,’ and remain sufficiently in awe of the Police Box magic never to question it. But clever, sceptical, hard-to-impress Clara might just cause trouble. It’s almost like it’s all building to something… Oh! What’s this I’m writing today?”
I’m looking forward to this!