Monday, May 13, 2013

I'm actually a big fan of Clara's style.

Okay, so I sometimes mention that I'm not a huge fan of Steven Moffat. It's possible that there's a huge long post about that coming one of these days, but for now I have a brief example that I think is hard to argue with. Even if it's also unbelievably trivial.

The most recent episode of Doctor Who, which I was mostly very fond of, ends with a little monologue from the Doctor to himself about Clara.

In the Doctor's monologue, he says this of Clara:
A mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that's just a bit too... tight.
Now. You may think I'm about to go on a feminist rant, and while that would be a valid direction, that's not my real problem here.  Here are Clara Oswald's outfits from "The Bells of St. John" to "Nightmare in Silver," excluding the Victorian dress from "The Crimson Horror."

"The Bells of Saint John"

"The Rings of Akhaten"

"Cold War"


"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"

"Nightmare in Silver"

Now, as you can clearly see, Clara doesn't wear tight skirts. She wears floaty skirts. Steven Moffat (or maybe Neil Gaiman, the episode's writer--either way, Moffat signed off on it, but please let this have been Moffat's addition to the script) just wanted to make his little mildly sexist joke, and contradicted established characterization to do it.

Mildly sexist jokes aren't worth contradicting established characterization. If you absolutely must make one, why not say Clara's skirt is just a little bit too short? That at least aligns with some recognizable version of reality, even if it's still, you know, sexist. And wrong.

(P.S. Clara Oswald is super awesome and would definitely agree with this post.)


  1. The Doctor was reffering to the fact that she is such a big mystery that NOTHING can contain her, not even skirts. It's not sexist, really.

    1. Fun theory, but I'm gonna go with Occam's Razor, on this one.