As we look forward to a new Doctor, new outfit and maybe a new sonic screwdriver we also know that there will be a new companion someone nearer Clara’s age.
All very exciting, but I wonder – will Clara leave the TARDIS in the next series?
I like Clara; I think Jenna (Louise) Coleman brings the part to life and I really liked Soufflé Girl, Impossible Girl and the mystery of just who Clara was. This was answered in Name of the Doctor and since then Clara has been diminished. I thought she was fine in Day of the Doctor and although mostly acting as a generic companion she did start outside the TARDIS and was found at Coal Hill teaching in line with her earlier roles as governess and nanny.
By Christmas the focus was all on the departure of Matt Smith and I thought she was (as a character) minimised in Time of the Doctor though we did get to see some of her family – one-dimensional though they were.
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I think that Clara has served her purpose. Like Rose she will help viewers bridge the continuity between regenerations of the Doctor and then leave. I’d like to be proved wrong but I doubt I will be.
How might she leave?
There is a vague fan theory that Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is the start of a re-run of the cycle of Doctors rather the start of a new cycle. This means that in some way he is a reset of Hartnell’s First Doctor. If you follow that through then Clara has become an updated version of Barbara and surely then will leave by going off to be with Danny Pink (the new male companion). Unlike the departure of Amy and Rory I suspect this will be painted less permanently allowing Clara to re-appear if every required (60th anniversary anyone?)