by AMY LASSITER Staff Writer
The new series of “Doctor Who” premiered with the episode “The Bells of St. John” on March 30. Along with an updated look for the Doctor and the TARDIS, a new companion was introduced as well.
Jenna Louise Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, had her debut in “The Snowmen” this Christmas. Yet strangely enough, it was not the first time viewers met her character.
Clara lived in various times and places, in separate lives that are somehow connected. This made it possible for the Doctor to meet different versions of the same person. If you are already confused, it only gets worse from here.
She first appeared in the episode “Asylum of the Daleks” as the mysterious Oswin Oswald. Oswin seemed to be a normal explorer who accidentally crash-landed her spaceship into an alien world, yet it was revealed in a shocking turn of events that she was actually an alien herself. Later in the episode, Oswin tragically died while sacrificing herself to save the Doctor.
It seemed that fans were never going to see Oswin Oswald again, yet on Christmas Day she had a dramatic reappearance in “The Snowmen.” This time, Oswin was a Victorian governess named Clara Oswin Oswald. She died again at the end of the episode and left fans even more confused than before.
“[The storyline] is interesting. Moffat made it a little confusing, but that is what makes it so amazing,” said junior Radha Vakkalagadda.
After the last companions Amy and Rory Pond left the show, fans were absolutely devastated. It is hard to get used to new companions, especially when they are as complex as Clara.
There is a lot of controversy between fans of “Doctor Who” over whether the new companion is a good one. Since we have already seen her in three different forms, there is no way to know who the real Clara Oswald is.
“Like with all new companions, it takes some time to warm up to them. Some you like right away and others have to prove themselves to you. Clara, in my opinion, did not disappoint. Her sense of curiosity and mystery piqued my interest. She appears to show these same qualities throughout her episodes so far in the seventh season. She has big shoes to fill following the Ponds, but like the TARDIS, I feel as if I will warm up to her,” said freshman Amy Williamson.
As the season progresses, we will be able to see how the Doctor and Clara interact, and fully understand her character. It is hard to judge the new companion when viewers have not seen many episodes featuring her. We all hope that Clara Oswald turns out to be just as amazing as the companions who came before her.