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This weekend Clara Oswald faced the raven and bid a tearful farewell to the TARDIS. After months of speculation, Clara met a surprising end after risking her life in a fashion only the Doctor could survive.

In this house, a tear was shed when Clara realised the repercussions of her actions and bravely accepted her fate. Although, in my opinion, nothing will top the traumatic departure of Donna Noble (‘Binary binary binary’ *gasps*), Clara’s farewell did seem fitting for her character. Some might argue it was a demure, I would say it was chillingly humble, given the peril Clara has faced in the past. It just highlights how dangerous travelling with the Doctor can be and the vulnerability of his human companions.

Clara growing more Doctor-like has been a theme of this series and the foreshadowing of previous episodes certainly paid off. Over the last few weeks I have found myself cringing each time Clara has almost over stepped the mark and grown more and more reckless. That raven had her number from the start of this series and sooner or later it was going to catch her.

Clara has become the longest serving companion (since 2005) and she’s been part of many classic Who memories. Her first introduction in Asylum of the Daleks was brilliant! What an introduction. It was one of those surprise jump-out-of-your-seat moments that Doctor Who does so well. Clara (or rather…sort of…Oswin) was instantly likeable and the twist at the end was another memorable moment. Then we jumped to Clara running round the streets of Victorian London at Christmas, which was lots of fun, capped with another surprise twist…as Clara died. Again. Another great moment was the flash forward to modern day at the end of the episode, with the real (at last) Clara finally being revealed. Goosebumps.

There were some dodgy times in Clara’s pre-50th stint but one of her defining moments came in the cold open of The Name of the Doctor. Another amazing Who moment. That opening sequence was able to produce more squeaks of excitement than a whole episode and the idea of Clara being spliced through the Doctor’s time stream in order to save him was a remarkable move my Moffat. Clara was suddenly incredibly important.

Jenna Coleman had excellent chemistry with Matt Smith and I was worried about how Clara would work with Capaldi’s Doctor. Jenna and Peter have worked beautifully though and the way Clara has slowly moved from being the Doctor’s apprentice to carer to equal has been great to watch.

It’s also worth mentioning Clara’s tragic romance with Danny Pink. When Pink died, Clara was bereft and after initially severing herself from the Doctor’s life through her own grief, she was tempted back into the TARDIS this year. It was clear that Danny’s death had changed Clara. After initially being morose, she became intent on living her life to the full, even if it did mean throwing herself into dangerous situations.

It was this attitude that caused her downfall. The moment in Face the Raven when Clara recklessly dangled above London, laughing as she clasped to the TARDIS doors made me feel genuinely nauseous. Clara was heading for trouble. Confidently taking it upon herself to save poor Rigsy, without reading the small print, was an admirable but costly move for Clara. That finally conversation with the Doctor will be remembered for a very long time and it was a smart move for the writers to make the Doctor promise Clara he wouldn’t seek revenge. That was certainly a very Clara thing to do and reminded us just how much she knew the Doctor (‘You’re going to be alone now….and that’s not good for you…’ *sniff*).

Played perfectly by Jenna Coleman, Clara Oswald has made Who history for many reasons, and has given us some incredible moments that will never be forgotten.

Goodbye to The Impossible Girl.

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