There was a little glimmer of joyful anticipation for those who wished to see the last of Clara on the episode. She got a sad farewell, but as things turned out, it wasn't really a farewell at all.
Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara, spoke to the BBC and confirmed that she would indeed be back on Doctor Who for another season.
"It's wonderful," Coleman said. "I get a whole other series of stories with the Doctor, and I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved.
"There is so much more to do. I think they've finally just reached a point where they really understand each other," she added.
As happy as Coleman is with the news, there are plenty of fans out there who aren't pleased with the announcement at all. After finding out that the Christmas episode didn't mark the end of Clara's run, some fans have gone on social media to air their complaints. Viewers' main criticism is that Clara never seemed to fully mesh with either of the Doctors to whom she's been a companion — but there are plenty of other complaints about Clara as well.
Some fans have kept their protests simple and to the point:
God I hate Clara #drwho— DIESEL PUMPER (@deeselle) December 26, 2014
Others were vocal about their wishes that the Christmas episode would have been Clara's last:
Last night's #DrWho was good, but I really hoped it would be Clara's farewell episode. I'm done with that character.— Kid Funkadelic (@Antononymous) December 26, 2014
Another fan's opinion seems to be that Clara was taking up too much of the show's attention:
This fan was polite but also agreed that the show has turned too much of its focus to Clara:
Loved #DrWho tonight but Clara is still gonna be in Dr Who next year. Oh god, more episodes of Dr Who, Clara's Issues. Sorry to Clara fans.— Bronwyn O'Brien (@Bron_obri) December 26, 2014
Another agreed that Clara's importance in the show had grown too much:
Just leave Clara, you ruined an otherwise excellent episode. #DrWho. And I don't know why this series finds you so important.— Matthew Kohlmorgen (@MKohlmorgen) December 26, 2014
This fan is done with the show, thanks to Clara sticking around for another season:
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