Are The Doctor and Clara about to get romantic? Star Peter Capaldi says no, but they will if Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has his say.
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) was never meant to fall in love with the Impossible Girl, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). However, if Steven Moffat has anything to say about it (and he’s the man with the pen, so he has lots to say), then they may compromise their friendship for the sake of romance. This is bad news for Capaldi, who made it very clear when he boarded the TARDIS he wanted to leave the romance between The Doctor and his companions behind.
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According to Blastr, over a year ago Capaldi revealed, “It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”
The times may be changing, according to Moffat, who recently said at the BAFTA New York Panel, “We’re in a very different place with the Doctor and Clara in the modern series, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the early stages of the 12th Doctor trying to pretend he doesn’t fancy Clara — ‘Oh, you’re ugly! Disgusting… stop looking so good!’ In truth, in most cases with the Doctor, he always loves them more than they love him. That’s his story. He’s always besotted with them even though he’s trying to pretend that he isn’t.”
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Feel free to join me in a round of “Seriously, Moffat?” The Doctor does love Clara, just as he has loved all of his companions. This does not mean there needs to be sexual tension brewing between Capaldi and Coleman. It definitely does not mean the Doctor is secretly pining for Clara. They are friends and fellow travelers; to suggest something more is… well, tired. Isn’t the Doctor still married to River Song, anyway? Or has Moffat forgotten his own romantic contribution to the series.
Hopefully, Season 9 will keep the focus on Clara and the Doctor’s beautiful friendship and leave romantic love out of the equation. Capaldi is on point: The Doctor does not need to fall in love with all of his companions and both characters have more important things to do than steam up the TARDIS, no matter what Moffat may think.