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23rd-Aug-2014 07:39 pm

She had a long rant about nothing Clara did or said making any goddamn sense in context and continuity, but the thing I have to capture here, the thing that is just the UBER MOFFATT THING:

"And the skin balloon! ALL OF THE SKIN WAS WHITE. You've been around for thousands of years and NO BLACK PEOPLE?"

24th-Aug-2014 11:20 am (UTC)
Perhaps they were all bleached. ;)
24th-Aug-2014 11:30 am (UTC)
Two possible answers to that:
a] it's London in the second half of the 19th century [I doubt any of the skin would be more than 10-20 years old] statistically people of colour only made up 3% of the population...depending on how many skins that balloon was comprised of, it might not have had any.
b] the tanning process bleaches it. This is why pigskin leather is usually uniform colour [unless dyed], despite pigs also coming in a range of colours.

But yeah... I'm with you on Clara. OTOH, she's probably a bit dazed and confused herself given recent [for her] events.
25th-Aug-2014 06:59 am (UTC)
I actually thought the skin was taken from the dinosaur -- it looked marbled in the same way to me.
25th-Aug-2014 11:23 am (UTC)
The only thing they stated they'd taken from the dinosaur was its optic nerve... will have to look closer. It looked stitched together all patchworky.
26th-Aug-2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
I like siliconshaman's explanation B as to the coloration of the skin balloon. I have (thankfully) not been around enough human skin leather to know how it reacts to the tanning process, but this sounds plausible enough to allow me to suspend disbelief, so I'm going with it.

As for Clara, I watched this episode after having seen exactly 1 episode of 9th doctor and being familiar with 10 and 11 only from comic books, so her confusion in many ways mirrored my own and she provided the "ignorant character"* that's so handy to authors as a vehicle to allow them to explain things. (Plus, I think she's kind of cute, especially when done up in Victorian dress.)

* There's probably a technical term for it, but I don't know it.
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9th-Sep-2014 03:35 am (UTC)
Okay! That's a good name for it. Would you still call the character a Watson if there's no accompanying character to be Holmes? I'm thinking here (for example) of Talia in Arrows of the Queen (which I'm currently rereading) - she comes from an isolated village on the periphery of the kingdom and so is quite thoroughly ignorant of how things work but, especially for the first couple of chapters, is left to flail around as best she can, attempting to understand things but often missing quite badly.
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