Steven Moffat has hinted that there will be will further developments on why the TARDIS dislikes Clara, reports DoctorWhoTV.

In resposnse to a reader question, Moffat wrote in Doctor Who Magazine: “As the Type 40 bad girl made clear in The Doctor’s Wife, she doesn’t like him bringing home strays. The TARDIS, as we know, likes to fire her pet Time Lord at interesting moments in history and watch the fireworks. Anyone less mad than the Doctor might have noticed by now the TARDIS navigation always works perfectly when the crisis demands, but never when he fancies lunch, or tea and biscuits at the Eye of Orion.”

“Now those pesky humans who keep following him home are usually content to stumble about, saying: “It’s bigger on the inside.” and remain sufficiently in awe of the Police Box magic never to question it. But clever, sceptical, hard-to-impress Clara might just cause trouble.”

Moffat added teasingly: “It’s almost like it’s all building to something… Oh! What’s this I’m writing today?”


In episode nine of Season Seven, Hide, the TARDIS locked Clara out several times. This leads the concerned Doctor to try and teach Clara how to operate the TARDIS in the next episode, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS which, as we know, went so badly the Doctor had to reset time.

Neil Gaiman, who wrote The Doctor’s Wife, where the Doctor talks to the TARDIS for the first time, told The Mary Sue last year: “I love the idea of a TARDIS who doesn’t particularly like a Companion, just in the same way that there were Companions…Leela springs to mind, the old Tom Baker Companion after whom the character on Futurama was named, who the TARDIS really liked. It was always sort of part of the script, for reasons never adequately explained, the TARDIS liked Leela a lot.  So if she doesn’t like Clara [pause] that’s something that may or may not ever be explained, it may get deeper, it may not. But I like that. I like the fact that the TARDIS is a character.”

Let’s hope Moffat makes good on his hint.

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