Well, thoughts on fandom and people in general I suppose.
But one thing that has become very clear after the most recent episode of Doctor Who is that a seemingly significant amount of people have a lot of difficulty when characters have emotional reactions and get upset about things “when they should know better”. (Clara’s reaction to the Doctor is the case in point, though I’ve seen it with other fandoms too; Nina in ”Code Geass” re: FLEIJA also got this, and I am pretty certain some of the shit that got flung at Korra during late Book 1 and Book 2 was along these lines.)
And it bothers me because gosh, actually experiencing something is not the same as knowing facts about it. Knowing that the Doctor has been other people in the past, and even having met them, doesn’t make the fact that seeing a beloved friend change right in front of Clara is a kind of stress and shocking thing to witness - and change into someone whose harsher sides are right on the surface instead of tucked away behind fluffy Matt Smith who was mostly very affectionate. Twelve is clearly also very fond of Clara, but he’s much more tsundere about it. (
People criticising Clara for being shallow clearly have no viewing comprehension whatsoever, given the whole speech Clara had about it.)
It’s just… emotions do not run on strict logic. Anyone who’s ever had that moment of “Why am I sobbing mess over a fictional character?” will get this. (And throws into rather harsh contrast the way that, say, Clara, is given far less emotional latitude than basically every person who was watch since Troughton took over as the Doctor. The entire fandom knows that companions leave and the Doctor changes. And yet, going by all the feels posts…)
tl;dr Way too much of this criticism seems to come off as “Why are they having silly emotions when they should rely on superior logic?”