Okay there’s a million reasons I ship whouffle but let’s focus on some of the main ones:
First off, they obviously love each other. Fans can argue whether they are in love with each other or not, but you can’t go through what they’ve been through and you can’t risk your life for somebody without a moment’s hesitation without loving them on some level.
It’s obvious to us due to the prequel “He said, She said” to the Name of the Doctor that Clara is in love with the Doctor. She states that “The trick is… don’t fall in love. I do that trick quite a lot. Sometimes twice a day.” I guess it’s your opinion whether she succeeds at said trick but I would venture a guess that most fans believe she fails at it. You can even see how JLC plays that trick on her face in the following gif.
She looks at him, and he’s not even doing anything cute, he’s just being the Doctor, and she smiles and let’s herself fall for him for just a second before stopping herself short. That’s where she does the trick. Why? Because she’s Clara. A lot of people say Clara is just a flirt but that’s not all she is. Clara is a flirt who has lost too many people in her life. She flirts because that’s who she is but she knows if she lets herself fall for anybody she might lose them again and she can’t do it, she can’t imagine losing the Doctor because she’s already in love with him.
Now, for the Doctor. He definitely loves her. He loves all his companions and everybody is important to him. But even more than that: He’s definitely attracted to her. Granted, in Nightmare in Silver he says otherwise but we all know the Doctor is not one for romantic confessions. However, we do have the lovely quote:
From the same episode. The thought that made him jump up in shock is left to our imagination.
He is also visibly jealous when Porridge asks Clara to marry him in NiS, and visibly delighted when she rejects him.
And, okay I think it’s time we really talk about Hide. Hide was basically the best whouffle episode to have ever whouffled. The romance of the other couple is basically that of Clara and the Doctor. She is incredibly smart and he is incredibly oblivious and they’re complete idiots about each other. But even more… there’s the quote. The really obvious quote. Clara asks him in the middle of the episode if everyone is a ghost to him because to him everybody has been born and has died. Skip to the end of the episode to the quote about the monsters, “It’s not a ghost story, it’s a love story!” If that’s not a blatantly obvious parallel I don’t know what the fuck is.
Now for probably the biggest reason I ship whouffle: The way they act when the other is in danger. From Day 1, he took care of Clara when she was pulled into the wifi and through every adventure after that, they grew progressively less worried about themselves and more worried about each other’s safety. There are instances where Clara is in trouble and we see the Doctor becoming uncharacteristically violent in order to get her safe again. When she thought the Doctor was in danger, Clara tried to run into a wormhole after him. Twice. Need I even mention Trenzalore?
Now for some here and there examples of why I ship whouffle:
When a boy and a girl are friends, I have to say it’s pretty rare for them to do the whole staring into each other’s eyes thing, stroking each other’s faces, holding hands (not just when they’re running), long hugs (news flash doctor, there is a fine line between hugging and clutching and from where you’re standing that line is almost as small as Clara), calling his car a snogging booth, walking around with their arms around each other, y’know, the whole nine yards. It’s really not a platonic thing.
Let’s not forget about this face as well:
this is the face you might have missed in the Name of the Doctor. It’s the face she made when the Doctor said “Yes. An ex.” When referring to River. Hate to break it to you, Clara, but I don’t think your trick is working bby.
Also I think the fact that Clara and the Doctor don’t even blink when the kids call him her boyfriend is something that needs to be discussed at least 8 hours a week at a minimum.
The final reason I ship whouffle: Have you seen them they’re cute as fuck, man.
So, in conclusion: DONT FUCKING GET ME STARTED ON WHOUFFLE MAN. NEVER DO THAT. THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN EVERY SINGLE TIME.
it has come to my attention that this post is in desperate need of updating.
lets talk about the 50th anniversary, shall we?
as mentioned above, clara and the doctor are having some real issues with the whole “we’re just friends” thing. i dont know about you, but when i havent seen a friend in a while, i usually say “hi” or give them a quick hug cause damn i really missed seeing that person. i dont fUCKING LIFT THEM INTO THE AIR AND SPIN THEM AROUND THE FUCKING TARDIS LIKE WE’RE NEWLYWEDS.
like i mentioned before, they also have a hard time not touching each other
also this is totally 10000% how you comfort your friends. 10/10 would recommend slowly reaching for their hand just to subtly comfort you because no matter what happens you know theyre with you and theyre ok and thats what matters. friendship.
speaking of things you should totally do with friends, refer to them as being yours truly.
- "My Clara" (NoTD)
- "My Doctor" (DoTD)
one thing that really stood out to me during this episode was how well they know each other at this point. they’ve obviously had some adventures without us and have grown since NoTD. in the gif above, clara is seeing timelord art, in 3D for the first time which has to be pretty fucking rad lets be real ok. and the second he touches her hand she knows somethings wrong. in the same way, when the doctor is in the middle of blowing up his home planet, he notices clara. he notices that she’s silently crying and he stops what he’s doing to ask why. and this, this is why i love whouffle. they know each other so well and only she could show him the side of himself that could save gallifrey.
and in the end, she knows him almost as well as he knows himself. again. when she leaves him alone with the painting. because she “always knows”
and then she does the least platonic thing on the face of the universe.
i doubt you can name a single companion who would do that to the doctor that wasnt a canon ship. she love shim, and look at him. no squirming, no flailing limbs. no shocked eyes, he doesnt even blink. he just bends downs so she can reach, and when she keeps her hand on his face and gives him that little look, he gives her that little look back.
she’s looking at him and with that she’s saying “you did it. i always knew you could. you saved your planet, youre the doctor and youve always been the doctor. im proud of you.”
and with that look he’s saying back “thank you.” because she helped him do it, he needed her and she was there for him. he’s saying thank you and he’s saying “i love you.”
feel free to add anything i missed