In Defence of Angie
Now, a lot of people in their critiques of Nightmare in Silver keep bashing on Angie Maitland. So, as someone who understood her, I want to try and rectify those who are having issues with her.
Angie lost her mother not all that long ago. Then some friend who was visiting before she went off to travel the world just moves in and tries to help out. Angie’s father is obviously working hard trying to provide for his two children and keep a house by himself, and is naturally leaning on Clara.
Now we see Angie give Clara a little attitude in The Bells of Saint John, but nothing like the most recent episode. Why? What’s changed? The answer is simple. The Doctor.
Angie lost her mother, and then Clara’s there doing all the motherly things. That’s going to feel like a betrayal right off. The thing is, I think she liked Clara, and she gave attitude because if she liked her too much she’d be betraying her mother’s memory. She realises however, that Clara cares for her.
Then what happens? The girl who is the only female support structure in the family starts disappearing every week, with some “boyfriend.” That removes any feeling of security or stability she and Clara had, because as a teenager, when you see two adults in a relationship you perceive as romantic, what do you assume is going to happen? They’re going to want to leave permanently and possibly have their own family.
To make this worse, a girl who always wanted to travel is now going off with a time-traveling space alien. It echoes Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks: Angie can’t understand why Clara would come back to them. So, what does she do?
She acts out. She walls herself off, pushing away Clara and acting like everything is the worst in the world, not because she’s a stroppy bint, but because she’s afraid of getting hurt. She’s afraid of being abandoned again. She’s sure Clara will leave them, just like her mother did, and she’s trying desperately to not care.She’s also pushing Clara at Porridge because she wants proof. She wants to turn around and say “See, See? I was right! I always knew you’d abandon me when something better came along.” But at the same time, all the wonders she’s seeing are “stupid,” because she doesn’t want to lose Clara to them.
So maybe people could be a little less harsh on her?