#oh he allows her to think she’s really clever #gosh how nice of him! #no she’s not actually clever #he just allows her to think she’s clever #wow (via timeywimeyness)
yeah wow gettin real tired of your shit doctor who
I don’t get why this is bad.
It’s parent’s thing - “I know how to do it, but I let her try because I believe in my child and I know she\he can do it”.
Doctor is showing Clara that she is better than she thinks this way.
I have no context other than this post, but let’s break just this quote down:
The Doctor is, in reality, more clever than Clara.
But he allows her the fantasy that actually she’s the clever one.
Nowhere does he say “He helps Clara see that she’s really clever.” No, he allows her to think she’s clever.
Allow. (Meaning, this fantasy is his to give her or take away from her.)
Think. (As in, it’s not true, it’s an illusion she thinks is true.)
You don’t say “She thinks she’s clever” of someone you actually believe truly is clever. You say it of someone you believe isn’t particularly clever but that you feel has an unrealistically inflated sense of themselves. Giving a kid the opportunity to stretch themselves and realize their ability isn’t something of which you’d say “Oh, I let him think he’s smart, but really I’m the smart one.”
And because of the genders here there is also an implication that the Doctor allowing Clara to think she has an upper hand (even though in reality she does not) is super duper smart and awesome because women always like to be right, because, you know, women. Your choices with them are to let them win or argue with them because they’re just so difficult. Am I right, fellas? (Like seriously, “I allow my wife/girlfriend to think she’s right all the time so I can get some peace” is a total dude cliche and it’s supposed to elicit a lot of back-slapping about how smart it is to just let women have their way so they’ll stop bloody nagging you all the time.)