You can’t see me, can you? You look at me, and you can’t see me. Do you have any idea what that’s like?
The Doctor, in Deep Breath.
But the thing is, Clara does know what that’s like. They didn’t address it in the episode, but it’s still important to note. The entire time she was with Eleven, that’s how he made her feel. He looked at her and didn’t see the person she was, he didn’t see the brilliant woman standing right in front of him. He saw Oswin from the Asylum, or he saw Clara the barmaid/governess. He saw a mystery waiting to be solved, a big knot waiting to be unraveled. The Doctor looked at her and saw so many things, some scary, some unfamiliar, but he never saw her. Eventually she called him out on it: “Well, whoever she is, I’m not her. You want to travel with me, that’s fine, but as me, not a bargain-basement stand-in for someone else. I’m not going to compete with a ghost.”
Now the Doctor has regenerated. He’s let down his guard in the most intimate way possible - he’s let her see, in a physical and psychological sense, just how old he is. He’s stopped trying to impress her, stopped “flirting” as it were, and is finally willing to drop all pretense - and she’s not having it. The same way Clara had to compete with her own ghost, now Twelve has to compete with the ghost of Eleven, and it hurts him so much. I think Twelve isn’t only hurt because he feels Clara won’t see him for who he is now, but he feels betrayed because Clara once asked the same of him and now she won’t return the favor when he needs it most.(via will-you-be-electric-sheep)
It’s funny, because I was expecting a fighting Sycorax on the top of a spaceship with a sword and a satsuma moment. Or an asking Prisoner Zero if he thinks earth is not protected while tying a bow tie moment. You know, one of those really big defining character moments. Capaldi’s big character moment was pouring a glass of scotch and making you wonder if he killed someone. I have a good feeling about this.comment by reddit user IMthinkingGoAway that essentially sums up the Twelfth Doctor’s debut. (via sharpewit)