Clara Oswin Oswald: Post-reveal Talk — June 10, 2013

Clara Oswin Oswald: Post-reveal Talk

I have to confess to being rather underwhelmed by the whole Clara reveal. While it was kind of cool to see her superimposed with other Doctors and such, influencing things in the Doctor’s life to both save him and set him on his grandest adventures, it was disappointing after so many awesome theories.

But, remember that scene in “Turn Left” when Rose is talking about how the Doctor thought Donna was amazing and all this stuff. Things Rose shouldn’t have had any knowledge of?

Was Clara whispering in Rose’s ear? Because if Clara created herself to save the Doctor from the Great Intelligence, doesn’t it make logical sense for Clara to have been partly responsible for breaking down the walls between the universes? I realize that the in-episode explanation for Rose’s bleeding through had to do with what the Daleks did in “The Stolen Earth.”

When Donna’s past was changed so she never met the Doctor, don’t you think that had to be the GI who set that up? We never really learned the who or why behind the woman who put that Time Beetle on Donna’s back. Perhaps now we have.

Two images to talk about:

 I realize that I’m not computer savvy and this is the best shot I could find of the beetle on Donna’s back in “Turn Left.”

That beetle is totally there. Was Clara seeding clues a la Bad Wolf to tell the Doctor She was there, that she was aware of him and his confusion over who she was?

Or are we grasping at straws?

I was also really disappointed in Trenzalore. I thought it would be this really cool chess board field where people are put on trial of a sort and asked the questions someone wants to know. Not a cemetery. I always imagined this giant spectacle, especially with so many planets across so many galaxies having the Doctor as some mystery figure in their mythology.

I did also always think that it would be the moment when he tells River his name, leading to the moment in the library from his last incarnation.

But I think the finale only scratched the surface in showing us how deep into the Doctor’s timeline Clara got embedded. And maybe it has something to do with the Doctor that’s not the Doctor but is the Doctor.

Clara Oswin Oswald, Part 3 — May 13, 2013

Clara Oswin Oswald, Part 3

As I’m writing this, I’ve just finished watching “Nightmare in Silver” and am anxiously counting the days until next Saturday. (And at the same time wishing Saturday would never come because that means the end of the season.)

Before we get to this, some links:

Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory in Progress (Part 1 of my Clara theory for your reading pleasure)
Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory, Part 2 (Do I need to explain it?)

Really, I only have this to add:

Compare these two jackets. Do they not look like they could be from the same designer, same season? They’re not identical and Clara’s jacket in “Nightmare” looks blacker in most of the screenshots. But My first thought when I saw the episode was that she was wearing Rose’s jacket.

This whole season the designers, from props department to wardrobe, have been putting in little things we Whovians are taking as nods to Rose. Red dresses, purses, gloves, roses in vases or in Clara’s hair, etcetera. This is the first one that, on first look, screamed “Rose” to me. There has to be a Bad Wolf connection in here somewhere.

Or, as Darren Franich put it on his recap of “Nightmare”, Clara’s a red herring and there is no mystery to be solved about her or this season.

I wouldn’t put it past Moffat.

One last thing to add, and I don’t have a picture for it. But when Eleven is playing chess against Mr. Clever there’s a moment where Clever is trying to convince Clara it’s Eleven she’s talking to and he goes on and on about how he’s starting to like her. When he asks how she knew it was Clever and not Eleven she says he would rather die than say it.

He would rather die than say it. The Doctor never could bring himself to say it aloud to Rose, to say “I love you” to her. He would rather it go unsaid by him and let his meta-crisis clone say it in a whisper to prove they share the same memories. But it never got said for us Whovians to hear. And it wasn’t said until he absolutely had to say it.

This isn’t to say she’s Rose. But if Bad Wolf knew all this future and seeded Clara throughout the Doctor’s timeline, couldn’t this be taken as a hint to the Doctor about what’s going on?

Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory, Part 2 — April 15, 2013

Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory, Part 2

Spoiler warning right here. If you haven’t seen the most recent episode of Doctor Who, turn away right now.

Okay, I’m really starting to think I’m right about Clara being an extension of Bad Wolf. And I have more evidence. If you haven’t read the first part of my theory, go ahead and click through to read Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory in Progress.
And here’s a link to the third part of my theory: Clara Oswin Oswald: Part 3

First off, the repeats of red and roses in her scenes. Scrolling through my Doctor Who board on Pinterest I came across this little gem of a Tumblr post. (Really do click through then come back here because I don’t have enough text to keep it straight with all the photos.)

So looking there, you’ve got a red dress in Asylum of the Daleks. Roses in the background of her ship in the same episode. A rose in her hair in The Snowmen. The word Rose on the pub sign. And a red dress again in The Snowmen. Also in The Snowmen is a rose possibly carved into Clara’s grave marker.

In The Bells of St. John she wore a red dress again. She also wore red gloves when riding through London on the Doctor’s motorcycle (? Not sure what that was.)

See? You can only see one glove in this shot, but it’s there.

She’s carrying a red purse in The Rings of Akhaten, too.

And the one that takes the cake, that really makes me think I’m right?

In Cold War, when the Doctor’s pockets are emptied, there’s a blonde doll cast aside. A blonde doll that the Doctor kisses when it’s returned to him. Over-abundant enthusiasm? Maybe. But could the doll remind him of Rose in some way? I’m thinking maybe. But it’s important enough that the writers decided to have it be one of two items returned to the Doctor in that crucial climax scene.

It’s given back to him just before Clara uses the song lyrics “hungry like a wolf” to (possibly) calm down the Ice Warrior and end the standoff.

Directly after which the Doctor remarks, “Well now we’re safe.”

Now they’re safe. Because of Clara. Just like Rose as Bad Wolf wanted to ensure. And if the doll taken out of the Doctor’s pockets was really a reminder of Rose in some way, that he got it back just before Clara accomplished the task she was designed for, then there’s a connection there.

I also want to point out (and I have no picture nor direct quote on this) that in “A Good Man Goes to War” River points out to the Doctor that there are worlds who revere him. Her point is that in some of these Doctor=Great Warrior. But couldn’t we also argue that these worlds hold the Doctor up as a god of some sort? If so, then looking at the meanings of Clara’s three names (from my last theory post), she really could be a smart friend and helper to a god. Taken in that context, Bad Wolf was protecting this god from the false gods who would supplant him.

She’s keeping him safe by always making sure he has a friend around to keep him from the Time Lord victorious state. (We could seriously argue that it was Bad Wolf who led Donna and Wilf to the Doctor all those times.)

And now for the crown of this theory. We’ve already seen that Rose/Bad Wolf is capable of far greater influence and foreknowledge than this.

Remember this? It’s Rose and Donna talking in “Turn Left” when someone created an entire alternate reality around Donna. In this scene in particular, we hear Rose say to Donna two things. First, “He thought you were brilliant.” And second, “You’re the most important woman in all of creation.”

How would Rose know anything about Donna and anything about how the Doctor viewed her? He didn’t meet Donna until “Runaway Bride,” immediately after losing Rose to the alternate universe. The only way she would know is if she retained a little bit of her Bad Wolf knowledge. Just enough to once again keep the Doctor safe by bringing Donna into his life. And keeping her there when time got rewritten.

But the events of “Runaway Bride” led directly into “Smith and Jones” where Martha ended up keeping the Doctor safe at various points. And then we can argue that Bad Wolf led Wilf to the Doctor in “End of Time” when it came time for the Doctor’s greatest threat. Wilf helped the Doctor and helped Bad Wolf keep the Doctor safe. He tried to make the Doctor let him die. But the Doctor couldn’t. Couldn’t let that happen. So he did what only a Time Lord can.

In essence, Bad Wolf has been (arguably) responsible for the Doctor’s safety since she was created. So it makes sense, then, to think that perhaps Clara has something to do with Bad Wolf.

Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory in Progress — April 8, 2013

Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory in Progress

Keeping with my theme of taking back my social media (and knowing I have some Whovians amongst my readers), I have a theory which I am working on regarding the newest companion.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Do not read if you are not 100% up-to-date with #DoctorWho

Okay, we all remember this scene, right?

At the end of Series 1 of the newest iteration of Doctor Who, the Doctor sends Rose back to her own time to keep her safe. Rose, however, has other plans and eventually figures out how to get back to the Doctor and save the day, completing a character development arc that spanned the entire season. (A subject for a different post.)

Rose absorbs the Time Vortex (should that be caps?) and flies the TARDIS back to the Doctor. Throughout the entire first series, the words Bad Wolf followed Rose and her Doctor everywhere they went, taunting them with their unknown importance and meaning.

When Rose absorbs the vortex, she realizes she’s the Bad Wolf and scattered the words across all of time and space to lead herself back to that moment. (I keep getting distracted here by the image in the lower right of that collage. Sigh.)

Fast forward a few series and we have a new Doctor. As he travels with his now-married companions (we’re talking Eleven and the Ponds here), our Scooby trio finds themselves sucked into a labyrinthine hotel full of people and terrifying animated inanimate objects.

As the mystery of the hotel begins to unfold, Eleven finds himself at his door. Behind which lies the thing he fears the most, the thing which will cause his deepest faith to surface, so it’s converted to food for the monster lurking in the hallways. What is that thing? We never really know. But I have a theory as to what his faith would be in. Well, it’s not so much a theory as a fact. (Unless we go by Rule #1: The Doctor always lies.)

Remember this episode? (Now we’re re-winding. Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.) When the Doctor gives one of the greatest speeches of the entire program’s new iteration?) When he says that if there’s one thing he believes in, he believes in her? (Whom we assume to be Rose, though he impossibly can never bring himself to express his feelings to the fullest extent.)

So, if Rose is who he has his greatest faith in, that’s what the object in the room in the hotel was designed to bring out. After Rose became the Bad Wolf, she said, “I want you safe, my Doctor.”

What if protecting the Doctor from the false god (the Dalek emperor) was only what the writers wanted us to know in that moment of the episode? What if there’s more we weren’t told, that Rose didn’t tell the Doctor? Because if she saw all that time and space, she’d surely see that someday the Doctor would retreat from the world and stop his adventures to keep his hearts from breaking further?

What if seeing that she left a further extension of herself in all of time and space? Something to lead herself back to the Doctor, to keep him safe, and to protect the world from any more false gods that would rise up?

Introducing:

Clara Oswin Oswald

When we first meet her, she’s a mysterious woman making souffles stuck on the asylum of the Daleks.

Throughout the episode she helps Rory and Amy, then the Doctor, fight their way through the asylum.

In the end, what does she do? She disables the Daleks. Oh, and she eternally protects the Doctor from them by erasing all memory of him from their collective species consciousness and records.

She keeps him safe. (Just for emphasis.)

When next we meet her (since she died already at the start of this episode) she’s in Victorian England. Here, she not only gets the Doctor involved, but she also knows the right word to say (subconsciously, since she’s not herself, but an extension of Bad Wolf. More on that below). She protects everyone at the end by sacrificing herself.

She keeps them, and by extension the Doctor, safe. (Again just for emphasis.)

Fast forward to contemporary England. Here, she just happens to get the phone number for the TARDIS’ exterior phone (the phone that never rings, that shouldn’t ring because it’s not hooked up).

Once again she pulls the Doctor from recluse mode. Only this time, it seems to be for good. He’s finally found her through mysterious means and now he’s not going to let her go.

How did she find him? How did he find her? Well, she says the woman in the shop gave her the number. The Doctor is perhaps safest when he’s in the TARDIS, with a companion, saving others. When his life feels like it has a purpose, that the pain he’s endured is far less than the joys he’s experienced sharing his world with others. He’s safest when he has a companion to temper the tendency to Time Lord victorious psychoses.

One lat bit. The name.

First name: Clara. If you can’t read it at the left, the name means “Bright.”

Several definitions of the word.

1. Reflective of light
2. Clear or vibrant
3. Intelligent or quick-witted

I think any or all of these could apply to Clara from what we’ve seen of her thus far in S7.

Middle name: Oswin. According to the image at left, it means “Divine friend; God’s friend.”

(Yes, I realize she made that up herself for her middle name according to “The Bells of St. John.”)

Going back up to the picture from “God Complex” we have to remember that the woman the trio met in the hotel says to the Doctor, “That’s quite the god complex you have there.” (Something to that effect.)

Rose also says she wants the Doctor safe, protected from the “false god” referring to the Daleks’ leader in “Bad Wolf” and “Parting of the Ways.”

For the last reference to gods, we look no further than “The Satan Pit” and the Doctor’s speech regarding his faith in Rose. He mentions having met “gods, demi-gods, and would-be gods.” But Rose is the only thing he believes in.

Thus, the choice of Oswin as a middle name could be meant to hint at her connection to Bad Wolf. (Or god’s friend, if we go with the idea that the Doctor had neared a Time Lord victorious psychosis once more, thinking he’s god of time, and Clara is what pulls him back from that brink.)

Last name: Oswald. According to what I found online (pictured at left), it can mean “God’s power”.

Well, when Rose absorbed the time vortex, she gained almost god-like abilities. She could see all of time and space, and she could destroy the Daleks with a wave of her hand. Who’s to say she couldn’t set up a long-term way of keeping the Doctor safe when she could no longer help him? Or a means of keeping him from a Time Lord victorious state?

I realize that my theory only accounts for Moffat’s incarnation of Doctor Who, from Nine onward. There very likely could be events in the lives of Doctors One through Eight which would sink my theory. But these are my thoughts and my reasoning and logic behind them.

Not explained yet are how Clara could be in Victorian England and wherever and whenever the events of “Asylum of the Daleks” happened. But I do think the skipped years in Clara’s book will come into play in explaining her appearance in two disparate times and places.

And now you can read Clara Oswin Oswald: A Theory, Part 2 here on the blog. I’ve added more evidence for this theory.
And there’s a third part: Clara Oswin Oswald: Part 3