Now that the Doctor Who season 7b finale has aired, and many hardcore Whovians are pouring over every line of dialogue and trying to understand the meanings. There are even those who are at this very moment, reading every Who Forum trying to predict the 50th anniversary special. While I join my fellow crazed fan in asking newly formed questions, I keep coming back to the benign query: “Who have present-day Clara Oswald the phone number connected to the TARDIS?!”
To some, this could easily be waved off as unimportant, but I find it to be the beginning of Clara’s realization of her past, present an future destiny as The Impossible Girl; born to save the Doctor. And keeping with the continuing unspoken mantra of Who, everything is important, no episode is insignificant.
After some quick research on all previous companions of the Doctor, I found only 3 who might fit the criteria. Clara said she was given the number by a woman working in a shop.
1: Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler worked in a shop before meeting the Doctor, but it wasn’t until she was pulled into a parallels universe that she was made to work retail again (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday). After The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End she went off into the parallel sunset with 10’s Meta Crisis. Therefore Rose could not be the number-giver-outer.
2: Martha Jones
Martha was a medical student until she met the Doctor, however when she found herself and the banana enthusiast lost in the 1960’s (thanks to the Weeping Angels), Martha was forced to work in a shop to support the two. She couldn’t have been “the woman” mainly because the time differences. However, Martha did leave her mobile in the hands of the Doctor in order to get ahold of him if need be. I make a quick detour onto Speculation Row and postulate the idea that the Doctor may have incorporated Martha’s mobile phone number to become re-routed to the TARDIS Phone when he undated the console room (it’s a theory, take it or leave it). This brings me to my next point.
3: Sally Sparrow
Finally, some have speculated that the woman working in the shop most definitely had to be River Song. My argument against such speculations are thus: River Song (according to our canonical knowledge never worked in a shop and if she did, it was early in her life as Melody & she was probably fired for stealing). She soon became a Professor an later PhD. Why would someone as adventurous as River EVER find herself working in such a common place as a shop? I think not!
We all know and love Sally Sparrow for her wit, genius and ability to not absolutely freak out at the fact that her name was written on an old house’s wall dated in the 1960’s and that statues chased her through the city. After the events of Blink, Sally gives the Doctor all he needs to know to get the TARDIS back and get out of the flower power years. I want to stat here on Speculation Row for a bit and assume that the dynamic duo Sparrow & Nightingale didn’t give up on the Doctor. Could it be that the technologically deficient Clara somehow made her way into the shop where Sally worked? And could it be that after she gave the Doctor his life saving dossier she would have continued research on Martha & the Doctor? Could it be that somewhere in the Easter eggs on her 17 DVD’s Martha would have given a message for her family in the event they never left the 60’s?
These are of course assumptions but they do lead to possibilities.
I think we can all safely assume that the Doctor was able to repair the chameleon circuit on the TARDIS and left it sitting at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles…very fitting!!!
IS THAT TEN
THAT’S NOT JUST TEN
THAT’S THE LIBRARY
If that’s Ten (Tennant) and if that’s The Library, then wouldn’t Clara be CAL?!?!? Since the computer (CAL) SAVED everyone?!? YES!!!!!! My theory is right!!!
What a beauty!!!
(FIY: this was my first animated gif, so huzzah to me!!!)
I don’t know if anyone has seen this yet, but I died a little inside after taking a closer look. RIP to the most gorgeous head of hair we’ve seen on the telly in years.
I first want to make it clearly known: I love a good mystery, but I don’t like being kept in the dark. for long periods of time. And to be honest, its been near 8 months since we first met Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks, and 5 months since The Snowmen. I’m nearing to the point in the “Who is Clara” quest of being irritated. While it hasn’t been that long since meeting the new companion, but the exit of the Pond’s was so emotionally charged, it feels like it’s been decades.
Firstly, we are given such a huge question at the beginning of the season “Who the heck is that girl living inside a Dalek” and then at the Christmas Special “Wait, isn’t that the same girl???” To keep myself from completely pulling a Bean tantrum (que the Fantastic Mr. Fox clip), I stay occupied by trying to piece my Clara theories with a toothbrush, a pocket knife, and some rope (since that’s pretty much all The Moff has given us). There are so many opinions on who Clara is, where she came from, and what her connection to The Doctor really is, and don’t get me started on The Question!!! With each noisy theory about who or what Clara is, each more convincing and exciting than the last, and from various interviews with Matt, Jenna, & Steven, I sincerely hope the build up to this mind-boggling conundrum will be much more than any of us ever hoped for. I really do trust Matt Smith when he said it was such a good ending that he actually clapped, but I just want to have all this finally over with; to just get to the ol’ “Doctor & companion having adventures” we’re so used to.
I genuinely wanted to post my theory on who Clara is, but as time gets closer to the big reveal, it seems that there are already so many people with the similar ideas as mine. I began working on this theory after Asylum of the Dalek aired here on BBC America. I had a long litany of my thoughts and clues proving my theory, however the post was longer than the TARDIS’s corridors. So, instead, I’ll just give quick bullet points below:
Clara Oswin Oswald is CAL (Charlotte Abigail Lux)
- Remember: This whole season (and in-fact even parts of the Pond era) has been about remembering (“… run you clever boy, and remember…”). Amy Pond had the power to remember The Doctor, Rory, and her parents him back to life (“… raggedy man, I remember you and you are late for my wedding”). Doctor Moon could instruct his patients to remember their lives while in the Library computer (“… and then you remembered”). Keep in mind this idea of consciousness or a memory being strong enough to be brought back to physical form.
Remember from The Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead episodes:
When Mr. Lux finally explains what CAL is he says “She was dying, so he [her father] built her a library and put her living mind inside, with the Moon to watch over her and all of human history to pass the time. Any era to *LIVE IN*, any *BOOK TO READ*. She loved books more than anything, and he gave her them all. He only asked that she be kept a secret, not a freak show.” Then Anita asked “Why didn’t she tell us?” Mr Lux responds “She’s forgotten who she was.”
So I think, this establishes the WHO Clara is (or was, or will be…it’s all timey-wimey at this point). Now to find out the WHAT takes a little bit of assuming. Like any hard drive, files can be downloaded, saved, and uploaded at any time. Once a file has been uploaded to, say an external hard drive, the original files still remain in the first computer and can be uploaded countless times. Now lets apply this to Clara; if she is in fact CAL, that would explain why she is seen at different points in time. The hard part is how she meets The Doctor every time. This part I haven’t worked out yet, but if my theory is right, I’ll just let Moffat explain.
Again, if Clara is CAL, this would also explain why she was able to read the book in the Tardis Library. For whatever reason the Encyclopedia Gallifraica is written in bottle/liquid form and yet The History of the Time War is in hardback book form (I won’t try and figure that one out). When Clara reads The History of the Time War (which may or may not have been written in Gallifrayan) she discovered The Doctors name. If she lived in The Library for nearly 100 years, isn’t it possible that she would have come across a book about Gallifray and MAYBE even a book on ancient alien language. With the mind of a computer, she would have been able to process this information (as well as the entire Library database in a short amount of time. But she forgot who she was, and it is possible, when her mind was uploaded to physical form, she could have been somehow corrupted and didn’t remember meeting The Doctor. And yet, as Jenna Louise Coleman has said in a recent interview “Clara has met the Doctor more than three times.”
Now that I’ve got all my facts out of the way, I’d like to finish this post with a little bit of speculation and brainstorming
What is Clara’s connection to The Doctor. If she is CAL, who was her Father? What connection/similarity is there to The Doctor and the Doctor Moon? Why does the Doctor have this weird fascination with keeping Clara safe? Remember from JTTCOTT “I brought you here (inside the TARDIS) to keep you safe, but you died…again.” Could Clara be The Doctor’s real daughter? If so, who is her mother? Why does she not resemble typical Time Lord characteristics? Is this why the TARDIS doesn’t like her?
There are so many questions and so few answers.
Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver
Even as a cyborg, he’s still sexy!!!