Top 10 Theories About the New Doctor Who Companion

Categories: Doctor Who

oswin1.jpg
...
...
Is it April yet? No?
...
...
How 'bout now? Damnit.

What you just read is the play-by-play brain of a Whovian as we all sludge through time the slow way and in the right order, waiting for the last half of Series 7 and the 50th-anniversary celebrations. This is torture under any circumstances, but right now it's maddening because we're dealing with one of the greatest mysteries of the rebooted series. Namely, who or what is Clara Oswin Oswald?

She was a member of a doomed spaceship that crash-landed into the Dalek asylum, only to be transformed into a Dalek herself. Despite her ordeal, she found the strength and intelligence to fight back and even aided The Doctor in escaping the planet. It's presumed she died when the Daleks themselves blew up the asylum.

Then, during the Victorian era in England, she appeared again in the guise of a barmaid and a governess. It wasn't revealed until the very end that the 19th-century Clara was in fact connected to Oswin at all until she repeated her final words to The Doctor before she died, the same words she left him with in the asylum.

"Run, you clever boy...and remember."

oswin2.jpg
Previews for the upcoming season show her in yet another setting, probably modern-day England. Now we have to wait at least three months to find out how this all ties together, but in the meantime fans are feverishly trying to deduce the answer. Listed in order of awesomeness (not probability) are the best they've come up with.

10. Oswin is a regenerated River Song. Probably the most standard theory is that Oswin has some sort of connection to River, even possibly being another incarnation of the half-Time Lady. Problems with this include the fact we know River used up all her regeneration energy to restore The Doctor in "Let's Kill Hitler" and the Daleks are unlikely to have transformed a Time Lord into one of them. Then again, these were insane Daleks, so there's that.

9. Oswin is an aspect of the Great Intelligence. Having been intimately connected with The Great Intelligence in "The Snowmen," Oswin may have become able to astral project as it does and transfer her essence to future bodies in order to survive.

8. Oswin is some kind of divinely appointed companion. Speculation on this draws mostly from the meaning of both Oswin and Oswald, which mean "Friend of God." Clara means "Bright," another word for clever. "The Snowmen" makes direct reference to the universe owing The Doctor, very close to being a God himself, something. Maybe the universe finally delivered.


My Voice Nation Help
33 comments
puritanpilgrim
puritanpilgrim

No one is questioning the timeline. I think Clara's timeline comes right after a Good Man Goes to War/Demon's Run. That would explain why Vastra and Strax is with the doctor in London when they meet clara (Strax supposidly dies at Demon's Run). I also think she has a connection to the Gamma Girl at Demon's Run who says "You don't remember me." right before she dies. Also River says she can't be at Demon's Run unil the very end and shows up as soon as the Gamma Girl (Lorna, I believe was her name) dies.

ciyara.11
ciyara.11

What if the phrase 'fall of the 11th' means the month not the doctor? Anyway, the 50th anniversary is on 23rd Nov which makes it the last week of Nov, thus saying fall of the eleventh month not doctor.

Sihaya
Sihaya

The Heart of the TARDIS has once before left a meme lying splattered all over time - "Bad Wolf."  This time the message is "Oswald," and she's all over time and space.  After she dies, she just shows up again.  The very name may lead the Doctor to the day that Kennedy dies, which is somehow the day before his name starts re-entering the history books from which it had been deleted, but with one critical difference.  "Oh, the Doctor?  Yes, isn't he a children's show character?  Very strange little stories."

landru141
landru141

None of the above.  There are a few unanswered questions from the Moffat era yet to be answered, and one of them is "Doctor Who?" ... as the Doctor is slowly being erased from the memory of the universe (and, forgetting himself, apparently, as he doesn't remember the Great Intelligence and the Yeti incident ... And, why did the Tardis explode?  

It's the 50th Anniversary, so this is going to encompass a lot more classic Who than usual.  

My theory is merely that Oswin is the focal point for the Doctor's existence ... something to do with Susan would be nice (his granddaughter.)  Whatever is going on, I agree with julietutwiler that we can't guess it. 

KepInk
KepInk

In A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR, when the Doctor reads the cradle, his reaction IMPLIES that he and River have (had, will have) a child together. Clara could be said child.

tartureix
tartureix

Source is Forest of the dead (series 4)

tartureix
tartureix

Cant be a regeneration of River, because her body is dead. Her Time Lord body is gone and dead, River only exists as a consciousness on a computer

CXRengel
CXRengel

There's another theory that she's the daughter of Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor's "clone" (from the episode "Journey's End").

tinanoire
tinanoire

I would like to see Jenny come back since she is part time lady or Romana 2 from E-space since she was left there with K-9 back with the 4th doctor, cause I don't think she went back to there home planet when the time war happened, I am just excited to see how this is going to go  =)

shieldskids
shieldskids

I would like to see the Teselector come back in some way. 

alan.r.bedford
alan.r.bedford

Let's see... she died at the end of both episodes in which she appeared. I can see this occurring again and again, like Kenny McCormick - "Oh my God! They've killed Kenny! You bastards!" Yes, South Park.

julietutwiler
julietutwiler

Since the Doctor always manages to surprise us, it's safe to say that any theory we think of won't be the actual explanation. :) Also, when you mess around with time travel, anything's possible!

I read an interview with Oswin where the actress said that she couldn't even tell the audience the planet that her character is from, because that would give too much away, which makes things even more interesting. 

terramundi
terramundi

Actually, Jenny was NOT the Doctor's daughter--she was a CLONE of the Doctor. That makes it much more likely to me that she is Clara.

moondancerpony
moondancerpony

I still think it's the doctor's daughter from 10th doctor episode, "The doctor's daughter". We know she can regenerate, even if he doesn't know.

dscott750
dscott750

Adding to option seven and the Bad Wolf Dorium's comment concerning Trenzalore,  and the fall of the 11th.

brainlock72
brainlock72

@tartureix River was "Saved" just like the other 4022 inhabitants of the Library were "saved" when the Vashta Nerada struck.  It's only a matter of the tiny window to rescue her before the Shadows take over again.

tinanoire
tinanoire

@tartureix you haven't seen any of series 5 & 6 then cause that's not the case, River is living and breathing like the rest of us

brainlock72
brainlock72

@tinanoire This is one option not mentioned: she's not a regen of River, but JENNY.


and River used up all her Regens?  first rule, "the doctor always lies."

myoungcoh
myoungcoh

@alan.r.bedford Somebody's got to take Rory's place.

Smedley
Smedley

@terramundi Well... She's Peter Davidson's daughter so she IS the Doctor's daughter. And creepily enough, she married David Tennant, so she's also his wife... That's almost biblical.

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@terramundi While technically accurate, I still feel that the fact that Ten referred to her and treated her as a daughter rather than the way he treated his Meta Clone speaks more of the nature of the relationship than anything else.

tinanoire
tinanoire

@dscott750 Matt isn't leaving anytime soon hes said that in many interviews so i dont' think we will see the fall of 11 anytime soon =)

tinanoire
tinanoire

@brainlock72 @tartureix True but things have changed TONS since I mean all the times shes running around with the 11th doctor shes still in the computer? I don't think so =)

tinanoire
tinanoire

@brainlock72 @tinanoire True and like I mentioned Clara's ship and jenny's ship has the SAME interior ;) 


ALSO, like say with Romana 2 left in E-space she probably didn't take part in the time war, so she could be still roaming around E-space and popping up now ;)


yes doctor always lies, River could have more regens we never know, just have to wait and see how Moffat does this one!

Sihaya
Sihaya

@loopyluce78

Actually, we don't know how many lives she had between when she was taken at birth, when she was an apparently ten-year-old-girl trapped in a spacesuit, and when she became Rory and Amy's playmate. So Clara theoretically could be River. Or, she could be River and the Doctor's kid. River will *one day* be in the library, but not until more time has passed from her perspective. Her timeline and the Doctor's aren't linear. Sometimes her diary is fat while his is thin, and sometimes it's vise versa. There could be a ten or twenty year gap that the Doctor hasn't seen, one in which domestic life happens. We know for sure that he has yet to build a sonic screwdriver that drills square holes in walls, and he hasn't put on his best suit and taken River to see the fireworks before giving her that screwdriver. In other words, the Doctor has not seen River for the last time.

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Health & Beauty

General

Loading...