Minutes after ‘The Snowmen” ended and we were all able to gather our jaws off the ground and start to think about what had just occurred, the main question on every Whovian’s mind was the same as The Doctor’s, I presume… Who are you, Clara Oswin Oswald? I’ve seen some great theories going around and the Houston Press has gathered what they think the top 10. Meanwhile, Den of Geek has gathered 9 things we know about Ms. Oswald.
I’ve gathered what I think are the best of both here for you, but head over to both to check out the full lists for yourself… and more importantly, what are your theories? We’ve got until April to discuss this!!!
So first, facts. Den of Geek has gathered 9 things we know… Here’s a few that I think are key:
8. She lives a double/triple/n-ple life:
Before we even wade into the multiple era versions, the Clara we meet in The Snowmen already leads a double life. Initially, we meet her as Clara the barmaid from The Rose & Crown, before she dons a higher neckline, clips her vowels, and becomes Miss Montague, the governess of Darkover House (which, incidentally, seem to have about as much luck with governesses as Hogwarts does with Defence Against The Dark Arts teachers).
Asylum of the Daleks saw Coleman’s character similarly split, though this time as a psychological coping mechanism rather than an act of spirited social climbing. First presented as a shipwrecked Junior Entertainments Officer with a taste for Bizet and baking, it was revealed by the end of the episode that Oswin not only hadn’t evaded capture by the Daleks, but had in fact been transformed into one of them. So that’s at least four identities for the new companion – soufflé girl, Dalek, Barmaid, and Governess, to which we can add the modern day ‘Clara’ glimpsed next to her former self’s headstone in the teaser trailer for coming episodes.
2. Clara was born on the 23rd of November:
Which, as eagle-eyed viewers have pointed out, is the date that Doctor Who first premiered on the BBC 49-and-a-bit years ago, back in 1963. What was it that the Doctor tells Amy in The Pandorica Opens? Never ignore a coincidence, unless Steven Moffat put it in, in which case he’s probably just messing with us (not the Doctor’s exact words, but you get the gist).
We’re privy to the date of Clara Oswin Oswald’s birth thanks to her headstone which also bears the inscription “Remember me, for we shall meet again”. This pithy little motto recalls the many appearances of the ‘remember’ motif in this and recent episodes. We saw snow and ice that remembers, and the memory worm in the Christmas Special. The Doctor instructed Amy and Rory in Asylum of the Daleks to “make them remember you”, and Oswin instructed the Doctor (twice) to “run, run you clever boy, and remember”. So here’s another question to add to our growing list: who chipped that cunning, theme-tying-in message on Clara’s headstone?
1. She’s not possible:
But then again, neither was that astronaut.
To quote another character Steven Moffat has taken onto his roster in recent years, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”. That might work for flappy-coated rationalists, but it certainly doesn’t apply to the world of Doctor Who, a universe where we’re asked to believe at least six impossible things before breakfast.
Read all their facts over and then draw some conclusions…
Onto theories then…
Okay, I feel like I have to include #10, because its what I’ve seen the most, the rest peaked my interest ever so:
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.
6. Oswin is the heart of the TARDIS. Her sudden and brazen kissing of The Doctor as Clara, as well as her remarking that the TARDIS is smaller on the outside rather than bigger on the inside could be clues to this. It’s sort of unlikely, though, knowing what we do of the way the TARDIS works. She could be the heart of another TARDIS.
3. Oswin is the new Master of Fiction from the Second Doctor serial “The Mind Robber.” Trapped in a world of fiction being forced to create, Oswin is using her appearances as a recurring character to call The Doctor for help in fictional stories. She mentions being an entertainment manager in the asylum, and the birthday on her tombstone is the same as the television show itself, November 23. Considering that Neil Gaiman, the king of fiction in fiction is coming back to write next season this isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Read all their theories and let us know what you think!
So, there you have it… something to gnaw on until April comes along. Until then, here’s some other fun Whovian stuff to peruse.
Matt Smith to read poem for Disney Junior’s Series, ‘A Poem Is…’
Smith is among many stars who will be/have read poems for Disney Junior’s series called ‘A Poem Is…’. Matt Smith will be reading a poem called, “Once They All Believed in Dragons” by Jack Prelutsky. You can view it now on BBC America’s website along with others read by famous British actors such as Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Kenneth Branagh, Catherine Tate, Richard E. Grant and more.
One more thing for the road
Who better than to interview Steven Moffat that his own son?? Just watch for fun…
April, get here soon, you sow!