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Clara Oswin Oswald (Doctor Who Theory)

Here's my theory on Clara Oswin Oswald.[Spoiler (click to open)]
  1. Clara is a girl genius.
  2. The Daleks convert Clara into a Dalek using nanobots.
  3. Clara subverts her programming by twisting her conditioning into harmless actions. "Exterminate" becomes "Eggs Terminate", so she makes suffles.
  4. The Daleks find Clara so demented that they put her into the Asylum.
  5. Clara hacks the Asylum networks.
  6. Clara searches for a way to escape. She finds references to the Doctor. He can rescue her. He also quite fascinates her. She needs to manufacture a crisis. He'll arrive. He'll take her away in his Tardis.
  7. Clara hacks the nanobots. She has a secondary escape plan in case the first one fails. She makes nanobots that follow time trails.
  8. Clara takes over the Asylum.
  9. The Daleks conclude that Clara is so dangerous that the entire planet must be destroyed to guarantee her death.
  10. The Daleks find the Doctor.
  11. Clara tries to escape with the Doctor, but has already forgotten that she's a Dalek. Instead, the Doctor gets Clara to lower the shields.
  12. Clara erases the Doctor from the Dalek databases. This also covers her own tracks.
  13. The Doctor escapes with a split-second to go.
  14. Clara doesn't escape, but the nano-bots that comprised her did escape using Dalek time technology. They deliver her back on Earth by following the Tardis's wake.
  15. Clara reassembles in Victorian England, where the Tardis stopped. She doesn't entirely remember anything, as she's been rebuilt by nanobots, but she does remember the Doctor's face, that fascination with him, and she also remembers that she needs to escape with him in the Tardis.
  16. After dying, the nanobots follow the time eddies to present day and reassemble here there.

Everything is there. No strange explanations are needed. Once again, it's Clara who chases the Doctor down. The themes all hold. Now, ignore and discuss.


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Jan. 9th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
I buy it. And here's my addition
0.5 - Jack Harkness is Clara's father.
Jan. 9th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
I see no evidence for that. Jack wasn't mentioned or even alluded to in the episodes. Moffat usually gives us some hint. "When you see something new in the universe..." There's a theme there, even if the line was about snow that remembers. That tells me that Clara is a new thing. She is like that snow.
Jan. 9th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know that I'm probably wrong. There isn't any evidence, no hints, nothing. It's based entirely on the joke I saw: "Jack Harkness, Rory Williams, and Clara Oswin Oswald walk into a bar. Which one dies first?"

That made me think of their similarities - not staying dead. I don't think the link is with Rory - that's been done. Jack will joyfully sleep with anyone/anything. It's not outside the realms of possibility that he's fathered offspring. And the fact that he's worked with nanobots fits in well with your theory.

I'm almost certainly not right. But it's a fun little theory.
Jan. 9th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Fun is good.

I read a bunch of theories out there and I liked none of them. So, I set myself to building an explanation that exists entirely within the aired episodes and this is what I worked out. I treated it like a puzzle. Fun for me. Some of the connecting bits are wishy-washy, but they are pretty minor. Some technobabble will be involved.
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
It's an excellent theory, and definitely fun. However, watching the decline in Weeping Angels stories has really made me think that making sense isn't something Moffat wants.
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
The likelihood of Jack having progeny came up in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and of others being like him in Mircale Day.
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
It works for me as an explanation for Dalek-Clara and Victorian-Clara, but I'm not sure "present day" makes the most sense for the next reassemblage... interesting and very sensible speculation, though!
Jan. 9th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yup. Present day is still an anomaly. I need more data.

Confidence in Dalek nanobots is high. Confidence in muddled memory is high. Confidence in connecting bits is low.
Jan. 9th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Didn't you see the photo on face book it's "eggs" "stir" "eat"?
Jan. 9th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oops, eggs, stir, time, ate
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
I missed that one. Never saw it. I only saw the "eggs terminate" one.
Jan. 9th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
do you think there's any connection to the the 'trap' human-dalek, the one on Scaro with 'a daughter'? ("you had a daughter." "yes, I know. I've read my file.")

Maybe assembling in/escaping to Victorian London was done by following the trail of the Cybermen who went there from escaping the Void (The Next Doctor)?

granted, Moffat's not always keen to keep things that RTD started (though supposedly he's the one who asked RTD to keep The Doctor's Daughter alive, as well as to not totally reveal who the time lady was that had contacted Wilf). Those two could also have a connection (though I doubt it).
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I forgot about her. At the time, I just assumed a connection.

As that the Doctor met the mother in the eye of a Dalek statue, and Oswin was living in an eye stalk of a Dalek, I'd have to firmly side with connected. If so, that also means we'll see mom-Dalek again at an inconvenient time and some nasty birds will come home to roost.

We could connect this episode to any other past episode, but I think that Steve wants Clara to exist as a jump-on moment, meaning that a viewer should be able to jump into the series and follow it from her appearance with a minimal back-episode knowledge. That is to say, I think that all explanations will exist within the current series.
Jan. 10th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree with the last sentence. He loves to name-drop things for us really old fans. most recently: Great Intelligence, London Underground (2nd Doctor - The Web of Fear). Previously in the Dalek Asylum, name-dropping 5 planets where the Doctor faced the Daleks in the 60s/70s (best part about that show, for me at least)). Impossible Astronaut had 'Brave Heart, Canton' (reference to Brave Heart, Tegan, often said by the 5th Doctor).

BUT he hasn't made a classic-era plot/fact a key necessity to following a current story, nor did RTD. Even in Angels Take Manhattan, the Angels were introduced in such a way as to have made their previous encounters not necessary - you didn't need to know Blink to learn how they worked.

If RTD has plans for Jenny or for the Time Lady, they're likely for a one-shot (maybe the 50th, maybe next year), not to be the key element of a story arc.
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