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Clara Oswald


Clara Oswald was a companion to the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. According to the former, she was “not possible” due to their meetings previously in his personal timeline, with two such encounters seeing her die. Though assured by theempathic psychic Emma Grayling and the TARDIS scannerthat Clara was just an “ordinary girl”, the Doctor couldn’t believe that to be true and thought her to be “the only mystery worth solving”. (TV: Hide)

While a physically ordinary human woman from the 21st century, Clara chose to enter the Doctor’s timeline in his tomb on Trenzalore in order to try to reverse the damage done to his timeline by the Great Intelligence. This caused the time winds to shatter her into millions of what River Song referred to as “echos” that were dispersed throughout his personal timeline. These echos corrected the damage caused by the Great Intelligence, but were not the original Clara. She was trapped in the Doctor’s timeline, but rescued shortly there after. (TV:The Name of the Doctor)

After Trenzalore, Clara became a school teacher, though she still travelled with the Doctor. Clara met the Doctor’s War and tenth incarnations. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) She was with him when he regenerated into his twelfth incarnation, and continued to travel with him thereafter. (TV: The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath) Clara met fellow schoolteacher Danny Pink, whom she fell in love with. (TV: Into the Dalek, The Caretaker) However, she lost him to a car accident despite her best efforts to bring him back. (TV: Dark Water, Death in Heaven)


Profile


Clara was a very feisty, brave, clever and warm-hearted woman with a sharp wit and a thirst for adventure. During her first encounter with the Doctor from her point of view, she was somewhat reserved and didn’t reveal her true feelings easily. Although she was noted for being very clever, she had no computer skills at first, only becoming a computer genius after being uploaded into the Wi-Fi by a Spoonhead. She was wary of the Doctor at first, believing him to be some kind of internet freak. She was also very good at looking after children. She followed Merry Galel, a small lost child, to help her find her way. This demonstrated her impulsive inclination to help children, also proved by her becoming a nanny (and later a school teacher). However, she thought things through carefully at first, as shown when she didn’t instantly agree to join the Doctor on his adventures and told him to come back the next day. Clara was also quite cautious at first and was unsure what to make of the Doctor’s bizarre personality. Clara was flirtatious, but during her first adventure with the Doctor she seemed to react to situations rather than initiate them, unlike her other more proactive incarnations. She seemed touched that the Doctor was guarding her, although she was unsure what the danger was. As time went on, however, and she adapted to life with the Doctor, she developed a reckless streak; when the Doctor told her that that anything could happen to her when travelling with him, she merely replied “That’s what I’m counting on.” She also became more curious, as shown when she opened a door with an explosion, which she admitted to herself was a bad decision. (TV: The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS)

Clara had close relationships with her mother and father, and kept the leaf that had started their relationship for many years after her mother’s death. Clara had a great strength of character and was very brave and selfless, even more so than the Doctor at times. She was easily willing to give up things extremely important in order to save people she hardly knew. Although she was frightened of Akhaten, she showed great courage by standing up to it and helping the Doctor defeat it. She gave up both her leaf and her mother’s ring in order to defeat the Old God, although she later got the ring back. Clara’s selfless and loyal nature led her to make a huge sacrifice for the Doctor by jumping into his time stream to save him from the wrath of the Great Intelligence, even after River Song told her that her real self would die, leaving only echoes. The Doctor shortly thereafter jumped in to save her. Her selflessness was reflected by her echoes, especially her Dalek-self who brought down the shields of the Asylum, allowing the Doctor to complete his mission of destroying it and escaping with Amy and Rory. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks, The Rings of Akhaten, The Name of the Doctor)

Clara was also very caring and compassionate. She felt genuinely sorry for the Ice Warrior Skaldak when she was told about the death of his daughter and later managed to convince him not to destroy the Earth by reminding him of how many daughters he would kill. She was also disgusted by Winifred Gilly flower’s abuse of her daughter, Ada and comforted Porridge when he said he felt like a monster. She also assured Robin Hood that he would be reunited with his love, an instinct that turned out to be correct. (TV: Cold War, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, Robot of Sherwood)

Clara was willing to stand up to people to defend her rights and disliked being seen as anything less than a person. When the Doctor later revealed that she reminded him of a “friend” who had died (actually the Victorian-era version of Clara herself), Clara told him that she would be happy to travel with him, but not if she were viewed as a ghost of someone else. She said that she was a separate, unique individual, and wanted to be treated as such. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten) Clara again showed her dislike of being seen as a “ghost” by the Doctor when the two traveled throughout the Earth’s history, and the Doctor compared life in the TARDIS to being outside of time. She felt rather emotional about seeing the entire life cycle of Earth and wondered if her body was in the ground somewhere. (TV: Hide) Her willingness to defend her rights was also shown when she scolded the Twelfth Doctor for abandoning her and forcing her to make an extremely difficult decision about whether or not to let the creature that emerged from the Moon live, especially since he knew all along that the creature was harmless. She claimed that it wasn’t his right to patronize humanity and that, since he breathed their air, it was his responsibility to help them out when they needed it. This shows that she was willing to be blunt towards a friend when she felt that they had crossed a line.(TV: Kill the Moon)

Clara initially disliked the TARDIS, calling her a “grumpy old cow”, in reaction to the TARDIS’ apparent dislike of her. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten) Clara once confided to the Doctor that she felt the TARDIS was looking at her. However, she did try to be civil to the TARDIS, unless she was frustrated or desperate like when the Doctor was trapped in a pocket universe, and apologized when she shook water all over her floor from her umbrella. (TV: Hide) She later kissed the TARDIS console when she thought that the TARDIS had brought her to the control room. (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) After sacrificing herself for the Doctor on Trenzalore, (TV: The Name of the Doctor) Clara finally managed to earn the TARDIS’ respect, being the only person apart from the Doctor known to be able to open and close her doors with a snap of her fingers. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The TARDIS also extended its shields to protect her when she hung on to return to the Doctor, despite the fact that doing so slowed the TARDIS’ travel severely. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

Clara was quite observant, being the first person to notice that the ghost in Caliburn House was always in the same position and easily recognizing a romantic attraction between two people, saying that Alec Palmer’s feelings for Emma Grayling stuck out like “a big chin”. Clara’s keen sense of observation made her the first person to realize that Sweetville had a chimney that didn’t blow smoke. She was also very resourceful and could use anything to her advantage, as shown by her use of a chair to smash Winifed Gillyflower’s machine. Her resourcefulness was even enough to impress the Doctor, who remarked that ‘chairs are useful’. Clara also had a knack for playing politics, as shown when she reminded Skaldak that he listened to her when she begged him to spare Grisenko’s life and convinced the Half-Face Man that killing her would not help it in the slightest. (TV: Cold War, Hide, The Crimson Horror, Deep Breath)

Clara was happy to try alien food in the Festival of Offerings, though she didn’t like it. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten) She could frequently be found making and drinking tea, (TV: The Bells of Saint John, The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor) but considered whiskey to be “the eleventh most disgusting thing ever invented”. (TV: Hide)

When alone, Clara would sometimes talk to herself. Her curiosity even led her to learn the Doctor’s true name, although she forgot it when the Doctor rewrote time. Clara was terrified when she was cornered by a mysterious zombie creature, and after the Doctor rescued her she punched him on the arm. She was shocked and devastated when she realized the burning zombie that had chased her was herself from an alternate reality. (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS)

When left in charge of a group of soldiers by the Doctor, Clara showed that she was a natural leader, adapting to the situation very quickly and keeping the soldiers in line. However, she did seem unprepared for the possibility of someone disobeying her. She was a good strategist and could use anything available to her advantage, using a cable to electrocute the Cybermen in a moat, although this idea failed due to the Cybermen’s ability to upgrade their defenses on the spot. Clara was very protective of Angie and Artie Maitland and at one point even referred to them as “my children”, suggesting that she considered them to be her daughter and son, despite Angie constantly pointing out that she wasn’t their mother. Clara was also humble and had no interest in being queen of the universe, gently refusing Porridge’s offer of marriage. (TV: Nightmare in Silver)

Despite their rather uneasy start, Clara and the Eleventh Doctor formed a strong bond very quickly. She also showed great trust in the Doctor, even after Emma Grayling warned her that he had “a sliver of ice in his heart”.(TV: Hide) She viewed him as her best and most trusted friend, even going so far to sacrifice her own life for his safety. (TV: The Name of the Doctor) Throughout their adventures, Clara and the Doctor apparently never discussed the Doctor’s attraction to Clara, and she appeared to appreciate the signs of affection he occasionally showed her, (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror) although she once said in one of their earlier adventures that she didn’t see the Doctor as a love interest. (TV: Hide) However, over the course of their adventures together, they developed something akin to a relationship. Clara also once remarked that she really enjoyed hugging the Doctor. (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) The idea of personal space was constantly forgotten between the two of them. After the events that transpired at his tomb at Trenzalore, Clara and the Eleventh Doctor apparently grew much closer and trusting to each other, with the latter showing an enormous amount of trust in Clara. Although Clara was aware that he had wiped out his own people and the Daleks to end the Time War, she had never been able to picture his eleventh incarnation doing it, and persuaded him to reconsider the decision he made that day. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) She often poked fun at the Doctor with a flirtatious undertone, rather enjoying seeing him squirm. (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow, TV: The Bells of Saint John) Clara later admitted she fancied the Doctor while under the influence of a Truth Field, and refused to accept his impending death. Her pleading to the Time Lords to help caused them to intervene and save the Doctor by granting him more regenerations. However, his regeneration saddened her deeply, as she had formed a strong bond with this particular incarnation of the Doctor and the idea of the Eleventh Doctor dying distressed her greatly. Before he changed, she reached out for him and begged him not to change. (TV:The Time of the Doctor) The Twelfth Doctor later indicated that the Eleventh Doctor thought of himself as Clara’s boyfriend as the Twelfth Doctor clarified to Clara that “I’m not your boyfriend” and that it wasn’t her mistake he was referring to when he said that. At the same time, Clara told him that she never thought the Doctor was. (TV: Deep Breath)

According to Strax’ medical evaluation, Clara had traveled with the Eleventh Doctor for approximately three years; by the time of the Eleventh Doctor’s regeneration, she was 27 years old. She viewed this particular incarnation as “her” Doctor and shared a strong bond with him. However, this later transpired as a problem when his next incarnation proved to be vastly different than his predecessor. Clara appeared to be in slight denial of his regeneration and struggled for a while with losing “her” Doctor. She also appeared to have been ready to stop travelling with the Doctor after his regeneration and first adventure, claiming that she “[wasn’t] sure who the Doctor [was] any more”. However, the Eleventh Doctor phoned Clara, reassured her about his next incarnation and said his goodbyes to her. This led to Clara finally accepting the new Doctor and agreeing to stay on with him. (TV: Deep Breath)

Although River stated that her echoes were not the real Clara, each of them still possessed similar personalities, notably her quick witted, intelligent, selfless, brave and flirtatious nature, her dedication to helping children and anyone else in need, and her love of soufflés. However, there were some subtle differences in each incarnation. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)

She wasn’t a fan of boy bands in spite of Linda claiming that everyone her age was. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) In fact, she had had a poster of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius on her bedroom wall when she was fifteen. (TV: Deep Breath)

Clara implied that her feistiness was partly due to her home town being Blackpool. When questioned by Sheriff of Nottingham in 1190, she told him that “you can take the girl out of Blackpool”. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

Clara loved Sunday School, but hated snakes. (PROSE: Into the Nowhere) She also enjoyed reading books, as various tabletops in her room were covered with them. One of her favorite books was 101 Places to See, a keepsake book that previously belonged to her mother. (TV: The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten) She was also an admirer of the children’s novel Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (unaware that it was written by a former companion of the Doctor’s). She had a keen interest to travel, as that was what she intended to do after her brief visit to the Maitlands, although after the children’s mother died, she decided to stay and help look after the children in return. (TV: The Bells of Saint John) Clara enjoyed baking too, determined to master her mother’s soufflé frequently, although the results never turned out how she planned. She insisted that she would be “soufflé girl” and that “the soufflé wasn’t the soufflé; the soufflé was the recipe”, something that she had learnt from her mother, to which Angie Maitland reacted saying that she thought her mother was “deep on puddings”. (TV: The Name of the Doctor) That love of soufflés carried over to her Oswin Oswald echo and proved pivotal to forcing her to remember what had happened to her and, to a lesser extent, her Clara Oswin Oswald echo. Likewise, she had trouble cooking a Christmas turkey for her family, and had to call the Doctor for help. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) Clara showed an interest in the life of the pilot Amy Johnson, and her knowledge that Johnson’s body had never been found allowed the Doctor to rescue her as she drowned. (COMIC: A Wing and a Prayer)

Despite her compassion and strong morals, her travels with the Doctor changed her, numbing her in a way to the requirements and challenges of a normal human life, such as when she declared Danny’s death to be boring, (TV: Dark Water) or when she eagerly jumped on the TARDIS to witness the solar storm, forgetting her duties to her students. (TV: In the Forest of the Night) Some of the Doctor’s inhuman traits rubbed off on her, especially in moments where she took on the role of the Doctor. She told Rigsy to forget George when he was taken by the Boneless. (TV: Flatline) When Clara used Rudy Zoom’s mind and its absence of self-loathing as a weapon against the Umbra, she didn’t know for certain if the plan would have worked, but knew it was at least worth a try. The Twelfth Doctor, claiming that Clara wasn’t aware of this, pointed out that she was “definitely” starting to think like him. (COMIC: The Eye of Torment) Her grief over Danny’s death drove her to the limits of her loyalty and enabled her to betray the Doctor’s trust for her own selfish reasons. In the end, she resembled the Doctor at his darkest, using her clever mind in a ruthless manner, though this is lessened somewhat by the fact that she blamed herself for Danny’s death. Furthermore, she immediately regretted her decision afterwards, believing that she had betrayed the Doctor which he acknowledged although he assured her that it didn’t make a difference. After this incident, she made a vow to never compromise her kindness and honesty to others ever again. (TV: Dark Water)


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