‘Doctor Who’ 2012 Christmas Special Plot Details & Clara/Oswin Connection Revealed

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Now that the poster for the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special, titled “The Snowman”, has already been released, it’s time to find out what, exactly, the Doctor will be up against, as well as which characters will be returning to help him. Additionally, new companion actress herself, Jenna-Louise Coleman, has finally opened up about the Clara/Oswin mystery, revealing how she is two different, though perhaps similar, characters.

This week, BBC and BBC America have released their holiday programming line-up which contains plot descriptions for all of their seasonal line-up. And even though the poster and title of the Doctor Who Christmas special does give fans a good idea of what they can expect to see, the plot description reveals more details about the Doctor’s upcoming battle as well as his state of mind, following Amy and Rory’s departure.

You can read the plot description below:

Christmas Eve 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales.

When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

After the highly-emotional Doctor Who season 7 mid-season finale, where Amy and Rory exited the series (and technically died), this year’s Christmas special will take a step away from the previously light-hearted tales of holiday adventures to force a distraught Doctor out from his reclusive state. Fortunately, as the description reveals, he’ll have some support in his time of need. But who?

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Besides new companion Clara joining in on the fight, we already know that the Doctor will also have Commander Strax, the reluctantly helpful Sontaran, Madame Vastra, the Silurian warrior, and her partner, Jenny Flint, to help him take on the snowmen. Essentially, this is a reunion of everyone who came to the Doctor’s aid in “A Good Man Goes to War” (sans pirates). Still, the question remains: who is Clara/Oswin?

To help shine some light on this Whovian mystery, Jenna-Louise Coleman spoke with Entertainment Weekly about new companion Clara and revealed how Clara and Oswin came to be played by the same person:

It’s interesting actually — I think I can tell you this — that that was never the initial plan either, to have me be Oswin. That was part of a genius plan that [executive producer] Steven [Moffat] came up with half-way through the audition process. That was already written but not written for what was to be the new companion. I was auditioning for the companion and then I got all these sides and I was like, “Who’s Oswin? They clearly don’t know what they want, they obviously don’t know what they’re looking for. They just want people to show them different things and see.” This is what I assumed when I was auditioning, not realizing that it’s basically Steven’s mad genius again.

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Although this isn’t the answer fans were likely looking for, Coleman continues by explaining how the connection between Clara and Oswin will be handled as the series progresses:

We’re going to have what has been referred to as a “soft mystery.” For me, filming, I’ve been totally oblivious to Oswin and the “Asylum of the Daleks.” I really have had to erase it from my memory.

That’s why it’s so difficult [to talk about it]. Because of the way it started with Oswin, it’s really difficult to say much: where she’s from, what period she’s from, what planet she’s from, even.

As it currently stands, we don’t know much about either character, Clara or Oswin. And while it’s likely that the Christmas special will establish some core elements of the character of Clara, it appears that the over-arching Oswin mystery that fans are already wondering about won’t be fully revealed anytime soon. However, before fans begin to complain about having to wait to find out the connection between Clara and Oswin, the reference of a “soft mystery” means that it’s more likely to be answered by the end of the season and not the end of Clara’s run on the series, as many would expect.

Still, like most things, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special, “The Snowmen”, will air on Christmas Day, on BBC & BBC America.

Source: BBCEntertainment Weekly

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  1. I’m really hoping the theory that Clara is Oswin is wrong. It would just be another River situation which is another headache all together. I’d rather Clara just be a relative or ancestor, but knowing Moffat it won’t be something so simple.

  2. i like mysteries and headscratching in doctor who. That is one thing that i missed about the first part of series 7, there really was no seasonal arch like in every other season. I hope 7.2 changes that.

  3. Although I haven’t watched the show since Matt Smith took over, I’m gonna take a guess that she could be:

    * a clone

    * a replicant

    * an ancestor

    Someone/something to give him an air of familiarity.

  4. I think I know the gist of the Oswin / Clara problem solved.
    After traveling with the Doctor for a while, Clara and him stop at a planet, fight evil E.Ts, normal stuff. Yet during the fight, something happens and Clara is teleported, during which she loses her memory. Eventually the doctor finds her honly to find out she has taken up the mantle as Oswin and found somebody.

  5. Oswin is a Tardis. How she will come back and be same character. My prediction and not based on gossip or spoilers

  6. They have done the relative thing with Gwen in The Unquiet Dead and Gwen Cooper on Torchwood. I would not be surprised to see it done also. I like the idea Ramon shared. All I know is that it can’t get romantic or a whole lot of people will get really mad since River should still be in the picture. I am sure it will be brilliant and look forward to anticipating each and every episode. (As long as they don’t screw with River, ya hear me Moffat?!)

  7. P.s. Clara is an Oswin it’s her last name

  8. Oh come on it is so clear. Oswin and Clara are the same person because Clara is still part Dalek. Oswin must have transported out at the last second only to find herself as a dalek unable to enjoy life the way she should so she finds a way to at least apear human then takes a trip back to earth wanting to find the clever Doctor who gave her the courage to fight back after all who else will understand her. She changes her name to put the bad memory behind her and start fresh as a new life-form. Ok so it’s a strange idea but that would be sooo cool.

  9. I think Clara/Oswin is the same person but as Oswin activated her teleportation from the Dalek ship she was thrown across time to face her inevitable fate of dying continuously. (This has happened before in Old Who so it isn’t completely out there) This theory stems from one of spoiler scenes from a future episode saying something along the lines “Clara had to die” or something like that. It was difficult to hear but several reviewers of the video said it was what was said.

  10. Have you seen this video? Someone’s recorded a video of the BBC filming a scene from the 2012 Christmas Special and uploaded it to YouTube! It’s actually amazing! I saw it and just had to share it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7q1P5–ZWw

  11. Ok this has nothing to do whit the Christmas special, but since this is the latest post on Doctor Who, I need the help of the fans. I started to watch doctor from the 2005 series and I am starting the season 4 (2007-2008). Now I have come across special episodes and I need to know where there go in the continuity of the series. The episodes are:

    - Planet of The Dead
    - The Christmas Invasion
    - The End of Time Part 1 and 2
    - The Next Doctor
    - The Runaway Bride
    - The Waters of Mars
    - Time Crash
    - Voyage Of The Damned

    • “Christmas invasion” is disc one in the second series, “The runaway bride” is disc 1 in the 3rd series, “voyage of the damned” is disc 1 in the fourth series, they are the in between movies of each series…. The others I’m not to sure about where they go without trying to find my collection that’s all I can help with :) hope that helped

      • Thank a lot !

    • The Christmas Invasion comes between series 1 and 2. The Runaway Bride comes between series 2 and 3. Time Crash comes right after series 3. Voyage of the Damned comes right after Time Crash. The Next Doctor comes after series 4, and is followed by Planet of the Dead, which is followed by The Waters of Mars, which is followed by The End of Time.

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