‘Doctor Who’ Season 7: Clara’s Mystery Revealed by Finale

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After a three month wait, Doctor Who returns to television this week for the season 7.5 premiere, “The Bells of Saint John”, where the mysterious new companion, Clara, makes her official appearance. Fortunately, Clara’s mystery won’t stay one for too long. In fact, it’ll be answered by the summer.

While speaking to the press about the upcoming Doctor Who season 7.5 premiere, “The Bells of Saint John”, Moffat, who generally avoided talking about anything other than the premiere, did eventually reveal the mystery that surrounds Clara will be revealed sooner than anyone expected.

…you will uncover the mystery of Clara in the next eight episodes,
all will be made clear…

Although the quote itself isn’t much to go on, it does give fans a timeline for Clara’s upcoming storyline. More importantly, it hints at the fact there’s possibly much more planned for the new companion, other than reoccurring death, in season 8.

Previously, Clara, in various iterations, has appeared in the season 7 premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks”, as well as the 2012 Christmas special, “The Snowmen”, where she would, to the surprise of the Doctor, die at the end of each adventure. Now, in present-day, a girl named Clara once again appears, and the Doctor will stop at nothing to make sure she survives their encounter, if for no other reason than to figure out what’s really going on with her.

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For the Doctor, who has traveled across time and space, continuously meeting the same (though different) person throughout his many adventures has piqued his interest, to say the least. Even if multiple versions of a single person exist across time, there’s no real reason why the Doctor would continue to run in to her, or why she would continue to die. After all, this is the first time that it’s happened in his 900+ years of traveling.

Fortunately, this typically multi-seasonal story for Doctor Who has somehow been crafted to fit within what is essentially 10 episodes. And thanks to two of those episodes coming before her “official” introduction, the audience generally knows the character well enough to delve straight in to the core, 8 episode story – which may have some wondering what then will happen in season 8.

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Since the Doctor’s companions can last anywhere from a single episode to multiple seasons, there’s a (slim) chance that Clara’s story will reach its definite conclusion by the season 7 finale, allowing a new companion to take over. However, since Moffat isn’t one to simply toss out characters that he created, there must be a plan for Clara next season that requires her mysteries to be uncovered beforehand (especially since the actress has claimed she’ll stick around for season 8).

Of course, since this will only be the third time that audiences have actually met her, it’ll take some time to figure out what importance Clara plays in the Doctor’s life, and what, if anything, she could add to the Doctor’s journey in subsequent seasons. Because no matter what happens to Clara, there’s one prophecy that still remains: “On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked. A question that must never, ever be answered.”


Doctor Who season 7.5 premieres tonight @8pm on BBC America. In the meantime, check out our Doctor Who Viewing Guide: Tips, Suggestions & Complete Episode List and watch a prequel of tonight’s premiere episode below:

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  1. Really hope that the whole Clara story at least advances the ‘Doctor Who?’ mystery too. It’d be pretty evil if Moffat dangled that carrot in front of us in season 6 and left it ignored until the end of the series, whenever that may be. Although, given he also took forever to give us answers about River Song, a smarter guess would be that we only get answers in season 8.

  2. Ugh, another storyline that is going to be “answered.” I am still waiting to find out what caused the crack in the universe, why the TARDIS exploded, and the answer to the First Question.

    • My thoughts exactly.

      Moffat is starting to get on my nerves now. He writes loads of episodes with questions and no answers, and thinks he is some sort of genius for it in his interviews.

      Doctor Who doesn’t need to be complex as he is trying to make it. He should just give us the answers and leave in my opinion. His episodes used to be great, but when the unanswered questions started coming in in groups, he just began to get on my nerves.

    • The crack in the universe was caused by the explosion of the TARDIS. The Tardis exploded when it was overridden by an outside force the scanner screen cracks in the same shape as the cracks in the universe and a voice says “Silence will fall”. The Silence caused the TARDIS to explode which in turn caused the cracks in the Universe. As for the answer to the first question, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    • Apparently the doctor will reveal his true name at the end of season seven. And if i remember correctly that means silence will fall. Bbc also kept saying “dramatic end to the series” are they playing a prank, is series the british version of season, or is doctor who ending? (I personally hope silence starts to fall but the doctor somehow stops it) does anyone know what is really going to happen?

    • 1. The exploding TARDIS caused the cracks in time.
      2. It is highly implied that the Silents destroyed the TARDIS
      3. The answer to the First Question (“Doctor Who?”) will be answered in the Series 7 finale, titled “The Name of the Doctor”.

    • Those questions have already been answered, some time in the future…

  3. I just hope Clara (or Oswin) doesn’t have to die anymore. It breaks my heart every time. I think she’s going to be a great companion for Doctor Who. Super smart, feisty and cute. Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman have good chemistry on the show too.

  4. I believe that she is the little girl in the Alley that regenerated. She is The Doctor’s daughter with River Song So half time lord

    • the little girl in the alley IS River, specifically shown in a couple of episodes. I believe Clara is River, rescued from The Library. Who rescues her is my question. It’s not the Doctor, IMO. A past companion? If so it would have to be Donna, but how would she survive remembering?

  5. i reckon the ‘great intelligence’ very much has something to do with the silence or omega or clara is the rani or romana or susan or jenni orrrrrr we whovians might have to expect moffats brain is 20 steps ahead of us. nah thats boring seeing as its the 50th anniversary i reckon clara is a descendent of susan or is susan either way i hope shes a time lord i want tyem to come back!!

  6. The blue character who’s uploading humans on to the internet at the end of episode ‘The bells of St John’ is Richard E Grant.
    He was the main bad guy in the snowmen Christmas special
    Clara may be the Doctors daughter from when he was cloned a few series back with Martha.

    • I actually like the idea of Clara being the clone/daughter of the Doctor. When she was mortally wounded she did not regenerate like the doctor she just sort of healed. This to me seems awfully familiar with how Clara dies and comes back looking exactly the same. Also the fact that moments before her death she always seems to remember the Doctor would lead me to believe that she has a connection some how with him that she may not with others.

      Also another possibility is that during the events of the Season 4 finale the Doctor’s real daughter escaped before the time lords were sent back some how. Remember 10 said that he was a father once before (we can assume that his daughter was trapped in the time lock with the other time lords), his mother was the woman that kept feeding hints to Donna’s Grandfather so its possible she some how managed to get the Doctor’s real daughter out but maybe forced her to be human (like 10 did in the family of blood), Just an idea but it could work.

      • The Doctor’s daughter, Jenny, has been in several episodes. I do not believe Clara is a Time Lord but it was a very good theorie

      • If you are considering Susan as the Doctor’s daughter, she isn’t. She was a young girl he found on his home planet with no family. He took her in and always introduced her as his daughter.

        • Susan was his granddaughter, not daughter, and the Doctor just recently mentioned he had a granddaughter. Within the television series her relation is canon.

    • Something that lots of people are forgetting is that Jenny has been cloned, too. Remember, the Jenny we saw at the end was the last one to come out of the cloning machine…

      • Jenny was only cloned once, if I remember. As soon as she was cloned they came under attack by the Hath. She ‘died’ at the end, and healed with some sort of generative light.
        She hasn’t been in any future episodes, just that one. Wouldn’t Jenny have had to have tissue taken from her for a ‘fresh’ copy as it were?
        Would the Docs ‘family’ have been time-locked? Was the Doc actually half-human (on his mother’s side), so he may actually have human relations about. It’s all speculative, and it’s sci-fi so any of it can, and probably will, change.
        I like the idea of Clara being some kind of amnesiac-Jenny, but it’s just as likely that she’s Romana or the Rani.

        BTW, to the person who asked; ‘Series’ is commonly used in Britain instead of the American ‘Season’ – makes searching purchase sites a pain in the behind, sometimes. :P

  7. The first episode of season 5, aka, Matt Smith’s debut episode, was called the eleventh hour and Matt Smith is the Eleventh doctor. So it would suggest he will fall and perhaps regenerate on the fields of Trenzalore. However, why the truth must be spoken at that point is beyond me. Clara being the Doctor and River’s daughter is interesting, though can’t see that happening somehow…

  8. I think she is a time lord, but how doesn’t she know. That’s the only explanation after seeing the trailer for the haunted episode next weekend and how she can live in different lives!

  9. I want gallifrey to show up in another episode, is our possible for it the exit the time lock?

    • I’ve been wanting that too and IMO I think Matt Smith deserves it if they’re going to kill him off as he’s done such a great job (personally my fav doctor yet). It could happen though and I do hope so.

      According to the episode of the Weeping Angels when they were in the museum “words from the Gallifreyan language could topple/destroy worlds” or something along those lines. I’ve been under the impression that’s what Moffat is going to play with, or:

      Clara asks what the doctor’s name is because of the building tension between them both n the Fields of Trenzalore because Clara doesn’t get any straight answers. He says it, bad stuff goes down.

      I did just have a well good theory involving the previous doctor too but I forgot it as quickly as I thought of it :/

      But the question that bugs the hell out of me to the point where I find Doctor Who is getting boring now if they continue to go unanswered is what caused the TARDIS to go awol back along announcing that silence will fall? It was obviously some sort of power capable of somehow controlling, but what or who?

      In any case I’m just hoping Matt Smith doesn’t leave for the anniversary :/ sure, the time’s coming, but the writers should at the very least give his acting more justice. The first two series he done were the best but they’ve not been as good since because of writing.

  10. OK, how about Clara is the Doctors Daughter that appeared in the past?

  11. Memory is not my strong point in life (or the series) but I do like a good theory—or even a bad one for that matter. In the time honored tradition of, well, time, which seems to be more fluid than linear or circular, could Clara be nothing (or everything) more than the Doctor’s longest and perhaps greatest companion ever—the Tardis? It would/could bridge the gap between machine and humanity, technology and the heart. She does seem special…and how is that so? My apologies in advance if this has already been discussed.

  12. Sorry for calling her “Tardis” and not “TARDIS”. Late here and my mind is rather numb.