Doctor Who: Theories About The Doctor’s New Companion, Clara

For some Whovians, it may still be a little too soon to discuss the issue of The Doctor’s new companion. While I will miss the Ponds, I can’t help but get excited about The Doctor going on new adventures with a new companion.

If Steven Moffat is to be believed (and that’s a big “if” considering that – like The Doctor – Moffat lies) Jenna Louise Coleman will be playing The Doctor’s new companion starting with this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Fans were thrown for a loop when Coleman was introduced earlier this season as Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks. Immediately after the episode, Whovians began to speculate about how Moffat planned to bring Coleman back as a companion. Rumor has it that the new companion will be named “Clara,” so below, I’ve compiled a list of some of the theories surrounding the mysterious return of Oswin Oswald/Clara Oswin.

Clara, The Dalek

Perhaps my favorite of the Oswin theories is the idea that she would join The Doctor on his travels as a Dalek. While some might enjoy seeing The Doctor with an actual Dalek on board, I’m thinking Oswin might return as one of those Dalek Puppets. She would have all the mechanics of a Dalek, but be able to walk around normally in a body resembling flesh.

In the past, elite Daleks have saved themselves from destruction using an emergency temporal shift. Being the hacker genius that she is, Oswin could have discovered this escape plan and shifted her way out of danger after lowering the force field for The Doctor to escape the Dalek asylum.

Oswin might be able to figure out how to program those nano-genes to return her to a human-like form so she could have the best of both worlds. Since she seemed to get along so well with “Chin Boy,” she just might try tracking him down (with the aid of her built in Dalek technology) and letting him show her the stars.

The Doctor has no idea what Oswin actually looked like, so if her name is Clara and not Oswin, she probably adopted the name as part of her plan to join The Doctor on the TARDIS. If she introduced herself as the former Dalek, Oswin, he might suspect that she’s part of a Dalek plot against him.

After the heartbreak of the Ponds’ departure, Dalek Oswin would actually make a great companion for The Doctor – she wants to see the Universe almost as much as he does and she’d never age.

Cousin Clara

Identical cousins – Doctor Who has done it before. Clara could be a distant relative of Oswin Oswald who happens to look exactly like her. Oswin was so much fun, so if this is the case, I’d hope their personalities would also end up being remarkably similar.

Saved by The Doctor

Perhaps, after reflecting on all the lives he could have saved, The Doctor decides to go on a rescue mission and save Oswin from the asylum. He’d have to time his rescue precisely so that the other version of himself would have already escaped and he wouldn’t risk running into his past self.

He’d pick Oswin up in her Dalek form and they’d vanish together in the TARDIS just before the blast wiped out the the asylum. He might even decide to offer her a second chance at normal life by using The Flesh technology to construct a Ganger body for her.

A Timey Wimey Introduction

This basically imitates the River Song story line. The theory suggests that Oswin might have ended up on the Asylum after already having traveled with the future version of The Doctor and we’re seeing their timelines in an opposite chronology. Of course, this theory assumes that Oswin kept all that information a secret and lied about never having met The Doctor before. To me, this seems like the least likely possibility.

One Of Those Familiar Faces

Even if they’re both played by Coleman, maybe Clara Oswin and Oswin Oswald are not related in any way, shape, or form – Doctor Who has done this before too. Despite their similar names, maybe we’re expected to believe that she’s just got one of those familiar faces.

Oswin, Fragmented In Time

In this theory, the force of the explosion on the Asylum caused Oswin to be “fragmented” throughout space and time. In classic Doctor Who, this is what happened to Scaroth aka. Captain Tancredi/Count Scarlioni. Might The Doctor end up traveling with a fragment of the original Oswin? That might explain the rumors about different names for her character.


We’ve got over two months before that Doctor Who Christmas special answers at least some of our questions. Until then, I’ll be ruminating the mystery of Oswin Oswald.

Do any of these theories make sense to you? Have any theories of your own? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Larkin1464

    Well she couldn’t be part of a Dalek plot cuz they don’t remember who he is anymore. They would have no plot against him. I’m guessing her travels with the Doctor are a result of him trying to prevent her from ever becoming a Dalek. Or she crashes on the planet as a result of her travels with the Doctor. She doesn’t remember him because her memories are damaged. Just my guess…

  • Andrewoverton18

    Another theory.

    Jenny. Oswin is Jenny. Regnerations and whatnot. I want this to be true. SO MUCH.

  • Most thought out version of the humanoid Dalek theory I’ve seen.  Also, love the Flesh angle.  They left so many hints that the Flesh would be back it would be interesting to pick up those bread crumbs. By far, though, the idea that the companion has a deep secret she keeps from The Doctor is an intriguing way to move in a very new direction after the Ponds.  And Moffat has to make that move right away, just like he did with 11th Hour and the regeneration.

  • Very interesting set of theories! I really hope they don’t do something with him rescueing Oswin – it’d feel far too much like a cop-out, but I love the ‘fragmentation’ idea, which could also bring some really interesting scenes with Coleman playing multiple, different, parts.

    Also, anyone else think that The Tally is going to be important further on in the series?

  • i thought it could be Oswin in another River Song type deal 

  • Asia

    i just want christmas to come and also the doctors daughter as well … just becuz they got a new writer doesn’t mean he cant add in past characters

  • daisy

    Dpoes anyone know how to edit or remove a comment if you make a mistake when posting?

    • Hi daisy,

      There should be an edit link available when you post a comment that should allow you to edit any mistakes.

  • Harkniir

    That’s really buggged me, how Jenny was just left out, what was that, 3 series ago? Come on, she has to have tracked him down by now!

  • Harkniir

    That’s really buggged me, how Jenny was just left out, what was that, 3 series ago? Come on, she has to have tracked him down by now!

  • Eddymuralles

    Perhaps a parallel universe version that slipped through the cracks from season 5 or from rose tyler’s universe during season 4.

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  • Person123411

    Oswin can’t be Jenny kas Jenny is a timelord and can’t be affected by the cloud when doctor gave river his band he wasn’t affected

  • Bill Sedre

    I like your Scaroth parrallel theory. I’ve been waiting for the writers to bring
    Romana back. All of the timelords are dead in the current dimensions, but I remember seeing an episode “lionsgate”? where Romana, not wanting to return to Galifray decides to stay in dimension “E”. So… she could still be alive. Clara, like Romana, is very very intelligent!!! Maybe Romana’s attempt to get back to her original (our) dimension resulted in some sort of fragmentation as you suggested could be an option.???

  • antony492


  • she is a series of Clones created by Strax, or another Sontarun, in a chamber that resides behind the clock face on Big Ben.She herself said that she was born behind the face of big ben. We can see big ben in the series trailer, and we also see Strax in full battle dress. The doctor will rescue the original at the end of the series, and she will become the companion in 2014

  • Dailo

    I hope it’s not Jenny, that was not a daughter type kiss.
    I have some observation about the Snowman.

    When first we see Clara she is picking up mugs and looking around like someone had left that she had been waiting on and talking to.
    Then she goes outside, sees a snowman and asks the person walking by if they made it, almost as if she knew the person. It’s the Doctor, notice the tie (thin and not neatly tied). In the coach his tie is neatly tied and much wider. The different looks of the Doctor, (the tie) is similar to Tennant taking off his tie for Martha. There was also the sleeve thing with Amy and the Angels, later showed up in the Big Bang.
    Later, while still at the snowman, he asks her name and tells her to keep it and says goodbye while walking around the corner. She goes after him, stops him and acts like she had more of a conversation then had happened at the snowman (could he be the person she was waiting on in the tavern and as she picked up his mug looked around to see where he went?).
    There are a bunch of posters hanging on something behind Clara in one ally scene, could that be the TARDIS? The posters have been done with Harold Saxon. She walks back up the ally and then turns around and starts chasing the coach as it goes down the street. As she is running down the street, in the background, there is a man with a top hat, bent the same way as the Doctors hat and he seems to have the same coat and mannerisms as the Doctor. He turns, looks at Clara running up the street and walks toward the ally. You have to look close to see the person, he is in the background and kind of shadowed. Its when Clara is running, towards the later part of the run.

    Could the Doctor be crossing his timeline a little to get Clara to follow him or am I just seeing things?