Originally Posted on 2nd September 2012
So the big surprise was the reveal of Jenna-Louise Coleman appeared in the first episode, Asylum of the Daleks. But what did we learn about this character and what can we work out from the set pics and information that we have gathered from filming locations. I’ll also include some possible theories and speculation on what will happen in future episodes.
You can see all of the newly released promo pics of Jenna/Oswin on our flickr page here
Asylum of the Daleks
In Asylum of the Daleks we learn her name is Oswin Oswald. She is a computer genius before the Daleks took hold of her. She crashed on the Asylum in an escape pod from a starship called the Alaska. Everyone died other than her, Harvey was preserved in ice. With her being a genius rather than making her a human/dalek slave we see her being turned into a full fledged Dalek. However this does not go as planned and possibly due to her intellect she fights the process and is then locked away in the intensive care ward due to her believing she is human. Using her skills she hacks into the Dalek hive mind and removes any records of the Doctor from their databases. We do not have a time or date when she crashed but we can assume it is well in the future with humans travelling via space. The Doctor never see’s the human form of Oswin.
Christmas Episode (The Snowmen)
The official introduction episode for Jenna-Louise Coleman as a companion. From set reports it is believed her name will be Clara Oswin (see below). The episode is set in the 1890′s and we can assume that Clara is also from that time judging by the way she speaks and interacts with the characters. It is believed she works alongside Jenny (Catrin Stewart) at the home of Latimer (Tom Ward). It is believed that at the end of the Christmas episode that Clara will die based on grave side set reports of the Doctor, Vastra and Jenny standing over a graveside talking about her.
Updated: As we had predicted they are two totally different characters but are linked in some sort of way due to the repetition of key information (“soufflé” and “Run you clever boy and Remember”). Howeber the Christmas episode did not reveal how there is a connection which is more than likely going to be the theme of series 7b/2013 series. The Doctor is now aware of the connection and will be investigating the reasons why (see theories below)
2013 Series / Series 7b Clara
Jenna-Louise Coleman will be playing an entirely new version of Clara/Oswin in the 2013 series. From what we can tell from promo’s and set pictures she is going to be very similar to her Oswin Dalek character and be a very smart and someone who is very good with computers and technology.
Will Moffatt however keep killing off her character and making a new version every other episode? Information is pointing towards the idea of no but it would be very interesting to see how they would work with this story if it is a new character every episode. Will we get the answers to her secret early in the series, possibly not. Maybe her secret will help to move forward into the 50th Anniversary episodes.
What can we speculate?
The below is nothing more than speculation, guesses and theories.
Theory 1 – Family Connection / Blood Line
We know that Oswin and Clara are going to be two totally different characters. However with them both being played by the same actress we can again guess that there will be some sort of family connection. Just like with Eve Myles who played Gwyneth in “The unquiet dead” and Gwen in Torchwood/Doctor Who. We could speculate that Oswin may be some sort of descendant of Clara. Could there be some sort of connection via the DNA and when she meets the Doctor it triggers timey wimey memories?.
Theory 2 – Great Intelligence Connection
The Great Intelligence travels using astral projection. Astral Projection is when the soul leaves the body and travels to somewhere else. What if somehow this is the cause of multiple Clara’s through time. When she dies her soul travels to another body/host. We know from the Christmas special she had a psychic link to the snow and the great intelligence right at the end, could she have also proejcted herself like the great intelligence?. We also know from set pictures and reports from the first episode of 7b here that she is unaware to who the Doctor is but the Doctor references Clara from the Christmas special and her Christmas alter ego.
Theory 3 – insert yours here
Do you have a theory you want to share. Comment below or email me and we’ll put some of the best on this page