John Green meets some devoted nerdfighters as they brave the Amsterdam rain on the set of The Fault in our Stars!
Ever get the feeling NuWho is playing with us when it comes to our Modern Doctors and their debut episodes? Perhaps that they’re running parallel with our Classic Doctors?
First Doctor and Ninth Doctor
(Debut Episodes: An Unearthly Child/Rose)
Both appear already…
She is a personification of all of the Doctor’s personal mistakes, (Missy, Missy-take, Mistake) all of the people who are dying because of him personally. She deals with them, providing them with their own personal ‘heaven.’ This lasts for an unmeasured amount of time, it is possible that where we…
- You asked if you were a good man, and the answer is, i don’t know. But i think that’s probably the point
- I think you’re probably an amazing teacher
"The Old Man must die, and the New Man will discover, to his inexpressible joy, that he has never existed." (K’anpo Rimpoche, Planet of The Spiders [Part Six])
Lobus: Late Latin, meaning: hull, pod. Caecillius: Itself. Or Roman family name from the adjective ‘caecus’ meaning blind.
John: English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning “YAHWEH is gracious” Frobisher: Its ultimate origins are in the pre 10th century Old French word ‘fourbisseor’, introduced after the famous Conquest of 1066, and meaning to burnish. As such it was an occupational surname applied to an armourer who wished to put the finishing touches to his work, by ‘furbishing’ the armour which was to rub it with chains until it was bright.
Twelfth:Etymology suggests that “twelve” (similar to “eleven”) arises from the Germanic compound twalif “two-leftover”, so a literal translation would yield “two remaining [after having ten taken]” Doctor: Originates from the Latin word of the same spelling and meaning. The word is originally an agentive noun of the Latin verb docēre [dɔˈkeːrɛ] ‘to teach’. The right to grant a licentia docendi was originally reserved to the church which required the applicant to pass a test, to take oath of allegiance and pay a fee.
Forgive the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner tribute, but this theory will need the etymology references to make sense.
Moffat has revealed that RTD had a theory about Peter Capaldi’s two previous appearances, and now Moffat has said he’s asked RTD if the theory could still work. RTD said yes, and this is apparently what we’re dealing with.
There is something that’s gone wrong with this Twelfth regeneration (if we can call him that. Moffat is saying otherwise,) and I’m aiming to explain how far back this actually goes. (You can read my previous essays that connect into this one here (x), here (x) and here (x).)
I am going to stress something, though, Peter Capaldi is The Doctor.
It’s another long theory, so more below the cut.
(Warning: I love spoilers, but if you don’t, please be aware this theory contains both real and potential spoilers.)
Last year I wrote up a theory called Three Impossible Things: Looking Glass, Chess, Painting Roses and Queens Red.
In this theory, I explored the parallels between River Song and Clara, and how I believed they were both pieces on an age old chessboard, with a strong connection between the…
I’ve got a lot of Guardians returning theories, so it must have been me. ;) They’re all here in this tag (x)
But this one here (x) is the most recent and puts together some previous theories:
Yes, last year I revealed I was almost positive Clara had something to do with the Guardians, or at the very least they were watching her a little too closely, also her mother’s surname of Ravenwood was always suspect to me.
Ravenwood. (Clara’s Mother’s maiden name.)
This could be a nod to Marion Ravenwood of Indiana Jones fame.
Jenna Louise Coleman said she took her inspiration for Clara from this character. Which is a fantastic thing. Marion was a perfect foil for Indiana, Karen Allen and Harrison Ford worked together like Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey; Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. Perfect on-screen duos. ‘
Okay, lets roll with that connection.Marion was the love of Indy’s life. He was devastated when he lost her; they had child together and eventually, after many years, they got married.
But there’s another.
The Raven (coincidentally the name of Marion’s bar…was this the nod in Clara being a bar-waitress in The Snowmen?) was the Celtic mythology messenger. Most of the mythology of Gallifrey, including it’s name, traces itself back to Gallic/Celtic.
In this case, Clara could be dually both a messenger and a warning to The Doctor.
"Run you clever boy…and remember."
It doesn’t end here, there’s something very important that has to be noted.
If the red in Clara’s everyday dress and in all her connections, leads back to the Guardians:
- White Guardian of Light and Order
- Black Guardian of Darkness and Chaos
- Crystal Guardian of Dream and Fantasy
- Red Guardian of Justice and Truth
- Azure Guardian of Equilibrium and Balance
- Gold Guardian of Life and Death
(Remember The Doctor calling out the universe on not caring? It’s the Guardians job to do that.) And Clara if connected to the “Red Guardians” who oversee justice…how does the raven connect in?
First there’s the Thunderbird necklace Clara wears, (as seen in The Bells Of Saint John/The Rings Of Akhaten) :
And then there’s the military emblem Clara wears in Nightmare In Silver:
Then the Thunderbird shows up again in The Crimson Horror:
And now, as you mentioned, Clara’s earrings in Robots Of Sherwood:
Oh, and Classic Who watchers, remember The Black Guardian?
Hello scary being with a raven for hair. There you go.
(There’s also a theory here (x) connecting Clara to both the Guardians and the Weeping Angels.)
Remember also The Black Guardian swearing revenge on The Doctor during the Key To Time incident, but never quite being able to carry out his full threat? Even onto The Doctor’s further regenerations?
Where has he been this whole time? Simple. Everywhere.
How does The Great Intelligence get around? Controlling children and adult alike. How did The Black Guardian get around? Remember Vislor Turlough? Alien teenager, easily manipulated by The Black Guardian? Primarily communicating telepathically in a booming voice?
Perhaps The Black Guardian has just stepped it up a level, now being able to integrate himself into more of the universe.
Clara is an anomaly. Even the Time Lords were unsure of The Guardians, naturally something they made would automatically know something was wrong.
And Guardians can procreate. It’s possible for Clara to be the daughter of a Guardian, or granddaughter of one, and not know it. The Guardians predate time. They would be a hell of an anomaly for the TARDIS… even a half one!
And here’s some more info, Rassilon is quite aware of The Guardians and could easily be working with the Black Guardian to manipulate and trap The Doctor. (See more here about my Fields Of Trenzalore Theory.)
And then there’s this about the last time The Black Guardian appeared:
When the Doctor became trapped on the Teuthoidian ship, he heard a voice on intra-ship communications which he thought was Romana's and sent a telepathic communication to her 'answer phone'. The voiced was President Astra's, a double of Romana. Romana received the Doctor's answer and found the TARDIS in hyperspace. The TARDIS took her to some of its recent destinations, Mars and 9th century Sudan, where she found the Black Guardian, who led her to believe that he knew where the Doctor was. By the time she realised this wasn’t true it was too late. He had rejuvenated with the power of the sixth segment: Romana herself.
Trying to achieve his final goal, the Black Guardian used the gathered freedom fighters to stop the White Guardian’s Teuthoidian horde from getting the Key, locking the two Guardians in opposing balance once again. At that moment the Grace reappeared and sent the two of them back to howling void, to continue their eternal struggle. (AUDIO: The Chaos Pool)
Oh and one last thing, someone ages ago (I’m sorry. I can’t remember who you were. Let me know and I’ll credit you.) mentioned the Celestial Toymaker perhaps having a hand in making Clara…
- The existence of the Celestial Toymaker as a character on Doctor Who pre-dates the introduction of the Guardian mythos. Later continuity retroactively made him a Guardian.
The Guardian’s job is to keep the universe in balance and the universe is clearly unbalanced because of recent events, including an entity like The Great Intelligence.
With the loss of Gallifrey being time-locked, the universe has been unbalanced for a very long time. Time streams are suffering as a result of The Doctor’s quick decision. Both The Black and The White guardian would approach the situation differently.
Remember back to the Key of Time serial, The White Guardian wanted the Key To Time to balance the universe evenly, The Black Guardian wanted to use it to plunge the world into darkness. What is the White Guardian wearing on his head? A dove.
What do doves do? They coo. Clara Oswin Oswald. In the novel Summer Falls The Doctor exclaims “Coo!” So that can’t be mere coincidence. Nor with Clara’s Mother Ellie having Ravenwood as a maiden name and The Black Guardian having a Raven on his head.
I’ve though this for a year now that there’s a connection there, what with all the connections so far we’ve had to Classic Who, that Moffat and co. are weaving into the modern mythology.
The Guardians reason for being, as I mentioned, is to keep balance in the universe, the potential return of Gallifrey would be cause for them to rear their head again. And Clara may have a connection to either the black or white Guardian, I mean, just look at the choices she’s made. She’s the one who saved The Doctor in The Name Of The Doctor and in The Time Of The Doctor by begging the Time Lords to save him via restoring regenerations.
If this theory about series 8 (x) is correct, I believe one of these guardians, white or black, wants the Time Lords back for whatever reasons, it’s all another piece on their chess board, much like the Greek Gods and the Trojan War.
So that comes right back around with this theory here about chess (x) and this discussion here (x) that there is a game being played, which pits two sides against one another. A balance being upset one way or another would lead right back around to The Guardians.
Also, I spotted this little gem while re-watching Time Of The Doctor the other day:
It’s a Trojan Horse!
For those unfamiliar with Ancient Greek History:
The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the conflict. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside.
The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.
After many years have slipped by, the leaders of the Greeks,
opposed by the Fates, and damaged by the war,
build a horse of mountainous size, through Pallas’s divine art,
and weave planks of fir over its ribs:
they pretend it’s a votive offering: this rumour spreads.
They secretly hide a picked body of men, chosen by lot,
there, in the dark body, filling the belly and the huge
cavernous insides with armed warriors. […]
Then Laocoön rushes down eagerly from the heights
of the citadel, to confront them all, a large crowd with him,
and shouts from far off:
“O unhappy citizens, what madness?
Do you think the enemy’s sailed away? Or do you think
any Greek gift’s free of treachery? Is that Ulysses’s reputation?
Either there are Greeks in hiding, concealed by the wood,
or it’s been built as a machine to use against our walls,
or spy on our homes, or fall on the city from above,
or it hides some other trick: Trojans, don’t trust this horse.
Whatever it is, I’m afraid of Greeks even those bearing gifts.
(Virgil’s Aeneid, Book II)
I often compare the Time Lords to the Ancient Greeks, even their Old High Gallifreyan language is identical to Ancient Greek text. So, beware Time Lords bearing the gift of more regenerations? Given that they conveniently also disappeared, perhaps this is another clue as to why The Doctor is so erratic…perhaps those regenerations contained something unknown?
As for Missy, at this point I would agree that she could be a pawn of the Black Guardian, (perhaps The Master…) or the Black Guardian itself. (Spoiler:
She certainly seems to be building up an army of some sort, and conveniently working with a Cybermen army on top of that.)
Absolutely, that would chalk up definitely more than one wing reference surrounding Clara, too.
Like you mentioned, there’s the Thunderbird necklace (as seen in The Bells Of Saint John/The Rings Of Akhaten) :
And then there’s the military emblem Clara wears in Nightmare In Silver:
Then the Thunderbird shows up again in The Crimson Horror:
And now, as you mentioned, Clara’s earrings in Robots Of Sherwood:
And there’s so many raven connections to Clara, there’s her mother, Ellie Oswald nee Ravenwood:
(Who is suspiciously wearing a black and white polka-dot bandana tied about her head, very much like the bird headdress the Black and White Guardian wear. And note you always see Ellie wearing something black and white…that’s interesting.)
There’s a reference to the Ravens of the Tower Of London in Day Of The Doctor.
If my suspicions are correct, and Clara does embody an Alice from Alice in Wonderland-like persona, the famous riddle:
"Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
Is often answered with the: “Poe wrote on both,” given by puzzle enthusiast Sam Lloyd.
Edgar Allan Poe to be precise, The Raven. And the Raven quoted: “Nevermore.” And The Doctor quoted: “No More.” (The Day Of The Doctor)
If we want to delve in a bit darker, there’s some very, very strong ties to wings in the shadows of both the raven and the angels and lost Leonore in The Raven; and in what has been happening to Clara and in all of Doctor Who lately…including the origins of The Weeping Angels, Moffat’s own creation.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more.’
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore - For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door - Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; - This it is, and nothing more,’
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, `Sir,’ said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you’ - here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!’This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.
Remember back to The Snowmen? The Doctor mulling over his book while the TARDIS is perched on the cloud, who comes rapping at his door? Clara, who’s mother was a Ravenwood. The Doctor gets up to only find nothing at his door, (Clara hiding against the side of the box.)
Not to mention that The Doctor is in mourning for River Song/Melody Pond, and her parents. (All three in the place of Lenore) the angels named Amy and Rory on their gravestones, so nameless here forever more.And in order to get The Doctor’s attention? The Victorian Echo Clara says “Pond”, just like the echoed Lenore.
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore. Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door - Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door - Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
There’s so many references in here, but I’ll try to be quick. The Doctor has shaken off the ghosts of his past, and has opened himself up to taking Clara as his companion. He finds Clara at last in The Bells Of Saint John, (saintly days of yore,) the mien of lord or lady, one of Clara’s echoes (possibly still alive,) was a Time Lady. Perched upon a bust of Pallas. Pallas was a daughter of the god Triton and was raised with her cousin, the goddess Athena.
During a friendly fight between the two goddesses, Athena was protected from harm by Zeus but Pallas was mortally wounded. Out of sadness and regret, she created the palladium, a statue in the likeness of Pallas.
I’m pretty sure I’ve questioned this possibility before, but Clara may have a connection to the Weeping Angels. The Weeping Angels are Moffat’s own creation and have a dubious origin. We’ve seen Clara do this (The Rings Of Akhatan) :
And should we mention that Clara literally split herself into thousands of echoes when she jumped into The Doctor’s timeline during The Name Of The Doctor? What’s my point about all this, you may be wondering?
In The Time Of The Doctor, Clara reversed that timeline, The Doctor never died on Trenzalore, surrounded by millions of graves. And remember what The Doctor said about paradoxes, visiting one’s grave, and how the Weeping Angels search for beings connected to these things? Well, Clara’s echoes died over and over again…but now they haven’t. Technically Clara never made that sacrifice, but she did, or else The Doctor and herself wouldn’t be existing right now.
So now where could this leave all these paradox Claras, struggling to exist? The Weeping Angels.
They were known for being murderous psychopaths, eradicating their victims “mercifully” by dropping them into the past and letting them live out their full lives, just in a different time period. This, in turn, allowed them to live off the remaining time energy of the victim’s life.
And where did Clara’s echoes go? Into the Doctor’s past, scattered across the universe, often living full lives in a different time period. Now with all these wings around Clara, it wouldn’t be entirely shocking if there is a connection there. I’m probably completely off base with this theory, however, but I’ll throw it out there.
I am positive The Guardians have something to do with Clara, though, (which is funny because I gave up on the theory previously.) there’s too many birds and too many references. Whether it’s to do with The Black Guardian or The White Guardian remains to be been seen. Although there are a lot of Ravens to suggest it’s The Black Guardian.
(I might write something up going into further detail of how many connections in The Raven by Poe fit into the current run of Doctor Who.)
(Note: The dormouse necklace from The Name Of The Doctor has been removed and the Crimson Horror necklace has been corrected to the same Thunderbird one as Bells Of Saint John/Rings Of Akhatan. Thank-you onlyknow-who and soufflegirlafterall for the heads up.)
Did you….. [Giggles] Missy me? [Giggles some more]
My main thought after what I considered to be a relatively lack luster episode of Doctor Who concerns the assumed new villain, who calls herself Missy, revealed at the end of the episode.
There are a number of theories as to who Missy can be only after a few hours of the premier. Here are the…