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Long Distance Clara…

The Doctor Who Team

It’s not often the Doctor has to thank Missy for anything, but it was his old frenemy who originally put Clara in touch with the Doctor in The Bells of Saint John. Of course, by that stage he’d already met three ‘versions’ of her …

He encountered the ‘Oswin Oswald’ version in Asylum of the Daleks – the brave, cheeky but ultimately doomed ‘soufflé girl’ who helped the Doctor escape his oldest enemies.

And in Victorian London he was helped by Clara Oswin Oswald - a young barmaid and governess born in November, 1866. Although she was killed by the evil ‘Ice Governess’ she now had the Doctor’s attention and he resolved to solve the mystery of the girl twice dead… He came close to a clue when he met Clara as a child, but failing to recognise her, he allowed her to simply walk away…

Although Clara became the Doctor’s companion in The Bells of Saint John she remained the ‘Impossible Girl’. A conundrum to be solved. Or as the Doctor put it, ‘…a mystery wrapped in an enigma…’

The Doctor even visited Caliburn House to seek the opinion of empath Emma Grayling who simply told him, ‘She’s a perfectly ordinary girl. Very pretty, very clever, more scared than she lets on…’

In The Name of the Doctor the mystery was solved when Clara followed the Great Intelligence into the Doctor’s timeline. She was splintered into many different versions of herself, each intent on rescuing the Doctor… He was able to extract her and return her to our normal plain where she became a school teacher at Coal Hill!

She helped the Doctors make the right choice in The Day of the Doctor and persuaded the Time Lords to grant him a new regeneration cycle in The Time of the Doctor. But the new, spikier Doctor shocked her… He asked if he was a good man and Clara had to admit she no longer knew…

During the early days of this new Doctor she met and fell in love with Danny Pink. Juggling life with Danny and the Doctor was tricky, not helped by Time Lord’s aversion to the man he called PE!

Over time she grew attached to the ‘new’ Doctor, warming to his understated kindness and the way that his old heroism and bravery were still guiding this timeless hero. After Danny died defending Earth she threw herself more rigorously into her adventures with the Doctor, relishing the excitement and helter-skelter action that travels in the TARDIS inevitably delivered…

That reckless streak concerned the Doctor and he attempted to curb her enthusiasm… But when Clara saw an opportunity to help Rigsy, even though it meant putting her life in danger, she seized the opportunity. This time there would be no escape and she was forced to face the raven. She asked the Doctor to be proud of here and then, unflinching and brave, she walked across ancient cobbles and…

Clara will be missed by the Doctor, by Rigsy, maybe even by Ashildr and certainly by the many whose lives she touched. But Clara Oswald, the funny, feisty, heroic and human Impossible Girl, will be missed most keenly by us.

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