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The cubes from "The Power of Three" imitate their surroundings.On their first activation, all the cubes did something different.
Miss Kizlet was taken over during the Web of Fear
The Ice Warriors will attempt to create a nuclear war in The Cold War.
"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" will involve something imprisoned in the TARDIS breaking out
The Whispermen are related to the Silents
In The Rings of Akhaten the Doctor will make a reference to Pyramids of MarsJossed.
Clara is impossible because:
The TARDIS knows who and what Clara is, and sees her as a threat to The Doctor
The Fall of the Eleventh and the Fields of Trenzalore will occupy the 7th season finale, but have little to nothing to do with the 50th Anniversary.Reading the summaries of upcoming episodes suggests that the big Question will be asked in the series 7 finale, but the 50th Anniversary is indicated as a separate televised event. The summaries may be misleading, however.
The Old God of Akhaten was one of the Great Old Ones
Each episode will have a Chekhov's Gun for the next episodeStarting with The Bells of Saint John each episode will set up Foreshadowing for the next episode.
The Doctor was lying when he said that the HADS was the reason the TARDIS disappeared at the beginning of "Cold War".
Songs will play a major role.So far there have been 2 stories that have mentioned songs, with the Rings of Akhaten and Cold War.
Clara is a clone and "Orphan Black" is a ripoff of her backstory.For some reason that we don't know yet, she was cloned, with her duplicates scattered throughout space and time. BBC America picked up "Orphan Black" to lead us astray!
Clara is Susan Foreman's descendant.In The Rings of Akahten, during one of the flashback scenes, Child!Clara can be seen wearing a shirt with two hearts on it. In that same episode, Susan is directly referenced for the first time since Five Doctors. The Doctor says himself in Curse of Fenric that he doesn't know if he has any family, meaning he doesn't know what happened to Susan. It's entirely possible that everything inexplicable about Clara can be explained by her being part Time Lord, and the Doctor just doesn't realize it yet.
There's a more personal reason why the TARDIS dislikes Clara.There's mention of an unusual/an averted love triangle in the future, between the Doctor, River and Clara (which makes me think River/Clara). Perhaps she's still prejudiced against "Impossibilities" (i.e. Jack)and wants to protect her daughter from falling in love with one (Clara)
The Doctor's Name will be The Unreveal.He'll end up telling River because that's a Foregone Conclusion, but the audience and possibly every other character won't actually hear it.
The Doctor's name is "Please"
The Special Weapons Dalek/Imperial Daleks in the Dalek Asylum turned Oswininto a Dalek. Being Daleks, one wonders why even the insane Daleks converted Oswin into one of them. However members of the Asylum included the Special Weapons Dalek and Imperial Daleks, who are people converted into Daleks, which along with their loyalty to Davros is why they caused a Dalek civil war. Since they started out as non-Daleks and didn't go crazy in their first appearance due to this, they'd see nothing wrong with converting Oswin. Of course this raises the question of why the Renegade Daleks didn't kill them, but that's either because they didn't know that they were impure or that they were put there by the Imperial Daleks.
Clara is RiverIn the Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS episode, the doctor is teaching Clara how to fly the TARDIS. Also, Clara finds a library in the TARDIS and apparantly finds out the doctor's real name. It's been mentioned that River knows the doctor's name and how to fly the TARDIS. So based on that, Clara could be River song (somehow, through some timey wimey thing...)
River is the author of the History of the Time WarIf it were a Galafreyan tome, it would be written in Galifreyan, which, as River pointed out in "A Good Man Goes to War", the TARDIS won't translate for others. If it were just written by any old historian, they wouldn't have known The Doctor's real name. And if it were written by The Doctor himself, he would have omitted that part, or at the very least written it in first-person format. It is likely a one of a kind volume, written by Dr. River Song, for The Doctor himself.
Strax will die in The Name of the Doctor
In Nightmare in Silver the Doctor will be partially Cyber-Converted and revive the Cybermen while like this
Jenny from Victorian London is the same Jenny that is the Doctor's daughter
The Claras from Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen are clones or split timeline versions of the Clara currently with the Doctor.
The Whispermen are the opposites of The Silence
An amusement park machine will create a duplicate Doctor in Nightmare in Silver
The Whispermen are working with the Great Intelligence
The man in the "Next Time" trailer for "The Name of the Doctor" is a young First Doctor.The preview has the Doctor saying he's crossing his own timeline in a way the TARDIS doesn't like. Going far enough back possibly to before the Doctor was stolen by the TARDIS (and thus risk altering that event) would definitely suffice.
The Whispermen have some connection to secrets
Clara is a physical manifestation of an ideal Companion.
The Name of the Doctor will lead into the 50th Anniversary
The Great Intelligence will still have a link to Clara or the Doctor
Trenzalore was effected by the Time War
The Whispermen are blank beings
The series finale confirms the "Morbius Doctors" as actual previous incarnations
The Gallifreyan Clara worked on the TARDIS.One of Clara's numerous "echoes" through the Doctor's timeline met his first incarnation as he was stealing the TARDIS on Gallifrey. This Clara must have been Gallifreyan, perhaps a Time Lady, and have a job related to faulty TARDIS-es. She did something the TARDIS is still angry about. Also, Fridge Horror, the Time War claimed Clara as one of its victims.
The Real Ninth Doctoris the one who actually ended the Time War. Since the current Doctor refuses to call the Doctor just revealed as having broken the implied promise in the name he chose, it seems likely that what he did in the name of peace and sanity is something the others could not: act without being hampered by the need to save everyone.
Alternately, John Hurt's "Doctor" is an older Eighth Doctor. One regeneration, he just cast aside his name at the start of the Time War and died of shame for what he did to end the war (involving killing the other Time Lords), consequently regenerating into the Ninth. Same result as the above, though it doubles as both a Take That to that specific incarnation and as a means to give that incarnation closure.
There is a version of Clara that helped the John Hurt Doctor. And she's still alive! Or it is his greatest failure.
The John Hurt Doctoris The Valeyard.
The Great Intelligence is Nyarlathotep.Granted, the EU claims he's Yog-Sothoth, but the Great Intelligence doesn't really share much in common with Yog-Sothoth. He does, however, share a lot with Nyarlathotep: both take many forms but seem to ultimately be pure consciousness, are defying physical laws while taking human form, highly manipulative and unlike fellow Outer Gods do not possess Blue and Orange Morality-they recognize humanity and love screwing around with them. Part of his beef with the Doctor is that he's a "mere" Time Lord who manages to, as he sees it, out-manipulate him and step in his territory. The fact that the Doctor(and the Master, for that matter) resembles Nyarlathotep makes him angrier still.
Matt Smith isn't going to leave the show.It's a work.
The John Hurt Doctor is the 13th and last incarnation.In his future, the Doctor fights in the war on Trenzalore, and dies in it. By this time, he no longer uses his alias of the Doctor, having turned to the dark side as foreshadowed by the Valeyard. Since we know that John Hurt won't end up as the 12th, and due to the (still not done with) 13 regenerations limit, it would seem that before (or while) regenerating into the 13th, he becomes a self-righteous, dark man, who no longer fights to make people better, but for his own sake.
The reason the Cybermen are like the Borg is due to Assimilation2
The John Hurt Doctor fought in the Time War and sacrificed an innocent race. He didn't end it, however.The Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors have all copped to doing what they felt was necessary to end the Time War and save the rest of creation. They feel guilty about it, but none of them feel that it was something that would make in necessary to stop calling himself The Doctor. When the Eleventh thought the only option to save Spaceship UK and the space whale was to lobotomize the whale so it wouldn't feel pain, he said he'd have to find a new name. Knowingly sacrificing an innocent is where he draws the line. From a medical perspective he's doing harm and therefore can't be a doctor. The Hurt Doctor did something similar. It's probably the event that made him decide to regenerate into Eccleston and put an end to the Time War so that universe and The Doctor could go on.
Trenzalore is where The Valyard died.In his very last life The Doctor becomes The Valyard and goes on an truly epic plot to takeover the universe, cashing in all the good will of all his past lives and calling in favours from all his old allies. He is exposed and eventally taken down by an alliance of his former friends and companions and killed, for real, on Trenzalore.
The Nightmare in Silver Cybermen are evolved from the Cyber-Legion CybermenFurther, the Cyber-Legion Cybermen have their origins in the Mondas Cybermen and Cybus Cybermen interacting and one side or the other assimilated the other, whichever side won, if they didn't merge, recognised Cybus' designs as being most efficient at the time
Miss Kizlet is back inside the hell she put everyone into.Miss Kizlet's erasure of memories almost certainly resulted in said memories going to the Great Intelligence(the true identity of the Data Cloud) despite what she might think(it feeds on human minds so if you think it's going to let go of free food your sadly mistaken).... The Miss Kizlet who did evil things(unlike the Kizlet with the mind of a child left after the memory removal) is back in that ironic hell and this time can't escape her worst nightmare.
The Phobos Heresy Skaldak vanquished worshipped the Monster from "Phobos"
The Dalek Asylum was an instance of Pragmatic Villainy on the Dalek's side.Their esthetic of hatred was mainly justification. The Daleks sealed, with the exception of the Imperial and Special Weapons Dalek(who may have been dumped there by Davros) are technically pure. They fought the Doctor and survived, so in spite of their insanity would have a lot of military experience. The reason why they don't outright wipe them out is because the Daleks want an armada of experienced Daleks on their side, primarily to fight off the Doctor. The problem is how to cure their PTSD, so they simply dump them on the Asylum until a solution could be found. The apparent Villain Decay of Dalek!Oswin hacking the Daleks? Part of an experiment to try and cure their madness. Their decision to blow up the Asylum was because they were beginning to escape, and had become more trouble than they were worth. Another reason why the Asylum survived may have been an attempt to ensure their races survival. The Asylum Daleks didn't play a part in the Time War, and as such if no Dalek escaped the conflict an automatic system would begin restoring the inmates' minds
Clara's mother was killed during the 2005 Auton invasion.This ties in with Clara's dates correlating with the show. Another thing I noticed at the time that struck me instantly was Clara's mother's grave indicated she died on March 5th 2005. That when Doctor Who returned to our screens and coincidentally when 'Rose' is set. Therefore Clara's mum was killed by an auton during the invasion. I makes perfect sense! She was 44 when she died and there was no logical explanation. She didn't die of old age, and no mention to an illness or shock death like being hit by a bus. Therefore it marries up pretty good that Ellie Oswald was killed during the Auton invasion, giving aliens a role in Clara's life really early on and foreshadowing her importance.
The "woman in the shop" is River SongExactly how Clara got in touch with the Doctor wasn't properly explained, other than a woman in a shop gave Clara a phone number to get technical help with her internet connection, someone who said it would put her in touch with the best help in the universe, which somehow puts her in touch with the TARDIS. The "Best in the Universe" line sounds like something River would say about the Doctor, and it's plausible she could get Clara in touch with the Doctor like that given her connection to the TARDIS. If this is the case, presumably River will meet Clara later in her journey with the Doctor and discover she needs to meet Clara and give her the contact number in Clara's past and River's future.
The "woman in the shop" wasn't talking.Someone was talking through her the same way as happens several times in The Bells Of Saint John.
The "woman in the shop" is Sally SparrowI don't know how she'd get The Doctor's number, but that would be awesome. Maybe Amy or River gave it to her.
The "woman in the shop" is Sarah Jane Smith
The "woman in the shop" is Donna NobleWe've already seen in the End of Time that she can subconsciously put together information regarding major events. She encountered Clara, recognized something unusual about her, and gave her the Doctor's number. Her buried Time Lord knowledge is what allowed her to know how to contact the Doctor at all.
The "woman in the shop" is ClaraNot exactly Clara, but of her thousand echoes created in "The Name of the Doctor". She could have disguised himself to not be recognized, and she knew the Doctor's number because she was given the doctor's number, ontological paradox!
The "woman in the shop" is Martha JonesWho else could it be? Rose is in an alternate dimension, Donna had her mind wiped, Amy is in the 30s. The top guess explains why it can't be River. Martha's the only one who knows the Doctor's phone number and could easily be in 2013 London. That or...
The TARDIS deliberately avoided Victorian LondonAn aside note in the Crimson Horror is that they were meant to go to Victorian London but landed in the wrong place. If the TARDIS genuinely doesn't like Clara it might have decided things would go worse if she was close to where the other one was encountered.
Madame Kovarian is Clara.Well, a Clara anyway. Clara was splintered across time, making thousands of copies. Nobody said all the copies had to act the same. A handful of the Claras remembered who they were, and one of them turned out wrong. One Clara was stuck in a situation that gave her a sense of resentment towards the Doctor. I'm guessing this was the Doctor in one of his darker moments-my bet's on Seven. The bitter Clara ended up joining the Papal Mainframe, and as the decades pass a combo of propaganda and some persuasion by the Silence made her into Madame Kovarian.
Clara Oswin Oswald will at some point be involved in a Bad Wolf-like event that scatters copies of herself across time and space.Probably in the season finale, or 50th Anniversary Special.
The Doctor had an encounter with Clara that he can't remember, which is very important.Both times before her death, she told him to remember. Remember what, exactly? One could assume that some time before Asylum Of The Daleks he did something which was then erased from his mind, possibly intentionally. Ultimately, when he does remember it will end up saving the day.
In a future Clara Episode, she will play a villain.An offshoot of the "new Clara for each episode 'till she dies and we rinse and repeat" theory, there will be a point where a Clara ends up being the antagonist, and the Doctor has to stop her. This would be an interesting challenge for the Doctor, because he still wants clues as to what is going on, and he has to wring them out of her before her inevitable defeat and the Doctor has to start looking again.
The Doctor is to blame for Clara's mysteryAs seen in the Rings of Akhaten pre-title sequence, Clara Oswald had a normal upbringing with a normal family. However, the Doctor is concerned about the fact she may be Oswin and governess!Clara. So, what if the Doctor inadvertently does something to Clara, splitting her in time. That creates a Stable Time Loop. He ends up CAUSING the very mystery he's trying to solve!
The Claras from Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen are clones or split timeline versions of the Clara currently with the Doctor.
Clara was created specifically to save the Doctor
Clara is involved in a stable time loop
Clara is connected to the Time War
Clara is a previous friend or family member of the Doctor
Clara is a member of the Blackadder FamilyLet's look at the facts:
One of the reasons that the Doctor chose the Victorian age to retire in the episode The Snowmen is that he was planning to get around the time paradox so he could see Amy and Rory again.Remember the Eleventh Doctor is quite possibly the longest lived version of the Doctor; it would be relatively ease for him to wait from 1892 until the late 1930's as that's only forty years.