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The ousted President actually had an out-of-view cameo last season.
  • It was him that was vainly banging on the dome of Orson Pink's refuge on the last planet in the universe, back during the events of "Listen".
    • The WMG of Rassilon.

The Matrix itself is the Hybrid.
During the Cloister Wars, the Matrix's defenses incorporated Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and other attackers, becoming a synthesis of all these warrior races. The prophecy claiming that "the Hybrid will stand in the ruins of Gallifrey and destroy a billion hearts to heal its own" is just the Matrix announcing its Assimilation Plot.
  • The Matrix as the Big Bad next season maybe?

The TARDIS Clara and Ashildr/Me stole is the TARDIS that the returned Clara will recommend to the first Doctor
  • The chameleon circuit is broken, and after some time with two untrained users, it will probably be wonky and broken. This would also mean there wasn't a Gallifreyan Clara, just human Clara returning the TARDIS at just the right moment.
    • One might say "Question" and ask why, if the diner-TARDIS is actually Sexy herself, why was she initially so upset about having Clara join Eleven as a companion? After all, she ought to have recognized her as someone Eleven could trust and Twelve would very much need. She blames Clara for putting the Doctor through so much heartache.
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In the cloisters, the Doctor and Clara each said "I love you" to the other.
We don't get to see their conversation, and later in the diner, the Doctor says Clara told him "something important", and Clara seems heartbroken that he doesn't remember. Also, the whole memories becoming songs thing seems to suggest this is true also. The conversation was also right after Clara learned the Doctor waited 4 1/2 billion years to save her, and he was willing to become the hybrid for her. It would also explain why the Doctor said one of them needed to go, since the Doctor doesn't do romance with his companions (for example, sending Rose away with Handy in Journey's End and going to get Rory after Amy tries to seduce him). Alternately, it should be noted that the script has the Doctor clearly able to remember fine details about the events on Gallifrey, except for several key things - Clara's appearance and personality (specifically her voice and laughter), which could be interpreted as the elements that would make one fall in love with somebody. What else did he forget among all the other things he clearly remembers? What Clara said to him in the Cloisters, which Clara suggests in dialogue is what is represented by the romantic piece of music (actually Clara's Leitmotif becoming diegetic) the Doctor has just composed and named after her.

The neural block is still active.
The block prevents the Doctor from remembering Clara. It wasn't just a one-shot memory wipe, it's actively keeping him from remembering, including forming new memories that might threaten its original deletions.

When the Doctor first sees his TARDIS again, watch his face. He looks up the front of the TARDIS, and then starts to look back down, but he stops about halfway, blinking a few times. The picture of Clara is on the panel just above the bottom one, well below his line of sight there. You would think that, if he'd been searching for knowledge of what his missing Clara looked like, his eyes would linger on her picture, perhaps he'd reach out his hand towards it, or kneel down in front of it for a better look. Instead, there seems to be an effect akin to the perception filter at work.

Go back a scene. When Clara starts to get too close to giving away her identity, the Doctor turns his back and talks about how he's been to this diner before; when Clara asks the Doctor about his TARDIS, he barely replies before he starts twiddling on his guitar again, rather distractedly. Another perception-filter moment. As soon as Clara was out of his sight, he started to forget their conversation, even the fact that he'd been in the diner with her.

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The neural block will decay over time.
The Doctor was unable to cope with his grief all at once. By blocking his memories of Clara, he can recover from the trauma of the Confession Dial and regain his equillibrium. As he gets back to normal, his memories of Clara will start to sneak back in, when he's not paying attention. Little things, like something Clara told him, or a brief memory of her eyes or her smile, the sort of things that it's only natural to think of in passing. It'll be subtle enough to not be noticed, but it will give the Doctor a chance to miss her in tiny fragments instead of one big gulp of grief that would choke him. It might take centuries, but eventually he'll be able to remember her and smile.

Ohila is the Doctor's aunt
Because it's funny to think that, on the Night of the Doctor, Ohila's solution to the universe ending Last Great Time War is essentially "badger my nephew". There's also the fact that he visited her before going to meet Davros.

Clara's evolution into the Doctor's Distaff Counterpart will lead to a Meaningful Rename.
Once Clara and Ashildr realize that using her real name is a dead giveaway to the Time Lords, who will still be looking to drag her back to the Extraction Chamber, she will decide to get a new one. She also won't want the Doctor hearing rumors of a "Clara" who travels Time and Space, lest he start looking for her again rather than carry on with his own life. So, in the fine old tradition of other renegade TARDIS-users and in common with "Mayor Me", she'll choose a title for herself.

The Whoniverse will now host the amazing adventures of ... the Teacher.

Clara's death is a fixed point due to jumping into the Doctor's timeline
Clara's death went beyond just being the catalyst that brought the Doctor back to Gallifrey; there had to be more to it than that. However, considering the fact that she survived jumping into the Doctor's timeline and being splint into a million echoes, and only because the Doctor jumped back in after her... now you have a pretty good case for a fixed-point death. Clara had to die because it was a way of reconciling the damage done by the initial act. Even her echoes have died, a Foreshadowing of her final fate.

Almost all the Tardises in the Gallifrey workshop have broken Chameleon circuits
Why? Think about it: You arrive on a strange planet and your Tardis instantly blends in. If you aren't paying attention, how the hell are you going to find it again? The broken chameleon circuits are broken by their owner after spending way too much time looking for that one tree in way too many forests...
  • There may well be a reason why the Type 40s, as mentioned in many episodes, are considered "obsolete". Just as there are models of automobile in real life that are notorious for faults, maybe the Type 40 was known for having gibbled Chameleon circuits and unpredictable A.I.

Clara will eventually return to Trap Street, but there will be a last-minute swap.
The Raven would find Clara no matter where she runs in Time and Space. Clara has to die there on Trap Street or it will come looking for her elsewhere; a Tessalecta wouldn't work this time. However, we know there's a Clara fragment on Gallifrey, who told the First Doctor which TARDIS to steal. Clara Prime will eventually return to Gallifrey to be reinserted into her timestream, only to meet her splinter waiting for her. They'll come into contact and the countdown will be transferred to the splinter, who will then go to Trap Street to die, leaving Clara Prime with a restored heartbeat and allowing the timeline to remain intact. Gallifrey!Clara will then regenerate into someone else and go work for U.N.I.T., or help Ashildr police Trap Street or otherwise keep busy doing Doctor-ish things.

The Doctor is a three-race Hybrid.
The prophecy states that the Hybrid would be the product of two warrior races. Everyone took it for granted that Time Lords would be one of them. However, the Time Lords are a Proud Scholar Race, not a race of warriors; yes, they fought ferociously during the Time War, but that's because they had a billion years of insanely-advanced technology and a Vault full of superweapons they hadn't dusted off for epochs lying around. Their typical character is isolationist and academic, not militant. Biologically, the Doctor is a Time Lord, but that's not what made him the sort of man who would be the Hybrid: it's the way his personality and beliefs have been shaped, right from the show's beginning, by two races that
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are warlike. By the Daleks, who showed him what not to be, and by humans, who - by their companionship, virtues, failings and potential - show him what he needs to be.

The Doctor was wrong about Ashildr meeting Jack Harkness
.Even after four and a half billion years, pure chance has dictated that they never ever met, in a truly epic case of Missed Him by That Much.

The screaming Wraith is the Veil.
They're played by the same actor, so it'd make sense if that particular Wraith had been temporarily uploaded into the Confession Dial to be the operating system for the Veil, then returned to the Matrix after its job was done. He's screaming, because he spent billions of frustrating years hunting down the Doctor - listening to the same snarky remarks and being foiled by the same tricks or confessions over and over, yet knowing he'll just have to go back and do it exactly the same way next time - but now that he's in a position where he could finish him off once and for all, the Matrix won't let him do so.

The reason Clara has "wiggle room" and the universe wasn't already fracturing due to the Doctor's actions is because his actions did no harm in the first place and never will
He and Clara were being lied to about this all along by the other characters, who did not want to admit that he had been put through unspeakable suffering in the previous two episodes, much less do anything that would help him relieve his pain — because that would be a tacit admission of guilt/guilt by association/guilt by nonaction. He earned his happy ending but no one would allow him to have it.

Clara truly falls in love with the Doctor when he says "I had a duty of care."
This is an interpretation that has been suggested by some who don't wish to acknowledge that Clara had such feelings for the Doctor previously, even though some episodes strongly hinted at this, and Jenna Coleman herself said that in "Mummy on the Orient Express" Clara says "I love you" to the Doctor, not to Danny. If one wishes to discount all earlier incidents as being Clara simply in the friend zone with the Doctor, then the moment Clara asks the Doctor why he tortured himself for 4.5 billion years and hears his reply "I had a duty of care" - thanks to Coleman's emotive performance - could be seen as the moment Clara finally falls in love (or, alternately, depending how one reads the Eleventh Doctor-Clara relationship, falls back in love) with him as she realizes how much he sacrificed just for her. Evidence in favor: her decision to tell the Doctor something important that she did not apparently think to say back on trap street; her clear hope that the Doctor has restored her life - prior to this, she was resigned to being dead; her invitation to him to "elope" with her rather than push the button; and her heartbroken reaction to the Doctor forgetting what she said in the Cloisters which is on par with her reaction to his being unable to recognize her in any way - and her stated hope that the romantic melody the Doctor composed in Clara's honour represented what she told him in the Cloisters.

The Doctor is the Hybrid
It makes perfect sense for him to be the Hybrid. Why? Let's look at the evidence:
  • The Hybrid is described as being a creature that is destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in it's ruins. Well, in Hell Bent, the Doctor pretty much does just that. He banishes the president, Rassilon, and his High Council, and temporarily reigns in that position. Now, there are two reasons why this shows he's the Hybrid. One, the Doctor has specifically stated that he finds ruling anything boring. He's an explorer that moves around a lot. Staying in one place for too long makes him antsy. For him to take over the presidential position of his home planet - whether or not it was to save Clara - is definitely alarming. And two, he never intended to stay the president and soon enough, he runs away again. And as a result, Gallifrey is now left without any head of government! And this leads to some lovely Fridge Horror of the implications of what could potentially happen to Gallifrey as a result of this! Of course, you could argue that it's better off without Rassilon and I'd agree with you, but someone still needs to be the president and no one is! This could very easily tie into the "ruins of Gallifrey" part of the prophecy.
  • The Doctor and Clara were acknowledged In-Universe as being a dangerous duo due to how far they were willing to go for each other. And Ashildr even told him that Missy - who brought the two together - wanted to see what chaos would erupt from their clashing personalities. And she may have gotten her wish as we saw how much of a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds the Doctor became when she died. Whether this was intentional or not has yet to be revealed. In fact, this ties into the next piece of evidence...
  • The Doctor is already a Hybrid of his good side and dark side: the Valeyard. We already know the Valeyard is going to inevitably appear again during the Doctor's second regeneration cycle. Well guess what? We're during the second regeneration cycle! Which means that he's going to come back and it might be sooner than we thought, based on what we saw him do during Hell Bent!

So as you can see, it's very likely that the Doctor is the Hybrid.

Clara and Me's TARDIS will also serve as their Morality Chain.
Ashildr/Me's main problem is that, being an immortal being with a finite memory, she keeps forgetting her moral values. It's not known how Clara's memory will be affected by her situation, but it's possible that she might eventually face the same issue. So, how can they keep themselves from falling into evil practices? Get the TARDIS, which remembers things in nonlinear time, to help keep them on the right path. They'd need to instruct it with a set of standards to keep them to. As a last resort, they could set it up so that if they lost their morality, the TARDIS would kill Ashildr quickly enough to get around the chip, and forcibly take Clara back to Gallifrey.
  • Or they could, y'know, just pick up a second companion who's short-lived enough to keep them both grounded. Think Jane Austen might be up for a bit of travel...?

The Hybrid prophecy has been fulfilled.
The hearts broken were on the other side of the fourth wall. The Doctor has healed his heart, and learn to accept loss, at the cost of the Doctor/Clara ship sailing forever. They can never be back together, and the character of Clara has left the show supposedly forever (it's a confirmed sendoff). The Hybrid also no longer exists, due to the memory wipe. The Hybrid is confirmed by Word of God to be the Doctor/Clara pairing, which was set up by Missy, who was fully aware of the Doctor's loss issues, and intended for all this to happen. Even if a reunion occurs, the most that can he hoped for is a brief one or a cameo; the so-called "glory years" of the Doctor and Clara are over forever.

It's no fluke that the Gallifreyan peasants' clothing looks so very similar to that of Earth's rural poor.
Rather, it's a deliberate, unspoken indication that, even before Twelve arrives in person, the Doctor is their hero. Long before the Time War, he'd been an iconoclastic critic of Gallifrey's social inequalities, thumbing his nose at the pretensions of the elite by throwing the proffered Presidency back in the High Council's faces, and openly working with Shobogans and other Outsiders. The Time War further reinforced the Doctor's "rebellious hero" image, as he selflessly shielded Gallifrey's civilian population from Daleks, while shaming its establishment by holding back the invaders much more effectively than the Council's own hidebound forces could. Although denied a political voice, the inhabitants of the drylands began to express their quiet support for the Doctor's social rebelliousness symbolically, by dressing in the manner of the Earth natives he'd flagrantly abandoned the Time Lords' life of privilege to protect and dwell among.

As for how the drylanders knew what Earthly clothing looked like, it's a safe bet that every time the Doctor'd left Gallifrey, his political enemies in the High Council immediately flooded the planet with anti-Doctor propaganda, depicting him as an ingrate who'd rather hang around with barbaric backwater aliens from some Insignificant Little Blue Planet than fulfill his peacetime obligations to his own people. Guess how those "barbaric backwater aliens" would be dressed in the propaganda...? Exactly like the commoners who, faced with an armed gunship sent to take Twelve into custody, wouldn't get out of its way.

It was Ashildr who originally broadcast the "Come to Utopia" message that Professor Yana told Ten, Jack and Martha about.
After Clara and she part company, Ashildr will return to long-abandoned Gallifrey to resume watching all of reality shut down, but will pick up distant signals indicating there are still some human refugees out there within the dying universe. Much as she'd founded refuges for lepers in medieval times and for aliens-in-hiding in the 21st century, she'll use the same Time Lord tech that'd broadcast "Doctor who?" throughout time and space to signal every part of the failing future universe, calling the scattered survivors to come to "Utopia" - which is actually Gallifrey itself - from which point she'll send them back in time to past eras where they can blend in and start new lives. Had the Master not diverted Yana's ship from heeding the beacon, redirecting it to a place where he could start transforming its occupants into Toclafane, he'd have been the last Time Lord to set foot on their home planet, not the Doctor.

Everything that happened between "Last Christmas" and the final scene of this episode was a dream.
"Last Christmas" has a The End... Or Is It? type of ending, implying that the Doctor and Clara never woke up from the dream created by the Dream Crabs. If the Dream Crabs can make them believe they did wake up, and they continue their lives as usual, they would not suspect that they're still inside the dream. Hence the Dream Crabs make the Doctor and Clara dream of further adventures and shenanigans while they continue consuming their minds. This would help to explain the inconsistencies and weirdness of the season, such as Davros's inexplicable survival of the events of "Journey's End", the ridiculously (even for Doctor Who) unscientific nature of the monsters in "Sleep No More", or the idea that the end of the universe is only within 4 or 5 billions from the present day, even though "Utopia" established it will take trillions of years for the universe to end.

Presumably, it takes much longer for the Dream Crabs to consume a Time Lord mind than a human mind, the former being much more complex. So Clara's mind is eaten first, and "Face the Raven" is a dream that reflects this happening. When the Quantum Shade kills Clara in the dream, that's when her mind is completely consumed and she dies in real life. Subconsiously, the Doctor realises what has happened and that the Dream Crabs have killed Clara, but his conscious mind doesn't want to admit this, so within the dream world he creates a ridiculously complex fantasy where he beats the odds and rescues Clara. But his subconscious keeps telling him that he has to accept Clara's death and wake up from the dream before he too is consumed by the Crabs. So he subconsciously alters the dream in a way that makes him forget Clara (while she still supposedly lives), after which he doesn't need this whole fantasy to keep up his denial over Clara's death. Then he can finally get rid of the Dream Crab possessing him and wake up in the real world. However, because he reprogrammed the dream in this way, when he wakes up he doesn't realise it was a dream and keeps on believing the events of series 9 were real.

When the Doctor wakes up in the desert with the TARDIS materialising next to him, that's the moment he actually wakes up from the dream. As for the graffiti on the TARDIS, Riggsy did really create it, but as a memorial the Clara who was found dead in her apartment, consumed by the Dream Crab. The post-credits scene in "Face the Raven" of him painting the TARDIS did actually take place in the real world, not within the dream, but the context is different: Riggsy didn't witness Clara's death by Quantum Shade, he merely found out that Clara had died in her sleep. He then came across the TARDIS by chance and decided to paint his memorial on it's surface. The placement of this scene after the credits is meant to imply that it's separate from the rest of the episode, which was all a dream.


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