The Bad Wolfed Clara Oswald Theory

We know Oswin was a Dalek…


And we assume she died…


But what if she didn’t? What if she lived and eventually went insane and became the Dalek Emperor? The one at the Game Station.


And then Rose Bad Wolfed her ass.


But because she was Rose…


When she did this to the Emperor…


She also did this…


And this…


And because she knew this…


…knowing everything as The Bad Wolf, knew she couldn’t always be with the Doctor, and she knew that The Emperor, Clara Oswin Oswald, was once good…had once helped the Doctor. So Rose sent Clara to places in time where she could help the Doctor when Rose could no longer be with him. 

Like  here…


And here…


Rose sent Clara throughout Time and Space so the Doctor wouldn’t be alone.

She knew the Emperor Dalek had been Oswin Oswald, and that she had been good and had helped The Doctor, and wanted to both help The Doctor and give the girl a second chance. 

Rose isn’t Clara’s mother…but she IS responsible for her creation, which is why we are being given so many hints back to Rose.

ohmygod I think I’ve actually solved it. 

Following Updates added April 8th:

Facts Supporting this Theory, mostly noticed by other whovians, but that helped me developed or have since strengthened my theory…

  • The Tenth Doctor told Jack Harkness that he was impossible because of what Rose did to him as the Bad Wolf. The Eleventh Doctor keeps referring to Clara Oswin Oswald as not being possible. Additionally, the TARDIS has something against both Jack and Clara (See Here). 
  • Presence of Roses around all three Clara Oswin Oswalds 


  • Clara often wearing red, a possible reference to The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood (Suggested by James-TeekaySee Here)
  • Date on the headstone of Clara’s mother, 5th March 2005, was the same day that Rose met the Doctor (See Here).
  • Clara singing “Hungry Like the Wolf” in “Cold War.” (Immediately recognized by just about everyone in the fandom as a possible reference to Bad Wolf) (Added 1 May 2013)
  • SPOILERIt has been mentioned in interviews that “Clara hasn’t just met the Doctor three times before” (See Here). (Added 1 May 2013)
  • Clues that the hand of Bad Wolf/Rose Tyler might have been directing things around Clara Oswald’s life, including:
  1. Clara’s mother saving her father from a car that looked remarkably like the one that killed Rose’s father (See Here)
  2. The leaf of fate being from a Norway Maple (See Here) <my idea, but I’m starting to think this is just silly>
  3. The TARDIS phone number being given to Clara by a girl in a shop


Answers to Issues/Questions (Added 1 May 2013)

  • How did Oswin Oswlad survive the destruction of the Dalek Asylum?

I don’t know, but I will point out, we didn’t actually see her die. Someone suggested a last minute emergency temporal shift or something. 

  • The Emperor at the Game Station can’t be Oswin Oswald because he talked about the Time War. 

The weakest point of this theory is certainly that Oswin Oswald became, specifically, the Dalek Emperor at the Game Station. Perhaps she went back far enough to have participated in the Time War. Maybe the Emperor was lying. Also Clara could, of course, be any of the Daleks at the Game Station, maybe even having been rescued by the Emperor and inspiring him to create all of those Dalek/Human hybrids in 200,000. I thought Clara specifically being the Emperor made a nice story. Regardless of who Clara is, there will be some things that Moffat will have to explain as part of the story. Wibbley-Wobbley Timey-Wimey. 

  • The Dalek Emperor was already around during the Asylum of the Daleks.

There has been more than one Dalek Emperor (See Here).

  • Why is it that Clara can read Gallifreyan? 

People are assuming that the ‘History of the Time War’ book that Clara found in the library of the TARDIS (Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) was written in Gallifreyan. Frankly, I don’t know why it wouldn’t be in Gallifreyan, but we do know that the TARDIS doesn’t translate Gallifreyan (‘A Good Man Goes To War’), so it’s either written in English (or another translatable language) or Clara can indeed read Gallifreyan. I don’t think she can, however, because We, the viewers, were able to read the title, and there was still Gallifreyan written around the edges. I think we just need to assume that the book is written in English and for some reason the Doctor thought it would be a good idea to leave a book with his name in it laying around for anyone to read (or we misunderstood what she meant by “so that’s who.”) 

  • There is no way Steven Moffat would do something like this, because he ignores anything from the RTD era. 

Alright, come on now, stop it. We have already had many references and parallels this season from before the Moffat era, and we know that David Tennant and Billie Piper are coming back for the 50th, so he clearly can’t be ignoring everything. First and foremost, Moffat likes to do the unexpected, and barely mentioning anyone or anything from the RTD era for three years and then pulling a 180 like this would certainly be unexpected. 

  • This can’t be right, because Steven Moffat has said no one has gotten it right so far. (See Here, warning, this link may contain spoilers). 

He hasn’t exactly said no one has gotten Clara’s story right so far. When talking about the series 7 finale, Steven Moffat said “We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no-one has got right so far.” To me, that sounds like there’s just something else in the finale that no one’s gotten right before, not necessarily the Clara story or the central element to the Clara story (like maybe something about the Great Intelligence). And if it is Clara’s story he’s talking about, we’re assuming that Moffat has seen all the theories out there. I do expect that if Moffat has been looking to the internets to see if anyone has guessed Clara’s story, then he’s seen this post, because it has a relatively high Google PageRank (If you are reading this, Hi Moff!!!). Well, we already know people have been lying their asses off about involvement in the 50th anniversary, so Moffat could just be lying, or telling half-truths (‘yeah, this is right, but you didn’t put in this element, so I can still say it’s wrong’). Honestly, I’d be AMAZED if my theory was exactly right, or even a little bit right. I think it would be brilliant if things worked out this way, cuz I love Rose and I think it’s a cool story, but all these Rose hints could just be red herrings or Whovian’s wishful thinking or something completely different.

If you see any issues with this, or have any questions, throw them in my ask! But please go check the Clara Theory Asks section first to make sure it wasn’t answered already. Thanks!

There is now a DISCUSSION section so we can all talk about this theory and others together! (10th April 2013)

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    Personally I would have just loved the sense of continuity. In addition, if revealed properly, I think it could have...
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    Ehhhhh, this theory is far too connected to the older seasons of Doctor Who for my taste. I get it; Rose’s story was...
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