Clara Oswald

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Companions : Jack Harkness · Martha Jones · Donna Noble · Clara Oswald · Amy Pond · River Song · Rose Tyler · Rory Williams
Adversaries : Cybermen · Daleks · The Great Intelligence · The Master · Rassilon
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I’m born, I live, I die. And always, there’s the Doctor. Always, I’m running to save the Doctor, again, and again, and again. And he hardly ever hears me. But I’ve always been there.

Clara Oswald is a fictional character portrayed by Jenna-Louise Coleman in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. She becomes a companion of the eleventh incarnation of the alien time traveller known as the Doctor, portayed by Matt Smith, first appearing as Oswin Oswald in the seventh series premiere, then as Clara Oswin Oswald, a Victorian governess and barmaid, then as woman in contemporary London named simply Clara Oswald. After the death of the first two incarnations which the Doctor meets, there remains much mystery about her origins as he begins his travels with the third.


When you say mobile phone, why do you point at that blue box?
Is this actually what you do? Do you just...crook your finger and people just jump in your snog box and fly away?
  • Oswin Oswald. Junior Entertainment Manager, Starship Alaska. Current status: crashed and shipwrecked somewhere... not nice. Been here a year, rest of the crew missing. Provisions good, but keen to move on.
  • Is there a word for total screaming genius that sounds modest and just a tiny bit sexy?
  • Do you know how you make someone into a Dalek? Subtract love, add anger.
  • Run … run, you clever boy … and remember.
    • Last words to the Doctor before dying, first as Oswin Oswald (in the Dalek Asylum), then as Clara Oswin Oswald (Victorian London), and then as Clara Oswald (21st century London)
  • One day you meet the Doctor. And of course, it’s the best day ever. It’s just the best day of your life. Because...because, he’s brilliant, and he’s funny, and mad, and best of all...really needs you. The trick is – don’t fall in love. I do that trick quite a lot, sometimes twice a day. And once you start running, you start to forget; slowly, after a while, you just stopping asking. Who are you? Where are you from? What set you on your way and where are you going? Oh...and what is your name? You get used to not knowing. I thought I never would. I was wrong. I know who he is. I know how he began and I know where he’s going. I learnt the truth about the Doctor and his greatest secret the day we went to Trenzalore.
  • Hang on... Three of you, in one cell, and none of you thought to try the door?
    • After freeing the three Doctors from their prison cell (which turned out to be unlocked the entire time) in The Day of the Doctor (23 November 2013)
  • Please don't change.
  • I am NOT a control freak!!
    • Contradicting the Twelfth Doctor in Deep Breath (23 August 2014)


Asylum of the Daleks [7.1][edit]

(1 September 2012)
Oswin: [first lines] Day 363; the terror continues. Also, made another soufflé! ...Very nearly. Checked defenses... They came again last night. Still always at night. Maybe they’re vampires... Oh, and it’s my mum’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mum. I did make you a soufflé, but it was too beautiful to live.

Oswin: Is there a word for "total screaming genius" that sounds modest and just a tiny bit sexy?
The Doctor: Doctor. You call me the Doctor.
Oswin: See what you did there!

Oswin: [to Rory, after saving him] The first boy I ever fancied was called Rory. [pause] Actually, she was called Nina...I was going through a phase.

Oswin: Do you know how you make someone into a Dalek? Subtract love, add anger. Doesn't she seem a bit too angry to you?
Amy: Well, somebody's never been to Scotland.
The Doctor: What about you, though, Oswin? Why are you okay? Why hasn't the nano-cloud converted you?
Oswin: I mentioned the genius thing, yeah? Shielded in here.
The Doctor: Hmm, clever of you. Now this place, the Daleks said it was fully automated, but look at it — it's a wreck.
Oswin: Well, I've had nearly a year to mess with them... and not a lot else to do.
The Doctor: A genius entertainment manager hiding out in a wrecked ship, hacking the security systems of the most advanced warrior race the Universe has ever seen — but, you know what really gets me about you, Oswin? The soufflés. Where do you get milk for the soufflés? Seriously, is no one else wondering about that?
Rory: No. Frankly, no! Twice.

The Doctor: Oswin? I think I'm close.
Oswin: You are! Less than twenty feet away. Which is the good news.
The Doctor: Okay...and the bad, which I suddenly feel is coming?
Oswin: You’re about to pass through intensive care.
[The Doctor enters a room full of caged Daleks]
The Doctor: What's so special about this lot, then?
Oswin: Dunno. Survivors of particular wars. Spiridon. Kembel. Aridius. Vulcan. Exxilon. Ringing any bells?
The Doctor: All of them.
Oswin: Yeah? How?
The Doctor: These are the Daleks who survived me.

The Snowmen [7.6][edit]

(25 December 2012)
[Clara finds a frighting-looking snowman]
Clara: [to the Doctor as he walks past] Did you build this snowman?
The Doctor: No. [keeps walking]
Clara: Then who did? 'Cause it wasn't there a second ago. [the Doctor stops] It just appeared out of nowhere.
[The Doctor comes back over to the snowman, wearing Amy's glasses]
The Doctor: Maybe it's snow that fell before; Maybe it remembers how to make snowmen.
Clara: [scoffing] What,snow that can remember? That's silly.
The Doctor: What's wrong with silly?
Clara: Nothing. Still talking to you, ain't I?
The Doctor: [smiles, takes off his glasses] What's your name?
Clara: Clara.
The Doctor: Nice name. Clara. [walks off] You should definitely keep it!
[Clara stares after him, then follows]
Clara: Oi! [the Doctor turns back] Where are you going? I thought we was just getting acquainted!
The Doctor: [smiles, sadly] Those were the days...

Franny: Am I going to have the nightmare tonight?
Clara: Definitely not.
Franny: How do you know?
Clara: Because, someone's coming to help.
Franny: Who?
Clara: You wouldn't believe me if I told you!
Franny: Is it one of your stories? Your definitely true ones?
Clara: Huh! All my stories are true!
Digby: Like how you were born behind the clock face of Big Ben?
Clara: Accounting for my acute sense of time.
Franny: And you invented fish?
Clara: Because I dislike swimming alone.

The Doctor: [crawling out of the window] Come on, quickly! What are you doing?
Clara: [stuck in the window] My bustle is stuck!
The Doctor: Your bustle? [pulls her out of the window and they land on the snow, Clara on top of the Doctor] You're going to have to take those clothes off. [Clara gasps. The Doctor realises his mistake] I didn't mean-
Clara: I know.
The Doctor: I just-
Clara: I understand, I do.
The Doctor: Good.
Clara: Now, what's the plan?
The Doctor: Who says I got a plan?
Clara: 'Course you got a plan, you took that! [Picks up the umbrella]
The Doctor: Maybe I'm an idiot!
Clara: You're not! You're clever, really clever.

Clara: You live in a box!
The Doctor: That's no more a box than you are a governess.
Clara: Oh, spoken like a man! Y'know, you're just the same as all the rest; "Sweet little Clara, works at the Rose and Crown, ideas above her station!" [follows the Doctor into the TARDIS] Well, for your information, I'm not sweet on the inside and I'm certainly not- [breaks off as the TARDIS interior is illuminated] ...little.
The Doctor: It's called the TARDIS. It can travel anywhere in time and space. And it's mine.
Clara: But it's... look at it, it's...
The Doctor: Go on, say it. Most people do.
[Clara runs around the TARDIS exterior, then re-enters]
Clara: It's smaller on the outside!
The Doctor: [beat] Okay. That is a first.

Clara: Why are you showing me all this?
The Doctor: You followed me, remember. I didn't invite you.
Clara: You're nearly a foot taller than I am. You could have reached the ladder without this. [She indicates the umbrella held in her hand] You took it. For me. [She throws him the umbrella] Why?
The Doctor: I never know why. I only know who. [He conjures a TARDIS key up and places it in her hand]

The Bells of St John [7.7][edit]

(30 March 2013)
The Doctor: [In 1207 AD, answering the TARDIS phone] Hello?
Clara: [In 2013 AD, on her telephone] Ah, hello! I can’t find the Internet.
The Doctor: I'm sorry?
Clara: It's gone, the Internet. Can't find it anywhere. Where is it?
The Doctor: The Internet?
Clara: Yes, the Internet. Why don't I have the Internet?
The Doctor: It's 1207.
Clara: I've got half past three. Am I phoning a different time zone?
The Doctor: Yeah, you really sort of are.
Clara: Will it show up on the bill?
The Doctor: Oh, I dread to think.

Clara: When you say mobile phone, why do you point at that blue box?
The Doctor: Because it's a surprisingly accurate description.
Clara: ...Okay, we're finished now.

Clara: Clara Oswald for the win...Oswin!

The Doctor: But a hundred and one places to see, and you haven’t been to any of them, have you? That's why you keep the book.
Clara: I keep the book 'cause I'm still going.
The Doctor: But you don't run out on the people you care about. Wish I was more like that. [leaps from the steps and faces Clara] See, the thing about a time machine is that you can run away all you like and still back in time for tea, so what do you say? Anywhere, all of time and space right outside those doors.
Clara: [looks at the doors and turns to the Doctor] Does this work?
The Doctor: Hey?
Clara: [laughs] Is this actually what you do? Do you just...crook your finger and people just jump in your snog box and fly away?
The Doctor: [indignant] It is not a snog box!
Clara: I'll be the judge of that.
The Doctor: Starting when?
Clara: Come back tomorrow. Ask me again.
The Doctor: Why?
Clara: 'Cause tomorrow I might say yes. [starts for the doors] Some time after seven okay for you?
The Doctor: It's a time machine, any time's okay.
Clara: See you then.
The Doctor: Clara?
Clara: Uh-huh?
The Doctor: In your book there was a leaf. Why?
Clara: That wasn't a leaf. That was page one.

The Rings of Akhaten [7.8][edit]

(6 April 2013)
Clara: Did you just lock us in?
The Doctor: Yep.
Clara: With the soul-eating monster?
The Doctor: Yep.
Clara: And is there actually a way to get out?
The Doctor: What? Before it eats our souls?
Clara: Ideally, yes.
The Doctor: Possibly. Probably. There usually seems to be.

Clara: [staring up at Old God] I say leg it.
The Doctor: Leg it where, exactly?
Clara: Don't know. Lake District?
The Doctor: Oh, the Lake District’s lovely. Let's definitely go there. We can eat scones. They do great scones in 1927-
Clara: You're going to fight it, aren't you?
The Doctor: Regrettably yes. I think I may be about to do that.
Clara: It's really big.
The Doctor: I've seen bigger.
Clara: Really?
The Doctor: Are you joking? It's massive!

Clara: Still hungry? Well, I brought something for you. This. [holds up her parents' leaf] The most important leaf in human history. It’s full of stories, full of history. And full of a future that never got lived. Days that should have been that never were. Passed on to me. This leaf isn’t just the past, it’s a whole future that never happened. There are billions and millions of unlived days for every day we live. An infinity. All the days that never came. And these are all my mum’s.
The Doctor: Well, come on then! Eat up. [Grandfather groans] Are you full? I expect so. Because there’s quite a difference, isn’t there, between what was, and what should have been? There’s an awful lot of one, but there’s an infinity of the other. And infinity’s too much. Even for your appetite.

Cold War [7.9][edit]

(13 April 2013)
Clara: Are we going to be okay?
The Doctor: Yes.
Clara: Is that a lie?
The Doctor: Possibly. Very dangerous time, Clara. East and West standing on the brink of nuclear oblivion. Lots of itchy fingers on the button.
Clara: Isn't it always like that?
The Doctor: Sorta. But there are flash points and this is one of them. Hair, shoulder pads, nukes. It's the '80s; Everything's bigger.

Clara: The TARDIS! Where's the TARDIS? You never explained.
The Doctor: Oh, well, don't worry about that.
Clara: Stop saying that. Where is it?
The Doctor: Yeah. Well, I wasn't to know, was I?
Clara: Know what?
The Doctor: I've been tinkering, breaking her in. I'm allowed.
Clara: What did you do?
The Doctor: [mumbling] I reset the HADS.
Clara: Huh?
The Doctor: I reset [suddenly quieting his voice] the HADS.
Clara: The what?
The Doctor: The HADS! The Hostile Action Displacement System! If the TARDIS comes under attack, gunfire, time winds, the... sea, it... relocates!
Clara: Oh, Doctor...
The Doctor: Haven't used it in donkey's years. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Well, never mind, it's bound to turn up somewhere. [The Doctor's sonic screwdriver is heard whirring in his pocket] Ooh. Ha! See? Right on cue. [He examines his screwdriver's readings] Brilliant.
Clara: Brilliant.
The Doctor: The TARDIS is at the Pole.
Clara: Not far, then.
The Doctor: [sheepish] The South Pole.
Clara: Ah.
The Doctor: [to Captain Zhukov] Could we have a lift?

Hide [7.9][edit]

(20 April 2013)
The Doctor: What’s wrong? Did the TARDIS say something to you? [to the TARDIS] Are you being mean?
Clara: No, it’s not that. Have we just watched the entire life cycle of Earth? Birth to death?
The Doctor: Yes.
Clara: And you’re okay with that?
The Doctor: Yes.
Clara: How can you be?
The Doctor: The TARDIS. She’s...time. We...wibbly vortex and so on.
Clara: That’s not what I mean.
The Doctor: Okay...some help? Context? Cheat sheet? Something?
Clara: I mean, one minute you’re in 1974, looking for ghosts, but all you have to do is open your eyes and talk to whoever’s standing there. To you, I haven’t been born yet, and to you I've been dead a hundred billion years. [She looks at the ruined Earth of the distant future displayed on the TARDIS scanner] Is my body out there somewhere? In the ground?
The Doctor: ...Yes, I suppose is it.
Clara: But here we are, talking. So I am a ghost. To you, I’m a ghost. We’re all ghosts to you. We must be nothing.
The Doctor: you’re not that.
Clara: Then what are we? What can we possibly be?
The Doctor: You are...the only mystery worth solving.

Emma: What's wrong?
Clara: I just saw something I wish I hadn't.
Emma: What did you see?
Clara: That everything ends.
Emma: No, not everything. Not love. Not always.

[Clara tries to enter the TARDIS's closed doors]
Clara: Come on! Come on! Let me in, you grumpy old cow! [TARDIS Hologram that looks like Clara appears] Whoa! [...] What's this, now?
TARDIS Voice Visual Interface: TARDIS Voice Visual Interface. I'm programmed to select the image of a person you esteem. Of several billion such images in my database, this one best meets the criterion.
Clara: Oh, you are a cow! I knew it! Whatever, you have to help the Doctor!
TARDIS Voice Visual Interface: The Doctor is in the pocket universe.
Clara: You can enter the pocket universe!
TARDIS Voice Visual Interface: The entropy would drain the energy from my heart. In four seconds, I'd be stranded. In ten, I'd be dead.
Clara: You're talking, but all I hear is; "meh-meh-meh-meh-meh"!

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS [7.10][edit]

(27 April 2013)
Clara: Red flashing light... means something bad? "Get out of here fast?" Or possibly, "Whatever you do, don't open this door"... [Clara pauses, then opens the door. A huge wave of fire jets down the corridor towards her] Bad decision!

Clara: We’re outside!
The Doctor: No, we’re still in the TARDIS.
Clara: There’s no way across.
The Doctor: No, okay. You’re right.
Clara: So what do we do? Time for a plan, do you have a plan?
The Doctor: Well, no. No plan, sorry.
Clara: If you don't have a plan we're dead!
The Doctor: Yes. We are. So just tell me.
Clara: Tell you what?
The Doctor: Well, there’s no point now, we’re about to die, just tell me who you are.
Clara: [puzzled] You know who I am.
The Doctor: No, I don't. I look at you at you every single day, and I don't understand a thing about you. Why do I keep running into you?
Clara: Doctor, you invited me. You said —
The Doctor: Before that. I met you at the Dalek Asylum, there was a girl in a shipwreck and she died saving my life, and she was you.
Clara: She really wasn't.
The Doctor: Victorian London — there was a governess who was really a barmaid, and we fought the Great Intelligence together. She died, and it was my fault, and she was you!
Clara: You’re scaring me.
The Doctor: What are you, eh? A trick? A trap?
Clara: I don't know what you're talking about! [She stumbles backwards, and the Doctor catches her]
The Doctor: You really don't, do you?
Clara: I think I'm more scared of you right now than anything else on that Tardis.
The Doctor: You're just Clara, aren't you? [Hugs her]
Clara: Okay. I don't know what the hell this is about, but the hug is really nice.

Clara: What are you going to do?
The Doctor: Rewrite today, I hope. I've thrown this through the time rift before. I need to make sure this time. I'll take it through myself. There might be a certain amount of yelling.
Clara: Is it going to hurt?
The Doctor: Things that end your life often do that.
Clara: Wait! All those things you said. How we've … met before. How I died.
The Doctor: Clara, don't worry. You'll forget. Time mends us. It can mend anything.
Clara: I don't want to forget, not all of it. The Library. I saw it. You were mentioned in a book.
The Doctor: I'm mentioned in a lot of books.
Clara: You call yourself "Doctor" — why do you do that? You have a name, I saw it, in one corner of that tiny — [he silences her]
The Doctor: If I rewrite today, you won't remember, you won't go looking … for my name.
Clara: You’ll still have secrets.
The Doctor: Better that way.

The Crimson Horror [7.12][edit]

(4 May 2013)
The Doctor: Hang on, hang on! I've got a Sonic Screwdriver!
Clara: Yeah? I've got a chair! [destroys the controls]

The Doctor: Right, right, London. We were headed for London, weren't we?
Clara: Was there any particular reason?
The Doctor: No! No, just thought you it.
Clara: Yeah...Maybe had enough of Victorian values for a bit. [steps into the TARDIS]
The Doctor: You're the boss.
Clara: [pokes her head out, bemused] Am I?
The Doctor: [realised what he's just said] No! No! Get in! [Clara does so, smirking]

Clara: The boss. Yep, that's me!

Nightmare in Silver [7.13][edit]

(11 May 2013)
Porridge: Look up there. That corner of the sky. What do you see?
Clara: Nothing. It's just black. No stars, no nothing.
Porridge: That used to be the Tiberion Spiral Galaxy. A million star systems. A hundred million worlds. A billion trillion people. It's not there anymore. No more Tiberion galaxy. No more Cybermen. It was effective.
Clara: It's horrible.
Porridge: Yeah. I feel like a monster sometimes.
Clara: Why?
Porridge: Because instead of mourning a billion trillion dead people, I just feel sorry for the poor blighter who had to press the button and blow it all up.

Brains: With respect, ma'am, we ought to be hunting the creature.
Clara: The only reason I'm still alive is because I do what the Doctor says. Can you guarantee me you'd bring back my children alive and unharmed? [Brains shakes his head] I trust the Doctor.
Captain Ferrin: You think he knows what he's doing?
Clara: I'm not sure I'd go that far.

Cyber-Planner: Hey, Clara! There you are. Now, a quick rundown. What's our weapons strength?
Clara: One big gun, five of those hand pulsar units, and a shiny black bomb that implodes the planet.
Cyber-Planner: Yeah, yeah. That one. Now, tell me, does it happen, possibly, to have a sort-of remote triggery thing? [she shows it to him] Brilliant. Pass it here.
Clara: No.
Cyber-Planner: Why not?
Clara:In case you're not you right now. Or even if you are – just in case.
Cyber-Planner: Oh, don't worry. The Cyber-Planner's hibernating between moves right now. Shh.
Clara: Prove you're you. Tell me something only the Doctor knows.
Cyber-Planner: Clara... I suppose... I'm the only one who knows how I... feel about you right now. How funny you are... so funny... and pretty. [she smiles] And the truth is I'm starting to like you in a way that is more than just... [he leans in to kiss her. She slaps him].
The Doctor: Ow! Ow, ow! Yes! It's me! That really hurt!

Clara: [staring out over the legions of Cybermen] One gun, five hand pulsars, and a planet-smashing bomb that doesn't work anymore.
Brains: Why not?
Clara: Broken trigger unit.
Brains: But you signed for that!

The Doctor: Ah, hello. Can someone untie me, please?
Clara: Do you think I'm pretty?
The Doctor: No. You're too short and bossy, and your nose is all funny.
Clara: Good enough.

The Name of the Doctor [7.14][edit]

Run. Run, you clever boy...and remember me.
(18 May 2013)
The Doctor: Look, I'm pretty sure you have to tell me if I'm getting warm. I'm pretty sure that's in the rules.
Clara: Doctor.
The Doctor: Ha! Clara! How are you? Don't worry. Everything is under control.
Clara: What are you doing?
The Doctor: Oh! Um, Mr. Maitland went next door so I said I'd look after the kids. They wanted to go to the cinema, but I said no, I said, no, not until you wake up. I was very firm.
Clara: At which point they suggested Blind Man's Bluff.
The Doctor: Yes. Where are they?
Clara: [unties the Doctor's blindfold] At the cinema.
The Doctor: The little... Daleks!

Clara: I have to go in there.
The Doctor: Please. Please, no...
Clara: But this is what I’ve already done. You’ve already seen me do it. I’m the Impossible Girl, and this is why.
River: Whatever you’re thinking of doing...don’t.
Clara: If I step in there...what happens?
River: The time winds will tear you into a million pieces. A million versions of you, living and dying all over time and space. Like...echoes.
Clara: But the echoes could save the Doctor, right?
River: But they won’t be you – the real you will die. They’ll just be copies.
Clara: But they’ll be real enough to save him. [She smiles and shrugs] It’s like my mum said, the soufflé isn’t the soufflé – the soufflé is the recipe. It’s the only way to save him, isn’t it?
[River looks on sadly and nods. Madame Vastra enters, distraught]
Madame Vastra: The stars are going out. And Jenny and Strax are dead. There must be something we can do?
Clara: [Determined, she rises to approach the timestream] Well, how about that? I’m Soufflé Girl after all.
The Doctor: No...please.
Clara: If this works, get out of here as fast as you can. And spare me a thought now and then.
The Doctor: No, Clara...!
Clara: [Bravely facing the timesteam] In fact, you know what? [She turns to look at him] Run. Run, you clever boy...and remember me.
The Doctor: No! Clara!
[She takes a running leap into the timesteam, and is gone]

Clara: [voice-over] I don’t know where I am. I just know I’m running. Sometimes it’s like I’ve lived a thousand lives in a thousand places. I’m born, I live, I die. And always, there’s the Doctor. Always, I’m running to save the Doctor, again, and again, and again. And he hardly ever hears me. But I’ve always been there.
[On Gallifrey, she meets the First Doctor]
Clara: Doctor?
The Doctor: Yes, what is it? What do you want?
Clara: [Voice-over] Right from the very beginning.
Clara: Sorry. But you’re about to make a very big mistake. Don’t steal that one, steal this one. The navigation system’s knackered, but you’ll have much more fun.
Clara: [Voice-over] Right from the day he started running.
[As Oswin, in the Dalek Asylum]
Oswin: Run, you clever boy...
Clara: And remember me.

Clara: I don’t know where I am. I don’t know where I’m going, or where I’ve been. I was born to save the Doctor, but the Doctor is safe now. I’m the Impossible Girl, and my story is done.

The Day of the Doctor[edit]

(23 November 2013)
[after the TARDIS has been airlifted to Trafalgar Square, The Doctor speaks to Kate Stewart]
The Eleventh Doctor: Kate Lethbridge-Stewart! A word to the wise, as I'm sure your father would have told you - I don't like being picked up!
Clara: That probably sounded better in his head.

[The Doctor purloins a fez]
Clara: Someday, you could just walk past a fez.
The Eleventh Doctor: Never gonna happen.

Clara: What is that?
Kate Stewart: Time travel. A Vortex Manipulator. Bequeathed to the UNIT archive by Captain Jack Harkness on the occasion of his death. Well, one of them...

[The three Doctors have worked out how to disintegrate the wooden door of their prison cell using their sonic screwdrivers. The door opens and Clara races in, then stops at the sight of three Doctors standing there.]
The Eleventh Doctor: How did you do that?
Clara: Wasn't locked.
The Eleventh Doctor: Right.
Clara: [looks at the Tenth and War Doctors] So they're both you, then, yeah?
The Eleventh Doctor: Yes. You've met them before, don't you remember?
Clara: A bit. [to the Tenth Doctor] Nice suit.
The Tenth Doctor: Thanks.
Clara: Hang on... three of you in one cell and none of you thought to try the door?!
The War Doctor: It should have been locked.

The War Doctor: Hello.
The Tenth Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
The Eleventh Doctor: Sorry about the Dalek.
Clara: Also the showing off...

Clara: [to the War Doctor] Hello. I'm Clara. We haven't really met yet.
The War Doctor: [sincerely] Well, I look forward to it.

Clara: These are the people you're going to burn?
The Tenth Doctor: There isn't anything that we can do.
The Eleventh Doctor: He's right! There isn't another way, there never was! Either I destroy my own people or let The Universe burn.
Clara: Look at you. The three of you - The Warrior, The Hero... and you.
The Eleventh Doctor: And what am I?
Clara: Have you really forgotten?
The Eleventh Doctor: Yes, maybe, yes.
Clara: We've got enough warriors. Any old idiot can be a hero.
The Eleventh Doctor: Then what do I do?
Clara: What you've always done - be a Doctor. You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was that promise?
The Tenth Doctor: Never cruel nor cowardly.
The War Doctor: Never give up. Never give in.

The Time of the Doctor[edit]

(25 December 2013)
[Clara's family is tucking in to starters and alcohol whilst the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special is on the television.]
TV host: Merry Christmas!
Linda: How's the turkey going?
Clara: Great. Yeah, yeah, it's doing great. Well, dead and decapitated, but that's Christmas when you're a turkey.
Gran: Actually, maybe I will have a little more.
Clara: [refills Gran's glass] There you go, Gran.
Dave: Did you put it in early enough?
Clara: Dad, I put it in when you phoned me.
Dave: I e-mailed you some instructions.
Clara': Oh, you certainly did.

[The Doctor and Clara enter Christmas to investigate. The Doctor waves to a couple in the street]
The Doctor: Hello! Hello there! [To Clara] Right, we’re a couple from the next town. My name’s probably Hank, or Rock, or something like that.
Clara: Or Daisy.
The Doctor: Shut up! [to the couple] Hello, good to meet you, nice snow.
Man: Most pleasant to meet you too!
Woman: Most pleasant. Most pleasant.
The Doctor: I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. I stole a time machine and ran away, and I've been flouting the principle law of my own people ever since! [Claps a hand over his mouth] That wasn't quite what I was meant to say.
Clara: I'm an English teacher from planet Earth, and I ran off with a man from space because I really fancy... [claps a hand over her mouth, looking shocked]
Woman: I think, perhaps, you should stop talking till you get used to it.
The Doctor: Used to what?
Woman: What did you say your name was?
Clara: Bubbly personality masking bossy control freak! [Claps hand over mouth]

[The Doctor and Clara enter the tower. The Doctor reacts to something off-screen.]
The Doctor: There you are. What took you so long?
Clara: What's wrong? It's only a crack in the wall.
[The camera turns to reveal that it's the same crack in the wall from series five.]
The Doctor: I knew. I always knew it wasn't over.
Clara: What is it?
The Doctor: A split in the skin of reality. [The Doctor flashbacks to his past encounters with the Crack: Amelia's bedroom, the Byzantium, and that the crack was in Room 11 during The God Complex.] A tiny sliver of the twenty-sixth of June 2010, the day the universe blew up.
Clara: Missed that.
The Doctor: I rebooted it, put it all back together again.
Clara: That's good!
The Doctor: Well, it was my TARDIS that blew it up in the first place; I felt a degree of responsibility. But the scar tissue remains, a structural weakness in the whole universe. Whoa! And someone's trying to get through it from outside our universe, from somewhere else. Of course, of course! Makes sense.
Clara: It does?
The Doctor: Yes. If you were trying to break through a wall, you'd choose the weakest spot. If you were trying to break into this universe you'd choose this crack, because--No! If you were trying to break back into this universe! [to Handles] You said "Gallifrey!" Why did you say "Gallifrey"?
Handles: Analysis of message composition indicates Gallifreyan origin according to TARDIS data banks.
Clara: You said Gallifrey was gone.
The Doctor: No, I said it was in another universe. The message is coming through here. The truth field is too, at a guess.

Clara: "And now it's time for one last bow
Like all your other selves
Eleven's hour is over now
The clock is striking twelve's".

Clara: [talking into the crack in the wall] You've been asking a question, and it's time someone told you you've been getting it wrong. His name... His name is the Doctor. All the name he needs. Everything you need to know about him. And if you love him — and you should — help him. Help him.

The Doctor: It all just disappears, doesn't it? Everything you are, gone in a moment, like breath on a mirror. Any moment now...he's a-comin'.
Clara: Who's coming?
The Doctor: The Doctor.
Clara: You. You are the Doctor.
The Doctor: Yep. And I always will be. [his hand starts glowing] But times change, and so must I. [A little girl in a familiar hat runs past, her face obscured] Amelia!
Clara: Who's Amelia?
The Doctor: The first face this face saw. [facing Clara] We all change. When you think about it, we're all different people all through our lives. And that's okay. That's good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.
[A vision of adult Amy walks down the stairs. They touch each other's faces]
Amy: Raggedy man...Good night.
[Amy disappears. The Doctor slowly takes off his bowtie and drops it on the ground]
Clara: No, no!
The Doctor: [extends his glowing hand to her] Hey.
Clara: Please don't change.
[He abruptly regenerates. The new Doctor stares at Clara intensely. He staggers against the TARDIS console]
The Twelfth Doctor: Kidneys! I've got new kidneys! I don't like the colour.
Clara: Of your kidneys? [The TARDIS starts shaking] What's happening?
The Twelfth Doctor: We're probably crashing.
Clara: Into what?
The Twelfth Doctor: Stay calm. Just one you happen to know how to fly this thing?
[Clara stares in horror]

Deep Breath [8.1][edit]

(23 August 2014)
Madame Vastra: You thought he was young?
Clara: He looked young.
Madame Vastra: He looked like your dashing young gentleman friend. Your lover, even.
Clara: [dismissively] Shut up!
Madame Vastra: But he is The Doctor. He has walked the universe for centuries untold. He has seen stars fall to dust. You might as well flirt with a mountain range.
Clara: [laughing] I did not flirt with him!
Madame Vastra: He flirted with you.
Clara: How?
Madame Vastra: He looked young. Who do you think that was for?
Clara: Me?
Madame Vastra: Everyone. I wear a veil as he wore a face. For the same reason.
Clara: What reason?
Madame Vastra: The oldest reason there is for anything - to be accepted.

[Clara and the Doctor have met at a restaurant.]

Clara: An ordinary person wants to meet someone that they know very well for lunch. What do they do?
The Doctor: Well, they probably get in touch and suggest lunch.
Clara: Okay. So what kind of person would put a cryptic note in a newspaper advert?
The Doctor: Well, I would like to say --
Clara: Oh, go on. Do. Say.
The Doctor: Well, I would say that that person would be an egomaniac-needy-game-player sort of person.
Clara: [sighs] Thank you. [relaxes] Well, at least that's not changed.
The Doctor: [regards her] No, I don't suppose it ever will.
Clara: No. I don't suppose it will, either.
The Doctor: Clara, honestly...I don't want you to change. [puts his hand on top of hers]

[As they talk further, they discover that neither of them placed the newspaper ad. The Doctor starts to get suspicious.]

The Doctor: Well, if neither of us placed that ad....Who placed that ad?
Clara: [suddenly realizing] Hang on... "Egomaniac needy game player"?!
The Doctor: [looking around the restaurant] This could be a trap.
Clara: [now angry] That was me?!
The Doctor: Never mind that.
Clara: Yes, I am minding that.
The Doctor: Clara, --
Clara: You were talking about me.
The Doctor: Clara, what is happening right now, in this restaurant, to you and me, is more important than your egomania.
Clara: Nothing is more important than my egomania.
The Doctor: Right. You actually said that.
Clara: [still upset] You never mention that again.

Into The Dalek [8.2][edit]

(30 August 2014)
The Doctor: (to Colonel Morgan and Journey Blue) This is Clara. Not my assistant. She's, uh, some other word.
Clara: I'm his carer.
The Doctor: Yeah. My carer. She cares, so I don't have to.

[Clara stares at the Doctor incredulously.]
The Doctor: [off her look] What's that look for?
Clara: That's the look you get when I'm about to slap you. [SLAPS the Doctor, HARD, across the face.] We're going to die in here. And there's a little bit of you that's pleased. "The Daleks are evil, after all." "Everything makes sense." "The Doctor is right!"
The Doctor: Daleks are evil. Irreversably so. That's what we just learned.
Clara: No, Doctor, that is not what we just learned!

Clara: [to the Doctor] You asked me if you were a good man. And the answer is, I don't know. But I think you try to be. And I think that's probably the point.

Robot of Sherwood [8.3][edit]

(6 September 2014)
[The Doctor and Clara are discussing Robin Hood.]
The Doctor: Old-fashioned heroes only exist in old-fashioned storybooks, Clara.
Clara: What about you?
The Doctor: Me?
Clara: Yeah. You. You stop bad things happening every minute of every day. That sounds pretty heroic to me.
[The Doctor is moved by her words.]
The Doctor: [modestly] Just passing the time.

Clara: How can you be so sure he [Robin Hood] is not the real thing?
The Doctor: Because he can't be.
Clara: When did you stop believing in everything?
The Doctor: When did you start believing in impossible heroes?
Clara: [gives the Doctor a look] Don't you know?

Robin Hood: Whoever he is [i.e, the Doctor], he is a very lucky man.
Clara: Marian is very lucky, too.
Robin Hood: [softly] I fear not.
Clara: Don't give up. Not ever. Not for one single day. [kisses his cheek] Be safe, if you can be. But always be amazing.

Listen [8.4][edit]

If you listen to anything else, listen to this. You’re always gonna be afraid even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there. But that’s okay because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home… Fear makes companions of us all.
(13 September 2014)
[Clara is reassuring the young Doctor]
Clara: Listen. Listen. This is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So please, just listen. I know you're afraid. But being afraid is all right. Because didn't anybody ever tell you? Fear is a super power. Fear can make you faster, and cleverer, and stronger. And one day, you're going to come back to this barn, and on that day, you're going to be very afraid indeed. But that's okay. Because if you're very wise and very strong, fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn't matter if there's nothing under the bed, or in the dark, so long as you know it's okay to be afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to nothing else, listen to this. You're always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like...a companion. A constant companion, always there. But that's okay, because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I'm going to leave you something, just so you'll always remember -- fear makes companions of us all. [leaves behind Rupert's toy 'Dan the Soldier Man']

The Caretaker [8.6][edit]

(27 September 2014)
Danny: It's funny. You only know what someone thinks of you when you know what lies they've told you. I mean, you say you've seen wonders, you've seen amazing things — and you've kept them secret. From me. So what do you think of me, Clara?
Clara: Please tell me how to fix this.
Danny: I just want to know who you are.
Clara: You know who I am.
Danny: When you're with him. When you're with the Doctor.

Quotes about Clara Oswald[edit]

From the beginning she was impossible.
  • A genius entertainment manager hiding out in a wrecked ship, hacking the security systems of the most advanced warrior race the Universe has ever seen — but, you know what really gets me about you, Oswin? The soufflés. Where do you get milk for the soufflés? Seriously, is no one else wondering about that?

  • From the beginning she was impossible. The impossible girl. Met her in the Dalek Asylum, never saw her face, and she died. Met her again in Victorian London, and she died. Saved my life both times by giving her own. But now she’s back, and we’re running together and she’s perfect. Perfect in every way for me. Except she can’t remember that we ever met. Clara. Always brave, always funny. Always exactly what I need. Perfect. Too perfect. You get used to not knowing. Thought I never would. I was wrong. I know who Clara Oswald is. I know how she came to be in my life and I know what she will always mean. I found out the truth the day we went to Trenzalore.

  • And if I grow to be half the man that you are, Clara Oswald, I shall be happy indeed.

  • Never try and control a control freak.
    • The Twelfth Doctor to the Half-Faced Man in Deep Breath (23 August 2014)

  • Robin Hood: Clara told me your stories.
  • The Doctor: She should not have told you any of that.
  • Robin Hood: Well, once the story started, she could hardly stop herself. You are her hero, I think.

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