WARNING: Full spoilers for the seventh season premiere "Asylum of the Daleks" follow, along with some details of this year's Christmas Special.
And so it has begun. Saturday night, the audience of Doctor Who were not only introduced to the beginning of the end for the much beloved Ponds but also the debut of the new companion that will be firmly attached to Matt Smith's side as Jenna-Louise Coleman gave a spectacular first impression. Coleman's character of Oswin has already been responsible for plenty of GIFs on Tumblr in a fan-appreciated effort to show their new support for the fast-talking genius, but there still remains one solid mystery: just how the hell will we see her again? Today we tackle that great unknown with one massive plotting of events that could led to the resurgence of Ms. Oswin Oswald.
The following are a number of scenarios in which Coleman's character (or characters) could see her return to the show later this year. They're really just educated shots in the dark and are simply theories. Feel free to share your own in the comments:
1) Her ancestor Clara Oswald becomes the next companion - Let's wind back the clock, first off. When Jenna-Louise Coleman was first announced as the new companion, there was plenty of talk as to just what her character would be in the upcoming seventh year of the series. As the months went on and the hiatus thankfully narrowed, eventually multiple reports surfaced in saying that Coleman's role would be that of Clara Oswald, a female from the Victorian era who joins The Doctor as his new time-travelling sidekick.
However Saturday when Oswin eventually debuted, some were quick to shake off initial information as just rumors that fell to the wayside. However, what if Oswin was just a taste of what's to come?
The Christmas Special set to be the first of many for Coleman's character is in fact set in Victorian times (with Madam Vastra and Jenny set to return as well), but how exactly The Doctor crosses paths with her is unclear. Assuming "Clara" is indeed the companion's true name, is she the long distant ancestor of the future tech genius?
While there's plenty that is a bit fuzzy about this particular theory, this one seems to be the most spot-on. But am I the only one that finds it a bit disappointing to have such a fun, flirty and incredible character/performance from Coleman in Oswin only to possibly be changed as the actress portrays an entirely new individual altogether? I'm worried that should the Clara theory turn out to be true, there will be different aspects of her personality that don't exactly live up to Oswin's in certain regards.
Let's combine this with another possible situation in order to make sense of it all...
2) The Daleks somehow create a clone - I have to give credit to one of my personal favorite television critics Maureen Ryan for this particular idea. She mentioned in her review of Saturday's premiere, "This is my somewhat fantastical theory for down the line -- what if the Doctor's enemies somehow preserve her DNA or an earlier version of Oswin, and use her as a lure to get him to the Fields of Trenzelor, which is where (as we learned in last season's finale) there will be a final and possibly fatal showdown?"
Fantastical? Yes. Impossible? Not even close. "Asylum of the Daleks" also introduced a new variation of the enemies that are absolutely creepy in the form of The Dalek Sentries. The ability to turn any human alive or dead into Daleks undercover that can capture even The Doctor, Amy and Rory is obviously a technology that just won't be tossed away any time soon. While it serves an important purpose on its own, there has to be a reason that Moffat introduced the concept in one of the most important and anticipated episodes of the year.
So let's say that somehow The Daleks retained a piece of Oswin's DNA. It's stressed that Oswin is a vital part to the alien enemies due to the fact of her brain and how vastly intelligent she is. The idea of cloning her in order to bring that intelligence back to life is not exactly so far off the board. The Daleks have in fact employed time travel tactics before and with The Doctor no longer their biggest threat thanks to a memory wipe, they could be waging war against another threat that leads them to the Victorian era.
Here, they can use this new clone Clara to easily vanquish their target...but it's up to The Doctor to stop such an event from happening while also attempting to revert Clara from a Dalek Sentry back to The Human she proclaimed she was in her final moments inside The Asylum.
3) The Doctor picks Oswin up earlier in her timestream - Out of every possibility in this article, this one seems the easiest. Perhaps too easy...
One of the number one plots tossed around by fans this weekend due to the likeliness of it happening is that The Doctor will simply rev up the engines on the Tardis and venture back to pick up Oswin before her ill-fated day with The Daleks. Once he "saves" her, he could either put her back within the timestream to live out her destiny giving her one last final tour so to speak before she is transformed.
And while this seems like a very likely cause, we also need to include the fact that the Oswin we saw within the premiere has no recollection of The Doctor, The Tardis or anything related to the Time Lord. So theoretically if The Doctor had already picked her up, she would have remembered at least some portion of her adventures with The Doctor and expressed some knowledge towards this. While a mind-wipe scenario is certainly possible, it would seem simply like a bittersweet ending to a character that fans would fall in love with later on.
Plus, Steven Moffat is known very well for his ability to create complicated stories such as the overarching tale of The Impossible Astronaut last year along with the second season ending of Sherlock. Nothing about this quite screams Moffat's signature touch and it just seems like too simple of a premise to really confide in...at least for now.
4) Somehow The Doctor saves Dalek Oswin from the Asylum - Our favorite Time Lord said it himself in a standout statement during the first episode, "You can do a lot in four seconds." Though crossing timestreams between what would obviously be his future self and his past self is somewhat of a big no-no, The Doctor has done so before as recently as Lake Silencio. And correct me if I'm wrong, but that room definitely looked large enough to house a Tardis for an incredibly quick getaway if necessary.
The only major problem in this outcome would be trying to revert Oswin back from Dalek to Human. Though we saw her own little world inside of the Dalek shell, it's clear that this was some type of manifestation that Oswin had cooked up in order to shut out the clear truth. Although in her final moments before The Asylum's explosion, our future companion certainly showcased that she was still very much in tact with her humanity.
We've seen larger oddities before on Doctor Who, certainly, but extracting that humanity might just be a bit of a stretch.
5) We don't know: The Moffat Mindfuck Principle - It's clear that about 80% of the time when it comes to showrunner and writer Steven Moffat, we have no clue just what might be up his sleeves. In the years that he's taken control of the hit sci-fi series, there have been plenty of twists, turns, theatrical stages for important events and fans have come to suspect that nearly everything has a double meaning.
Exactly what he has cooked up is widely unknown and are likely to have many guessing for the next month. But if it's anything like The Silence, The Cracks in Time, Melody Pond and of course our latest mystery "Doctor Who?", Moffat is certainly planning for 2012 to go out with a bang.
How do you think Coleman's companion will be brought back? Feel free to let us know your theories, thoughts, and reactions to our proposed situations either in the comments below or tweet us @FilmThrasher on Twitter!