Clara’s final farewell – share your predictions!

October 18th, 2015
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

Series 9 is now well underway and it’s safe to say that so far it has given us some of the Doctor’s most ambitious, and not to mention exciting, adventures to date.

It hasn’t all been fun, games and sonic sunglasses, however, as there’s a foreboding shadow hanging over the proceedings. It’s been confirmed that, after three spectacular years in the TARDIS and more false farewells than you can shake a stick at, everybody’s favourite impossible girl is on her way out (for real, this time!) which means that time is running out for our soufflé superstar. It’s been a blast!

Unusually, however, it hasn’t been revealed exactly when she’ll be bidding her last adieu to her life aboard the TARDIS. We’ve only been told that it will happen at some point during the latest series, which basically means that it could happen at any point so we should go into each episode expecting the unexpected. As of The Girl Who Died, she’s still alive and kicking to fight another day, but when will her luck run out? While we await – and dread – the inevitable, let us know your predictions about how Clara Oswald will leave Doctor Who by sharing your thoughts and theories below. Brace yourself, it’s gonna be “emotional”

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14 comments on this article
  1. Annie
    October 19th, 2015 at 12.45am | #1

    Well I am sure that the one choice that everyone neglects to choose will actually be the one. Knowing moffat it will be something right in front of our eyes that we’ve already seen. Or something completely random. But we shall see.

  2. Michael
    October 20th, 2015 at 3.39pm | #2

    It only feels like yesterday that Clara was introduced to the show during the late Matt Smith run and now she’s leaving!, doesn’t the time fly whilst a new companion gets introduced on to a series of Doctor Who, One minute they come and they come off the next minute.

  3. Steve
    October 22nd, 2015 at 6.42pm | #3

    Just go – I am bored now!!

  4. Erika
    October 23rd, 2015 at 12.51am | #4

    I Don’t get why everyone is mad at Jenna Coleman for having the show after 3 years. Other Companions have been apart of the show for one or two years. She has even been there longer than the ninth doctor. Its just her time. let her go.

  5. Steve
    October 23rd, 2015 at 7.14am | #5

    @Erika No one is mad at Jenna Coleman, it is Clara no one likes. Her character is unique in Doctor Who – boorish, a bully, nasty! Doctor Who needs a change in leadership, until Moffatt goes Doctor Who will not get any better!

  6. Erika
    October 24th, 2015 at 12.05am | #6

    Of course, thats your choice. I personally loved all seasons that Moffat directed and all of the companions. But I respect your choice.

  7. Hunter
    November 2nd, 2015 at 10.41pm | #7

    She is going to sacrifice herself to save the doctor and die in the process. After that she’ll die. The doctor will be upset. Remember the pictures of Clara at the diner for the finale that were leaked? I bet that’s actually an echo of Clara from when she jumped into the doctor’s time stream and that will be the last he ever sees of her (even if it is as an echo).

  8. The 13th Doctor
    November 8th, 2015 at 7.41pm | #8

    Personally, I think Clara’s character development has been the best of any companion since the show came back. A strong minded female lead who is portrayed brilliantly by Jenna. This series has been so good.
    Having said that, now is the perfect time for Jenna to leave, on a high.

  9. Gambit
    November 14th, 2015 at 7.58pm | #9

    She’ll sacrifice the doctor the way the doctor would sacrifice a companion to save the world. We’ve see all season how Clara has been acting like the doctor, this will be the pay off where she does what he would normally do.

  10. TARDIS Blue Scott
    November 14th, 2015 at 10.52pm | #10

    For me, the question was never IF Clara would die in the act of saving someone else (The Doctor, Rigsy, the world, etc.), it was how and when. After all, she was “born to save…”

    But my bigger question regarding Series 9 has been one of whether or not the half-dozen or so “loose ends” in Clara’s story line would be meaningfully addressed. Here are four of them:

    - Missy’s motive for playing matchmaker to The Doctor/Clara;
    - Orson Pink, anyone? (or, as I now call him, Orphan Pink);
    - How did Clara really survive (or did she?) entering The Doctor’s time stream? Cue River?
    - the two hearts on 4-yr-old Clara’s T-shirt when she meets The Doctor for the first time (Rings Of Akhaten), meaning what?

    So far, we are 0-for-6, so I’m not holding my breath.

    And that really bothers me. Many of us have made a big emotional investment in Clara, and I feel the payoff for watching her (likely) tragic ending should be some sort of closure. For me, it’s about tying off those loose ends. That way, Clara’s story is complete, and we can move on to the next companion’s story.

    But now, I feel like the closure I’m looking for probably won’t happen. If so, Clara’s story will never feel complete to me, and I know I’m not alone with this feeling.

    So then how DO you say goodbye? How do you trust the storytellers (the writers) with your hopes for the next companion when they come along? Why invest emotionally in a story line when it could be discarded without explanation by next episode? And most importantly, why keep watching?

    I honestly don’t know.

  11. Sarah Ansley
    November 15th, 2015 at 5.18pm | #11

    I don’t think Clare ever got out of the dalek in the second episode. The Doctor said sorry to her when she asked him to remove the mind link and it sounded more like a ’sorry, but…’ Than a ’sorry I got you into this’. We never saw him remove the link and ever since he has talked to Clare as if it some point in her future she has died.

  12. jodi
    November 25th, 2015 at 9.58pm | #12

    i will miss clara. i think she has been a wonderful companion-w/the exception of when she was so mean in that zygon story a few wks ago-turning that poor man into a zygon… anyway. i think the story face the raven was great. well written. omg i cried. noooooooooooooooooooo! but alas. i guess she has to go. =,(

  13. Natasha
    December 8th, 2015 at 6.37pm | #13

    I loved Clara, and I’m so sad to see her go! I think that Ashildr will be the next assistant, as she keeps popping up! I thought that Clara’s farewell was a disappointment, though, as I don’t think that Rigsy is important enough for Clara to give her life for him.

  14. Kaz
    December 11th, 2015 at 10.11am | #14

    I hate to see Clara go, but she lasted 2 episodes longer than Rose. Since we are getting rid of Clara maybe we will get a new doctor. I really don’t like this doctor. I would actually rather keep clara and send this doctor to regenerate into someone better. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Doctor could regenerate back to one of his former selves (David Tennent), That would be awesome!!!!!!!

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