The series nine finale of Doctor Who ended on a relatively uplifting note, with Jenna Coleman’s Clara flying off with Maisie Williams’s Me to a series of new adventures in their very own TARDIS. While we were sad to see Clara leave, it seemed a fitting and happy send-off for the long-running companion – unless, of course, something far darker was going on…
You see, to one fan Me/Ashildr’s appearance in Hell Bent doesn’t entirely add up. Outliving all other immortals, she turned up in a reality bubble at the end of the universe powered by something she refused to identify, and with a perfect memory of both the Doctor and Clara despite not having seen them for billions of years (and we’d previously seen her apparently forgetting people after a few centuries, even if she did keep up with her diaries).
And how come a little bit of Mire technology meant for battlefield repairs outlasted the Time Lords, Captain Jack Harkness and pretty much the entire universe?
“You don’t look surprised to see Me.”
There may be a simple answer – because reddit user King of the Kobolds has come up with a theory that Me was in fact still working for the Time Lords (as she was in Face the Raven when she captured the Doctor), who had picked her up and time-travelled her to the end of the universe in order to get hold of Clara and make her face the death she had cheated thanks to their extraction chamber.
The Time Lords were powering the reality bubble, and the reason Me hadn’t been driven insane by billions of years alive was simple – she hadn’t been alive anywhere near that long and was picked up shortly after the events of Face the Raven. Maybe she then took Clara straight to Gallifrey to be sent back to her death, or maybe they really did have fun adventures together, but in either case Me still had ulterior motives that the Doctor never saw coming.
It’s all a little bit unlikely, sure, but then again Doctor Who isn’t exactly known for its straightforward, as-they-seem plots. And to quote the theory directly:
“I find it far more probable that Ashildr is still a Time Lord stooge than it is to believe she survived billions of years to the end of time itself, even outlasting the other immortal beings of the Whoniverse.”
Whether the theory is right or wrong, trust is clearly the first thing to die when you’re in a relationship with Doctor Who.
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