This post relates to a multi-series plot mystery in Doctor Who. It started in the last series in the episode called The Bells of St John. This was the episode in which the Doctor met Clara, again.
If you’ve not seen Deep Breath, the first episode of Doctor Who season 8, then this post might have some light spoilers. If you’re super concerned then stop reading.
There aren’t really spoilers here though as this is all speculation. We don’t know the answer.
In The Bells of St John Clara phoned the Doctor. She was given the number by a “woman in a shop”. Geek Native called this out in March 2013 as one of the un-answered questions and ran a poll. At the time of posting that poll has over 180 respondents as people theorise who this woman might have been.
The poll below is the same one from 2013 and is reposted here.
The question “Who gave Clara the Doctor’s number?” is renewed as a mystery after Deep Breath. It matters again. Who refers to Clara as the Impossible Girl? Who would know the Doctor does? Who would be keen that they stay together?
The Doctor seems to think whoever gave Clara his number is the same person who ran The Impossible Girl advert in the paper. This was a riddle that put both at risk in the dangerous restaurant. It was also a riddle that helped keep the two together.
At the very end of Deep Breath there’s a new candidate for the mystery woman. Who was the woman at the end of the episode? She had a parasol and claimed to be in the Promised Land. She seemed to refer to the Doctor as “her boyfriend”. The character is called Missy and played by Glasgow based actress Michelle Gomez.
There’s certainly something significant about this new woman. How else could she get the android – or an aspect of the android – to the “Promised Land” realm?
Is this mystery woman the same woman who bought the advert in the paper and the same woman who gave Clara the Doctor’s number?