i am oswin and i am human


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What Difference Would One Good Dalek Make?

“How do you get into a Dalek’s head?”

Steven Moffat is known for finding new and creative methods of exploring a monster almost as old as Doctor Who itself. The unnerving corruption of the nanocloud, the horrific Dalek sewers, the revelation that their own casing is built to censor and distort the words and intentions of the being inside. But perhaps most intriguing is his use of the Daleks in relation to his characters, and one specific character in particular. In her duration on the show, Clara Oswald has been placed within a Dalek shell no less than three times. On each of these occasions the circumstances have varied greatly, yet there’s something rather fascinating about such an unusual recurring theme, and even more so the curious manner in which it’s consistently framed.

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bazwillendinflames  asked:

Hi, drabble idea: the Doctor goes back to save Oswin after he realises she was an echo of Clara and 'saves' her to the library (like he did with River). Bonus if he sends her a message through the library data core (you can pick) along the lines of 'run you clever girl, I remember you'.


Oswin didn’t recognise the voice, or her surroundings. She’d been in her… well, she wasn’t quite sure what to call it. Not a home, certainly, but her… refuge? Perhaps? She’d been in her refuge, and the kind, attractive man with the enormous chin had been talking to her, and then-

Oh. She’d had the unhappy truth of her existence pointed out to her, and blown herself up in a vaguely suicidal yet somewhat heroic manner.

She looked down automatically, relieved to find two arms ending in normal, human hands - not the weapons she’d half been expecting.

“It’s alright,” the voice said, and Oswin blinked hard, looking around and realising that she was in a high-ceilinged white-painted bedroom, resting on a luxurious four-poster bed, with a kind, middle-aged woman with a mass of blonde hair sat beside her. “You’re safe here.”

“Who are you?” Oswin managed, struggling into a sitting position. “Where am I?”

“I’m Professor River Song,” the woman explained with a warm smile. “You might have met my husband, the Doctor.”

“Chin Boy?”

“Oh yes, that’s him,” River chuckled. “Well, luckily for you, he saved you. Metaphorically and literally.”

“I’m not a damsel in distress, I don’t need saving.”

“You’re not a Dalek in distress either,” River raised an eyebrow. “You’re human, and you did an incredibly compassionate thing, and he wanted to say thank you.”

“Where am I?” Oswin asked again, and River smiled.

“The data core of the Library. The Doctor managed to save your consciousness before the Asylum blew, and he uploaded you here.”

“So I’m… a data ghost?”

“Yep,” River grinned, giving a cheeky little wave. “So am I.”


“He ah…” River looked down at her hands, then back up at Oswin. “He left you a message.”

“Oh? What was it?”

“‘Run, you clever girl. I remember you.’”

  • in Asylum of the Daleks
  • Oswin: Then run.
  • The Doctor: What did you say?
  • Oswin: I've taken down the forcefield. I am Oswin Oswald. I fought the Daleks and I am human. Remember me. Run!
  • -
  • in The Witch's Familiar
  • The Doctor: Why aren't you trying to kill me?
  • Clara: Because I would never kill you. You're the last person I would ever kill.