Warning: another long-post incoming, but apparently I keep on having Doctor Who theories and I’ve got to get them out somewhere. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Hopefully some of you will enjoy it/have some thoughts of your own!
So as Series 10 has gone along, I’ve been slightly suspicious regarding Bill’s actual parentage. I mean, true, we have pictures of Bill’s mom, but that’s only because the doctor went back to take pictures of “Bill’s mom”… which would be a perfectly lovely moment if that’s all it was, but we only have the Doctor’s word (well, photo) to go on that she is, indeed, “Bill’s mom.” And remember rule 1: the Doctor lies.
As I’d seen someone mention, there is a young girl in one of the “world enough and time” trailers who looks a bit like a younger Bill (trailer here: [x] ). They’ve also made several very pointed allusions to the importance of Bill’s mom which again, could just be a very sweet character trait, but… they have referenced it. Like ALOT (see: hanging photos of her mom in Knock Knock, screaming for her mom in Oxygen, using her “memory” of her to save the day in Lie of the Land, etc).
At this point, I’m still conflicted at this point as to who Bill’s mom (assuming she isn’t the one shown in the pictures) might be. My thoughts on who would be most likely have shifted as the series went on, but my main suspicions have been that she’s either River/the Doctor’s daughter (I mean they did spend 24 years on Darillium), that she’s simply related to the Doctor in some way/shape or form, or that she’s the daughter Missy/The Master talked about in Witch’s Familiar (though at that time, Missy would have technically been her Father, so the woman in the picture might actually be her mom: however, I’ve grown more uncertain with this theory, which I’ll explain in a bit).
In terms of visual clues, there are several that could suggest a relation to the Doctor (possibly River), especially in The Pilot: For example, one of the first things we see Bill do is look at a picture of River and Susan (about 1 min in exactly). Secondly, when Bill asks the Doctor “Why me?”, the Doctor’s reply (“Well I noticed you”) is immediately followed by a shot of him looking at Susan’s photograph (about 3 min 20 seconds in). Near the end of the episode, we also see shots of her with River’s picture clearly featured in the frame ( about 44 min 40 secs in). There’s also the “grandad/father/grandfather” references in Knock Knock. It is, however, possible that those cues are simply intended to build an onscreen relationship where the Doctor views Bill LIKE a daughter/granddaughter,and not a literal relation.
Also, going back to the most recent episode: in addition to the shot of the Bill-ish looking girl in the trailer, there was a curious shot about 32 minutes in World Enough and Time: When Bill and Simm!Master are walking outside the hospital, there are lots of camera cuts to sad, impoverished looking kids. Near the end of that sequence, there’s a shot where they pass a little girl standing in an alley: Looking at her, it seems possible that she could be the same kid as in the trailer, (though I’m not 100% sure: perhaps someone else can say for certain). However, instead of keeping focus on Simm!Master and Bill as they walk by, the camera allows them to leave the frame and makes a strangely deliberate zoom on the little girl. Could be reading way into that, but just throwing it out there.
Apart from the visual clues (which, again, could just be sentimental), something happens at around 9 minutes into the Pilot that struck me as odd: when she’s following The Doctor and Nardole into the vault, the door opens automatically. When she’s heard crashing about, the Doctor asks Nardole “The door upstairs, how did you set the security?”, to which Nardole replies: “Friends only”. My question would be: what does the “friends only” setting mean? Is it just that the machine picks up that Bill’s a decent/friendly human being and lets her in (which she is, but that seems a bit lax on security), or is there a genetic component involved? If the security has a genetic basis, it would probably have a bioprint that would allow the Doctor and Nardole (and maaaybe Missy) to access the vault. At this point Bill doesn’t know anything about the “sci-fi” elements of the Doctor’s life (he’s just her tutor), so he has no reason to deliberately grant her access. Could it be that she has enough genetic similarities to someone that’s already been granted “friends” status?
In terms of a possible relation to the Master/Missy, I was more keen on this theory earlier on, but have cooled on it a bit as the series went on. In The Witch’s Familiar, Missy explicitly states that she has a daughter when she’s talking to Clara about the brooch (“the doctor gave it to me when my daughter…”). When I saw that she wasn’t wearing the brooch in the promo photos (and before Extremis aired), I thought it might be possible that Extremis!Missy was at an earlier point in her time stream than WF!Missy and the event involving the brooch and her daughter hadn’t happened yet. However, after watching Extremis (which is pretty clearly set after WF), and rewatching WF (she specifically mentions the brooch being given in the “olden days of Gallifrey”, which I’d missed the first time) this theory seems increasingly unlikely.
Now: If we accept for a moment that Bill is related to either the Doctor/River, just the Doctor, or Missy/the Master, the one main snag is that she appears to be biologically human, as shown by the fact that the Cyberman “patients” singled her out in World Enough & Time, and by the fact that she (apparently) grew up living a fairly normal life with her Foster mother (I’m pretty sure one of her doctors would have noticed if she had two hearts). In this scenario, the two main solutions would be (1) the chameleon arch, which could rewrite her biology and give her a normal human life or (2 )her physiology is close enough to human to pass without any obvious differences. At this point in the series, I think Option 1 is increasingly unlikely: if they were going to reuse the chameleon arch, you’d think they would have (a) made a passing reference to it by now [since not all current Who fans have seen episodes from 10 years ago], or would have left a visual hint (like with a brief shot of a watch/similar object in her home or on her person. I haven’t seen anything like this, but do correct me if I’m wrong). Option 2 could be possible, since we haven’t yet seen what the physiological result would be if a Time Lord and a Human were to procreate, in terms of heart number, dominant qualities, etc., and there might be a way for more “Time-Lordy” qualities to be suppressed. If River were the mother (versus the woman we think of as “Bill’s mom” or another human): while she did gain time lord qualities from exposure to the time vortex, both of her parents were biologically human, meaning she would likely have one heart as opposed to the Gallifreyan two.
Another thought that popped into my head was that, instead of the little girl being young Bill, perhaps that girl was Bill’s mother. If so, that would make the physiological problem a bit simpler: Even if her mother were Mondasian as opposed to an Earthling, it’s been heavily implied that the two species are pretty much identical in terms of their genetic makeup (after all, Mondas and Earth are twin planets, and Bill’s “human” genetic makeup was automatically detected when she stepped on the ship). In that case, it might be the case where the Doctor rescues her from the ship and resettles her on Earth, where she later has Bill.
Anyway, those are the options that came to mind, though I can’t say what the answer is. The only thing I know for sure is that they’ve made a pretty big deal of Bill’s mom , so she’ll probably show up again one way or another. We shall see. If you have any other thoughts, would love to hear them!
Clara. The impossible girl. Of course, to the doctor, however, how many times he would tell her how confusing she is…or how impossible she is…he always knew everything about her. Her likes, her dislikes, her…sass…control. She did happen to have a lot of that, didn’t she? Even her weaknesses. For one, she would go hyterical while watching any kind of sad movie. Or…how if you said her full name, she would pinch you everytime you called her by that. The doctor had learned after about…18 or so pinches. But everyone has their secrets, yeah?
It all went down in accident of course. The Doctor was trying to remove a stubborn little splinter on the right side of her torso when it happened. And normally it wouldn’t have been an issue but…she just had to bump into a poison datral branch tree.
“Doctor this is getting quite annoying.”
“It’s been in you for too long, Clara. Are you still feeling alright?”
“Just a headache from you talking so much.”
“Oi! Shut up! I’m trying to help you here!”
“Have you got it out?”
“I’m working on it.”
“Then you haven’t helped!”
With a frustrated sigh, he threw his head back and pulled out the sonic screw driver, putting it to the spot where the little intruder lurked. After holding it there for about 5 seconds, he pulled it up and looked at it, probably only about 5 centimeters from his face.
“It hasn’t administered any poison into you. But why?”
Clara shrugged. “Maybe the part I touched didn’t have any poison.”
“Not possible. I’ve been to that planet a number amount of times. All the braches, all of the sticks on that tree have a decent amount of toxin. But why haven’t you taken any in?”
“Immunity? H-how amy I supposed to know, you’re the time traveler here!”
“Just…hush for a minute, yeah?”
The splinter was almost removed but Clara had started shaking with muffled laughter the minute the small, cold, metal plyers touched her ribs. The doctor looked at her in confusion, not being able to hide the smile creeping upon his lips. “Is something funny, Clara?”
“N-no. You, uh…just…do whatever you have to do to get it out.”
“Well you have to hold still for me to accuratly get the little bugger out without harming you in any way shape or form. Now Clara, hold. Still.”
“I don’t think harming would be the right word.” Clara muttered.
“Are you really in that much pain?”
“I’m not in pain, Doctor. Just get the damned thing out!”
Clara squirmed uncomfortably on the TARDIS floor, laying down on her back, letting the Doctor poke and prode her with some kind of metal plyer thingies. But they weren’t really plyers…more like big shiny pointy-ish things on sticks that would opens and close. Of course, no one would be comfortable with that, right?
The Doctor dragged the metal tips across her ribs, sending her into silent hysterics again.
“Clara, you need to hold still!”
“Well it’s hard to do that when you keep tickling me!”
The Doctor looked at her with curiosity. “Sorry.” But only returned to his work.
Clara hadn’t expected the lack of interest in the man. Most humans would have exploited this…and took control but- Well, he wasn’t human. Different interests maybe? Maybe not? He still confused her even to a point where she didn’t understand.
“So…that’s one thing I’ve never really figured out.” The Doctor said suddenly.
“Humans and their sesnitivity to touch. Their much more…ticklish than others.”
“Other aliens. You humans have too many nerve endings.”
“It’s not our fault, you bloke. We can’t help it a-and don’t talk like we’re some…alien.” It sounded cooler in her head.
Clara noticed something a bit stranger from that point on. It had been about 20 minutes since the start of the ‘procedure’ but ever since their little conversation about nerve endings, the Doctors touches had become more slow and feather like, making Clara squirm more than ever. The Doctor poked Clara’s side, making her jump.
“Oi! Stop that!” She scolded.
He smirked. “Stop what? This?” He said with another poke. Her body lurched again.
“Just try and keep still.”
Without another word, the Doctor sat up and sat on top of Clara’s waist placing the sonic screw driver right next to them.
“What exactly are you doing?” Clara asked, amused.
“Getting a better position.”
“For what? You had a good enough position when you were by my side.”
“Oh, the splinter? I removed that approximately 18 minutes ago.”
“So…then what were you doing all that time?”
“Well, until we got onto the subject of being ticklish, I was exracting the venom but by that time, I was finished so I was simply testing.”
“Testing for more venom?”
“No…testing for this.”
His fingers latched on to Clara’s sides, sending her into a wild panic.
“Doctor no. No. Stop.”
“I haven’t even done anything yet!”
“Doctor this isn’t a good idea.”
“And why not, dear Clara?”
His face was drawn in mischeif. The second he realized she couldn’t come up with an answer, his fingers raced up her sides and down, spidering his hands all over her beautifully shaped figure. Clara burst out into laughter, desperately trying to grab the clawing hands away from her sides. But in a counter attack, the Doctor simply grabbed both of Clara’s wrists and forced them abover her head, the other hand tickling and pinching every inch of her torso he could. It was at one point where she was squirming around so much that she had managed to bring up her shirt. Her ribs, sides, and stomach were now fully exposed and the Doctor…oh, did he take full advantage of that.
“I don’t know…you seem to be enjoying this. And I’m having a bit of fun, myself!”
She gasped for air in between her involuntary giggles. “This isn’t fair!” She managed to squeek out in the limited breath she had.
Unable to move or squirm away, Clara was helpless and getting desperate at a fast rate. She tried turning over to escape but the Doctor pinned her arm to the TARDIS floor, not letting her go anywhere. She spewed out giggles like a fountain. The Doctor stopped to let her breathe.
“Please…get off…” She heavily breathed out.
“Are you turning into a tomatoe? You face is quite red.”
“I…wouldn’t…have guessed…” Even though she was out of breath, she still had the ability to be her normal sassy self.
The Doctor resumed his attack, but to a minimum this time, not wanting to hurt his dear companion or start a feud between them. She restricted himself to small pokes which still sent Clara into giggle fits, but she had more time to breathe as he carefully touched and proded her torso and ribs.
There was one spot though. Right on her highest ribs, almost directly under the armpit, she would get squirmier whenever he approached there, so why not save it for last, right? The Doctor poked the exact spot and Clara’s giggles grew louder. Momentarily, he stopped the poking and placed his hands on her ribs, his finger tips right where 'the spot’ was, waiting for her to assemble herself.
Clara took this chance to push him off of her with surprisingly amount of force. She hopped up, and dusted off her skirt, glaring at the Doctor with a slight smile tugging at the corner of her mouth that she refused to show. She still muffled a few giggles. The Doctor pushed himself off of the ground, still smiling like the madman he was.
“You know, that wasn’t nice at all.”
The Doctor smiled. “Oh well.”
“How would you like it if someone did that to you?”
“Wouldn’t effect me, Oswald. I’m not ticklish.” As the conversation went on, he got bored and started fiddling with the TARDIS main controls. Clara however, was still interested if he was telling the truth. Rule number 1…the Doctor lies.
Clara circled the controls, gliding her fingers across joysticks, buttons, and small thingies scattered accross the mainframe. She reached the Doctor who was staring at a small screen. He was too infatuated with what ever symbols were there to even notice that his companion sat right next to him. And ut of curiosity, Clara poked the Doctor’s side. He flinched but gave no other reaction.
“Do you need something?” He mumbled, typing away at a keyboard.
“No, nothing. Just…mucking about.”
The Doctor smiled with a care-free grin as he reached for her and squeezed her side. She 'eeped’ and ran off to the bedroom inside the TARDIS to hide from anymore attacks.
The Doctor really wasn’t too interested in what he was doing; he really just wanted to see what Clara would do when he told her that. He grinned to himself. Yeah, he was ticklish. But not enough to spark a reaction.
In fun-fear, Clara peaked out from the hallway of the TARDIS and waited for the Doctor to notice her presence. He immedietly did…
The two of them spent the rest of the day chasing eachother throughout the halls of the wonderful time traveling device, them laughing happily throughout every second.