The Doctor entrusted me with your contact details, in the event of an emergency, and I fear one has now arisen. Assuming this letter will have reached you, as planned, on April 10th 2013, please find and light the enclosed candle. It will release a soporific which will induce a trance state, enabling direct communication across theyears. However, as I realise you have no reason to trust this letter, I have taken the liberty of embedding the same soporific into the fabric of the paper you are now holding. Speak soon!
If Clara’s jump into the Doctor’s timeline created hundreds, thousands, of Clara echoes, saving the Doctor throughout his entire history, what happened when the Doctor himself jumped in? His various faces, his lives, became scattered, in a manner far more random and pointless than Clara’s echoes. Clara jumped in determine to save the Doctor, and was then exposed to all of him. The Doctor jumped in to save Clara, and found the one, small presence in the overwhelming history of a Time Lord. As a result, without his will to guide them, his faces, his pasts, scattered throughout himself. The Eleventh Doctor escaped the Time-stream before any serious damage was caused, and, knowing the Doctor, he didn’t even understand or appreciate the ouroboros he had created.
This bizarre, paradoxical contact with his own life and death is what, retroactively, created so many doppelgängers throughout his history. The Abbot of Amboise (The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve), Robert Bellarmine (The Empire of Glass) Ramón Salamander (The Enemy of the World), Lobus Caecilius (paradoxically, the subconscious reason for the Twelfth Doctor’s face anyway), and John Frobisher (Children of Earth) are human echoes of the Doctor, created by this timeline intrusion. It’s best the Doctor doesn’t know the full extent of this; the fact that most of these echoes became very sinister and evil would not please him.
Commander Maxil, a notable and distinguished Time Lord, became the only Gallifreyan circumstance of regenerating into one of these “echoes”; the fact that the physical predecessor of the Fifth Doctor shot the Fifth Doctor was never noticed or commented on by any Time Lord, including the Doctor and Maxil themselves.
Sometimes it’s like I’ve lived a thousand lives in a thousand places. I’m born, I live, I die. And always, there’s the Doctor. Always I’m running to save the Doctor again and again and again. And he hardly ever hears me. But I’ve always been there.
Series 7: Remember Me [20/20] All rights reserved to their respective owners, which are not me.
Clara: Well, how about that? I’m soufflé girl after all. The Doctor: No… Please… Clara: If this works, get out of here as fast as you can. And spare me a thought now and then. The Doctor: No… Clara… CLARA: In fact, you know what? Run. Run, you clever boy. And remember me.