Clara’s lost year: following a clue

It is a number-pattern clue.

The acronym of the clue is the wifi password at the home of the family for whom Clara works as a nanny.

The expression form of the clue is a combination of the things she has said before each of the three times she has died :

Run You Clever Boy And Remember 1 2 ?

The “?” indicates that the video was cut right at the precise moment the actor was about to say the third number. We never heard the third number; we assume Clara heard it just fine because she entered it into the computer, in plain text so we could see it:


Notice the 4 where you would expect a 3, it being the simplest number pattern which is easy to remember: a common memory trick for a password.

Later, in her journal, The Doctor found a page where she had written her age down every year without fail since she was 8. Except she skipped a year at the end, and ended the vertical column of numbers with: “21 23 24”. The key to this for me, weak in the “detecting patterns in numbers” exercise (I suck at those: “what are the next numbers in a sequence” tests), I noticed that written vertically, my eye was distracted by the symmetry of the “2” in the tens column, which when ignored revealed another pattern: “1 2 4”.

Clara missed the year 23, and this clue presented itself twice in the movie: once in her recollection, and once in his.

One of the forms of the clue instructs him to de-ass the area and get to when she is 23, and find out why she is missing that year.

One thought on “Clara’s lost year: following a clue”

  1. I’ll have to re-watch the episode to be certain, but I’m pretty sure that the home wifi password was supposed to be “rycbar123” but as the Doctor was being…himself, Clara was distracted, she entered the “4” in error. I remember her asking the girl “how am I supposed to remember that?”

    I’ll have to double check the missing “23”, though!

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