The Doctor is in a monostary, trying to figure out the mystery of Clara Oswald-a Woman who met him at the Dalek asylum and in the Victorian era-and died both times (and her original incarnation, Oswin, was turned into a Dalek-something particularly difficult to reverse since Daleks are basically mutant squids in battle tanks)-when he receives a phone call on the TARDIS’s exterior phone-from Clara.
Strangely, Clara-who doesn’t know the Doctor (yet) is simply looking for some help with her Wi-fi, and was given the Doctor’s phone number by a mysterious Woman in a shop (Whose identity will remain a secret, until the Doctor’s next incarnation).
The Doctor and Clara soon discover something sinister is afoot other than just bad connections-people are being ‘uploaded’ into a network of some kind using the Wifi, by sinister spoonheaded robots known as server.
This is being controlled by the sinister Miss Kizlet, from the British building known as the Shard.
After Clara is suddenly uploaded, the Doctor then uses her motorcycle to race up the Shard, and confront Kizlet to release the people trapped in the network…
…..having hacked a Spoonhead and creating a duplicate of himself which then uploads Kizlet into the nework herself, not allowing her to escape unless everybody else is saved.
After it’s all over, Kizlet reports her failure to her superior: The Great Intelligence, who was behind the plan. He wipes her memory as a UNIT team storms in.
The Doctor offers Clara companionship, which she initially refuses, but she ends up travelling with him. First stop: The Rings of Akhaten, orbiting a planet.
We learn a bit of Clara’s backstory, that she was born due to wayward leaf blowing in the wind resulting in the meeting of her parents, and that her mother died a few years back. However, there’s nothing unusual about her story that accounts for the Doctor having encountered the alternate versions of her.
At first, the Rings seem to be a fairly nice alien marketplace.
But there’s something sinister going on here-turns out the people there only survive by singing and sacrificing to a giant entity-Akhentan itself, that feeds on emotions.
But Akhentan hasn’t reckoned with the Doctor-who gives him an epic speech, and offers his memory and emotions while giving said speech:
Can you hear them? All these people who’ve lived in terror of you and your judgement? All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves, to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh, you like to thing you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite eaten out with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So, come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’ve got a big appetite, because I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things.
I walked away from the last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time. No space. Just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man. I’ve watched universes freeze and creations burn. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on, then. Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!
However, it’s not enough to overload the creature. Clara however, takes the leaf that resulted in the matchmaking of her parents, which overloads and destroys the creature, saving the people from their service to an angry planet parasite god monster.
Clara however, is somewhat disturbed by the Doctor’s interest in her, especially when he states she reminds him of somebody who died. However, Clara doesn’t know yet, that the ‘someone who died’ is, in fact-her.