When he leaves, she decides to forget about her job and follow him, again for no apparent reason. For all she knows, he could be Jack the Ripper. "Oi, where are you going?" she calls after him. "I thought we was just getting acquainted!" Yeah, maybe after Henry Higgins is through with you, Eliza. He gives her a sad smile and says, "Those were the days." This makes it sound like maybe he does recognize her, but he just means he's not into getting acquainted with people like he used to be. He takes off in a waiting carriage, which should logically be the end of his acquaintance with Clara, but she chases after him.
In the carriage, the Doctor talks via old-timey microphone to a woman who asks, "Was she nice?" He's apparently told her about Clara in the few seconds he's had to himself. The Doctor scoffs and grumps and doesn't want any new friends, which is clearly not true, though he would like for it to be. "It's the same story every time," says the woman on the other end, who turns out to be Madame Vastra. "It always begins with the same two words," she says. "She'll never be able to find me -- she doesn't even have the name 'Doctor,'" he says. Somehow, Clara has managed not only to catch up to the horse-drawn carriage, but has leaped on top of the roof. Having overheard the last bit of his conversation, she swings down through the roof window and asks, "Doctor who?" The Doctor's look of bafflement is replaced by the new opening credits.
Elsewhere in town, a handsome bearded fellow returns to his stately manor to find Dr. Simeon waiting for him. He also discovers that the pond in front of his home has frozen, which he finds odd. "It hasn't frozen since the night..." "...since the night your children's governess died a year ago," Simeon finishes for him. Simeon exposits that the governess drowned and wasn't found until the ice thawed a month later. Simeon cryptically says that the ice remembers and the beard guy is like, duh, I remember, too, since it happened in my own house. As Simeon hands his card to the bearded fellow, we are allowed to see the text. He's from something called the Great Intelligence Institute, which will mean something to longtime viewers. "The pond is yours, Captain Latimer," Simeon says, "but what is growing inside it -- when it is ready -- is ours." Why bother giving the guy his card? Is Captain Latimer supposed to look him up later and be like, "Oh, hey, that ice monster you wanted has finally popped out of the pond."?