One of the best things about a new Doctor is the possibility of seeing them rubbing shoulders with not just the significant foes of his past, and seeing them through his new eyes, but the significant friends too. He’s his own man, of course, with his own new friendships to develop, but no Whovian worth their space salt would turn down the chance to see a few old favorite friends come out from the shadows once in a while, right?
Well it seems the actors who play companions feel much the same way. Suranne Jones, who played the personified TARDIS, Idris, said she would love for her character to meet the Doctor one more time:
“Wouldn’t it be nice if Peter Capaldi walked into one of his rooms in the TARDIS and found Idris’ body there, plugged her in and had a little adventure with her?”
And Billie Piper said she’d be “game” to do a Rose Tyler/Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor spin-off.
And then there was that enigmatic picture Janet Fielding (Fifth Doctor companion Tegan) posted on Twitter a while back. And Metro posted a list this week of the seven classic companions they’d like to see again.
Just to clarify our position on this, we say: BRING EVERYONE BACK! Especially Kate Stewart from UNIT.
Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:
• At the BAFTA Craft awards on Sunday, “The Day of the Doctor” and An Adventure in Space and Time both won awards for the talent behind the camera. The 50th anniversary special won their trophy for special, visual and graphic effects, and the biopic of the show’s earliest years won for hair and makeup.
• This is glorious. Learn about the world of surrealist art with Peter Capaldi in this short film from the Tate Modern, Unlock Art: Exploring the Surreal.
A surrealist Doctor with that fine head of hair would be pretty great, no?
• Issue #2 in both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor Titan Comics have arrived. Here’s a plot rundown of each story, here’s a brief introduction to the new companions each Doctor meets, and HERE is the beautiful Eleventh cover art:
• Sheffield’s getting its very first Film and Comic Con this year, and it’ll be chock-full of classic Who companions. Mel (Bonnie Langford), Ace (Sophie Aldred), Leela (Louise Jameson) and Davros (Terry Molloy) are all scheduled to attend!
• Get your free sample of the latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures here!
• Why try to watch every individual Fifth Doctor episode when you can watch them all at once?
• The 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal has devoted itself to celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who in comic form. That anniversary is a smidge later than the TV, because the first rendition of the Doctor in comic form didn’t happen until 1964.
• Lindalee met with Arthur Darvill and looked at Doctor Who fan art:
• Here are five women that What Culture would like to see writing for Doctor Who:
• Auton710 made a series 8 title sequence, check it out!
• Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann have both been confirmed as guest debaters at the Cambridge University Union next month. Fancy!
• Take a look at this adorable River Song doodle by tumblr user katherinesketches!
Finally, let’s go out with something huge and musical, like Arthur Darvill singing “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen, for BBC Radio 1.
Darvill didn’t write the lyrics, but note that the words had been artfully—but not seriously—changed to cover his new career as a stage actor: