A Companion to the Doctor’s Companions

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Clara Oswin Oswald

EDIT: This was originally published before the broadcast of “The Name of the Doctor” and before we found out how Clara Oswin Oswald managed to be in three places at once, and die in two of them.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Liz Shaw

Hats off to whichever Doctor Who script-writer who came up with the idea of exiling the Doctor to Earth and having him work for UNIT at the beginning of his third incarnation. Especially the Third Doctor.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Craig Owens

It always makes me laugh when Whovians debate whether someone counts as a true companion or not, as if there’s a badge of service you get, after more than three trips in the TARDIS. Clearly the Doctor is a very friendly fellow, ...

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Victoria Waterfield

The current Doctor Who series has gone back to the show’s earliest habits in picking people from nowadays as companions, in order to ask the audience the question “what would you do if a man turned up in your life claiming ...

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Dodo Chaplet

Note to all aspiring actors and actresses: If you’re going for a part in a hugely successful science fiction series, one which looks like it might stand a chance of running for quite a while, try not to get saddled with a ...

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Wilfred Mott

Looking back over nearly 50 years of Doctor Who, and all of the various ways in which companions enter and leave the Doctor’s life, it seems odd, given that successive Doctors have been broadly trending younger in physical age, ...

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Kamelion

Let’s imagine you’re an inventor on a planet far from Earth, a planet called Xeriphas (which is almost Sapphire X backwards, a fact that wiseacre visitors never tire of telling you). And you’ve come up with a rather ...

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Nyssa

Being a man possessed of great charm, the Doctor operates as a classless being. So long as you’re not mean-spirited or judgmental, he’ll happily get along with anyone.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Harry Sullivan

The saying “two’s company, but three’s a crowd” could have been coined with Harry Sullivan in mind. A naval medical officer, charged with keeping an eye on the newly-regenerated Fourth Doctor, he found himself ...

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Sergeant Benton and Mike Yates

At the start of the Third Doctor’s tenure in the TARDIS, there was a distinct plan to move the show out of the realms of the entirely fantastical, and to give it a basis in what was then modern day fact. To this end, the idea was ...