Companions

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Eleventh Doctor

Of all the stories around the Eleventh Doctor and the reason he is the way he is, the most telling detail lies in the way Matt Smith, the actor who plays him, was first considered for the role.

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Tenth Doctor

If you had to arrange the 11 Doctors in order of how old they appear to be in human terms, where would the Tenth go? Certainly the dignified First and haughty Third are at one extreme, with the Sixth and Eleventh not far behind, and at ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Ninth Doctor

When we meet the Ninth Doctor, he is a man of mystery. We don’t know about the war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, when the regeneration between the Eighth Doctor and the Ninth happened, or whether there was another, extra ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Eighth Doctor

Assuming we can only take what happens on the TV screen as canon, the Eighth Doctor is defined as much by his absence as his presence. He only appears once, in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, the script of which takes a few liberties with ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Seventh Doctor

One of the most interesting things that Doctor Who sometimes does with its lead actors is to take a performer that is principally known for comedic roles, then make them act against type.

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Sixth Doctor

For a huge variety of reasons that it’s probably best not to linger on here, the years during which Colin Baker played the irascible Sixth Doctor were not uniformly happy ones for his character or for Doctor Who.

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Fifth Doctor

For fans of Doctor Who, a regeneration is always a tricky time. You’ve spent the preceding years bonding with this guy, becoming accustomed to his face, enjoying his little quirks and habits, only to discover that he is now dead, ...

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.

How Do You Get To Be The Doctor’s Companion Anyway?

Note: this is not a guide for budding actors and actresses, on how best to audition for the role of a companion on Doctor Who. If you are looking for that kind of thing, the best advice we can offer, based on the previous successful ...

‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Third Doctor

Having weathered the storm of one lead actor leaving the show, the announcement in 1969 that Patrick Troughton was handing back his keys to the TARDIS was less stressful than it might have been. Mind you, the revelation that he was to ...