A Companion To The Doctors Companions: Ian And Barbara

If you thought Amy and Rory were the Doctor’s first experience of love’s young dream, or the first companions to gang up on their Time Lord host and insist he behave with more human compassion, you could not be more wrong.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Rory Williams

Sarah-Jane Smith once said something which expressed a crucial aspect of the dynamic between the Doctor and his companions. When asked by Rose if she had ever married, she said no, adding:”well, there was this man…I …

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Martha Jones

On-the-rebound relationships are always hard, aren’t they? Especially if you’re not the one who is suffering separation pangs.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Captain Jack Harkness

No one single character embodied the change from the old series Doctor Who to the new better than Captain Jack. Where other companions had been relatively chaste, unless they fell in love with a Skaronian freedom fighter or something, …

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Mel Bush

Never mind River Song and her blessed spoilers, Doctor Who has been messing about with the correct order in which people meet each other for AGES. Mel’s first encounter with the TARDIS and the Doctor is not recorded on screen.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Adric

When a TV program has been running for as long as Doctor Who, some of the decisions made, whether they be costume, script or casting, can look a little odd, with the benefit of hindsight: the decision to put celery on the Fifth …

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Romana

Romana (as played by Mary Tamm) arrived in the middle of that period of upheaval in the role of the female companion which started with scientific Liz Shaw and ended with shouty Tegan. She was conceived as a character who would provide …

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: The Brigadier

First and foremost: A POX on anyone who claims that the Brigadier doesn’t count as a proper companion because he didn’t get to do much traveling in the TARDIS. He might exist outside of the (even then) traditional …

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Jamie McCrimmon

A good companion should be more than just a witness, an object of jeopardy or a convenient dramatic device for the explanation of some weird scientific plot or other, he or she should feel like part of the team.

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Susan Foreman

Time to start back at the beginning again, in 1963, when Doctor Who first started. Susan Foreman – played by Carole Ann Ford – was the very first of the Doctor’s companions, presented to the viewing public as his …