The Women of ‘Doctor Who’
Behind every great time lord there’s a great woman. Whether they’re busting Daleks or the Doctor’s ego, the women of ‘Doctor Who’ prove that you don’t need testosterone to save the universe. From Amy Pond to Rose Tyler, take a look back at the most memorable ladies in the Whoniverse.
Amy Pond (Karen Gillian)
Adventurous, feisty, fearless and occasionally reckless, Amy Pond is the first companion of the Eleventh Doctor (and the show’s second ginger after Donna Noble!) Unlike other companions, Amy never played coy with the Doc, almost managing to seduce him. It’s her vivacious personality that makes her a popular sidekick.
Jenny (Georgia Moffett)
The Doctor’s a dad! Thanks to progenation machines that create instant adults, Jenny materializes when the Doctor unwillingly submits a sample of his DNA. The Doc was devastated when Jenny took a bullet for him and ‘died,’ but she’s still gallivanting around the universe, unbeknownst to her Time Lord daddy.
Joan Redfern (Jessica Hynes)
When he’s human, the Doctor falls hard for Joan Redfern, a widow and nurse who works where the Doctor is doubling as a schoolteacher. When the Doctor’s gig as John Smith the schoolteacher is up, he offers Joan the coveted role of companion, and gets an answer he’s probably not used to hearing from the ladies – No.
Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
Brit physician and ‘rebound companion’ Martha Jones met the Tenth Doctor in a sorry state – he was pinning away for his long-lost Rose. When he wasn’t missing Rose, the Doctor was falling for Joan Redfern, whom he met during his stint as a human. Martha inevitably left the Doctor when she realized her feelings for the Time Lord would never be reciprocated.
Yvonne Hartman (Tracy Ann Oberman)
Yvonne meant well, but the power-hungry head of Torchwood became a ‘Doctor Who’ cautionary tale of human overconfidence and naïveté. Yvonne ignores the warnings of The Doctor, believing she is the authority on alien technology, and as a result, Torchwood is invaded and she is converted into a Cyberman. (She cries some oily cyber tears and helps the Doc escape, so we forgive her.)
Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)
Brave, resourceful, and self-sacrificing, Rose is the first leading lady in the ‘Doctor Who’ reboot. She got hot and heavy with both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, even declaring her love for the Tenth Doc in an emotional beach-side goodbye, but ultimately shacked up in a parallel universe with a duplicate of the Tenth Doctor.
Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan)
The Doctor’s encounter with Sally Sparrow was brief, but memorable – many fans speculated the teen photographer would become the Doctor’s next companion. After discovering messages addressed to her from the Doctor, Sally became instrumental is trapping the Weeping Angels and returning the Doctor’s TARDIS to the Doctor and Martha.
Idris (Suranne Jones)
Human companions may come and go, but the Doctor and the TARDIS are forever. The humanoid Idris briefly houses the soul of the Doctor’s TARDIS, and was able to deliver the one message the TARDIS had always wanted to tell him: "Hello. Hello, Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you."
Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen)
We don’t usually get to see what the future has in store for former companions, but Sarah Jane Smith is the exception. Tasked with protecting Earth, we discover that Sarah Jane’s still with K-9 and her alien son, wielding a sonic screwdriver and defending the planet from aliens.
Donna Noble (Catherine Tate)
While many companions become romantically involved with the Doctor, Donna Noble was always considered his best pal. Aside from a misunderstanding (“I want to mate” “I just want a mate”) and a kiss to save the Doc from cyanide poisoning, the duo’s relationship remained strictly platonic. But as for her adventures – Donna doesn’t remember a thing. The Doctor was forced to wipe her memories when she became a Time Lord and her brain overloaded.