Sunday, July 28, 2013

Top 5

Here now I happily present my top 5 Doctor Who Companions.  This list from the very beginning is highly subjective and the top five could be in a totally different order if you asked me a week, a month, or a year from now.  In fact the top 10 changed three times between the first draft of the list and yesterday.  But here are the top five as they appeal to me as of this writing. 

5. Donna Noble


After briefly appearing in the final episode of the 2006 series Doomsday, Donna Noble returns in the second Christmas special The Runaway Bride. After this episode Donna would not return as a full time companion until 2008's fourth series. The Doctor refers to her as his "best mate" which shows that the two were friends and were not romantically linked as the past few companions had been. At the conclusion of the fourth series Donna saves the world however it ends up costing her all of her memories of the Doctor and her travels. Donna is last seen once again getting married in The End of Time where the Doctor returns to say goodbye to her grandfather Wilfred Mott and as a wedding gift he gives her a winning lottery ticket. Donna describes herself as "just a temp" due to the fact that she hops from job to job but it doesn't mean she isn't smart. She learns the Dewey Decimal System in just two days when working in a library. Donna has met other companions along the way of her travels including Jack Harkness whom she had a fondness for so much so that she pushed Sarah Jane Smith, another companion out of the way to get a hug from the dashing Captain. She traveled with fellow companion Martha Jones whom she got along with very well. The same cannot be said for her meeting of Rose Tyler in an alternate reality however the two did eventually begin to get along better in the real universe.

Memorable Quotes:

"You've got a box, he's got a Ferrari."

"Good afternoon, my lady. Topping day, what. Spiffing. Top-hole."

"That sign over there is in English. Are you having me on? Are we in Epcot?"

"You're not matin' with me Sunshine!"

4. Sarah Jane Smith


An investigative journalist, Sarah Jane Smith is one of the longest running companions in Doctor Who history. Her first appearance was with the third Doctor in The Time Warrior story. She continued on with the Doctor after his regeneration into the fourth Doctor. While working with the third Doctor she also worked with UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Her final appearance as a regular was in 1976's The Hand of Fear story. Sarah is described as being a feminist with a sharp mind and even sharper tongue. Courageous and very confident when called upon to face danger and compassionate and caring when needed. She was a great shot with many different firearms. Due to the impression the Doctor left on her, Sarah Jane found it nearly impossible to find a man who could measure up to the standards she looked for in a husband. She would later appear again in both the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors as well as the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time. Sarah Jane returned again in 2006 in the series 2 episode School Reunion. In the episode it was shown that Sarah Jane was still working with the robotic dog K9. In the two part series ending for the fourth season The Stolen Earth and Journey's End Sarah Jane once again made a guest appearance to help thwart a Dalek invasion. Her final Doctor Who appearance is in The End of Time when the dying tenth Doctor is making the rounds saying goodbye to former companions we see him save Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke from being hit by a car. She has met every Doctor except for the eighth and ninth. It is difficult to make a top companion list and not see Sarah Jane's name near the top of the list.

Memorable Quotes:

"The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relationship. Everything has its time. And everything ends."

"Call me old girl again and I'll spit in your eye."

"He talks to himself sometimes because he's the only one who understands what he's talking about."

3. Amy Pond


The eleventh Doctor meets Amelia Pond when she is seven years old. She calls him her imaginary friend and he promises her he will be right back to take her with him in his TARDIS. He returns twelve years later by mistake. During the time he is gone Amy is believed to be mentally ill and receives psychiatric treatment for believing her imaginary friend the "Raggedy Doctor" is real. In The Eleventh Hour the two take down the Atraxi a sort of intergalactic police force. The Doctor leaves again only to return two years later to ask Amy to join him in his journeys as his companion. She accepts as long as he can promise to bring her back the next day which is to be her wedding day. Amy tells the Doctor about her fiance and wedding day before she tries to seduce the Doctor in the episode Flesh and Bone. The Doctor decides to go back to Earth and get Rory, her fiance and asks him to join them. After Rory is killed at the end of Cold Blood, Rory is erased from Amy's memory but returns in the season finale The Pandorica Opens. After it is revealed that Rory is actually an Auton sent to kill the Doctor Amy is shot and killed by Rory. Rory's human consciousness takes control and he takes Amy into the Pandorica where he will stand guard over her for 2000 years. Eventually the Doctor is able to restore Amy to life as well as Rory's humanity and the three resume their adventures. It is later revealed that Amy is the mother or River Song a very important player in the tenth and eleventh incarnations of the Doctor. The wedding of the Doctor and River Song makes Amy the Doctor's mother in law. The Doctor looked at Amy as a little sister; an annoying little sister at times in fact. Amy is played as a child in an adults body due to not growing up properly although she never looses her stubborn streak. She fights hard to not show her emotions although as she gets more comfortable with her self she begins to open up and is able to show and share her feelings better. She is flirtatious and often shows an interest in other men besides Rory. For a short time Amy tries to force Rory out of her life after she discovers she has been left sterile after her time at Demons Run feeling he will have a better chance of having children with someone else. She is shown to be as good with a sword as she is with a lock pick. Although portrayed as a sort of "sex symbol" Amy is quite intelligent so much so that she is able to build her own sonic screwdriver. Amy is often described as being "too sexy" for the show. Since her first year on the show she has consistently ranked in the top five on the best companions list. Amy leaves the Doctor in The Angels Take Manhattan after Rory is sent back in time by one of the Weeping Angels. She allows the same Angel to touch her and she too is sent back in time. With the help of River Song the Doctor is able to find out that Amy lived a long and health life and died at the age of 87.

Memorable Quotes:

"Where are you sneaking off to? We haven't even had a snog in the shrubbery yet!"

"I wish I could tell you that you'll be loved, that you'll be safe, and cared for, and protected, but this isn't the time for lies. What you are going to be, Melody, is very, very brave."

"Hello, old friend, and here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well, and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you, always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think once we're gone, 'you won't be coming back here for a while, and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don't be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me. There's a little girl waiting in a garden. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her she'll go to sea and fight pirates. She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two-thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived and save a whale in outer space. Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends."

2. Rose Tyler


With the beginning of the series of Doctor Who, series producer Russell T. Davies knew they needed to make a strong connection between the new audience and the Doctor. The way to do that was to have a surrogate for the audience. Rose Tyler was that surrogate. Davies described both Rose and Gwen Cooper (an agent of Torchwood whom Davies is also the executive producer) as "the ordinary person who stumbles into something extraordinary and finds herself their equal". She is considered to be the companion that is closest to the Doctors equal than any other. Rose is the full time main companion to the ninth and tenth doctor. In The Parting of the Ways, Rose absorbs the energy from the time vortex infusing her with God-like powers. She uses the power to revive a dead Captain Jack Harkness and defeats the Dalek invading fleet. The Doctor knows the energy Rose has will eventually kill her so he drains the energy from her by kissing her. This causes the Doctor to regenerate into the tenth Doctor. Rose continues her journeys with the tenth Doctor where they are knighted by Queen Victoria. Rose eventually is transferred to an alternate reality and declared dead in her real one. In the alternate reality Rose works for Torchwood and in a transmission between her and the Doctor she tells him she loves him. Rose returns again in the fourth series when she tells Donna Noble to warn the Doctor with the words "Bad Wolf". In The Stolen Earth/Journey's End two part series four finale Rose and several other companions returns to help the Doctor once again defeat Davros' as well as battle the Daleks. During the conflict a part human Doctor is created from the amputated hand of the real Doctor. The Doctor returns Rose and her mother Jackie to the alternate reality and decides to leave the part human Doctor there with her. After the real Doctor refuses to tell Rose he loves her, the human Doctor whispers it into her ear. The two kiss and the real Doctor leaves the two of them to live out their lives together in the alternate universe. Just before regenerating to the eleventh Doctor the tenth Doctor goes back and meets Rose just prior to meeting the ninth Doctor for the first time where he tells her that she will be having a fantastic year ahead. Rose is next to appear in the 50th anniversary special scheduled to air in November. Resourceful and brave with a great sense of humor Rose was forgiving but proved very capable of killing if the situation called for it. A slight jealous streak is apparent when she has a small argument with Sarah Jane Smith over who is the better companion. The two would later become quite good friends. Rose has appeared in 30 Doctor Who episodes which is the second most just two episodes behind Amy Pond's 32.

Memorable Quotes:

"What was I supposed to say? You don't have a name! Don't you ever get tired of "Doctor"? Doctor Who?"

"Planet Earth. This is where I was born. And this is where I died. For the first nineteen years of my life nothing happened. Nothing at all. Not ever. And then I met a man called The Doctor. A man who could change his face. And he took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end. That's what I thought. But then came the Army of Ghosts, then came Torchwood and the war. And that's when it all ended. This is the story of how I died."

" I looked into the TARDIS and the TARDIS looked into me."

"First of all you drug me, then you kidnap me, and don't think I didn't feel your hands having a quick wander, you dirty old man!"



1. Captain Jack Harkness

The Captain first appears in 2005's The Empty Child and would join the ninth Doctor as a companion for the remainder of the 2005 series. Jack is a "Time Agent" from the 51st century who unknowingly releases a plague in 1941 London. After joining the Doctor and Rose Tyler, Jack goes from con-man to true hero when he sacrifices himself fighting the Daleks. After absorbing energy from the time vortex Rose is able to revive Jack and bring him back to life. After the Daleks are defeated the Doctor and Rose leave Jack behind on Satellite 5. Jack eventually returns to Earth where he is a member of Torchwood while waiting to rejoin the Doctor. Jack joins the tenth Doctor and Martha in 2007's Utopia episode. Jack hears the sound of the TARDIS while he is inside of the Torchwood hub and runs outside. He sees the TARDIS as it is fading out of site. He manages to jump onto the TARDIS and rides on the outside of it (the only recording of this being done) to the year 100 trillion. Jack is immortal due to the time vortex energy Rose used to bring him back to life. Jack returns again in 2008's two part series finale The Stolen Earth and Journey's End. After defeating the Daleks again as well as their creator Davros Jack returns with his Torchwood team to Cardiff. Jack was seen at the end of 2010's special The End of Time in an alien bar where the Doctor bids him a fond farewell before him impending regeneration. The Doctor leaves a note for Jack with the name of a Titanic crew member on it who is sitting right next to Jack. The two begin to flirt as the Doctor leaves. Jack is self-described as being omnisexual due to the fact that sexuality is changed to a degree by the time he is born in the 51st century. He is the first companion to be anything other than heterosexual. Jack is described as charming, good looking and captivating. He is cunning, flirtatious, clever and a man of action. Jack is a flawed character in that he is handsome and knows it, cannot die and flaunts it, is intelligent and aware of it all to the point that he has a superiority complex proving the fact that modesty is not one of his strong points. Giving him even more power that the Doctor is the fact that Jack is not afraid to kill and has done so many times to many different species of aliens. The Doctor uses this fact to the point that he allows Jack to kill where he cannot. Where the Doctor sees things in terms of "black and white" areas; Jack seems to work more in the "grey" areas. It is generally accepted that Captain Jack will one day become the recurring character "The Face of Boe" in the Whoniverse. Although it is never acknowledged in the series, actors John Barrowman and David Tennet along with creator Russell T. Davies all believe it to be true. Jack in one of only three companions (the other two being K9 and Sarah Jane Smith) to go on to star in their own spin off show.
Memorable Quotes:

"Saw your time-travel vehicle. Love the retro look, by the way. Nice panels."

"I was just saying hello."

"Earth, 1892. Got in a fight on Ellis Island. Man shot me through the heart, then I woke up. Thought it was kinda strange. But then it never stopped. Fell off a cliff, trampled by horses, world war one, world war two, poison, starvation, a stray javelin. In the end, I got the message. I'm the man who can never die. And all that time you knew."

"The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered four hyper-vodkas for my breakfast. All a bit of a blur after that... I woke up in bed with both of my executioners. Lovely couple, they stayed in touch! Can't say that about most executioners."

"Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic"?"

"Wish I'd never met you, Doctor, I was much better off as a coward."



Thursday, July 25, 2013

You'll Welcome Me, Your Ol' Companion

I need to get this list completed and posted as it has changed twice since I originally composed it.  Not that it can't or won't change within the next few months or years anyway!  And yes, this installment shall be published in blue.  So let's continue with:

10. Romana
Originally from the planet Galifrey, Romana is a Time Lady who becomes a companion of the fourth Doctor. Romana is only the second companion (the first Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman being the first) to be the same race as the Doctor. Romana first appears in The Ribos Operation; at first she seems very snobby in fact even looking down at the Doctor considering him her intellectual lesser. Eventually the two begin to get along better and share a mutual respect. Romana is another female companion that is considered to be one of the Doctor's great "Scream Queens". Being a Time Lady makes Romana, like the Doctor capable of regenerating which she does at the beginning of the seventeenth season. Her second incarnation, first appearing in Destiny of the Daleks, turns out to be even more like the Doctor than her first version. She also wields a sonic screwdriver and at times shares the Doctors fashion sense. In Meglos she is called back to Galifrey but she refuses to go as she has enjoyed her travels with the Doctor. In Warriors' Gate, her final story, she decides to stay in the parallel universe of E-Space, along with K9 instead of going back to Galifrey.
Memorable Quotes:
"Don't take any notice of him. He's just having one of his funny turns."
"Well, if one has God-like powers, one ought to be able to use them, oughtn't one?"
"I'm a traveler, I'm a Time Lord, and I am not used to being assaulted by a collection of hairy, grubby little men."



9. Zoe Heriot


Zoe is a scientist living on a space wheel when she meets the second Doctor in The Wheel in Space. After helping the Doctor and Jaime defeat the Cybermen she stows away on the TARDIS. She is a genius with a photographic memory who has a penchant for getting herself into trouble. Like Jaime, Zoe's memory of the Doctor is wiped (except for their first journey) by the Time Lords and she is returned to her original time at the conclusion of The War Games.

Memorable Quotes:

"I'm an astrophysicist. Pure-mathematics major."

"Oh, this is going to be fun! I shall learn a lot from you. Come on James Robert McCrimmon, do you know anything about interstellar flora?"


8. Rory Williams


Rory first appears at the beginning of the fifth series as a nurse and the boyfriend of Amy Pond. He officially becomes a companion in The Vampires of Venice. In the beginning he is jealous of the Doctors relationship with Amy especially after finding out the two have shared a kiss. Rory is shot and killed by a Silurian in Cold Blood then absorbed into a crack in time and space erasing him from existence and Amy's memory. He later appears as an Auton version of himself and while attempting to fight his programming he unwillingly shoots Amy. He is called The Last Centurion in The Big Bang episode when he takes Amy's body and preserves her in stasis inside a prison called The Pandorica and stands guard for two millennia. Eventually he is restored to his original time line but keeps memories from when he was an Auton. Eventually Rory becomes more tolerant of the Doctor as well as accepting of his relationship with Amy. Rory and Amy are finally married and after a honeymoon, they reappear in the series six premier The Impossible Astronaut. Rory and Amy have a baby and it is later revealed that this baby, originally named Melody is in fact sometime fellow companion River Song. Feeling guilty for putting them in danger, the Doctor takes them back to Earth. Rory and Amy return as the Doctors companions in Asylum of the Daleks and the two continue to travel with him until The Angels Take Manhattan. After the Angels are destroyed it is revealed that Amy and Rory were sent back in time but due to a paradox the Doctor can never go find them. In a letter Amy is able to get to the Doctor with the help of River Song, it is revealed that Rory dies at the age of 87. While humble and loyal it can be said of Rory that he is protective. At times he can be a bit sarcastic. Love and anger were two emotions that directed many of Rory's actions and decisions. Rory is an accomplished swordsman as well as good with a gun.

Memorable Quotes:

"I was plastic... He was a stripper at my stag... Long story."

"You owe Casanova a chicken?"

"You know what it's dangerous about you? It's not that you make people take risks, it's that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don't want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves when you're around."

"Ah, a poncho. The biggest crime against fashion since lederhosen."

7. River Song


Oh boy, this could get confusing! River Song is a time traveler whose meetings with the Doctor are chronologically out of order. For instance the first time we see her meet the Doctor (Silence in the Library), it is the first time he meets her but the final time she will see him. Got that? It doesn't get much easier, trust me. River is a companion of the eleventh Doctor with Rory and Amy. It is later revealed that they are also River's parents. Due to the fact that she was conceived on board the TARDIS she has some Time Lord DNA.  It is shown that she knows how to pilot the TARDIS in fact she is better at it than the Doctor is. River tells the Doctor that she is imprisoned in the Stormcage Containment Facility for "killing the best man I've ever known". Shortly after her birth, River (when she was still being called Melody), is kidnapped in order to become a weapon to be used against the Doctor. River has the ability to regenerate as it is shown she once was Amy and Rory's childhood friend Mels and later regenerated into River Song. She looses the ability to regenerate however after she is about to succeed in killing the Doctor by using poison.  After changing her mind and appearing to break out of the brainwashing, River uses her regeneration on the Doctor to bring him back to life. The Doctor and River get married but due to the fact the Doctor knows River is still supposed to kill him again he fakes his death and she is imprisoned for his murder. River is able to save the Doctor by whispering his name (one of only a few people in existence that knows it aside from himself) successfully opening his tomb in The Name of the Doctor. She is last seen giving the Doctor a kiss and then fading away as her presence was only due to a psychic link with Clara Oswald that was developed from a computer program on board the TARDIS that the tenth Doctor had programmed after she had died at the end of Forrest of the Dead. Got all that? Good, let's move on. River carries a journal she keeps on hand to mark her progression of meetings with the Doctor in order to be certain that she will not give away any information that would be deemed damaging to him or as she puts it "spoilers". River is a great combination of her parents: frisky like her mother and stubborn like her father. She is also fearless and good at hiding her emotions. She has incredible strength, apparently a side effect of being conceived on the TARDIS. She enjoys showing off in front of the Doctor. She felt that her cleavage "could fell an ox at twenty feet".

Memorable Quotes:

"It's not supposed to make that noise, you leave the brakes on!"


"Everyone knows that everyone dies. And nobody knows it like the doctor. But I do think that all the skies in all the worlds might just turn dark, if he ever accepts it."

"I died saving him; in return he saved me to a database in the biggest library in the universe. And left me like a book on a shelf, he didn't even say goodbye. He doesn't like endings."

"Goodbye, Sweetie."

6. Martha Jones


Martha Jones is a medical student who meets the tenth Doctor and becomes his companion in the 2007 episode Smith and Jones. Martha soon develops romantic feelings for the Doctor but is frustrated that the Doctor is oblivious to her feelings. She feels as though she is the rebound girl after the Doctors painful loss of his previous companion Rose. Martha is the first female ethnic minority companion after Mickey being the first male ethnic minority companion. Some story lines brought in minor racial issues; specifically Human Nature and The Family of Blood. In The Sound of Drums, the Master refers to Martha and Captain Jack and "the girlie and the freak".  He adds insult to injury when he says he's not sure which is which. In The Shakespear Code she meets William Shakespeare who calls her his "Dark Lady".  She soon decides to leave the Doctor saying that "she can't waste her life pining for someone when the relationship cannot happen". She later becomes a member of UNIT as well as Torchwood. The final time Martha is seen is along side her husband Mickey Smith who she works with as a freelance alien hunter. Martha is described as kind, smart, caring, and possessing a good sense of humor.

Memorable Quotes:

"The Doctor sort of travels through time and space and picks us up. God, I make us sound like stray dogs. Maybe we are."

"We're on the moon. We're on the bloody moon!"

"You just had to go and fall in love with a human and it wasn't me." 


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I'm asking you to be my true companion

We continue the countdown of the Top 25 Doctor Who Companions of all time!

15. K9


A robotic dog that made it's first appearance in 1977 in The Invisible Enemy story.  During the run of the character there have been four incarnations of the unit. The first two units journeyed with the fourth Doctor. The unit was programmed to be both loyal and logical and were able to take orders directly and almost to a fault. K9's collar looked similar to the fourth Doctor's long scarf. K9 was equipped with a laser that was concealed in it's nose. It also has a vast computer brain that holds volumes of information. During The Armageddon Factor, an enemy of the Doctor named the Shadow turned K9 to his will giving K9 an evil personality. In Warriors' Gate the unit is severely damaged to the point that it can only operate while being in E-Space. Trapped in a parallel universe (E-Space), the Doctor gives K9 to Romana (another companion) who decides to stay in the alternate reality and go on her own path. K9 makes a brief appearance in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors. It later appears in 2006's episode School Reunion where Rose Tyler described K9 as "So disco!". After sacrificing itself to stop the Krillitane leader Lucas Finch, the tenth Doctor gives Sarah Jane a new model although retaining all of it's previous knowledge and memory.

Memorable Quotes:


"Optimism: belief that everything will work out well. Irrational, bordering on insane."

"Negative, master."

14. Clara Oswald


Originally appearing in the seventh series premier Asylum of the Daleks, she did not take on the role of the Doctors companion until the following Christmas Special; The Snowmen. She is first introduced as Oswin Oswald, a character who later dies. Soon after she is seen again, this time as a barmaid and a governess from Victorian England named Clara Oswin Oswald who the Doctor invites to join him on the TARDIS. Clara soon after falls to her death leaving behind the mystery of the girl that keeps dying in different time lines. The Doctor is perplexed by this girl and finally meets her again in The Bells of Saint John in the current time line. During the episode Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS it is revealed that the TARDIS does not like her. Clara proves herself to be quite the computer hack, even able to gain access to the Daleks computers and erasing all memory and mentioning of the Doctor in their memory banks. The mystery that surrounds Clara is solved in the seventh series finally The Name of the Doctor. The Doctor discovers that incarnations of Clara have been scattered along the Doctors time line for the sole purpose of saving the Doctors life. She has interacted with all eleven incarnations of the Doctor, saving his life where she goes mostly unnoticed each time. She gets lost in time but is eventually saved by the eleventh Doctor and brought back into the current time stream. For Clara it has always been about her vulnerability which makes her many deaths heart wrenching. Although snarky and argumentative with the Doctor at times it is their chemistry together that makes her character instantly likable. Clara loves to bake souffles. I look forward to seeing her higher on this list in a few years.

Memorable Quotes:

"Run … run, you clever boy … and remember."

"But this is what I’ve already done. You’ve already seen me do it. I’m the Impossible Girl, and this is why."

"I don’t know where I am. I just know I’m running. Sometimes it’s like I’ve lived a thousand lives in a thousand places. I’m born, I live, I die. And always, there’s the Doctor. Always, I’m running to save the Doctor, again, and again, and again. And he hardly ever hears me. But I’ve always been there."

13. Wilfred Mott


More than being the tenth Doctors final companion in The End of Time, as well as the oldest companion ever, Wilfred Mott has the distinction of being Donna Noble's grandfather. An amateur astronomer, Wilfred spends many evenings star gazing as he is a believer of extraterrestrial life. A strong patriot, Wilfred was always a staunch supporter of the Queen. A great way of describing the character was given by Laura Pledger of Radio Times where she wrote: "When he wasn't making you smile, Wilfred Mott broke your heart.". During The End of Time while trying to defeat the Master, Wilf traps himself inside a radiation booth. The Doctor, having defeated both the Master and the Time Lords, hears the fulfillment of the prophecy "He will knock four times.", as Wilfred knocks four times on the window of the booth to get the Doctors attention.  Claiming he has already "had his time" Wilfred tells the Doctor he is willing to die.  The Doctor enters the opposite booth sacrificing himself by taking the radiation blast instead of Wilfred.  The fatal dose of radiation begins the Doctors long regeneration process. After returning Wilfred to Earth the Doctor tells him he will see him one more time. That one more time is Donna's wedding. As the Doctor takes off for the final time Mott sadly salutes the Doctor.

Memorable Quotes:

"It's gone dark... it's them aliens again, I'll bet my pension. What do you want this time, you green swine? You get back inside, Sylvia, they always want the women!"

"But, every night, Doctor... when it gets dark, and the stars come out, I'll look up on her behalf. I'll look up at the sky and think of you."

"God Bless the Cactuses."

"And you go with him, that wonderful Doctor. You go and see the stars...then, bring a bit of them back for your old Gramps."

12. Mickey Smith


Mickey is first introduced as the boyfriend of the ninth Doctor's companion Rose Tyler in the first episode if the first series titled Rose. Throughout the first series he has trouble facing his fears and confronting danger. In the second season he joins Rose and the tenth Doctor as a companion. In the two-parter Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel the Doctor and his companions end up in a parallel universe. In this reality, Mickey is mistaken for "Ricky Smith" this worlds version of him. Here he is the leader of a resistance group called the Preachers. After "Ricky" is killed, Mickey decides to stay in this world to look after his parallel world Grandmother who is actually dead in his world. He returns later in the series to help the Doctor defeat both the Daleks and the Cybermen. At the end of the Doomsday episode he returns to the alternate universe where Rose joins him as she is now trapped there with him. Mickey would return again in Journey's End where he helps the Doctor take on Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Along with fellow companions Captain Jack, Martha, and Donna he helps pilot the Tardis back to Earth. After landing he decides against going back to the alternate universe as he has broken up with girlfriend Rose and his alternate universe Grandmother has now also died. He leaves with Captain Jack and Martha. In the tenth Doctor's final episode The End of Time Mickey is seen with Martha, who he is now married to, hunting a Sontaran sniper who the Doctor saves them from. Mickey goes from "zero to hero" during the first series with the ninth Doctor and by the time the tenth Doctor offers him a spot in the TARDIS crew, Mickey was more than ready. Mickey is very skilled with computers.

Memorable Quotes:

"What's a horse doing on a spaceship?"

"Me? I'm their man in Havana. I'm their technical support. I'm... Oh my god. I'm the tin dog!"

"You can talk, Captain Cheesecake!"

11. Ace


Originally from London in the 20th century, Ace joins the seventh Doctor as the final companion of the original series run. She featured in nine stories. She first appears as a 16 year old in Dragonfire. The Doctor and his companion Mel find Ace on the planet Svartos where she was stranded after a chemistry experiment went awry. After Mel decides to part ways with the Doctor Ace is more than happy to join him. Ace covers up her own fears and insecurities with a streetwise tough exterior. She carries a powerful weapon with her in her backpack at all times that she calls Nitro-9 of which the Doctor does not approve of. She calls the Doctor "Professor" as he seems to be most interested in her continued education; allowing her to figure out some of the answers to her questions for herself instead of answering them for her. Ace's final appearance (aside from the Dimensions in Space charity event) was in the final story on the original Doctor Who run Survival. It is not fully known what exactly happened to Ace after her last appearance and before the Doctor Who TV movie in 1996.

Memorable Quotes:

"Professor... I'm not a little girl."

"Do you know any nice people? You know, normal people. Not power-crazed nutters trying to take over the universe."

"Of course not. I'm a good girl: I do what I'm told."

Monday, July 22, 2013

No "Prarie Home" Needed!

We continue with a tribute to the Top 25 Doctor Who Companions of all time.
20. Tegan Jovanka


An airline stewardess from Australia, Tegan was a companion to the fourth and fifth Doctors. She joins the Doctor in his Tardis when she mistakes it for an actual police box. Shortly after, her aunt is killed by the Master. Tegan has the honor of being the companion that served the Doctor for the most consecutive years. Tegan meets the fourth Doctor in his final story Logopolis. Tegan is no nonsense and is never afraid to speak her mind. She calls herself "just a mouth on legs". Although very quick to argue with all of her fellow TARDIS passengers, she is extremely loyal. After the death of Aldric she slowly begins to unravel emotionally eventually being mentally possessed by the alien intelligence known as the Mara. After the events in Resurrection of the Daleks, Tegan decides to stay in London and quit her journeys with the Doctor.

Memorable Quotes:

"How do we find the index file? Of course if we had an index file we could look it up in the index file under Index File."

"You mean you're deliberately choosing to go on the run from your own people, in a rickety old TARDIS?"

19. Peri Brown


A companion to the fifth and sixth Doctor, Perpugilliam Brown (her full name) is from California where she was a college student. Peri appeared in 11 stories with the Doctor. After an encounter with the Master, Peri decides to join the Doctor at the same time Turlough departs the Doctors company. Peri is on the receiving end of a Doctor gone mad when his regeneration to the sixth Doctor goes bad. Their relationship became strained as she continued to have disagreements with this incarnation. The sixth Doctor described her as having "a bit of an attitude". During The Trial of a Time Lord the Doctor believes Peri is dead. It is later revealed that her death was faked by the Valeyard. In fact Peri was alive and had married an alien king who had aided the Doctor in the story Mindwarp. In truth, there are several different accounts of her life after she left the Doctor's company. The story varies depending on which Time Lord tells the tale. Her character was harshly criticized as she used as a sex symbol on the show. To support this fact production was sure to have her wardrobe consist of sexy and revealing clothing.

Memorable Quotes:

"I love games, Doctor. Games where I'm not expecting to end up dead! Are you listening?"

"Silly me. What's a little radiation sickness between friends?"

"Doctor, why do you wear a stick of celery in your lapel?"

18. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart


First appearing in the episode The Web of Fear, the Brigadier is a founder and a leader of UNIT which sort of made him the third Doctor's boss. While being a natural leader and a warrior in combat it is shown that the Brigadier in most definitely a hero among heroes. The Brigadier is the subject of much discussion as to if he is an actual and official companion. The third Doctor once called the Brigadier a "pompous, self-opinionated idiot", although the Doctor later apologized and retracted his statement. He has met every Doctor from the first to the seventh and worked with the second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh incarnations. His final appearance was with the seventh Doctor in the Battlefield story. It is later revealed that the Brigadier was knighted at some point. The Doctor met the Brigadier's daughter Kate in The Power of Three episode. In The Wedding of River Song the Doctor calls the nursing home where the Brigadier is living and is told that he had passed away in his sleep. Only River Song and Clara Oswald has met more incarnations of the Doctor than the Brigadier.

Memorable Quotes:

"Look, just tell me this: Are you or are you not the Doctor that I met during the Yeti business and then later when the Cybermen invaded?"

"Go back to Hell. You're not wanted here!"

"I'm finding it difficult to keep up with all of you these days, Doctor."

17. Ian Chesterton


Ian is one of the original companions of the first Doctor appearing in 16 stories. Ian was the action-oriented cast member where the older Doctor could not handle such business. Originally a science teacher, he uses his knowledge to help keep the TARDIS crew as safe as possible.  The safety of all aboard the TARDIS is something Ian did not think the Doctor always held in high priority. During The Crusade story Ian is knighted "Sir Ian of Jaffa". After many travels, Ian, along with fellow companion Barbara, decide to use a Dalek time machine to return to Earth.

Memorable Quotes:

"Yes, I swear it! I flew here with three friends in a small box. When I left England it was 1963."

"Let me get this straight. A thing that looks like a police box, standing in a junkyard, it can move anywhere in time and space?"

"Who is he? Doctor who? Perhaps if we knew his name, we might have a clue to all this."

16. Jamie McCrimmon


Originally from 18th century Scotland and a member of the Clan McLaren, Jaime has the distinction of being the companion that has appeared in the most episodes of Doctor Who. Always the gentleman he never forgets his manners around women. Jaime was very fond of all of his fellow companions but grew especially close to Victoria. Coming from a time with no technology he often adapted to situations by facing things on his own terms. Even without any knowledge of how devices worked he was able to figure out a great deal of them and even getting some of them to function. Jamie always wore a traditional Scottish kilt, even in situations where it was too cold to wear it i.e. The Abominable Snowmen story. Jamie is forced to break ties with the Doctor by the Time Lords in The War Games story just before the Time Lords force the second Doctor to regenerate to the third incarnation. After having all of his memories of the Doctor wiped except for his first adventure, he is returned to Earth during his time period. Jaime returned in The Five Doctors anniversary special as well as appearing in The Two Doctors story featuring the second and sixth Doctors respectively.

"Oh no, my mistake. The great hairy beastie is the Doctor."

"It's a flying beastie!"

"Me, foreign? You're the one that's foreign! I'm Scottish!"


Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Darling Companion Part 1

I'm actually a little surprised this blog is still here, in recognition of this I will be doing some major house cleaning after I publish this post, I mean you should see some of these cobwebs! Looks like we're on the spider planet! I do have to give some of the credit to Cerpts, a familiar name, not so much on this blog but on the old LOST blog I used to do so many moons ago. Can't believe it's been over three years since Christian walked through those church doors. Almost nine years since the first time the opening LOST title screen swooshed across my, and millions of other (had to fight the urge to capitalize "others") television screens. But enough about ancient history I want to talk about something even older. Sort of. This November the BBC will air the 50th anniversary special of the sci-fi hit Doctor Who. It's really been on TV for 50 years? Yes, but not in a row. Thank you, Steven Wright! Over at Cerpts' blog The Land of Cerpts and Honey he posted the Doctors in order of how they tickled his fancy. I to had done a list with a co-worker and decided to post my list in the comments section of his blog post. Subsequently he suggested a list of oh, say the top twenty-five Doctor Who companions. So while I patiently await his list, I shall post mine. Starting with this little lovely lady:
25. Victoria Waterfield


Victoria appeared in seven stories all with the second Doctor as well as the 30th anniversary special crossover with BBC serial Eastenders (another old favorite of mine that sadly, has not been broadcast in the U.S. since 2007). A human from Victorian England (1866) she is first seen being held hostage by the Daleks in The Evil of the Daleks as a way of forcing her father to work for them. After her father is killed saving the Doctor she becomes a companion and joins in on the journey. A clever and intelligent girl, she also showed her compassionate side as she was often concerned with the Doctors age. Although at times she was very courageous she was also one of the Doctors best "Scream Queens". She quickly grew tired of the journeys and after encountering a family in the story Fury from the Deep, she decided to stay with them. The Doctor as well as Jamie McCrimmon, also a companion, were devastated upon learning of her decision to leave. Jamie, who had quickly developed feelings for Victoria, tried to convince her to stay but she chose a ready made family for herself instead of attempting to create one while time travelling in the TARDIS.

Memorable Quotes:

"Don't you know where the Himalayas are? They're in India. Well at least I think so..."

24. Vislor Turlough


Vislor appeared in 10 stories all with the fifth Doctor. Originally from the planet Trion, Vislor was originally a student of Brigadier Lethridge-Stewart at the Brendon Public School. He is approached by the Black Guardian who offers to return him to his home world if Vislor will agree to kill the Doctor. What the Black Guardian didn't realize was Vislor had a bit of a yellow streak and ends up refusing to kill the Doctor and instead becomes a loyal companion. It is shown that Vislor is one of only a few companions who is able to operate some of systems on the TARDIS. Eventually Vislor grows homesick and upon learning he is no longer considered a political exile on Trion, he asks the Doctor to take him home.

Memorable Quotes:

"Am I dead? I don't think I'd really care if I were. I hate Earth."

"The worst place in the universe - English public school on Earth."
23. Nyssa


Originally cast as a supporting character in the story The Keeper of Traken featuring the fourth Doctor, she officially became a companion to the fifth Doctor after his regeneration in the next story Logopolis. The Master kills Nyssa's stepmother and then takes control of her fathers' body in an attempt to get her to do his bidding. After breaking the mind control the Master had held over her the Watcher shows her that her home world has been destroyed. The Doctor enlists her help in stopping the Master and later asking her to join the TARDIS team. She is on the TARDIS when Adric sacrifices himself to defeat the Cybermen in Earthshock which effects her deeply. In the story Terminus, Nyssa decides to stay behind to help turn the space station into a real hospital. The ironic twist being the station is one huge leper colony and while there Nyssa contracted the disease. She vows to help them find a cure for the disease they all suffer from. Nyssa, having been able to hide her affection for the Doctor so far drops her guard kissing him goodbye. It can be said that Nyssa had the closest relationship with the fifth Doctor, more so any other companion.

Memorable Quotes:

"So much for my friendly aliens."

"No! No! Wait! Others are worse than me!"
22. Astrid Peth

Astrid, a humanoid from the planet Sto, was a one-off companion only appearing with the tenth Doctor in the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned. Astrid (coincidentally an anagram of TARDIS) is an unhappy waitress on the star ship Titanic. She meets the Doctor and joins him and the two are teleported down to Earth where they meet Wilfred Mott. Later a plot to destroy the Titanic is uncovered. With Astrid's help, the Doctor is able to stop Max Capricorn and his angelic but villainous robots called The Host. Astrid and the Doctor share a kiss before the climactic ending where Astrid sacrifices herself by using a forklift to drive Capricorn off of a ship platform killing them both.  Using the teleporter device the Doctor is able to reconnect her atoms just long enough with the limited amount of energy left on the Titanic to see Astrid as a ghostly apparition. After kissing her spectral image one last time, the Doctor releases her "stardust" into space.

Memorable Quotes:

"You're looking good for 903."

" It's a different planet, I'm standing on a different planet. There's concrete, and shops, real alien shops! Real alien shops. Look, no stars in the sky. And it smells. It STINKS! This is amazing!"
21. Jo Grant

A junior member of the UNIT, she is assigned to being a research assistance for the third Doctor in order to defend Earth from alien threats. Appearing in 15 stories over three seasons she was the third Doctor's closest and longest companions. Courageous, although sometimes to a fault, Jo is considered to be bubbly and at times absent-minded. What she lacks in scientific know how she makes up for with an overabundance of enthusiasm. During the story The Green Death, Jo meets a Noble prize winning scientist Professor Clifford Jones. At the end of the story Jo informs the Doctor that she has fallen in love with the Professor and will be staying behind to get married. The Doctor is happy for her but also sad to see her leave him.

Memorable Quotes:

"What on earth is he doing inside a horsebox?"

"Doctor, stop being childish. "