Who wouldn’t be the Who that we all know and love without the Doctor’s companions; family members, friends, enemies, plot-devices, background scenery and techno-babble interpreters.
They came in many shapes, races and genders. One thing is for sure, Who without the companions would be like Who without the Daleks.
No. 10 – Chamelion
Chamelion was a short lived and largely unfeatured shape changing robot, and a companion of the Fifth Doctor. Chamelion was liberated from the Master, who was a slave to the Master’s bidding.
Chamelion figures in here, simply because he had an unrealised potential to be a regular interesting companion and was truly the only proper none human (looking) companion (bar K9!) – that the Doctor has ever had.
No. 9 – Ace
Ace was a companion of the Seventh Doctor. She was pretty much the most realised companion, with plenty of backstory to flesh out her character in seasons 25 & 26. She was a tough cookie – like Leela, but more likeable. A proper 80’s throwback.
No. 8 – Harry
Harry was a shortlived companion of the Fourth Doctor. A UNIT Surgeon he was likeable, upbeat and bounced off of Sarah Jane really well. A real shame he didn’t figure more.
No. 7 – Barbara & Ian
The first original non-family companions of the First Doctor. It was Ian & Barbara, who taught the Doctor’s grand-daughter Susan – at Coal Hill School.
Ian & Barbara where the moral compass to the alien First Doctor and surrogate parent figures to Susan.
No. 6 – Jo Grant
Jo Grant was a companion of the Third Doctor. She was girly, cutesy, bubbly and almost as popular as Sarah-Jane Smith. If she had stayed into the peak Tom Baker era of the programme. Arguably Jo could of become the greatest companion – but fell just short..
No. 5 – Brigadier & UNIT
Not really companions, but the Brig and his troop featured in so many episodes of the classic era – and alongside so many Doctor’s, they deserve a place in the top 10.
No. 4 – Susan
The Doctor’s only featured family member and original companion of the First Doctor. On and she was a Timelord too!
No. 3 – K9
K9 was probably the most popular companion from the aspect of the shows core audience; children. He partnered the Fourth and greatest Doctor. He was also useful in a fight or a game of chess.
No. 2 – Jamie
Jamie is one of the longest serving companions in Who and a long-time companion of the Second Doctor. He was a likeable primitive Highlander, who despite this – probably adjusted the best to the strains of adventuring in Space and Time. The biggest issue with Jamie was the fact he didn’t get another chance to travel with another Doctor, for an extended period. He would have made a good foil for a future Doctor. As he showed in his one follow-up appearance, in The Two Doctors.
No. 1 – Sarah Jane Smith
The greatest and longest serving companion of two of the strongest Doctor’s – Three and Four. Forthright, strong, with just the right dose of warmth; in an era of passive Hammer Horror female turns. Sadly missed and beloved patron of the classic series.
Sarah-Jane was the first companion to be given more screentime and even specific stories written around her.
That was Olddoctorwho’s best 10 companion list. What would your top-ten be?