Travelling through time and space can be lonely, but thankfully the Doctor often has company. The show’s supporting players are the companions, and they often identify with us, the audience, in that they’re mostly normal people (Although the Doctor has travelled with aliens and robots as well). Here’s a run-through of several important companions:
Susan (Carole Ann Ford)-Susan was the Doctor’s granddaughter and presumabely left Gallifrey-the Time lord’s home planet-with him, and wound up on Earth. Susan’s odd behavior caught the attention of her high school teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara wright, who followed her to the TARDIS (Which was-and is-stuck in the shape of a Police telephone box-forgot to put that in the last post).
Jaime (Frazier Hines) The second Doctor’s longest-running companion, Jaime was a Scottish highlander who wasn’t always the brightest guy but was a fun character who was very loyal to the Doctor. Frazier Hines also reprised the role twice, in “The Five Doctors” (Although he was an illusion in that) and “The Two Doctors”.
Brigadier Alistar Gordon Lethbridge Stuart (Nicholas Courtney) The Doctor’s main military ally, the Brigadier ran the British division of UNIT, a military organization tasked with fighting alien incursions. Unfortunately actor Nicholas Courtney, who would reprise the role of the Brigadier many times, passed away recently.
Jo Grant (Katy Manning) The Third Doctor’s main companion, Jo Grant was the replacement assistant to the Doctor when he was exiled to Earth by the time lords. Jo Grant recently returned in an episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor who spin-off show.
Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) A companion of both the third and fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane was probably one of the longest-running companions in the classic show. A journalist and a bit of a feminist, she recently appeared in the new series, which led to her own show-The Sarah Jane Adventures.
K-9-A robotic dog, K-9 is actually four different robot dogs who have often accompanied the Doctor and/or his companions.
Tegan Jovanka (Janet Felding) Tegan was the often outspoken companion of the Fifth Doctor, an air hostess. She left the Doctor after getting tired of the frequent death she encountered in her travels.
Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant) The Doctor’s first “American” companion, actually played by British actress Nicola Bryant with a fake accent. Peri transitioned from the kind and self-sacrificing fifth Doctor to the selfish, arroagant and at times unstable Sixth.
Dorothy “Ace” Mcshane (Sophie Aldred)-A rebellious 80’s teen, Ace traveled with the Seventh Doctor for a brief time.
Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) The closest thing to a romantic relationship the Doctor has had, probably. The Doctor first encountered Rose in his Ninth incarnation, after the time war. She helped him get out of his survivor’s guilt. She continued to travel with him when he regenerated, and their bond grew closer. Unfortunately Rose got trapped in another dimension, eventually. The Doctor didn’t get over her loss completely until his recent regeneration into the Eleventh Doctor.
Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) A companion of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, former con-man and time agent Captain Jack now leads the Torchwood organization in the spin-off series, “Torchwood”.
Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) The Doctor’s current companion, a Scottish woman whose life was affected by strange cracks in time.
Next up: The monsters!