8 recent ‘Doctor Who’ characters we’d like to become companion

Doctor Who Peter Capaldi

As we face the agonising wait until Doctor Who returns to our screens in ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’, now would be a good time to reflect on some of the characters we’ve met so far in Peter Capaldi’s era.

A strong season with a memorable guest cast has the tendency to leave me with an impressively long list of people I desperately wish could somehow be written into more adventures – perhaps joining the TARDIS team themselves – and Season 8 was no exception.

Here are just a few of the folks we would love to see joining the Doctor and Clara on their travels – or perhaps even becoming that titular Magician’s Apprentice…

 

Courtney Woods

Doctor Who The Caretaker Courtney

This Coal Hill student supposedly demonstrates a “disruptive influence”, but what she also demonstrates is just how much fun it is watching the Twelfth Doctor attempt to interact with a fellow rule-breaker.

Besides, she’s obviously a smart cookie – so much so that she supposedly goes on to become President.

 

Psi and Saibra

Doctor Who Time Heist Jonathan Bailey

Who doesn’t love a good ensemble TARDIS team? This superhuman pair worked brilliantly alongside the Doctor and Clara in ‘Time Heist’, and it leads me to wonder how the Doctor-companion dynamic would change if Twelve had a Fifth Doctor-style entourage.

Doctor Who Time Heist Pippa Bennett-Warner

A TARDIS family of lovable misfits, each with their own unique abilities to contribute sounds like, in the hands of a good writer, a potentially brilliant idea.

 

Kate Stewart

Doctor Who Kate Stewart

She would never abandon her earthbound duties at UNIT, but Kate Stewart has proved on every occasion to be a delightful foil for the Doctor, whichever face he may be wearing at the time. Kate’s warm and witty, but decidedly serious business played opposite Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and that could make for some interesting conflicts, and the potential for a brilliant partnership.

I’m torn between wishing that she would at the very least have one adventure in space as part of the TARDIS team, and marching down to Cardiff with a basket of muffins and a very well-conceived pitch in hand and demanding that they give Kate her own spin-off show.

 

Rigsy

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We’ve already seen him assume the companion role to Clara’s Doctor in ‘Flatline’, but what would the Doctor himself make of Rigsy?

Having already used his artistic skills once to save the day, it would be interesting to see what he may contribute and learn from on further adventures.

 

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  • EmilyroseJ

    Good example of why series 8 has been by a country mile the best acted. Brilliant Doctor, brilliant companion and real quality guest stars. Hats off to the Who casting director for a perfect effort.

    • Bruno

      Every series has been well-acted so far. This season is considered to be the worst because of its stories.

      • Farplanet

        Whoever considers this season to be the worst because of it’s stories has a dream crab on their face, because they are dreaming.

        • Shadow Phoenix

          And anyone who thinks episodes like “Kill the Moon” were actually made up of an excellent plot is likely still having a dreamception.

          • WillZ

            You’re missing the point of Kill the moon, and why it’s a good episode – the whole point is that the moon itself was a living, breathing creature’s egg, and they just wanted to up and kill it to protect Earth, It was a story about why life, even if it can be accidentally dangerous to something should STILL be given the chance to exist.

            In other words: we’re significant, but not to the point of making something else insignificant.

      • Wizza

        Sorry, but putting all personal opinions aside (voice in head screams series 2 is the worst) the most cursory of glances at the internet leaves little doubt that series 7 is considered the worst.

      • Bob Redmund Bro

        Only by Some. On the site I usually go to it was voted best series of the revival, and there’s TONS of people there

  • Jami

    I don’t want Shona! I WANT BELLOWS! Give me that grandma as a companion! Bellows would be an awesome companion!

  • Benjamin Brcina

    I would love for SHona, Psi and Saibra to become companions, but I would love more for Osgoods return as a companion

    • John H Harris

      Absolutely! In fact, I’d love to see it become like the 4th/5th Doctor’s “watcher” arc and see Ingrid Oliver play the Doctor’s next regeneration.

    • Jonathan Evan Stern

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Rupti Doolooroodoo

    Why does everyone like Courtney? I thought she was really annoying…

    • Bruno

      Totally agreed.

      • Sally

        I agree with Rupti. I found Courtney annoying. Plus, I think it would be a bit iffy if a middle aged Doctor travelled the universe with a school girl.

        • Jami

          He’s traveled with children before. Though a little bit older than Courtney. I believe Aldric and Ace were both older teenagers.

          But I don’t want Courtney either. Unless her parents come along and learn to control her.

          I want Bellows. Who says that a person who’s older and happens to be in a wheelchair can’t kick butt? I think Bellows would be the best choice.

        • Jeanette Baumgras

          That would be a little creepy.

        • raven

          Does ANYONE remember the original Doctor? Hartnell traveled with his granddaughter.

    • Darcydoolie

      She’d just have so much sass, kind of like Donna 🙂

      • Rupti Doolooroodoo

        True, but Donna had the advantage of being well acted…

        • Richard

          damn

        • David Finnell

          What season did you see .

    • Robert Ritchie

      not everyone, and I have no idea why she is liked by so many

    • Jonathan Evan Stern

      She’s one of the least annoying kids on Doctor Who… granted, that’s saying more about how annoying the other kids are than how likable Courtney is.

      • samwise

        I thought Maebh was pretty decent, too, even if her episode wasn’t.

        • Jonathan Evan Stern

          Yeah, I liked her too.

    • Boris

      And she is WAY too young to be a companion…

      • Brad Filippone

        I didn’t know there was an age restriction.

  • Ron

    Sorry, as much as I adored Osgood, she’s dead. I have had enough of companions being killed only to be told “just kidding!”

    • Not Sure if You Even Watch Doc

      You’re ignorant as fuck.

      • Why the need to insult someone just because you don’t like what they say?

    • Brad Filippone

      Or her Zygon double is dead, maybe.

  • Rose

    They don’t have to be companions, but I NEED the Paternoster Gang to return at least once in season 9. I’d love to have them interact with Twelve when he hasn’t just regenerated and has a better idea of who he is. I’d love even more to see his first encounter with them/how they met.

  • Dr_Syn

    MISSY IS NOT DEAD.
    When she is “shot.” it is so obviously the same special effect as the teleporter earlier in the episode that I thought it positively screamed this fact. I’m not sure why people keep talking like she’s really dead.

    How she got off Gallifrey in a time lock – THAT is a good question.

    • Wizza

      Gallifrey’s not in a timelock any more.

      • Lara Harris

        I’m not sure that was ever rescinded was it? The time lock for the war still exists. It’s possible it is both in a pocket universe AND time locked.

        • Wizza

          Seems unlikely (especially as Gallifrey popping through the universe cracks was a definite possibility in Time of the Doctor), and certainly not something that /needs/ an explanation.

    • NTA

      The Master was disguised as Professor Yana when the time lock went into action. That’s how she escaped. By being human.

      • Shadow Phoenix

        Nope. The Master is back…well, was back on Gallifrey. Remember? In Tennant’s final episode he sent Gallifrey back into the pocket dimension along with Simm’s Master (which is presumably when that version died, or at least right before it, and The Master became The Mistress).

    • Lisa Falls

      If you watch DoTD… When they step out of the painting into the vault. As Clara is stepping out you see a hand grab the side of the frame that very obviously can not be Clara’s due to both the angle it’s grabbing and the appearance of it. There’s no other explanation for it. I think the Master regnerated during the time war after being pulled back in during The End of Time and then used that moment and their distraction to escape. That’s my theory anyway. And well. Moffat’s sneaky like that. lol

  • What about Journey Blue from “Into the Dalek”?

    • Wizza

      Er, she’s the most two-dimensional character in by far the most awful episode in the history of New Who?

      • Bob Redmund Bro

        Have you only seen series 8 or something?

    • dummypants

      I liked her too and was surprised to see her omitted. I don’t even remember Rigsy.

  • Kiana Enriquez

    I want Jenny!! The doctors daughter!

  • Joknows

    Sorry but I hope it’s not Courtney, I don’t like the message it gives across like she’s being rewarded for being a prat. Furthermore a child companion makes me uncomfortable, we’ve seen adult companions break in that lifestyle the idea of a child is…

    Sorry but Osgood is a missed opportunity…sniff…sniff…

    I would love for Psi and Saibra to become companions however I feel like if Psi was brought into it again his relationship would need built up on since he never fully seemed to connect to the Doctor in Time Heist. If anything he would be more Clara’s companion. However I see potential and it would be epic to have a male companion who is not a love interest as well as companions who are not from “modern day” earth.

    I also loved Rigsy but again he would be more Clara’ companion since he and the Doctor didn’t connect and I’m sorry but I want a companion who the Doctor can connect with.

    Kate is better and can do more on earth, she has responsibilities I can’t envision he abandoning, maybe just one trip in the Tardis but that’s it.

    But other than Psi and Saibra I would love to see Shona. Her attitude, how she’s not perfect knows this but is still so chipper even when scolding makes her wonderfully realistic and I just love her. Plus the fact her list shaped most the dream shows sh has a strong mind and scene she woke up to just seemed so sad that I want her to be saved from it.
    Mind you return of solider girl from into the Dalek could be good. If the Doctor met up with hr and she had changed careers to be a better person and he reconsidered.

  • John Smith

    God no. Just Stop. Awful. We need to move on with a fresh companion. Please kill off Clara already, she’s written just too powerfully she completely overshadows the Doctor at every turn.

    • Sugna Oliph

      that was the point, remember what missy said? a controll freak for one that cant be controlled, someone to make the doctor heel and pull on his leash. thats wat this season was alot about, the doctor learning about himself and clara playing the role they were tricked into.

  • Tara

    I cant see how Missy could become a companion. Though i do love the character.

  • Wizza

    Loved Shona, and would love to see her return but not as a full-time companion. Courtney I would definitely take, would be odd if she never appeared again for sure.

  • Gregg Barnes

    This list is lame. Why would Missy become a companion?

    • Shadow Phoenix

      Because they used to be best friends and Missy is always trying to get that back (despite her horrible ways of doing so throughout every regeneration).

      • Gregg Barnes

        Thats a load of crap. The Doctor offered on a couple of occasions, and was rejected. Plus, Missy isnt “always” trying to get that back. Shes a new regeneration.

  • CasioMaker

    What about Perkins, the engineer from “Mummy on the Orient Express?”

    • ChrisWall

      I really liked him!

    • Sugna Oliph

      thought he might secretly be the guy who trapped them on it

    • TechTinker11

      Yeah him too, though maybe more as a secondary companion, like stays on the tardis most of the time, with some adventures. The TARDIS is a big place. 😉

  • NTA

    I don’t even care who the next companion is if it means we get rid of Clara. I was SO happy in Last Christmas when he was 62 years late and I thought she wouldn’t be a companion anymore. So sick of her!!

    • Bob Redmund Bro

      I can’t wait til she goes so people will stop complaining about her

  • Dan

    RIVER>>>!!!!!!!!!

  • Robstermd

    Just anyone who isn’t a spunky gal with attitude. I mean Rose, Donna, Martha, Clara and Amy have all been incredibly similar characters.

  • ChrisWall

    I want to see a strong male companion. Rory was cool, but awfully timid for most of his run other. He was badass at times, but he was a very soft individual. I want to see a male like Captain Jack (without the super sex drive). Someone who can relate to the Doctor maybe.

    • Wizza

      Moi aussi. Tom Hughes is my pick.

  • Yggie

    Courtney Woods ? Are you fucking kidding me ?! She was the MOST ANNOYING character in season 8 !

    • Shadow Phoenix

      Ha, and they said she was smart.

      Excuse me, but “There’s a thing in the book about something called gravity,” said in a very serious, non sarcastic voice…If anything, that’s more a critique on the people who are growing up to rule our countries…Not at all a statement of her intelligence. Also, I love Clara after this season, but that episode portrayed her as an idiot. Well, everyone really.

  • Lara Harris

    NO! No. No. No. No. No. Yes. Now you’re just being silly.

  • Sugna Oliph

    i would love shona to get time with the doctor.

  • TechTinker11

    I don’t see why people see Osgood as a companion. She was good fanservice having a little bit of the doctor, that was it. She was good for what she was meant to be.

    Shona, Journey Blue, Psi & Saibra on the other hand I could get on.

  • Emylee

    I would love to see Shona, Saibra and Psi. I like Clara, but I really feel that she overpowers the Doctor. He is not the focus of the recent episodes, Clara is, and it seems time to have her move on. I don’t think she should be killed off, she is a strong and valuable character and would be a great edition to future episodes like Jack, Martha and Sarah Jane have been. I’m all for reappearances of them as well as Rose, Donna, River and of course Amy and Rory. (Though it has been pretty clear that Donna, Rory and Amy are impossible for the Doctor to revisit….it IS Doctor Who after all though.) It isn’t that Clara is a bad companion, nor is it that the dynamics between her and the Doctor don’t work, quite the contrary, I just think that it is better to “go out” with some mystery hanging over the heads of the characters and viewers, it needs to feel somewhat unfinished, or it wouldn’t keep us coming back and it wouldn’t be Doctor Who. Would we love the previous companions as much as we do if every ending was wrapped in a pretty bow with no loose ends to tug at our hearts? I don’t think so.

  • Robert Ritchie

    Osgood is the only one I agree with, and Missy? SERIOUSLY???? I say no to that one!

  • Robert Ritchie

    How about Rita, from “The God Complex”, she was awesome, or Madame De Pompadour “The Girl in the Fireplace”, or Astrid from “Voyage of the Damned”, they would all have made great companions!

  • Robert Ritchie

    I see my comment was removed, because I mentioned better companions, more people like than the author of the article perhaps?

  • Robert Ritchie

    As I suspected, thanks for confirmation

  • Jeanette Baumgras

    I would love to see Sally Sparrow from the episode “Blink” as a companion.

  • Guest

    Hmm well…
    Courtney Woods: NO
    I
    am not waiting for that character to develop and dig in her background
    to fix her psychological problems. That’s Clara all over again. Plus, a
    child will hinder him and limit the adventures.

    Psi and Saibra: YES PLEASE

    Kate Lethbridge-Stewart: NO
    She
    belongs on Earth like her father did. Maybe gets in the TARDIS once or
    twice (don’t understand how she hasn’t yet) but that’s it.

    Rigsy: Yes
    Cool
    guy, and looks like someone who would both help the Doctor and learn
    from him. But I hope he just does it for a while then goes on his way
    without any unnecessary complications.

    Osgood: Yes
    It
    has been a very long time since he had someone that smart on the
    TARDIS. I don’t mean saving-the-day smart, but scientifically informed. She is
    both.
    (About the being dead thing, I think she was teleported along with Missy and the other two vaporized guys)

    Shona McCullough: Maybe
    I
    love the character herself but I hate her background, it’s repeated. A
    female earthling who wants to escape her boring life and trying to fix
    her romantic relationship at the same time. They better put a twist to
    that.

    Missy: NO
    It’s
    an interesting idea but I haven’t thought about it for a reason. The
    character has already changed so much, it can’t afford to drift further
    from the classics. They need to set rules for her relationship with the
    Doctor and show that some things never change, like the Master never
    getting in the Doctor’s TARDIS unless he’s trying to steal or sabotage
    it.

  • Hagar Muhammad

    Well…

    Courtney Woods: NO
    I am not waiting for that character to develop and dig in her background to fix her psychological problems. That’s Clara all over again. Plus, a child will hinder him and limit the adventures.

    Psi and Saibra: YES PLEASE

    Kate Lethbridge-Stewart: NO
    She belongs on Earth like her father did. Maybe gets in the TARDIS once or twice (don’t understand how she hasn’t yet) but that’s it.

    Rigsy: Yes
    Cool guy, and looks like someone who would both help the Doctor and learn from him. But I hope he just does it for a while then goes on his way without any unnecessary complications.

    Osgood: Yes
    It has been a very long time since he had someone that smart on the
    TARDIS. I don’t mean saving-the-day smart, but scientifically informed. She is both.
    (About the being dead thing, I think she was teleported along with Missy and the other two vaporized guys)

    Shona McCullough: Maybe
    I love the character herself but I hate her background, it’s repeated. A
    female earthling who wants to escape her boring life and trying to fix
    her romantic relationship at the same time. They better put a twist to
    that.

    Missy: NO
    It’s an interesting idea but I haven’t thought about it for a reason. The
    character has already changed so much, it can’t afford to drift further
    from the classics. They need to set rules for her relationship with the
    Doctor and show that some things never change, like the Master never getting in the Doctor’s TARDIS unless he’s trying to steal or sabotage it.

  • Meer

    Missy’s not dead. She’s just teleported. The Doctor never can kill her. And it’s the same for the Master or Missy, whatever.

  • Meer

    And remember Perkins. He could be a great companion, too.

  • PJ Dominicis

    Psi for sure. It’s time we had another male companion. Shona McCullough, Osgood and Courtney Woods would also be fun.

  • Lara Harris

    I’d rather eat glass.
    No.
    Nooooo (missing the point of UNIT).
    Potential.
    No.
    Potential.
    Definitely not.

  • Leon Hussissian

    A boring, bad article. Simply listing off the names of good secondary characters from the season does not make them companion-worthy or stand out in any way. Kate S. is fine where she is, fulfilling the Brig’s role as a connection to Earth, while Missy/Master… she’s frigging evil, duh. Why did you even bother with this list when even before I saw it I thought “oh, they’ll put him and her and him…” Unoriginal.

  • Amy

    I want Shona from last years christmas special.

  • Paul K. Sulkowski

    The one I hopped would be listed was a thief on a bus.

    • Bob Redmund Bro

      Er, so you mean the one from a David tenant episode?

  • Bob Redmund Bro

    Personally I thought it would have been awesome to have Danny as a companion last season

  • Smegtasticus

    Shona FTW. As much as I like Osgood, her hero worshiping the Doctor could get really stale, really quickly.

    As for Missy, I can’t really see it. The Doctor and the Master working or traveling together in anything other than a temporary alliance of convenience wouldn’t really work.

    I would like to see the next full-time companion be male or at least non-human (there is a precedent for this, after all) and/ or not a person from contemporary Earth (yes, I know Shona is, but she’s just so adorable!). Ten years into the revived series, they really should be mixing things up a little.

  • Emma Victoria Jewkes

    What, no Sally Sparrow???? Surely she’s arguably one of the best companions the Doctor never had!