Is Jenna Coleman the greatest Doctor Who companion ever?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last week, Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi referred to his co-star Jenna Coleman as ‘one of the best companions ever’ in Doctor Who.
Which got us thinking – just WHO is the greatest companion in the almost 52 year history of the show?
Without diving into Tumblr style histrionics, we’ve got a scientifically proven gauge – time. Here’s a Top 10 of the companions who’ve spent the most screen time on Doctor Who.
10. Rose Tyler – 24+ hours
Propping up the Top 10 is the girl who introduced a whole new generation to Doctor Who in 2005, Rose Tyler, as played by former pop star Billie Piper.
The young London gal featured in 27 episodes before she got stuck on a beach in a parallel universe. Of course, Rose made an impossible return, much to the delight of fans. In fact, she made quite a few returns, including 2013’s 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor (though technically that wasn’t Rose).
9. Amy Pond – 24+ hours
The Eleventh Doctor companion bested her predecessor by approximately 15 minutes.
Amy Pond was a huge hit with fans. Like Rose, she popped back after her departure in 2012’s The Angels Take Manhattan for a cameo in Matt Smith’s final story, The Time of the Doctor.
Gillan also appeared in numerous DVD only episodes.
8. Romana – 27+ hours
A fellow Time Lord, Romanadvoratrelundar (to give her her proper name), appeared alongside Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor for nearly three seasons in two different incarnations.
Fact fans will note, Lalla Ward, who played Romana II, was briefly married to Tom.
7. Tegan – 28+ hours
Played by the inimitable, not to mention Australian, Janet Fielding, Tegan Jovanka spent three years on Doctor Who (a feat now broken by Jenna Coleman), appearing in four consecutive seasons; starting with Tom Baker and moving on to Peter Davison.
Like Coleman, Fielding also starred in a multi-Doctor adventure, 1983’s The Five Doctors.
6. K9 – 29+ hours
Though K9 spent well over three years in the TARDIS with Tom Baker, the little guy didn’t actually appear in every episode.
In many stories, the tin dog was simply left in the TARDIS but his screen time is still impressive. K9 made a majestic return, along with another companion (coming up) in the David Tennant Tenth Doctor story School Reunion (2006), leading to his very own, but not very good, spin-off series.
Though do check out 1980’s K9 & Company…
5. Ian & Barbara – 30+ hours
Played by William Russell and Jacqueline Hill, this pair was part of the original Team TARDIS in 1963.
Their time with The First Doctor lasted 77 episodes, though the actors did take the odd holiday and missed a few (this was back in the day when filming on Doctor Who was pretty much continuously all year round).
Interestingly, not the only representatives from Coal Hill School in this list.
4. Clara – 31+hours
Based on the fact that Clara should be seeing out the upcoming series (starting in the autumn), Clara breaks into the top five.
And, if she stays for the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special, then she’ll slide on up another space.
Jenna Coleman made a shock appearance almost three years ago in Asylum of the Daleks and then joined the show proper a few episodes later.
Coleman is in the privileged position of appearing with all the Doctors so far (sort of) and another Coal Hill School alumni.
3. Jo Grant – 32+ hours
Like Ian and Barbara, The Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant had a run that lasted 77 episode, though no holidays for actress Katy Manning.
Jo never returned on screen to Doctor Who, but she did meet up with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor in the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Speaking of which…
2. Sarah Jane Smith – 40+ hours
If there were a Queen of Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Smith would surely be it.
Sarah Jane, who made a return in the aforementioned School Reunion with K9, was the star of Doctor Who in the 70s alongside Jon Pertwee and then Tom Baker.
The plucky journalist also returned for 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors (after her her own spin off with K9 came to a quick halt, see above).
Due to the popularity of her 2006 return, Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies created the fantastic series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which ran for five seasons before her untimely death.
1. Jamie McCrimmon – 49+ hours
Scottish highlander Jamie spent almost the entire run of The Second Doctor era alongside Patrick Troughton, joining him in just his second story.
Played by Fraser Hines, McCrimmon was a faithful chum and departed in the same story which also saw Troughton end his time in the show.
The pair did return some 26 years later for The Two Doctors (with Colin Baker).
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