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Doctor Who character usually is accompanied by one or more travelling companions. Inevitably, all companions leave the Doctor's company; perhaps they tire of the Doctor's wild adventures or perhaps they simply have other things to do.

List of Companions (in order of appearance)

First Doctor

Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton (William Russell) (19631965)
The First Doctor's action man.

Ian Chesterton was a science teacher at the Coal Hill School and works with Barbara Wright, a history teacher. He was one of the programme's very first regulars and appeared in the bulk of its first two seasons from 1963-65.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) (19631965)
A sixties schoolteacher whisked into history by the First Doctor.

Barbara was a history teacher at the Coal Hill School, working with science teacher Ian Chesterton. She was one of the programme's very first regulars and appeared in the bulk of its first two seasons from 1963-65.

Susan Foreman

Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford) (19631964 and appearance in 1983)

Susan was the First Doctor's grand daughter. Susan first appeared in the First Doctor serial, 'An Unearthly Child'. Susan continues to travel with the Doctor and her two teachers until the 1964 serial 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth'. Carole Ann Ford reprised the role of Susan on television in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors (1983).


Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) (1965)
The First Doctor's second "Granddaughter".

Vicki was an orphan from the 25th century. Vicki first appeared in the serial 'The Rescue', a survivor of a spaceship crash on the planet Dido and menaced by the monstrous Koquillion when she meets the Doctor and his companions Ian and Barbara. Vicki character was a regular in the programme in Seasons 2 and 3. Her last name was never revealed during the tv series.

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor (Peter Purves) (19651966)
A lost astronaut (and Blue Peter presenter) who threw in his lot with the First Doctor.

Steven was a space pilot from Earth in the future. Steven first appeared in the serial 'The Chase', when the Doctor and his companions, Ian, Barbara and Vicki, found him on the planet Mechanus where he crash-landed two years before. He was a regular in the programme from 1965 to 1966.

Sara Kingdom

Sara Kingdom (Jean Marsh) (1965)

Sara was a security officer for Mavic Chen from the 41st century. She would later join the First Doctor and Steven to work against Chen's interests. She appeared in parts 4 to 12 of the 12 part 1965 serial 'The Daleks' Master Plan'.


Katarina (Adrienne Hill) (1965)
The First Doctor's most tragic companion

Katarina was an inhabitant of ancient Troy. Katarina is introduced in the serial 'The Myth', which takes place during the siege of Troy. She was the first companion in the tv  series to die. Katarina appeared in the programme from November to December, 1965.


Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet (Jackie Lane ) (1966)
Chirpy young Londoner who joined the First Doctor by mistake.

Dodo was an Earth teenager from the year 1966. Dodo was introduced at the end of the serial 'The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve'. She was a regular in the programme in its third season from February to July, 1966.

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson (Michael Craze) (19661967)
Sailor who travelled with the First and Second Doctors.

Ben was a seaman in the Royal Navy from 1966. Ben first appeared in the First Doctor serial, 'The War Machines' when he meets Polly and Dodo in a London nightclub called the Inferno. He was a regular in the programme from 1966 to 1967.


Polly (Anneke Wills) (19661967)
Sixties swinger and companion of the First and Second Doctors.

Polly was a young woman from 1966. Polly first appeared in the First Doctor serial, 'The War Machines', where she is working as a secretary to Professor Brett. She was a a regular in the programme from 1966 to 1967. Polly was never given a last name in the tv series.

Second Doctor

Polly (Anneke Wills) - departed in the serial 'The Faceless Ones'.

Ben Jackson (Michael Craze)  - departed in the serial 'The Faceless Ones'.

Jamie McCrimmon

Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) (19661969 and appearances in 1983 and 1985)
The Second Doctor's Scottish companion.

Jamie was a piper of the Clan McLaren who lived in 18th century Scotland. Jamie first appeared in 'The Highlanders' encountering the Doctor, Ben and Polly in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden in 1746. At the end of the story, Polly suggests that the Doctor take Jamie along with them. Jamie continues to travel with the Doctor even after Ben and Polly leave the TARDIS at the end of The Faceless Ones. He appeared in all but the very first Second Doctor serial 'The Power of the Daleks'. He was a regular in the programme from 1966 to 1969.

Victoria Waterfield

Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling) (19671968)
Prim traveller with the Second Doctor.

Victoria was a native of Victorian England. Victoria first appeared in the 1967 serial 'The Evil of the Daleks'. She was the daughter of scientist Edward Waterfield who in 1866 was experimenting with time travel and had attracted the attention of the Daleks. She was a regular in the programme from 1967 to 1968.

Zoe Heriot

Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury) (19681969)
Quick-witted companion to the Second Doctor.

Zoe was a young astrophysicist who lived on a space wheel in the 21st century. Zoe first appeared in the serial 'The Wheel in Space' where she wass the librarian on board Space Station W3, also known as the Wheel. When the Cybermen attacked, she aided the Doctor and Jamie in defeating them before stowing away aboard the TARDIS. She was a companion of the Second Doctor and a regular in the programme from 1968 to 1969.

Third Doctor

Liz Shaw Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw (Caroline John) (1970)
UNIT scientific advisor and Third Doctor companion.

Liz was a civilian member of UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), an international organisation that defended the Earth from alien threats. Her full name was Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. Liz first appeared in 'Spearhead from Space' having been drafted from the University of Cambridge by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as a scientific advisor to UNIT. Sceptical at first of UNIT's ambit to defend against alien invasion, she changed her mind when she encountered the newly regenerated Doctor and became involved in defeating the plans of the Nestene Consciousness and its animated plastic Autons. She was a regular in the programme in the 1970 season.
Jo Grant

Jo Grant (Katy Manning ) (19711973)
Ditzy assistant to the Third Doctor.

Jo was a junior civilian operative for UNIT that defended the Earth from alien threats. Jo first appeared in the 1971 serial 'Terror of the Autons' having been assigned to the Doctor as a replacement for Liz Shaw. Apparently, she gained the assignment to UNIT because her uncle, a high ranking civil servant, had pulled some strings. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart assigned her to the Doctor, who initially was dismayed when he found out that she was not a scientist, but accepted her because he didn't have the heart to tell her otherwise. She was a regular in the programme from 1971 to 1973.

Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) (19731976 and appearances in 1983, 2006 and 2007)
The Third and Fourth Doctor's feisty journalist assistant.

Sarah was an investigative journalist. Sarah first appeared in the Third Doctor serial 'The Time Warrior' where she has managed to infiltrate a top secret research facility by posing as her aunt, Lavinia Smith, a famous virologist. Sarah Jane was a regular companion of the Third and Fourth incarnations of the Doctor, on the programme from 1973 to 1976 (seasons 11 14).

Fourth Doctor

Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) (19741975)
Brave companion of the Fourth Doctor.

Leela (Louise Jameson) (19771978)
Savage companion of the Fourth Doctor

K9 (John Leeson/David Brierley - voice) (19771981 and appearances in 1983, 2006, 2008)
Robotic dog companion of the Fourth Doctor.

Romanadvoratralundar (19781981)

Romana I (Mary Tamm)
First incarnation of Time Lady traveller with the Fourth Doctor.

Romana II (Lalla Ward)
Second incarnation of Time Lady traveller with the Fourth Doctor - mark two.

Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) (19801982)
Maths genius who travelled with Doctors Four and Five.

Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) (19811983)
Aristocratic orphan companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors.

Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding) (19811984)
Air hostess who travelled with the Fifth Doctor.

Tegan was an Australian airline stewardess and a native of Brisbane who was a companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. Tegan first appeared in the Fourth Doctor's last serial 'Logopolis'. On her way to Heathrow Airport to start her new job with Air Australia, her car suffers a flat tyre. She enters a roadside police box to seek help, not knowing that it is actually the Doctor's disguised TARDIS. She is present when the Fourth Doctor falls from the Pharos Project radio telescope and regenerates into his fifth incarnation, and continues to journey with the Doctor and his other companions.

Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson) (19831984)
Alien schoolboy and Fifth Doctor companion.

Kamelion (Gerald Flood - voice) (19831984)
Robotic companion of the Fifth Doctor

Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown (Nicola Bryant) (19841986)
American companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctors.

Sixth Doctor

Melanie "Mel" Bush (Bonnie Langford) (19861987)
Flame haired companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors.

Seventh Doctor

Ace (Sophie Aldred) (19871989)
The Seventh Doctor's feisty and explosive young companion.

Eighth Doctor

Chang Lee (1996)

Dr Grace Holloway (Daphne Ashbrook) (1996)
Medically minded companion to the Eighth Doctor.

Ninth Doctor

Rose Tyler (20052006, 2008)
A regular companion of the Doctor for all of series one and series two, Rose also returned in the programme's fourth series.

Adam Mitchell (Bruno Langley)
He is the second known companion of the Ninth Doctor. He appeared in only two episodes: 'Dalek' and 'The Long Game', joining the TARDIS crew at the end of the former and expelled for bad behaviour at the end of the latter.

Captain Jack Harkness (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010)
He first appears in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" and reappears in the remaining episodes of the 2005 series as a companion of the ninth incarnation of the series' protagonist the Doctor. Jack becomes the central character in the adult-themed Torchwood, and returns in the 2007 series of Doctor Who, reuniting with the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, and again for the 2008 series and a 2010 special.

Mickey Smith (2006, 2008)

Tenth Doctor

Rose Tyler (20052006, 2008)

Martha Jones (2007,2008)
Martha replaced Rose Tyler in the primary companion role. She made her debut in Series 3's 'Smith and Jones'.

Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) (2006, 2008, 2009)
A secretary from Chiswick, London, she is a companion of the Tenth Doctor, appearing in one scene at the end of the final episode of the 2006 series, 'Doomsday' (named in the credits only as 'The Bride'), and in the second Christmas special, 'The Runaway Bride'. The character returned as The Doctor's sole full-time companion for the whole of the fourth series in 2008.Tate reprised her role as Donna in the 2009 Christmas special 'The End of Time'.

Astrid Peth (Kylie Minogue) (2007)
Appeared in Christmas 2007 Special 'Voyage of the Damned'.

Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) (2006 and 2007. Also appeared 19731976 and 1983)
Appeared in Series 2 and 4

Jackson Lake (David Morrissey)
Appeared in Christmas 2007 Special 'The Next Doctor'

Rosita Farisi (Velile Tshabalala)
Appeared in Christmas 2007 Special 'The Next Doctor'

Lady Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan)
She is a one-off companion appearing in 'Planet of the Dead'

Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan)
She is a one-off companion appearing in 'Waters of Mars

Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbin)
He was the last companion of the 10th Doctor in the 2009/2010 Special 'The End of Time'. He is the maternal grandfather of the Tenth Doctor's companion Donna Noble and father of character Sylvia Noble.

Eleventh Doctor

Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) (2010-12)
First companion of the 11th Doctor.

Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) (2010-2012)
Having been introduced at the start of the series, Rory joins the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) as a companion through the middle of Series 5.

Clara Oswald. (Jenna Coleman) (2012-201?)
First seen in the episode 'Asylum of the Daleks' in series 7.

Twelfth Doctor

Clara Oswald (2012-201?)

Other Associated Characters

Sergeant Benton (John Levene)
Military man who helped the Second and Third Doctors.

Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)
Long-time friend and helper of the Doctor.

Captain Mike Yates (Richard Franklin)
Troubled soldier and associate of the Third Doctor.

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