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)
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.
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.
(Carole Ann Ford)
(1963–1964 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).
(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.
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 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
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
Chaplet (Jackie Lane )
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.
Jackson (Michael Craze)
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
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.
Wills) - departed in the serial 'The Faceless Ones'.
(Michael Craze) -
departed in the serial 'The Faceless Ones'.
McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)
(1966–1969 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.
Waterfield (Deborah Watling)
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.
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.
Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw
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.
(Katy Manning ) (1971–1973)
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.
Smith (Elisabeth Sladen)
(1973–1976 and appearances in 1983, 2006
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
Brave companion of the Fourth Doctor.
Savage companion of the Fourth Doctor
(John Leeson/David Brierley - voice)
(1977–1981 and appearances in 1983, 2006, 2008)
Robotic dog companion of the Fourth Doctor.
First incarnation of Time Lady traveller with the Fourth Doctor.
Second incarnation of Time Lady traveller with the Fourth Doctor -
Maths genius who travelled with Doctors Four and Five.
Aristocratic orphan companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors.
Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)
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.
Alien schoolboy and Fifth Doctor companion.
(Gerald Flood - voice) (1983–1984)
Robotic companion of the Fifth Doctor
Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown
American companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctors.
Bush (Bonnie Langford)
Flame haired companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors.
The Seventh Doctor's feisty and explosive young companion.
Dr Grace Holloway
Medically minded companion to the Eighth Doctor.
A regular companion of the Doctor for all of series one and
series two, Rose also returned in the programme's fourth series.
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.
Martha replaced Rose Tyler in the primary companion role. She made
her debut in Series 3's 'Smith and Jones'.
(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'.
Appeared in Christmas 2007 Special 'Voyage of the Damned'.
Smith (Elisabeth Sladen)
and 2007. Also appeared 1973–1976 and 1983)
Appeared in Series 2 and 4
Lake (David Morrissey)
Appeared in Christmas 2007 Special 'The Next Doctor'
Farisi (Velile Tshabalala)
Appeared in Christmas 2007 Special 'The Next Doctor'
Christina de Souza (Michelle
She is a one-off companion appearing in 'Planet of the Dead'
Brooke (Lindsay Duncan)
She is a one-off companion appearing in 'Waters of Mars
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
(Karen Gillan) (2010-12)
First companion of the 11th Doctor.
(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.
Oswald. (Jenna Coleman) (2012-201?)
First seen in the episode 'Asylum of the Daleks' in series
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.