I'm going to list my favourite to least favourite Doctor Who companions from the new series up to season eight. I've included the following people who I consider companions:
Rose - Martha - Mickey - Rory - Amy - Donna - Captain Jack - Jenny - Strax - Mme. Vastra - River - Donna's Grandfather - Clara
Some of these people have only appeared in a few episodes, or just one in the Cyberman Head's case, but these are the ones that I consider companions. There was also another guy, that was here for one episode in the ninth doctor era- but I don't remember his name and he'd be at the bottom of the list anyway. So, let's start!
1. Donna's Grandfather*
I'm sorry if this has shocked all of you, but in my opinion, in the few episodes this man was in, he was outstanding. The actor, to begin with, is outstanding, and the character himself is marvelous. He's funny, he's kind, he's an old soul, and he's one of the most intelligent and unique characters Doctor Who has ever seen. He "gets" it, he gets the Doctor, and becomes one of the most trustworthy companions of the Doctor. Hmight be an old man, but I think he holds a place in the hearts of many Doctor Who fans out there.
Rose was my first companion, automatically ranking her high on my list. She was always kind and witty and amusing, and her chemistry with both Dctors she was with was amazing. Rose had character, and she had flaws, she definitely wasn't perfect. Her story arches were really well done in both seasons she contributed to, and Rose was interesting. She had a sense of humour.
Amy's story was a whirlwind. Her whole time with the Doctor was a blast, and every single one of the episodes with the Doctor was special and different. Her storyline was tragic, especially with her family and the ending, but it had it's fair share of fun bits and hilarious ones. Amy herself was hilarious, and had a real personality. Her love for Rory was adorable. And she was Scottish.
Donna made me laugh, and her friendship with the Doctor was refreshing and fun. Her loud voice, her imperfection, the fact that she was older than most companions in this Doctor Who era made her all the more likeable and relatable to many of D.W's older fans.
Rory's love for Amy, I think, really defined him as a character. He was the calm, sweet water to Amy's fire, and his acts of love make pretty much every other boyfriend in the universe since 102 AD look not so good His story is sweet and fun to watch, and his constant antics with Amy are hilarious.
Strax is possibly the most hilarious character ever written into Doctor Who. With his Sontaran (my favourite monster) habits, and accidental threats of killing and obliteration and boiling-of-head make me laugh so hard. I love his look and his personality, and especially his loyalty to Mme. Vastra, Jenny, and the Doctor.
8. Captain Jack
Jack is awesome. He brought a new, different, eccentric personality to the show, and who didn't like the times when it was him, Rose, and nine on the TARDIS together? They were immensely compatible. I don't remember ever quite seeing a character like this on Doctor Who.
I guess it was because she came after Rose, one of the most beloved companions of New Who, that she wasn't as loved, but Martha was awesome. She stood her ground and played a major part in some of the most important episodes of the third season. She walked the earth by herself, she helped defeat the Master, and she even held her ground for three months and saved the Doctor's life. Martha was actually a strong character, and once she got over her crush on the Doctor, she became much better.
Mickey proved to an interesting companion, but a little flat. I did truly appreciate his love for Rose and the sacrifice he made while in the parallel universe. I especially loved his ending. But what I also liked was that he got things often before others did, which proved that he was in fact not a tin dog.
We don't know much about Jenny, that's why she's low on my list, but she does sound like a very strong and fascinating character. She is definitely unique and original, and I loved her entrance into the underground lair of the clockwork dummies.
Mme. Vastra, while being witty and fascinating and different than most companions, also was very self-important, arrogant, and a little mean in Deep Breath. She also treats Jenny like a servant a lot of time. That's why she's lower than Jenny and Strax.
Clara lovers, avert your eyes. Scroll down quickly to a rant-less blog post. X out the screen. Do something- now! A rant's coming on. If you don't mind what I have to say or if you dislike her just as much as I do, please continue.
Not counting Umbridge, I have never despised a character on television or in a movie more than Clara Oswald. Maybe I have in books, but never have I ever had more hatred for a character.
Clara Oswald: Arrogant, narcissistic. She talks about how she looks all the time, and asks the Doctor about it too. You don't do that! When Matt Smith regenerated, of course she was going to be a little confused and curious and unsure, but she practically almost left the TARDIS because the Doctor got... older? WHY?!? When nine turned into ten, yes, Rose was unsure, but did she ever consider leaving him? No!
Clara overstayed her welcome. Always, a character goes through a story arc or even two if the character is really good, over a course of two seasons. Her beginning parts were interesting, yes, in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen, but the actual Clara that the Doctor rescued from his timestream? She was flat and boring. Her story was done. She was split into a million lives, and then somehow, she survived. Now she's just drifting without a story that we know of so her, and her boyfriend is more interesting than her.
And, her life with the Doctor is perfect. He comes every day to take her on an adventure, and plunks her down every day right in time for supper. Happy music plays when she's on the screen. She brings random kids onto the TARDIS all the time. Somehow, she's a nanny, and then suddenly she's a school teacher. It doesn't make sense.
And she has no personality whatsoever.With each coming episode, it's turning more and more into a T. V. show about Clara.If she was an interesting character, then maybe it would be alright, but it isn't. Clara is turning Doctor Who into an unbearable show, and I am starting to miss the good old days with Smith and Gillan in the TARDIS, which is a shame, because Peter Capaldi is amazing.
No offense to the actress. Jenna Coleman is actually quite good.
Okay, rant over.
So those were some of my favourite to, ahem, least favourite companions of the show. Here, I included organic life forms. If I would include K9 and the cyberman head, they would be somewhere after Martha or Jenny.
I completely respect all opinions of the characters, and if you have a different opinion, please share. I'm curious to see different ways to look at the characters of my all-time favourite show.
Thanks for reading this incredibly long post!
*none of these photos are mine