The past two years of Doctor Who has featured change in three key roles: companion, Doctor, and showrunner. We watched Peter Capaldi bring a Classic Who feel to the TARDIS as an aesthetically older and more alien Doctor. Twelve has won the hearts of fans across the world with his valiant speeches and scathing one-liners, and there’s no sign of him leaving anytime soon. And, with the recent announcement of current showrunner Steven Moffat handing the reins to Chris Chinball (Torchwood, Broadchurch), the showrunner position will also be locked down for the foreseeable future. But, Clara Oswald’s complicated departure as a companion has left a spot open in the TARDIS. The powerful forces behind Doctor Who surely have a replacement in mind, but this doesn’t stop Whovians from discussing what kind of companion should have a shot with Twelve.
Here are a few types of travelers that fans would enjoy on Doctor Who:
A Guy Worthy of a Doctor Bromance
Twelve loves to have a little fun, but he takes his savior status seriously and he is willing to straddle the line between right and wrong to save the universe. Capaldi’s version of the Time Lord could use an audacious guy in the TARDIS to help him get out of a few sticky situations. Since the show’s reboot in 2005, the only man who has traveled with The Doctor that wasn’t romantically linked to a woman companion (think Mickey and Rory) has been Captain Jack. However, Jack shared his intermittent time with Rose Tyler, so he still never got to be a duo with The Doctor. Many fans (especially blerd Whovians) thought Danny Pink would be “The One” like Neyo, but he didn’t live quite live up to the “kickass dude” expectations. So, it would be a welcome change to see The Doctor building a bromance with a guy who has no attachments, no agenda, and nothing to lose.
A Family Affair
We have seen The Doctor travel with a married couple and lots of incredible women. But, it would be intriguing to see a brave Mom and her child (like Sarah Jane and Luke) in the TARDIS. First, the dynamic of a mom in the TARDIS would be interesting. How would she approach situations differently as a mother? What would happen if The Doctor pushed her child to go too far? Is there any risk of becoming too “Doctorish” like Clara? And, the possibility of a child in the TARDIS can go different routes depending on the age group. Perhaps an 8 year old whiz kid could teach The Doctor a lesson or two. Or, The Doctor may have to dig a fearless 14 year old out of trouble. Doctor Who’s fan base still has a strong following of young kids (whose parents watch with them as well), so it would be nice for that demographic to see themselves on the show as companions.
A Companion Who…Isn’t White
This one is obvious. It’s been a minute since Martha and Mickey graced the TARDIS doors. They both play pivotal roles in the early years of the show as the first Black companions in the show’s history. But, their time on the show was criminally short and both seemed to be somewhat eclipsed by Rose Tyler (that’s a different topic for another post…). Yes, there have been a few important Black characters in Moffat’s era (Rigsy, Danny Pink), but none on the TARDIS team. There is no time like the present for The Doctor to welcome a non-White character on board. Doctor Who has become a worldwide phenomenon with a culturally diverse fandom and Whovians want to see themselves represented on the show via a well-developed, multidimensional main character. And, with Twelve starting a fresh journey free of “Clara mourning” and ready to blaze across the stars, it would be a great time for a diverse companion to make a powerful impact on Twelve.
An Otherwordly Wanderer
What’s better than one alien in a spaceship? TWO aliens! The Doctor has his fair share of friends who don’t call Earth home and he hasn’t traveled with a companion from another world in the modern series. Depending on their planet of origin, an alien companion’s moral compass may differ drastically from a typical humans and could affect how they relate to others in danger as well as their overall impact on Twelve’s decisions. The Doctor could link up with an alien who brings out the worst in him…or perhaps both of them being removed from human influence would make them a powerful duo. And, an Earth adventure would be interesting, especially if the alien does not resemble humans!
Whovian fans – what other types of companions would you like to see in the TARDIS?
Tai Gooden is a freelance writer, mom, wife, part-time blogger and full-time Whovian. In April 2014, she published Amour Rising: A Collection of Poetry. She has written for xojane, BlogHer, HelloGiggles, HamptonRoads.com, BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com, MadameNoire, HamptonRoads.com, and Clutch Magazine. When Tai is not waiting for the TARDIS, she’s either on Twitter (@taigooden) or rambling on her blog, www.taigooden.com