Lurky McLurklurk (ionlylurkhere) wrote,
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Doctor Who Companions - the long-service awards

In issue #5 of IDW's Doctor Who comic The Forgotten, we're told that Eight only had "brief companions" in that incarnation. Like many things about The Forgotten, this annoys me. But I think I have grounds for my annoyance in this case. (This was originally a reply to doyle_sb4 on my previous post, but it got long and statistical and might possibly be vaguely interesting to people apart from my axe-grinding, so here it is as a post.)

What I've done is work out the length of service for each companion who I think has a reasonable claim to have been a "current" companion in at least one branch of the ongoing story of Doctor Who (and yes, this is the sort of thinking that privileges the NAs over the MAs) both in terms of adventures they were involved in and the number of our months they were the current companion for. The point being to explode the idea that for those of us who follow the story, Eight's companions were "brief".

So here's the top 10, sorted by number of adventures:
  1. Fitz Kreiner (49)
  2. Benny Summerfield (42)
  3. Ace (41)
  4. Charley Pollard (28)
  5. Anji Kapoor (24)
  6. Sam Jones (24)
  7. Izzy Sinclair (23)
  8. Chris Cwej (22)
  9. Rose Tyler (21)
  10. K9 (21)


And by months of being a current companion that fandom was experiencing stories about:
  1. Izzy Sinclair (85)
  2. Charley Pollard (94)
  3. Ace (82)
  4. Fitz Kreiner (72)
  5. C'Rizz (46)
  6. Frobisher (45)
  7. Benny (44)
  8. K9 (40)
  9. Tegan Jovanka (37)
  10. Sarah Jane Smith (35)


Now, this is really mostly about the nature of middle school more than anything else (note that telly companions only squeeze in in the bottom two or three places on each measure), but Eight's companions feature heavily in both these Top 10s (50% of the first and 40% of the second, with the top spot taken by an Eight companion in each case). Not only did he not have brief companions, he had most of the longest serving companions. He is the Doctor it is least sensible to make that claim about, if you're going to count spinoffery. And since The Forgotten is a spinoff ...


Sorted by number of adventures
  1. Fitz Kreiner (49)
  2. Benny Summerfield (42)
  3. Ace (41)
  4. Charley Pollard (28)
  5. Anji Kapoor (24)
  6. Sam Jones (24)
  7. Izzy Sinclair (23)
  8. Chris Cwej (22)
  9. Rose Tyler (21)
  10. K9 (21)
  11. Jamie McCrimmon (20)
  12. Tegan Jovanka (19)
  13. Roz Forester (18)
  14. Sarah Jane Smith (18)
  15. Frobisher (17)
  16. Romana (16)
  17. Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright (16)
  18. Jo Grant (15)
  19. C'Rizz (14)
  20. John and Gillian (14)
  21. Lucie Miller (13)
  22. Nyssa (13)
  23. Compassion (11)
  24. Peri Brown (11)
  25. Adric (11)
  26. Vislor Turlough (10)
  27. Steven Taylor (10)
  28. Vicki (10)
  29. Susan Foreman (10)
  30. Donna Noble (10)
  31. Martha Jones (9)
  32. Trix (9)
  33. Leela (9)
  34. Ben Jackson and Polly Wright (9)
  35. Zoe Heriot (8)
  36. Kamelion (7)
  37. Victoria Waterfield (7)
  38. Mel Bush (6)
  39. Sharon out of DWM (6)
  40. Harry Sullivan (6)
  41. Dodo Chaplet (5)
  42. Liz Shaw (4)
  43. Mickey Smith (3)
  44. Jack Harkness (3)
  45. Destriianatos (3)
  46. Katarina (2)
  47. Adam Mitchell (2)
  48. Sara Kingdom (1)


Sorted by number of months of being a "current" companion
  1. Izzy Sinclair (85)
  2. Charley Pollard (94)
  3. Ace (82)
  4. Fitz Kreiner (72)
  5. C'Rizz (46)
  6. Frobisher (45)
  7. Benny (44)
  8. K9 (40)
  9. Tegan Jovanka (37)
  10. Sarah Jane Smith (35)
  11. Peri Brown (33)
  12. Jamie McCrimmon (32)
  13. Anji Kapoor (31)
  14. Jo Grant (30)
  15. Romana (29)
  16. Sam Jones (27)
  17. Nyssa (24)
  18. Trix (21)
  19. Chris Cwej (21)
  20. Lucie Miller (20)
  21. Ian and Barbara (19)
  22. Roz Forester (18)
  23. Adric (17)
  24. Rose (16)
  25. Destriianatos (16)
  26. Leela (15)
  27. Zoe Heriot (15)
  28. Mel Bush (13)
  29. Vislor Turlough (13)
  30. John and Gillian (13)
  31. Susan Foreman (13)
  32. Compassion (12)
  33. Kamelion (12)
  34. Victoria Waterfield (11)
  35. Steven Taylor (11)
  36. Vicki (10)
  37. Sharon out of DWM (9)
  38. Harry Sullivan (9)
  39. Ben Jackson and Polly Wright (9)
  40. Dodo Chaplet (6)
  41. Liz Shaw (6)
  42. Donna Noble (4)
  43. Martha Jones (4)
  44. Sara Kingdom (2)
  45. Katarina (2)
  46. Mickey Smith (1)
  47. Jack Harkness (1)
  48. Adam Mitchell (1)


Caveats and Notes
  • Ties broken by sub-ordering in reverse order of appearance, because I don't know how to get <ol> tags to do =x) placings.
  • I have probably counted wrong on at least one of these.
  • There are also probably entire companions I've forgotten about (ETA: like Fey and Kroton, for shame, but I'm not redoing my spreadsheet now and they'd be towards the bottom). The likes of Evelyn, Erimem and Hex (and poor forgotten Grant Markham) are intentionally omitted, though, as they're from things that go back and fill in gaps so they never reach "current companion in the ongoing story" status (the NAs/MAs thing); likewise, I haven't counted Fear Itself towards Fitz and Anji's totals.
  • People who come and go in pairs are counted together, for convenience. Ditto for both Romanas and both K9s being conflated.
  • What constitutes an adventure is defined by Common Sense, but I haven't counted the intro story of people like Steven and Sam who only appear at the very end.
  • I haven't counted "guest" reappearances; once you've left the TARDIS, you stop being a current companion. Exception: I have combined Ace and Fitz's totals for either side of their little gaps (Ace's Dalek hunting years/Fitz missing the Earth arc). And an adventure still counts towards a companion's total even if they were asleep in the TARDIS all the way through (y halo thar, Five's era).
  • I've only counted adventures in the character's primary medium. (So Peri's strips contemporaneous with her time on the telly don't go to her total, because she's a TV companion first and foremost. And also because she comes and goes and it would have been too much like hard work.) Ace gets to jump primary medium from telly to NAs, for obvious reasons.
  • Shada's not counted because it was never shown at the time so it's not part of the ongoing story; otoh, So Vile A Sin is assumed to have taken its original slot, because everyone knew Roz was dead as soon as they started Bad Therapy, so she was no longer a "current" companion.</ol>
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