Daily Archives: October 1, 2013

The Doctor’s Companions – The Guardian Articles



Last Saturday The Guardian published a series of three articles on Doctor Who’s companions through the ages.  The first article covers the 1960s and 1970s and features short interviews with Carole Ann Ford (First Doctor), Deborah Watling (Second Doctor), Katy Manning (Third Doctor) and Louise Jameson (Fourth Doctor).

Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor's Grand-Daughter

Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s Grand-Daughter

The second article encompasses the 1980s and the 1996 telemovie and includes interviews with Janet Fielding (Fifth Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Fifth Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Sixth and Seventh Doctors), Sophie Aldred (Seventh Doctor) and Daphne Ashbrook (Eighth Doctor).

Sophie Aldred as the Seventh Doctor's companion, Ace

Sophie Aldred as the Seventh Doctor’s companion, Ace

The final article features the new series companions, Billie Piper (Ninth and Tenth Doctors), Freema Agyeman (Tenth Doctor), Catherine Tate (Tenth Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Eleventh Doctor).

Catherine Tate played the Tenth Doctor's companion, Donna Noble

Catherine Tate played the Tenth Doctor’s companion, Donna Noble

Each of the three articles features an identical nine minute video featuring Karen Gillan, Carole Ann Ford, Billie Piper, Louise Jameson, Katy Manning and Freema Agyeman. The former companions discuss issues ranging from their costumes to whether the next Doctor should be a woman.

Vivien Fleming