Best Doctor Who Companions

Doctor Who might be an ever changing show, but The Doctor will always need companions. The companions will often make us view The Doctor in a different way. The companions might make the Doctor weaker or stronger. In this list you will vote for the best companions.

The Top Ten Best Doctor Who Companions

1 Donna Noble Donna Noble is a fictional character in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Portrayed by British actress and comedian Catherine Tate, she is a former companion of the Tenth Doctor.

Out of all the companions, Donna was the best. People say that she was to noisy and loud but I think she was hilarious. Donna was immensely brave and she wasn't afraid to say what she thought was right! However, she also had a compassionate side, an emotional side that stole our hearts. She was the Doctor Donna, and for a couple of seconds, the most important woman in the universe.

There was no soppy romance with them (cough, Martha, cough, Rose, cough) Donna and the Doctor were simply best friends who balanced well together. Plus, Donna managed to be in some of the best episodes. She had a gripping ending, but I wish it could be better for her. Donna had that funny side to her that made you enjoy listening to her, and I wish she could stay. The Doctor and Donna were so good together.

Donna didn't just do what the doctor told her to, she did what she thought was right and didn't follow him like a puppy ( Martha again). The universe wouldn't be the same without her.

The most stubborn companion ever. Shame she had to lose her memory of the Doctor.

She was so funny, stubborn, and brave. I love how she gave the Doctor lip.

I feel like Donna is the first companion for the new Doctor Who seasons who really emphasizes why The Doctor needs a companion. Everyone else knows that he needs a companion but never really express "why" or their comprehension is only suggested.

She outright states, multiple times, that the only reason The Doctor hasn't destroyed the universe in a fit of madness or become a cold hearted sociopath is because his companions are always there to remind him of what is right, and what is right even though the rules say it isn't. "Waters of Mars" comes to mind when the tenth Doctor broke the rules for all the wrong reasons.

Time Lord Victorious indeed.

Donna you will be greatly missed and we are "so so sorry" that you had to forget about how you were the most important woman in the universe. At least we have new companions to take up the role of moral compass in your stead.

2 Rose Tyler

I honestly think Rose is the best just because she has true chemistry with the Doctor. She gets him and she knows him and though she gets jealous at times when he takes notice of other women, they really do make the perfect pair. Take the episode Tooth and Claw for example, Rose wanted the Queen to say 'I am not amused' they've been pretty much keeping it on their mind throughout the entire time and both hoped that she would say that as well.

Also, Rose was wary of the Tenth Doctor at first, but quickly gained her trust again and never stopped supporting and believing in him. Like in 'Parting of The Ways'. The Doctor sent her back and told her to leave both him and the TARDIS, but she wouldn't and she didn't give up. She never would.

They both taught each other so much and there was no moment where I felt as if they did not have any chemistry at all, well except for 'The Girl in The Fireplace', but only because they didn't spend that much time together. Even in the same ...more

I honestly have to disagree. I agree with the chemistry part, but she doesn't do much to help the Doctor - Icegirl119

She is just so brave and kind. She also has great chemistry with the Doctor and is overall just enjoyable. Even when she makes bad choices, she still does the right thing. Rose is loyal to the Doctor and I feel like she was truly his soulmate.

She is my favorite companion because she is tough, but also very gentle and caring. Plus, she is the first companion I saw so that makes me like her even more.

Rose Tyler was definitely the best companion of the Doctor. She could be so fearless and always had the courage to face the problem headstrong. Don't forget that Rose also showed sympathy to the Daleks.

Her relationship with the Doctor was natural. In their adventures, they always had each other's back. They were best friends and obviously enjoyed each other's company. Even the Doctor himself said that Rose made him a better person.

Rose Tyler illustrates that everyday human beings can live an adventure of their own!

3 Amy Pond

The young girl from Scotland with a crack in her wall. I'll be back in five minutes or 12 years.

Amy was another companion who gave the Doctor lip. I loved the light flirting between the two. The Doctor made huge sacrifices all in the name of keeping Amy safe. Shows how much he loved and protected Amy and Rory.

I think Amy was like the family to the doctor as even when they didn't travel together still ended up with each my opinion Amy was my favourite companion as she was like the doctors everything and when she died my heart was left in 2 and even the doctor started crying in my top three companions are Amy number 1 Donna number 2and Rose number 3

Although she flirts with him relentlessly, we can all appreciate how Amy always put Rory above the doctor. And she was truly one of t the boys and hilarious.

4 Sarah Jane Smith

Truly iconic she even got her own show until Elisabeth Sladen died.

I wish I could have seen her original shows. I only got to see her with David Tennant. She was excellent and left me heartbroken.

If any person deserves to be voted best Doctor Who companion, it's Sarah Jane Smith. She and the Doctor went from not trusting each other to quickly becoming best friends. She is very easy to relate to, representing the majority of women in the world today with her mildly feminist ideas and stubborn, brave characteristics. She even went to feature in K9 and Company, and later the Sarah Jane Adventures. She has met nine of the doctors in total.

Sarah Jane Smith is one of the greatest companions the Doctor has travelled with. Her character was so well developed and is one of the most loved by classic era fans, including myself. She has also received her own spin-off series, which was just as great as the main show. I do find it an insult that many other great Classic Who companions are being pushed aside by the bland and undeveloped New Who ones, but I'm glad Sarah is in the top 10.

5 River Song

The only companion to know the doctors real name, River is truly iconic! Although she dies in the first episode, this gives a sense of closure for the audience as we work backwards in her timeline and see as her love with the doctor only grows.

River is like the absolute best thing for the Doctor! How I wish she could have been around longer. She was the true companion of the Doctor. I wish we could have actually seen when they were married!

Aw come on guys how do you not like River? She is the only companion who isn't always whining and can take care of herself- she doesn't need the Doctor, despite the fact that they are the best couple in the show. But she is so much more than just the Doctor's wife. She is brave and just as smart as the Doctor, and if you have a problem with her refusing to kill him, well would YOU do it? She is one of the most courageous characters, in the end sacrificing her own life, plus she gave up all her regenerations. Oh and she is responsible for two of the best quotes in all of Nu Who: "Well I was on my way to this gay gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I thought 'the Third Reich's a bit rubbish, I think I'll go kill the Fuhrer'" and "I'm River Song. Check your records again. "

Super Awesome. Who wouldn't love her? She can fly the Tardis better than the DOCTOR.

6 Martha Jones Martha Jones was one of the companions to the 10th doctor. Her actor is Freema Agyeman. Her first appearance is "Smith and Jones" and her last is "The End of Time."

Martha Jones had a crush on the Doctor, yes, but the Doctor asked more of her then any of the other companions, ASKED her, and she did it without complaint, and very well. She has a strong head and a mind of her own, and well as her feet planted firmly on the ground. After all, it was Martha who decided to leave the Doctor, her own instinct and opinion. She as utmost self respect. She won't throw herself at a guy and worship him. She walked the Earth to save the world. After her departure, she stayed on her feet and became a fantastic UNIT agent, as well as helping Torchwood sometimes. Martha built her life, but on something she knew about and enjoyed with the Doctor, but her life without him. She is truly independent.

Martha is so under credited just because of Rose. Rose is cool-ish, don't get me wrong. But Martha was seen as a stand-in, which she wasn't as all. The Doctor believed in Rose, yes, but her believed in Martha as well. He asked her to walk the earth because he ...more

Martha was the most resourceful and independent of the companions. She's wicked smart, brave, and compassionate, trusting in her own values. Martha wants to make me shout, "You go, girl!" more than any other companion.

She doesn't get enough credit for being the only companion that actually left on her own.

She is seriously underrated and doesn't get any credit for the fact that she is the only companion that chose to leave the doctor on her own

7 Captain Jack Harkness

Funny time agent who still comes back. Great character. I also love how he says Mickey Mouse to Mickey.

Captain Jack is one of the only companions who always comes back for the doctor when he/she needs him most. Not to mention he is one of the funniest companions, who knows how to flirt ! He doesn’t just disappear if to another realm or is forced to scram when the doctor changes from, and though he may not be in every episode which ever doctor you have binged you have surely heard of the infamous captain jack

Jack is perhaps the most loyal of all the companions. In the sense that he waited, and continues to do so, forever at the Doctor's 'beck-and-call', without receiving so much as a 'thank-you' or a sign of appreciation, yet, he remains steadfastly loyal to the Doctor, dying in his name who knows how many times. However this is frequently overshadowed/hidden via his charisma, charm and flirtatious nature. Jack is, additionally, the only companion who in which can truly relate to the Doctor, in the sense that we do not know of his past, we do not know his true name and the fact that, ultimately, he will loose those close to him, in the same way as the Doctor is destined to.

I have to Agree Donna Noble 2nd for real she was okay at first but she complained to much River Song and Jack are better than her. Who saw that whole Face of Boe thing coming. Jack was is cool I mean really He got his own spin off series that should tell you how great of a character he is.

8 Clara Oswald Clara Oswald was one the companions to the 11th and 12th Doctors. Her actor is Jenna Coleman. Her first appearance is "Asylum of the Daleks" and her last is "Twice Upon a Time".

Should be first she is so important to the show and she is his impossible girl

She's Brilliant and I like her better than Amelia Pond. She's not had her full series yet, but I think that the mysterious qualities of Clara Oswald already make her brilliant. Jenna Louise Coleman is a beautiful, fabulous actress and a hell of a lot different to her Emmerdale and Waterloo Road self. Clara Oswald for the win

I see Clara as Martha Jones done right. She can stand up to the doctor, doesn't crush on him and can do very good comedic banter all while being the heart of the series. There seems to be a common misconception that she "doesn't have a personality and is just eye candy" this is a perfectly valid point, as long as you don't watch any 12th doctor episodes. She is the Martha Jones we would have had if Tate delivered her lines less like a foghorn, and more like a human being. Human beings have subtlety. Jenna Coleman has the acting chops to convey that. As for Martha, Rose, Amy, Rory, etc., I love them all, but they always seemed a bit too helpless to be my favorite. Sarah Jane, on the other hand, is brilliant, and is definitely an amazingly close #2, but Clara Oswald is my personal favorite.

Clara is awesome! I love her as a companion and her relationship with the doctor is brilliant to watch! The impossible girl! She saved the doctor so many times and they have a great relationship and chemistry!

9 Rory WIlliams

The other one according to Matt Smith. Great character as well as a one that always gets annoyed when Amy dissapears.

I love Rory because of how fun and dorky he is. I also love how Amy always calls him an idiot and then decides she want's to make out with him.

How can you not love Rory? Honestly.

So perfect because he's either clueless or knows everything and he's so sarcastic!

10 Ace

One time, Ace beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat. It was pretty cool.

I knew as soon as I saw her for the first time that she would be awesome, and everything I've seen of her since confirmed that opinion. Not my absolute favorite companion, but top 5 for sure.

The fact that this funny, smart, actually capable companion is #13 is a wake-up-call for people to watch more classic Who. She beat up a Dale, with a baseball bat, for God's sake!

Ace will always be my favourite companion, and here's why:

I can relate to her because there are also some things that I want to run away from.

I also like her because she's funny, cool and she blew up a Cyberman ship!

The Contenders

11 Mickey Smith

He is seriously underrated and he is kind and the only reason Rose is not my top is because she ditched Mickey for the Doctor!

I don't really like him because he never really does anything in the series

Laugh out loud my friend calls me mickey smith and I call her amy pond

Below, same thing what me! I call him Mickey and he calls me amy!

12 Bill Potts

Bill took some time to grow on me. But, I loved watching her excitement as she traveled with the Doctor.

A very different and funny companion who had in my opinion a really satisfying and emotional arc. She felt like someone who reminds me of real life friends I have, while Rose and Clara especially feel like scripted characters and fall far flatter to me.

She has been perfect to watch during the 10th Season of Doctor Who and I believe that she is one of the main reasons as to why the 10th season was Peter Capaldi's strongest and most entertaining

Very likeable companion

13 K-9

The feelings I got from the death of k-9 was worst than brian's death

K9 was the first dog on Doctor who. Who doesn't like a laser-shooting Robot Dog?

That's exactly how I feel. How doesn't like an awesome robot dog like K9?

K-9 was a kind and loyal but also a powerful robotic dog.

14 Jo Grant

Jo's awesome! Although she's not my favourite companion, she's in my top 10, that's for sure. I mean, she could resist hypothesis attempts, and that's pretty awesome. She may have been overshadowed by Sarah Jane, who was right after her, and, I must admit, is totally awesome, but who wouldn't appreciate the clumsy charm that Jo possesses, absolute loyalty to the Doctor and the U.N.I.T group. She should be voted into the top ten! This just proves once again that people (especially kids my age, I'm only 12) should watch and read WAY MORE classic Doctor Who's.

Stop hating on Jo she deserves more attention than she gets. She could resist hypnosis which is amazing. No other companion could do that - greatesttop10s

When idiots vote the 2nd or maybe 3rd worst ever companion (although because she risked blowing up the entire universe just to see the Doctor again you really need to put her as No. 1 most useless person ever) as No. 1 there is no hope of them realizing that Jo was by far the best.

So should had jo

15 Jamie McCrimmon

Jamie was absolutely the best companion the Doctor ever had. Despite rarely understanding the technology behind everything, Jamie was always willing to go along with the Doctor's plans. Not to mention, the Doctor and Jamie had a unique chemistry, and worked very well together. And even in the modern series, the Doctor remembers Jamie, because they were so close. It was Jamie who first gave the Doctor his cover name of "Doctor John Smith", which the Doctor uses to this day. If the actors Frazier Hines and Patrick Troughton hadn't had to leave when they did, I'm confident that Jamie would have traveled with the Doctor forever.

Jamie is special, he stayed with the second doctor for his whole run! He had great chemistry with the second doctor and Victoria/Zoe. Name a companion more loyal and cheeky than Jamie. I just wish the new series would have more companions from the past. You do see physical diversity in companions nowadays, but almost no companions from the future/past/another world. It used to be better when companions were just passing along and didn't have some unnecessary secondary purpose.

Highland Warrior.. Second longest serving assistant

Jamie was the perfect companion: funny, loyal, and SCOTTISH! Jamie inspired the creation of companion Jo Grant and most other successful characters have a bit of Jamie inside them.

16 Romana I

She is so cool and brilliant I love the key to time because of her she is extremely intellectual and I love how her and the doctor bounce off each other. Brilliant and heavily underrated companion.

Intelligent and not immediately infatuated with the Doctor, as many were. Also, very easy on the eyes, to say the least. Remembering he changed companions like other people change their socks, it was refreshing to have one that didn't subscribe to his somewhat pushy superiority. They tried to script her as a foil, but she was far too bright for that. Probably too difficult for the writers to keep up at that level, leading to the abysmal decision not to renew her contract.

Romana is one of the best characters in Who. She isn't my favourite, but certainly deserves top 10! Her independence and intelligence and absolutely logical (sometimes too logical) train of thought perfectly balance the 4th Doctor's wonderful quirkiness and apparent (sometimes) absolute disconnection from the events.

Romana I is the best character there is, she is self dependent and the perfect balance for the 4th Doctor's quirkiness.

17 Leela

Leela and many of the other classic who companions are wau to low. If people actually watched all of doctor who and not just the revival charcaters like Yaz would never be able to make ot higher than the Brigadier, Romana II among others

Tribeswoman and bodyguard of the 4th Doctor

18 Yasmin Khan

I guess she’s good as a companion to the new Doctor. I like how she walks to the beat of her own drum.

She is the best out of the newest companions. - 2storm

A new companion but also a clever one.

19 The Brigadier

The Brigadier was great

Just brilliant

Ma Boi

20 Peri Brown
21 Romana II

Most interesting companion ever!

Cute, Pretty and very tough and brave when she needed to be, Romanna II was the perfect counterpart for the Doctor

22 Nyssa

Most underrated companion ever and one of the most intelligent competent companions ever

Why does everyone hate Nyssa? She wasn't the worst or the best. Just average. So why is she down here?

Daughter of the planet Trakken

Nyssa was one of the few comanions who was actually competent. She built a device to sabotage the Source on Traken, built a Zero cabinet with a little help, built a device to destroy the terreleptil's android, came close to breaking the Doctor out of arrest ON GALLIFREY of all places. She rarely screamed or panicked, and instead of leaving the series because she suddenly fell in love with the guest star of the week like so many others, she left to use her scientific knowledge to help the seriosuly ill, a compassionate and mature act.

23 Vicki
24 Melanie Bush

Mel is criminally underrated. She had great performances in Trial of a Time Lord, Delta and the Bannermen and Time and the Rani - RickyReeves

Why does everyone hate Mel? She's rather cool. :(

25 Ian Chesterton
26 Tegan Jovanka

Australian flight attendant.. mirror for human reactions and emotions!

Tegan deserves top 10! She is absolutely brilliant!

Awesome, top companion

42?!?!? You have got to be kidding! Best companion ever. - Crugsy

27 Grace Holloway
28 Steven Taylor

Often filled both male and female roles in stories meant for Ian and Barbara

This is the same name as my science teacher
He is a companion

Blue Peter presenter Peter Purvis played the US Astronaut replacing the Ian Chesterton role..

29 Zoe Heriot

Zoe was a terrific companion. A pity she only had one year with the Doctor. Her staggering intelligence mixed balanced with an endearing naivete made her the only likeable teenage maths/physics genius in the history of science fiction.

She's a very fun character. Very sexy too

good doctor

30 Barbara Wright

She was the first to stand up to the doctor, ran. Over a dalek in a TRUCK and used her knowledge of history to trick the daleks.

Barbara Wright ran over a dalek in a truck. That's AWESOME.

31 Liz Shaw

Why doesn't anyone like Liz Shaw? She was one of the first female scientist companions, one of the first to ask practical questions, and with quite a down-to-earth sort-of feminist approach and personality that surely helped clear the way for the great legend Sarah Jane Smith. I think Liz deserves top 10. And how is she worse than Peri? I believe Peri is one of the worst.

People like her, they just don't talk about her as much as the others, she's extremely underrated. - kanetheundertaker25

She should have been kept on for another year or two.

Liz is, was and always will be the best companion of all time. Just look at her episodes! Spearhead from space= perfection, the silurians=top quality' ambassadors of death= entertaining and original, Inferno= the bets Dr who of ALL TIME

She was was one of the best companions much better than the screaming save save me dr who companions

32 Bernice Summerfield

All action gal.. Spin off seres of her own.

33 Ben Jackson

British RN Sailor Cockney..

34 Vislor Turlough

The most ambiguous companion and that's why we love him. Definitely one of the most interesting comapnions ever.

35 Harry Sullivan

Action guy.. Rugby/Oxbridge type.. First proper Male companion in the Chesterton mould for some time! With the 4th Doctor

36 Charley Pollard
37 Polly
38 Victoria Waterfield
39 Mike Yates
40 Kamelion

Happiness came to me when I found out he'd be gone for five stories. - mediocre_doctor

Attempt at solving two issues in one.. A new robotic assistant (like K9).. A thing that shape shifts (as the Tardis intended).. unfortunately was a disaster

41 Evelyn Smythe

Older companion.. 6th Doctor

42 Dodo Chaplet

Picked up during the ST Bartholomew's day masacre

43 Sara Kingdom
44 Katarina

Greek muse with the original Doctor for a short time

45 Hex
46 Lucie Miller
47 The Eleven
48 Susan Foreman

! Who doesn't like Susan? She is the best time lord/human companion who ever got onto Doctor Who!

The doctors first companion and teenage grand daughter

Would Susan count as a companion though? She was the Doctor's granddaughter...

How come this is nobody's favourite?

49 John Benton
50 Adric

Died in a battle with Cybermen

Sad to die in show, great actor

I don't nescessarily like him, but I don't think he's worthy of all the hate he recieves.

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