Best Doctor Who Companions

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The Top Ten

1 Rose Tyler 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

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!

The reason why I love Rose so much is here we have a character who came from such humble beginnings. Rose grew up on a council estate in London with a mother who loved and cared for her daughter, but admittedly put a stranglehold on her life choices 'that job was giving you airs and graces' was the only comment Rose's mother could procure when Rose lost her job (thanks to The Doctor, of course).

Speaking of The Doctor, from the moment he quite literally crashed into Rose's life and uttered the word 'run' their journey has been one of 'the stuff of legend'.

Rose's personality consisted of being adventurous, clever, loving, kind-hearted and incredibly fierce.

The Doctor thought very highly of Rose, telling her she had 'made him better' as a person. I think that's very moving how they both touched and influenced other's lives for the better.

She was the most human and most relatable companion. Sure, she was selfish at the beginning but this meant we got to watch her grow as a person (like we all do). She ended up becoming a brave and strong companion. Also, her chemistry with the Tenth Doctor might be one of the best in the New Who era!

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2 Donna Noble Donna Noble

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.

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.

Of all of the companions, I think Donna is my favorite, even though there are so many awesome companions. I loved how she was never afraid to argue with The Doctor (and boy, did she argue! ) The Doctor himself called Donna his best friend! Their relationship was funny, and it showed how much the doctor needs his companions! She was different from Rose and Martha, which I think was really awesome to watch. All of the episodes in season 4 were phenomenal. Her ending was so sad, and I think the Doctor showed his best self around Donna, his best friend.

All the Doctor needed was a mate, and he sure as hell picked a good one. Honestly, I've never seen such a perfect pick for a character such as Donna! She's witty, relatively child-friendly and had such good chemistry with the Doctor. She deserves more appreciation. - GordonRamsay

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3 Amy Pond Amy Pond

Amy was a very brave, smart and loyal companion she has had a hard life with her parents being killed by the crack on her wall and being unintentionally abandoned by the doctor therefore I believe she deserves time to travel with the doctor. she was a great middle of the companion she was loyal but not obsessive she loved him (as a friend) but wasn't like a puppy following him around she helped him but didn't spend every minute of life following him. In my personal opinion she was the most intresting companion with a great back story. I don't understand how people call Amy selfish and pity's on Rory for having to deal with her always insulting him. When she insults him she is joking around that is how a normal relationship works. I know she entered the Tardis with feelings with him but never over step the boundaries like Rose and Martha did. She declares her love for Rory many times seen in the impossible astronaut/day of the moon, Amy's choice and the angles take Manhattan when she ...more

I enjoyed watching the development of this character as the series continued. At first, she seemed unimportant and only followed the Doctor around for the occasional second-hand on the job; she didn't seem to trust herself with situations, and turned to the Doctor many times. After a while, though, she seemed more confident in her abilities and thoughts. Her loyalty to those she loved and her sarcastic humor could brighten the predicament, and her bravery was outstanding.
Her relationship with both the Doctor and Rory shape the character into who she is. I enjoy seeing her as a wife who loves her husband so much she put her life on the line for him to the end. And her significance in the Doctor's life is heartwarming. I love how they had a relationship far more complex than just friends and his trusting in her own decisions as she grew up. Her departure was heartbreaking, because it was left the Doctor grieving in a way we hadn't seen him do before. Her courage, personality, and ...more

Karen Gillan/Amy Pond deserves to be #1. I feel like people are just voting Rose Tyler because she's considered generally to be the favorite companion - instead of expressing their true opinions.

Amy Pond is hilarious, awesome, and has great chemistry with Matt Smith. Even if you consider Rose Tyler the better actor, you can't deny Karen/Amy's true connection with the doctor - which is much stronger than the spark between Rose Tyler and Tennant.

I liked Amy, but dislike her in the sense that she's always trying to get with the Doctor and Rory probably feels like he's being abandoned. You can't toy with someone's emotions like that. - GordonRamsay

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4 Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane Smith

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.

She has her own show called the sarah jane adventures and not many of the others have a show do they? She and the doctor have a romantic relationship! SHE SHOULD BE NUMBER 1 TOP BEST COMPANION

The hearts of the doctors,she saw off 2 doctors and refused to with another. She also is the only assistant to fight aliens alone

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5 Martha Jones 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 intelligent, clever, and saved the world multiple times. I agree it was annoying that she was constantly pining after the Doctor, but I also thought that was realistic and sometimes interesting. Imagine spending that much time with the Tenth Doctor and NOT fall in love with him. Overall, I think she was good enough for the top ten, but Martha definitely wasn't number one.

Martha's character was never given enough credit, she was smart, cleaver and saved the world multiple time. Martha had to deal with the Doctor during his mopey sad period after Rose left. Yet while the Doctor was depressed and down, Martha was saving the world!

Martha is very interesting, but she lived in the shadow of Rose causing her to become VERY underrated. In many ways, she is a better companion than Rose. She had a crush on the Doctor, but she also saved the world! The Doctor asked and expected so much of her, so much more than he did any other of his companions. She did everything and anything he asked, even when she wasn't his companion anymore. She's one of the bravest companions of all, she had the courage to do what was best for her and leave the Doctor. She loved him and he destroyed her life.

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6 Captain Jack Harkness Captain Jack Harkness

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.

Why Is stupid DONNA NOBLE second all she does is whine and complain and her voice is so annoying always Yelling at everyone. Jack was awesome always having fun I loved the fact that he turned out to be the Face Of Boe that was as the doctor would say "BRILLIANT".

Hands down, one of the best characters to ever even exist in the Doctor Who universe. - GordonRamsay

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7 River Song River Song

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. "

River was clever, independent and didn't need the doctor to save her. She was hilarious, wonderful and mad she saved the doctor so may times and her arch was so masterfully created and so devastating.

River is simply the most brilliant and all around character Doctor who has had after the Doctor! There is just too much to say about this character!

That chick THIS CHICK!
...is fun to watch...
Just watch her action scenes then she'll make you see*

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8 Clara Oswald Clara Oswald

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!

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9 Rory WIlliams Rory WIlliams

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!

I like Rory as even though Amy is the ˋmain companion �' I do prefer him as he is funny and kinda clueless at times.And how many times has he died?

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10 Ace 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!

Dalek: SMALL HUMAN FEMALE DETECTED.
Ace: Oi, who are you calling small?
*whacks dalek over head with baseball bat*

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The Contenders

11 Mickey Smith Mickey Smith

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!

We need to add jackie tyler

Come on.. Mikey is so funny

12 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?

Literally best T.V. dog. (Any one else listen to 'K-9's Lament' before this? ) - swift104

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13 Jamie McCrimmon 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

I don't get why there are companions like Clara Oswald in the top ten! Jamie is a far more complex and entertaining character than Clara ever will be.

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14 Jo Grant 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 Bill Potts Bill Potts

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

Funny, curious,best moral compass for a while and humble/tragic backstory what's not to like. She is the Sarah Jane of our times and should return

The best

16 Romana I Romana I

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.

Mary Tam.. devastatingly beautiful!

17 Leela Leela

Tribeswoman and bodyguard of the 4th Doctor

18 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.

19 Romana II 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

20 The Brigadier The Brigadier
21 Peri Brown
22 Nyssa Nyssa

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 Susan Foreman 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...

I love the First Episodes, The Dead Planet, The Uneartly Child. They are all brilliant. No plot would make sense without her. The actor who played her was brilliant. The Script was Brilliant.

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24 Ian Chesterton
25 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. :(

26 Lucie Miller
27 Bernice Summerfield Bernice Summerfield

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

28 Charley Pollard Charley Pollard
29 Grace Holloway
30 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.

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

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31 Vislor Turlough

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

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33 Zoe Heriot 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

34 Vicki
35 Tegan Jovanka

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

Tegan deserves top 10! She is absolutely brilliant!

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

36 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..

37 Dodo Chaplet

Picked up during the ST Bartholomew's day masacre

38 Katarina

Greek muse with the original Doctor for a short time

39 Ben Jackson

British RN Sailor Cockney..

40 Sara Kingdom
41 Polly
42 Victoria Waterfield
43 John Benton
44 Mike Yates
45 Adric Adric

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

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46 Harry Sullivan

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

47 Kamelion

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

48 Fitz Kreiner

8th Doctors most loyal partner

49 Sam Jones
50 Evelyn Smythe Evelyn Smythe

Older companion.. 6th Doctor

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