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
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.

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.

Ok. Who wouldn't like Donna? I have a friend who thinks she's mean and annoying and "grumpy", but surely that isn't true. Donna is wonderfully feisty and strong-willed, but with a surprisingly emotional and compassionate side that balances out her loudness perfectly. I think it's about time someone bossed the Doctor around. And Donna was just so funny, brave and wonderful. One of her many absolutely awesome moments, I think was when she became Doctor Donna, and (basically) once more saved the lives of every organism in existence. How she left was so sad, and so wonderfully tragic for the character!

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.

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

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.

I was torn between Rose Tyler and Sarah Jane Smith to be honest. Let me just say that Sarah Jane was my favourite companion for the old school era of Who, but Rose to me was the perfect companion for the modern series. She was witty, balsy, compassionate (she showed compassion for a Dalek of all things), and loving. And while she did have her flaws (jealousy, the way she disrespected Mickey, Sarcasm, etc.) those flaws only made her more human. I rather have a character that has flaws then a "perfect" character with no flaws which makes him/her seem robotic. Plus the fact that Billie Piper herself is one of the sweetest, kindest celebrities I've ever met makes me like Rose 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

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

Amelia Pond, the Doctor's best friend. She really deserves to be number one. She was smart, funny, independed, cute, loyal... and also Amy and eleven were basically perfect. That's right they had a great chemistry. Amy wasn't selfish, jealous or obsessed. She was loving Doctor so much but as a friend. And I don't think any of other companinons could wait 14 years (in my opinion) She is the girl who waited no need to hear anything else about her! I miss Ponds.. Doctor, Amy and Rory they were the people who makes me smile and hope even in my saddest times... I love her... You should love her. There are thousands reasons for loving Amy Pond as a companion and as a person.
The Girl Who Hopes

Besides everything, Amy deseved to be a companion. She waited for The Doctor. When she gave up, Doctor came for her. In the beginning, she wanted a person to help for that crack in her wall and Doctor suddenly appeared. It wasn't on purpose but it was a sign. They grew a strong -very very strong relationship between each other. Their love was not in 'that' way, that is the reason why Amy is special. She trusted him, she was loyal to him, she was brave. She was his friend. You may think these are every companions characteristic features but I think Doctor wouldn't have a relationship just like theirs with other companions. He gave up saving the universe when he lost his Amelia -and Rory of course! He dreamed about her even in his last moments. Amelia Pond, is an amazing companion.

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

4 Sarah Jane Smith

The classic companion of the classic Doctor Who. So popular she got her own spin-off show.
Companion to the 3rd and 4th Doctors and appeared in many of the absolute classic episodes.

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.

Honestly, there is no better companion than Sarah Jane. She's just the ultimate Doctor Who girl, like many have stated before. Sarah Jane Smith deserves to be number one. In my opinion, Rose Tyler may have been a nice companion for the Ninth Doctor, but I really didn't like her with Ten, where as Sarah Jane was just awesome with any of the Doctors she met. NUMBER 1 COMPANION.

5 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".

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.

She came into her own with 12. Their chemistry was the best of any pair in the series yet. She stood up to him, but really loved him as a friend and understood some of his pain in a way no other companion has yet. She truly looked out for him and tried to bring out the absolute best in him (and he did the same for her). Her ending with the show was so amazingly sad, out of left field, and yet thoroughly in keeping with her character. She will be missed. The relationship she had with Danny was a plus for the series, despite the occasional distraction it could become. Two of her best episodes were "Face the Raven" and "Flatline."

I really enjoyed Clara's time on Doctor Who. She was extremely clever, and was always ready for a good adventure. Additionally, she wasn't afraid to stand up to the Doctor, despite her charming and seemingly lighthearted personality. I also enjoyed seeing her life away from the tardis, which we didn't touch on often with the other companions. This introduced us to another phenomenal character, Danny Pink, who nullified the need for the doctor to be a love interest. As, for all the people who claim Clara has no personality, look again. All in all, I think Clara was an incredible companion, and I hope to see more like her in the future.

Clara is the best companion. She has saved the Doctor SO MANY TIMES with Oswin, Victorian Clara, jumping into the time stream, convincing the Doctor to save the Time Lords, and convincing the Time Lords to save the Doctor by giving him more regenerations. Not to mention that Clara helped the Doctor in his choice of TARDIS, so she is the reason the show started. She helped him out of his Pondless moment where he was all 'bah' and has amazing chemistry with the 11th Doctor, way better than River ever did. Clara is also very attractive and no matter what people say about her personality (and they're wrong, they just think she has no personality because they were untrustworthy of her being a mystery), she is the best companion and I can't wait for Series 8 and I hope she is as good with Peter as she was with Matt. She is the companion that made me love Doctor Who.

6 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. "

Everyone's saying on how Rose Tyler could show mercy to a Dalek but Rose and River clearly have different qualities. Personally, I think that Tyler is only up there because of her "chemistry" with the Doctor.
River Song's just so badass and otherworldly that it doesn't just take us (the ordinary people) into an adventure because watching and fangirling over the show is enough. River Song, however, brings that sci-fi character feeling I've had for so long.
I might be a bit biased here, as she was the only character I've shipped with good ol' The Doctor.

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 Song a.k.a. Melody Pond. She was conceived on the Tardis, is super clever, has a wicked sense of humour and I was so disappointed she was not seen more. The most interesting of all companions.

7 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 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.

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.

Undoubtably the best and most funniest companion! Only companion not to consistently rely on the Doctor for help, she left on her own decision and she had a life and family outside of the Doctor.

8 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.

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

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".

9 Rory WIlliams

Everyone loves Amy but personally I prefer Rory. He is really kind and very relatable. "Amy a basic fact of our relationship is that I love you more than you love me." It's just terrible.

Rory should have stayed longer I would have loved a sole companion Rory or just more Rory. He was the greatest so much character development and heart to him.

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.

Funny, awkward, badass when needed and Waited 2,000 years for his partner. That's Rory Williams for you. Also, he doesn't stop...dying.

10 Ace

So full of attitude and very much her own person. A great foil for the 7th Doctor who always seemed a bit serious (although he wan't really).

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.

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 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!

The Contenders
11 Jo Grant

Bubbly and a bit bubble-headed, Jo was a great contrast to the more serious Liz Show who went before her.
Like Rose her first adventure starts outs against the Autons.

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.

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.

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

12 Jamie McCrimmon

Jamie was one of the longest serving companions and you could just tell he had a great relationship with the 2nd Doctor.
Always full of energy and pluck and good humour.

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.

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.

13 Yasmin Khan

She is the best out of the newest companions.

A new companion but also a clever one.

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

14 K-9

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

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

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

K.9 is a fascinating and quite (don't take me the wrong way) adorable character. K.9 was intelligent (of course being a robot dog and all that), but strong, loyal, and powerful at the same time.

15 Bill Potts

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.

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

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

Jay for no romance subplot for a change

16 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!

17 Leela

Leela, a warrior of the savage Sevateem tribe could adapt to any situation. Always ready to draw her knife or stab with a Janis thorn although she rarely did. Very earnest and always in character.

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 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.

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.

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

19 Peri Brown

How is Peri higher than Tegan!?!? Even though I'm American, I hate the idea of an american companion. Not only does her whiney voice give me a headache, but she also has such inappropriate outfits and is overall just annoying. Seriously, she higher than Tegan!?!? Tegan is awesome!

20 The Brigadier

The Brigadier was great

Ma Boi

Just brilliant

21 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

22 Victoria Waterfield
23 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

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

24 Graham O'Brien

HOW is he not higher? Graham is probably one of my all time favourite companions even if the doctor isn’t my favourite. He is amusing and iconic and was a wonderful character I’m very sad to see him go.

If he doesn't rise to to the top I'll be extremely disappointed.

I love Bradley Walsh and I never knew he was so good at acting.

He is one of the funniest characters hands down!

25 Harry Sullivan

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

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