Category Archives: Companion Tropes

Steven the Deuteragonist

Companion Tropes 28 Most readers of this blog will have probably heard of the term “protagonist”, and also “antagonist”, but in less common parlance is the “deuteragonist”.  This is mainly because the term describes a far rarer kind of character … Continue reading

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Tegan the Sarcastic Devotee

Companion Tropes 27 MONITOR: Now, perhaps you would like to see more of Logopolis. TEGAN: I’d prefer to see a lot less of it. A few weeks ago we looked at Turlough, the anti-hero of the Fifth Doctor era, but … Continue reading

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Mike the Ensemble Dark Horse

Companion Tropes Extra 1 Later this year I will be writing quite a few articles in this “extra” series, looking at pseudo-companions, debatable companions, or characters who perform the companion role in particular stories, but I wanted to get this … Continue reading

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Jamie the Cuddlebug

Companion Tropes 26 Jamie and the Second Doctor liked to hug a lot.  Quite when this first started is difficult to say.  A lot of their early episodes are missing, and hugs don’t make a noise that can be discerned … Continue reading

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Amy Pond: Damaged Goods

Companion Tropes 25 I mentioned in a previous article how Amy is a strong example of a tsundere character.  In fact, she’s probably the best example Doctor Who has ever given us, with the possible exception of Tegan, although she … Continue reading

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Turlough the Classical Anti-hero

Companion Tropes 24 It’s not by accident that I’ve followed Nardole last week with Turlough this week for the Companion Tropes series, because the tropes that best define them are subsets of the “anti-hero”.  Our concept of an anti-hero has … Continue reading

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Nardole the Cowardly Lion

Companion Tropes 23 What is cowardice?  The Cambridge Dictionary gives a fairly standard definition: “the condition of lacking bravery, being easily frightened, or being eager to avoid danger”.  The problem is, that definition doesn’t get us very far from what … Continue reading

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