Category Archives: Companion Tropes

Kamelion the Un-robot

Companion Tropes 37 There have been plenty of missed opportunities in the history of Doctor Who, but Kamelion probably stands out as the most wasteful of all.  He had an introductory story and then almost precisely one year later he … Continue reading

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Vicki the Mentor Companion

Companion Tropes 36 We have arrived at the person who I consider to be the most important ever Doctor Who companion, and she is such an unusual character that there isn’t really an existing trope that will fit the bill.  … Continue reading

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Genki Girl Mel

Companion Tropes 35 The English language is an amazing thing.  There are probably more than a million words, with the Oxford English Dictionary listing over 170,000 of them, added to which there are a multitude of slang and obsolete words.  … Continue reading

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Robot Buddy K9

Companion Tropes 34 “Robot Buddy” might seem like a blindingly obvious character trope to discuss for K9, but it is actually a very important and interesting kind of character, ubiquitous in science fiction.  This is also the best place to … Continue reading

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Constantly Curious Bill

Companion Tropes 33 What’s that? A police telephone box? Did you build it from a kit? Then how did you get it in here? Why pick on me? What do I call you? Doctor what? Just about the first thing … Continue reading

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Sara the Atoner

Companion Tropes 32 No, not Sarah.  Sara Kingdom, from First Doctor story The Daleks’ Master Plan, and the most debatable companion from the lists of those who are generally considered “official” ones.  She is unique among the Doctor’s companions, a … Continue reading

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Leela the Noble Savage

Companion Tropes 31 I am deliberately going down the obvious route with Leela today, but not because I support the idea of Leela as a “noble savage”.  In fact, I want to deconstruct the whole idea.  I am not sure … Continue reading

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