Category Archives: Companion Tropes

Adam the Foil

Companion Tropes 7 On the odd occasion where I’ve had to buy jewellery, this is what always happens: I find what I want to look at, and a woman with a couple of inch’s thickness of makeup takes it out … Continue reading

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Doubting Ben Jackson

Companion Tropes 6 A doubting Thomas is somebody who won’t believe things without first hand experience.  The origin of the term is of course the Apostle Thomas in the bible, who would not believe in the resurrection of Jesus until … Continue reading

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Manic Pixie Dream Clara

Companion Tropes 5 When we are first introduced to Clara she is a mystery, a woman who the Doctor sees die, and then finds again, alive and well, somewhere else.  She also happens to be a young, female, cute mystery … Continue reading

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Romana the Distaff Counterpart

Companion Tropes 4 Supergirl, Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, Batwoman, She-Ra, Little Miss Chatterbox, Mrs Potato Head, Romana. OK, not quite the same thing, but on a fundamental level these are all distaff counterparts. The term refers to a particular kind of female … Continue reading

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Adric the Scrappy

Companion Tropes 3 Young viewers of Scooby Doo cartoons could be forgiven for being completely unaware of the existence of Scrappy Doo nowadays.  The character hasn’t featured for years, and is rarely mentioned in any marketing material.  He has almost … Continue reading

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Victoria the Woobie

Companion Tropes 2 What kind of a companion was Victoria?  What traditional character trope did she fulfil?  There are a few different options.  Is she a damsel in distress?  A tragic heroine?  Neither of those quite fit.  No, Victoria is … Continue reading

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Ms Fanservice Peri

Companion Tropes 1 She’ll often be wearing leotards and bikinis. A lot of dads watch Doctor Who and I’m sure they will like Nicola. That’s a quote from John Nathan-Turner, the producer of Doctor Who during the 80s. I’m not … Continue reading

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