Category Archives: Companion Tropes

Mickey the Tin Dog

Companion Tropes 16 Me?  I’m their Man in Havana.  I’m the technical support.  I’m… Oh, my God, I’m the tin dog. That’s probably Mickey Smith’s most famous line, from the Doctor Who episode School Reunion.  It’s a funny moment, but … Continue reading

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Cargo Cultist Katarina

Companion Tropes 15 When we looked at The Face of Evil we examined how the phenomenon of cargo cults were utilised in the story.  During the Second World War, the islands of Melanesia were strategically important, and American planes started … Continue reading

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Mama Bear Jackie

Companion Tropes 14 If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.  But it probably won’t be a teddy bear’s picnic, or a bear attack, for that matter.  Bears rarely attack humans, and the number … Continue reading

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Harry the Unfazed Everyman

Companion Tropes 13 In most long-running genre television series there exists a character who is just an average bloke, with no special powers or dark secret.  Just a simple audience identification figure.  He is the “everyman”, which is generally defined … Continue reading

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Donna the Conscience

Companion Tropes 12 The Doctor is a hero, and sometimes a hero can be too busy fighting the monsters and being generally magnificent to stop and think about the moral implications of his actions.  He can start thinking he knows … Continue reading

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Ping-Pong Susan

Companion Tropes 11 I like walking through the dark. It’s mysterious. That’s Susan, in the first ever episode of Doctor Who.  But by her second story, The Daleks, she’s not so keen on walking through the dark… on Skaro: SUSAN: … Continue reading

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They Killed Rory Again

Companion Tropes 10 Even as somebody who has never watched South Park, and never will, I’m still well aware of the most famous catchphrase from that show: “Oh my God, they killed Kenny!”  Kenny of course was a character who … Continue reading

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