17 December 2012

Trivia Question

In the televised episodes, name all the episodes where the Doctor traveled with only a male companion...

And this doesn't count any time that the female companion left a story for a short while and was not on the TARDIS when it moved. We're talking full on adventures with only a male companion.


The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve - First Doctor and Steven Taylor

SInce the actual episode is missing I thought I'd put up this animated recreation using the original audio recording. The norm today is a young Doctor and a younger female companion, this might seem strange to many viewers. But it's 1964 and times were different then...

And just check out how Steven tells the Doctor off after allowing the massacre to occur.

The Two Doctors - Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon.

I think the banter between these two was some of the best. The Second Doctor's relationship with Jamie is one of the outstanding double-acts across all of Doctor Who. The Second Doctor was the comic and Jamie was the straight man. And they both got loads of laughs.

The Next Doctor - Tenth Doctor and Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake was technically a One-Off Companion, but I'm including him in this mix as I happen to like David Morrissey. And even though they didn't travel in the Doctor's TARDIS he did have a TARDIS of his own. Kinda... Sorta...

The vid example is a mashup of The Next Doctor in the style of Space: 1999 so the 2nd half of the video is clips from the entire series. Thought I'd be a bit different here.

The End of Time - The Tenth Doctor and Wilfred Mott

But instead of a clip from The End of Time I thought it might be nice to revisit Wilf's first meeting with the Doctor from Voyage of the Damned.

Alas, no video that I like and I was defeated on two sites to upload a small clip. So here's that classic Wilfred Mott puzzled look Bernard Cribbins does so well. It's right after the Doctor and Astrid disappear right in front of his eyes. The diner scene from The End of Time is just too serious for this article.

Wilf Meets The Doctor

And The Winner Is


The Impossible Astronaut/The Day of the Moon, Curse of the Black Spot, The Doctor's Wife, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People, Let's Kill Hitler - The Eleventh Doctor and Rory Williams

And the winning male companion for the most stories without a female companion is Rory. Okay, perhaps he wins on a technicality, but even in boxing, that's still a win. Amy was kidnapped by the Silence. Amy was kidnapped in The Impossible Astronaut and replaced with a ganger. And the ganger was placed in mental contact with Amy so it would act and sound like Amy. So technically that left the Doctor with Rory as his only real companion. I am not counting ganger Amy as a Companion. Amy was hidden away a captive on Demon's Run.

I had a little trouble finding a clip form those episodes I liked but this one with the Doctor and Rory shows them bantering at their best. This is the sort of interaction which made me glad they brought him on for a full season.

One More Question About The Ganger

Question : Something that puzzles me from that time where ganger Amy was traveling with the Doctor and Rory. She had to be kept in communication with the real Amy who had been captured by the Silence. So that communication extended all the way into the bubble universe during The Doctor's Wife?

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