Welcome, once again dear reader, to the Kasterborous Speculation Game, where we take a spin on the wheel of What Will Happen Next!
For those of you that are first timers to the game, let me tell you more about it. Once every year or so, since the great rebirth of Who in 2005, we are gifted with a new series of episodes. After that time, we (ie the fandom) LOVE to gather ’round our tea kettles and speculate on What Will Happen Next! while we wait for the powers that be (ie the Beeb, Steven Moffat) to bless us with new episodes. Now, while I’ve not been around in the fandom as long as others, I’m pretty safe betting that this same game has been played, well, since the beginning of the fandom. And we are hardly the first to do this, but I daresay we seem to have made it almost an art form.
From endless rounds of Who Will Be The Next Doctor? to What Did That Mean? to Is It All Connected? to the perennial (sometimes weekly) favourite Is “X” Really Dead? we love to postulate on the what, where, when, and why of it all. So, shall we play our game?! Today’s question – Have we seen the next companion?
Be honest – raise your hand if you thought we’d see more of Danny Pink traveling with the Doc and Clara than what ended up happening. We had a pair for so long with the Eleventh Doctor that when the character of Danny Pink was announced, many of us just automatically assumed that he’d be some form of another Rory, the significant other to the Doctor’s companion who eventually becomes a full fledged companion himself. But what we got was quite the opposite, someone in Clara’s life that knew about the Doctor and didn’t want anything to do with him and who thought that Clara should leave him as soon as possible. So now that we know she’s decided to stick around, what would happen if someone joined her? And what about when the day comes when Clara really does leave? We all know the Doctor shouldn’t travel alone.
So let’s play!
Out of all the people the Doctor has met this season, I think Courtney would be the best thing to happen to him in a long time. This is supposed to be a “children’s programme” after all, isn’t it? So what about adding someone who is still a child to the TARDIS? Granted, she would need supervision, but that’s where Clara comes in – she is Courtney’s teacher and can make sure she is safe. But it would be a good opportunity to have someone in the TARDIS that is just as much of a troublemaker as the Doctor is and maybe bring out a nice old grandpa type quality in the Doctor, maybe soften him a bit, give him the chance to act like a teacher. Plus the innocence of a child, the joy at seeing new worlds, might make the stress of trying to find Gallifrey more bearable. Since we all figure we know what Courtney will eventually become, thanks to Clara’s sticky notes, wouldn’t it be interesting to see some of that story, how it all starts out? Imagine if she was the one along for the ride when the TARDIS did once again really land on Gallifrey. All of the things that a human could learn…
Bonus: Courtney has already been on two trips in the TARDIS and knows what it’s like to have an adventure with the Doctor. So if she went, she’d already know what she was getting herself into.
OF COURSE we would all love to see Osgood have an adventure or two with the Doctor. I mean really, we all know that her role was partly a stand-in for the fandom as a whole, the lucky one of any of us that would most certainly run off with the Doctor if he ever came along. Wearing Four’s scarf, Ten’s sandshoes, Eleven’s bowtie, she looks like she stepped out of a Doctor Who convention. But there is that small matter of her seemingly being dead. But then again, some people tend not to stay dead on Doctor Who… (See – it’s a round of Is “X” Dead?!)
Plus, she’s the only one on this list that has never actually stepped foot into the TARDIS. All the rest have in some form!
Oh boy. This would be interesting to say the least. The Doctor and the Mas…err the Mistress in the same TARDIS together. Would they even be able to get anywhere? All I can see is constant scheming and evil planning on Missy’s part, trying to stop the Doctor from doing anything. After a while she’d drive him even more mad than he already is. And let’s not forget all the things Missy’s previous incarnations have done to the TARDIS. The Blue Box wouldn’t be too happy carrying around the Master as a passenger no matter what form he was in. Plus, she too is seemingly dead. Seemingly. Which means we’ll be seeing more of her soon enough.
But the Mistress and the Doctor, together searching for Gallifrey would be interesting, given their past history and previous friendship. Clara might almost feel like a third wheel…
Psi and Saibra
This would end up making it a quartet on the TARDIS. I honestly can’t imagine having one without the other, though that is possible. But in my thinking, Psi and Saibra are linked, having been the Doctor’s “partners in crime” in Time Heist. But are either worthy of becoming the Doctor’s traveling companions? I’m on the fence about this pair.
I mean, sure, who wouldn’t want a tech whiz aboard a living machine that always needs repairs? It might be nice to have someone a tech savvy aboard but we all know the Doctor might (re: would) get jealous having someone else work on his only ever constant companion. Plus there is Psi’s background to consider – he was a robber and a hacker. While the Doctor doesn’t generally care that much about someone’s life before he came along, he might think twice before having such a person on board the TARDIS, given the wealth of information she has stored in her data core. All that future info might be a bit too tempting for a hacker. Psi did show incredible loyalty though, in being willing to erase even the memories of those he loved in order to protect them. Loyalty is something the Doctor seems to respect a great deal.
Having someone with the potential to be a shape changer as a companion might just come in handy for all those new worlds. It would only take an instant for Saibra to look like she was a native. The Doctor himself is a bit of a shape changer, so having her aboard would be someone he might share a different understanding with than his other companions. But again, what about her background? We know that she couldn’t really control the power very well while she was with the Doctor, and she assumedly took whatever that was to help suppress it so she might not have the ability any more. Her ability is really all we know about her.
I’m sorry but to me, while Faye Marsay was quite lovely in Last Christmas, there really isn’t a lot that makes me want to see more of her Shona McCullough aboard the TARDIS. While she did boogie her way into many people’s hearts, I’m not sure she has much potential beyond that, and if anything, the Doctor usually tends to take along those that are in some way exceptional. There are a good number of fans out there that would argue in her defense, however, stating that she was brave trying to dance her way through that room, that she was sassy and had a great attitude – she’s the one that told the Doctor he looked like a magician – and that she dreams of a better life and of being a scientist – all things that would make a great companion.
It would also be interesting having two women in the TARDIS with the Doctor, with neither one of them even remotely thinking of him as a love interest. That’s certainly a dynamic we haven’t seen before in nuWho. Having both Shona and Clara in the TARDIS could lead to having Clara being a mentor to her or just a friend that helps her understand how the Doctor is, and have it be something of a transitional period before Clara decides to truly leave. Also, given her comment on what he’s dressed like, if Shona were to join the TARDIS crew, she might just jokingly call herself “the magician’s assistant.”
So that’s my bit of speculation for this round of the game. What about you, dear reader? What do you think of my assessment of these possible new companions? What previously seen character would you like to see on board the TARDIS?