Category Archives: Companion Tropes

The Alternate Dr. Who Family

Companion Tropes Extra 11 Last Christmas… I gave you my heart. No, sorry, let’s try that again. It’s hard to start a sentence with those words, a bit like “who you gonna call”. Some words in the English language now … Continue reading

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Kazran the Christmas Ghost

Companion Tropes Extra 10 Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is such a popular and well-known story that it has become a writing trope in itself. It would be possible to compile a fairly extensive list of television series that have … Continue reading

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Jackson Lake: Tomato in the Mirror

Companion Tropes Extra 9 Around 1980 the editor of Asimov’s Magazine, George Scithers was issuing his guidelines to writers, and he explained a variety of twist ending where a minor detail known to all the characters is kept hidden from … Continue reading

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The Ascended Astrid

Companion Tropes Extra 8 Doctor Who tends to shy away from religion. It’s probably a subject that’s a bit too emotionally charged on a personal level for a family series, and whatever it did would upset somebody. But that’s not … Continue reading

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The Chickified Sarah Jane

Companion Tropes 41 Often when the Doctor regenerates there is an attempt to provide a contrast with the previous incarnation. The same thing applies, perhaps to an even greater extent, with the companions. In particular, we seem to veer back … Continue reading

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Sergeant Rock Benton

Companion Tropes Extra 7 When I wrote about Mike Yates for this series I touched upon how Yates and Benton gloriously subvert the “Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough” character tropes, instead more of a Captain Smooth and Sergeant Cuddly. However, … Continue reading

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The Flanderized Brigadier

Companion Tropes 40 I’m not a huge fan of The Simpsons, but I could probably have a good stab at naming most of the characters and listing their defining traits. When it comes to Homer’s neighbour Ned Flanders, I would … Continue reading

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Rose the Friend Influence

Companion Tropes 39 When you look at the Doctor Who companions who were present for a regeneration, an interesting pattern emerges. In the company of Ben and Polly, the Doctor becomes much younger and more energetic, with a Sixties mop … Continue reading

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Missy the Anti-Villain

Companion Tropes Extra 6 “What have you got to do with it? I’m his friend. You’re just… You’re the puppy.” It might seem odd to hear Missy describe the Doctor as her friend, after so many centuries of being his … Continue reading

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Dorium the Oracular Head

Companion Tropes Extra 5 “You know, you could’ve told me all this the last time we met.” “It was a busy day and I got beheaded.” After he gets beheaded in A Good Man Goes to War, Dorium Maldovar becomes … Continue reading

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