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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