Doctor Who: Charley Pollard and 5 Other Companions That Need Spin-Offs
I was insanely delighted to see that Big Finish was starting a new series of audio plays starring my favorite Doctor Who companion Charley Pollard in her own spin-off series. The Edwardian adventuress stowed away on the doomed airship R-101 only to be rescued by the Eighth Doctor. Her salvation was a paradox that threatened to destroy the universe, and almost allowed Rassilon to resurrect himself as a dictator over all of time and space.
Eventually, Charley grew tired of The Doctor's manipulations in people's lives, and tried to leave him. On one final adventure they each believed the other to have died, with Charley stranded on a deserted world far in the future. Of course The Doctor rescued her, except that it was the Sixth Doctor. Unwilling to be parted from him again, but terrified of telling him the future where she thought he would die, the two formed a warm but problematic partnership until they too would go their separate ways.
Her new series, debuting later this month, shows Charley and a new traveling companion trapped by the same race that she and the Sixth Doctor fought in their last outing "Blue Forgotten Planet". The Viyrans are a race known for creating some of the worst bioweapons in the universe, and Charley has chafed having to serve them. When she finds an opportunity to escape she takes it, and that's where her new series picks up.
It got me wondering, which other companions need a spin-off now?
Some days it's hard to believe that Nicholas Courtney is no longer with us. TheBrigadier seemed, well, more immortal than The Doctor himself. Thankfully, the new series has done admirably in keeping the Lethbridge-Stewart legacy alive in the form of the Brig's daughter Kate, now head of UNIT. Jemma Redgrave's performance was the highlight of the episode "Power of Three", and filled a hole in the hearts of Whovians who are still missing the more militant adventures that we saw in Torchwood
As has been pointed out many times before, The Doctor is not always around when he's needed, and if the success of Agents of Shield is any indication then the public is quite willing to embrace a superhero story that involves the rank and file as much as the main hero. Kate Stewart has shown in her brief appearances that she's more than capable of fighting the good fight against the hidden threats, and it would be nice to see more of her.
Though not a true companion in the most technical definition of the term, Sally Sparrow is still an unforgettable part of the Doctor Who universe. The intrepid, plucky amateur detective helped the Tenth Doctor get his Tardis back after he was stranded in the past by the Weeping Angels. She's one of the few non-main cast members who has been allowed to carry an episode mostly on her own, and Carey Mulligan was a joy to watch.
Like with Kate Stewart, there are all kinds of mysteries lurking about in modern day London and Sparrow has already proven that she can handle almost anything with very little help. There just seems to be a lot more to the character than was left said in "Blink". Let Moffat's Scooby Doo stand-in have a turn.
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