Since the TARDIS first appeared on telly screens via the BBC on November 23, 1963, The Doctor has had dozens of Companions — typically ordinary humans who join the time-traveling alien on wild, wacky, wonderful, and sometimes scary adventures. With “Doctor Who” poised to celebrate its 60th anniversary this fall, and the show about to get a massive revamp courtesy of returning showrunner Russell T. Davies, returning Doctor David Tennant, and NEW Doctor Ncuti Gatwa, there’s no better time — or space — for the Great Pop Culture Debate to determine the Best “Doctor Who” Companion!
Join Host Eric Rezsnyak and Panelists Bob Erlenback, Kara Austin, and Michael Schwarz as they discuss and debate the Top 16 Companions, based on picks from our public poll.
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The Round 1 match-ups are:
NOTE: We considered Companions who joined The Doctor over the course of the “Doctor Who” television series; we included Classic Who and Reboot Who. We did NOT include Companions from the audio adventures or other media.
Want to play along at home?
Download the listener bracket here and see if your picks match up with ours!
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Host: Eric Rezsnyak
Producer: Curtis Creekmore
Editor: Jeffery Perry