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It is a role that has been central to the story of Doctor Who since the show began nearly 60 years ago.

When the first Doctor appeared on the BBC on November 23, 1963 – a day after the assassination of US President John F Kennedy – his first companion was his granddaughter. 

Susan Foreman appeared as the sidekick to the first Doctor – portrayed by William Hartnell – until 1964.

Played by Carol Ann Ford, she sparked off a long list of assistants that have ranged from ordinary men and women to androids, robotic dogs and creatures from other planets. 

They have famously included intrepid journalist Sarah Jane Smith, who was the Doctor’s longest-serving companion; along with highlander Jame McCrimmon and Leela, the sidekick to Tom Baker’s Doctor. 

Peter Purves, who played sidekick Steven Taylor, went on to be a presenter on popular children’s programme Blue Peter.  

Since the show’s 2005 re-launch – which came after a 16-year hiatus – the Doctor’s most iconic companion has been Rose Tyler, who was portrayed by Billie Piper. 

Having formed a close bond with David Tennant’s Timelord, she featured regularly between 2005 and 2006 and also made appearances in 2008, 2010 and 2013. 

And after 2005 came the Doctor’s first black companion Martha Jones, who was portrayed by Freema Agyeman.  

The show made the headlines earlier this month when it was announced that black star Ncuti Gatwa, who is also gay, will play the fourteenth incarnation of the Doctor in the upcoming series. 

The show made further history this week when it was announced that transgender actress Yasmin Finney will portray Rose alongside Gatwa. 

The pair are set to feature in what will be the show’s 60th anniversary series, in which the tenth Doctor – who played was played by David Tennant – will make a return alongside sidekick Donna Noble, portrayed by Catherine Tate. 

Below, MailOnline reveals every one of the Doctor’s companions. 

Susan Foreman (1963-64); companion to William Hartnell’s Doctor

Susan appeared as the Doctor’s sidekick when she was a teenager and still a schoolgirl. 

Because of the fact she was, like the Doctor, a Gallifreyan, Susan displayed an advanced knowledge of history and science that shocked her teachers.

It is through the character that central elements of the story of Doctor Who are revealed, including even the origin of the show’s name. 

Although the character stopped appearing after 1964 – after she fell in love with a young freedom fighter – she did make fleeting appearances in show’s 20th anniversary special in 1983.   

Susan Foreman (1963-64), who was played by Carol Ann Ford, first appeared as the Doctor's sidekick when she was a teenager and still a schoolgirl

The first Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell

Susan Foreman (1963-64), who was played by Carol Ann Ford, first appeared as the Doctor’s sidekick when she was a teenager and still a schoolgirl. The first Doctor was portrayed by William Hartnell (right). Because of the fact she was the Doctor’s granddaughter, she too was a a Gallifreyan. It meant she shocked her teachers with displayed an advanced knowledge of history and science. It is through the character that central elements of the story of Doctor Who are revealed, including even the origin of the show’s name. Although the character stopped appearing after 1964 – after she fell in love with a young freedom fighter – she did make fleeting appearances in show’s 20th anniversary special in 1983

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright (1963-65); companions to William Hartnell’s Doctor

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright start off their story as teachers to Susan. The pair work at Coal Hill School, with Ian a science teacher and Barbara a history teacher.

The pair get drawn in to the Doctor’s world when they follow Susan back to a junkyard and discover the TARDIS time machine, which famously looks like a police telephone box.

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright start off their story as teachers to Susan. The pair work at Coal Hill School, with Ian a science teacher and Barbara a history teacher

The pair get drawn in to the Doctor's world when they follow Susan back to a junkyard and discover the TARDIS time machine, which famously looks like a police telephone box. Above: Barbara Wright

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright start off their story as teachers to Susan. The pair work at Coal Hill School, with Ian a science teacher and Barbara a history teacher. The pair get drawn in to the Doctor’s world when they follow Susan back to a junkyard and discover the TARDIS time machine, which famously looks like a police telephone box

Vicki (1965); companion to William Hartnell’s Doctor

Viki, portrayed by Maureen O’Brien, featured as the Doctor’s companions in 1965. 

The character was an orphan from the 25th century and travelled with the Doctor after his parting from his granddaughter Susan. 

Viki, portrayed by Maureen O'Brien, featured as the Doctor's companions in 1965. The character was an orphan from the 25th century and travelled with the Doctor after his parting from his granddaughter Susan

Viki, portrayed by Maureen O’Brien, featured as the Doctor’s companions in 1965. The character was an orphan from the 25th century and travelled with the Doctor after his parting from his granddaughter Susan 

Steven Taylor (1965-1966); companion to William Hartnell’s Doctor

Played by Peter Purves, space pilot Steven Taylor was one of the Doctor’s companions between 1965 and 1966. 

Appearing in 45 episodes and 10 stories, Taylor was seen stowing away about the TARDIS after his craft crash-landed. 

Hist storylines included a depiction of getting caught up in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and encountering American lawman Wyatt Earp. 

Played by Peter Purves, space pilot Steven Taylor was one of the Doctor's companions between 1965 and 1966. Appearing in 45 episodes and 10 stories, Taylor was seen stowing away about the TARDIS after his craft crash-landed. He and the Doctor ended up getting caught up in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Played by Peter Purves, space pilot Steven Taylor was one of the Doctor’s companions between 1965 and 1966. Appearing in 45 episodes and 10 stories, Taylor was seen stowing away about the TARDIS after his craft crash-landed. He and the Doctor ended up getting caught up in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Katarina of Troy (1965); companion to William Hartnell’s Doctor

Played by Adrienne Hill, Katarina was a companion to the First Doctor. She appeared between November and December 1965, in five episodes and two stories. 

She was an inhabitant of the Ancient Greek city of Troy, meaning she was unfamiliar with modern life and did not even know what a key was.  

Played by Adrienne Hill, Katarina of Troy was a companion to the First Doctor. She appeared between November and December 1965, in five episodes and two stories. She was an inhabitant of the Ancient Greek city of Troy, meaning she was unfamiliar with modern life and did not even know what a key was

Played by Adrienne Hill, Katarina of Troy was a companion to the First Doctor. She appeared between November and December 1965, in five episodes and two stories. She was an inhabitant of the Ancient Greek city of Troy, meaning she was unfamiliar with modern life and did not even know what a key was

Dodo Chaplet (1966); companion to William Hartnell’s Doctor

Portrayed by Jackie Lane, Dodo Chaplet was a companion to the First Doctor. 

She was a regular in the programme in its third season, from February until July 1966. 

In her travels with the Doctor, she was seen bringing the common cold with her to infect humanity’s descendants.

Portrayed by Jackie Lane, Dodo Chaplet was a companion to the First Doctor. She was a regular in the programme in its third season, from February until July 1966. In her travels with the Doctor, she was seen bringing the common cold with her to infect humanity's descendants

Portrayed by Jackie Lane, Dodo Chaplet was a companion to the First Doctor. She was a regular in the programme in its third season, from February until July 1966. In her travels with the Doctor, she was seen bringing the common cold with her to infect humanity’s descendants

Polly Wright (1966-1967); companion to William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton’s doctors

Played by Annette Wills, Polly Wright was the first companion to stretch across two iterations of the Doctor. 

Appearing first as a sidekick to William Hartnell’s Timelord, she then featured alongside Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor.

Played by Annette Wills, Polly Wright was the first companion to stretch across two iterations of the Doctor. Appearing first as a sidekick to William Hartnell's Timelord, she then featured alongside Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor

Played by Annette Wills, Polly Wright was the first companion to stretch across two iterations of the Doctor. Appearing first as a sidekick to William Hartnell’s Timelord, she then featured alongside Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor

Ben Jackson (1966-1967); companion to William Hartnell’s and Patrick Troughton’s Doctors

Michael Craze’s Ben Jackson appeared alongside both the First and Second Doctors. 

He appeared in 36 episodes of the show, although the character’s first appearance is now the only one that appears in the BBC archives.  

Michael Craze's Ben Jackson appeared alongside both the First and Second Doctors. He appeared in 36 episodes of the show, although the character's first appearance is now the only one that appears in the BBC archive

Michael Craze’s Ben Jackson appeared alongside both the First and Second Doctors. He appeared in 36 episodes of the show, although the character’s first appearance is now the only one that appears in the BBC archive

Jamie McCrimmon (1966-1969, 1983, 1985); companion to Patrick Troughton’s Doctor

Highlander Jamie McCrimmon, who was portrayed by Frazer Hines, was a companion to the Second Doctor and was one of the longest-serving sidekicks.

He formed one of the show’s best-known early double acts with Troughton’s clownish doctor. 

Although his main run in the show came to an end in 1969, he appeared again in the 20th anniversary special in 1983 and then again in 1985. 

Highlander Jamie McCrimmon, who was portrayed by Frazer Hines, was a companion to the Second Doctor and was one of the longest-serving sidekicks. He formed one of the show's best-known early double acts with Troughton's clownish doctor

Highlander Jamie McCrimmon, who was portrayed by Frazer Hines, was a companion to the Second Doctor and was one of the longest-serving sidekicks. He formed one of the show’s best-known early double acts with Troughton’s clownish doctor

Victoria Waterfield (1967-1968); companion to Patrick Troughton’s Doctor

Played by Deborah Watling, Victoria Waterfield featured as a companion to the Second Doctor. 

She was a regular in the programme from 1967 until 1968.  

Played by Deborah Watling, Victoria Waterfield featured as a companion to the Second Doctor. She was a regular in the programme from 1967 until 1968

Played by Deborah Watling, Victoria Waterfield featured as a companion to the Second Doctor. She was a regular in the programme from 1967 until 1968

Zoe Heriot (1968 – 1969, 1983); companion to the Second Doctor

Played by Wendy Padbury, Zoe was a companion to the Second Doctor and was a regular in the programme from 1968 until 1969. 

She first appeared as a librarian on board a space station, and when the infamous villains the Cybermen attacked, she helped the Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon to defeat them. 

She then helped Jamie and the Doctor to stop the Cybermen after they invaded London. 

Along with Jamie, her memory of her time with the Doctor was wiped from her mind by the Time Lords.  

Played by Wendy Padbury, Zoe was a companion to the Second Doctor and was a regular in the programme from 1968 until 1969. She first appeared as a librarian on board a space station, and when the infamous villains the Cybermen attacked, she helped the Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon to defeat them. She then helped Jamie and the Doctor to stop the Cybermen after they invaded London. Along with Jamie, her memory of her time with the Doctor was wiped from her mind by the Time Lords

Played by Wendy Padbury, Zoe was a companion to the Second Doctor and was a regular in the programme from 1968 until 1969. She first appeared as a librarian on board a space station, and when the infamous villains the Cybermen attacked, she helped the Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon to defeat them. She then helped Jamie and the Doctor to stop the Cybermen after they invaded London. Along with Jamie, her memory of her time with the Doctor was wiped from her mind by the Time Lords

Liz Shaw (1970); companion to John Pertwee’s Doctor

Accomplished scientist Liz Shaw, who was portrayed by Caroline John, was a companion to John Pertwee’s Third Doctor in the 1970 season of the BBC show.

She was a civilian member of UNIT, an international organisation that exists to defend Earth from aliens.  

Accomplished scientist Liz Shaw, who was portrayed by Caroline John, was a companion to John Pertwee's Third Doctor in the 1970 season of the BBC show. She was a civilian member of UNIT, an international organisation that exists to defend Earth from aliens

Accomplished scientist Liz Shaw, who was portrayed by Caroline John, was a companion to John Pertwee’s Third Doctor in the 1970 season of the BBC show. She was a civilian member of UNIT, an international organisation that exists to defend Earth from aliens

Jo Grant (1971-1973); companion to John Pertwee’s Doctor 

Jo Grant, who was portrayed by Katy Manning, was a companion to John Pertwee’s Third Doctor. 

She was a junior operative for UNIT, the organisation that defends Earth from aliens. 

The character first encountered the Doctgor when he was stranded on Earth, but then traveled with him once he had regained the use of the TARDIS.  

Jo Grant, who was portrayed by Katy Manning, was a companion to John Pertwee's Third Doctor. She was a junior operative for UNIT, the organisation that defends Earth from aliens. The character first encountered the Doctgor when he was stranded on Earth, but then traveled with him once he had regained the use of the TARDIS

Jo Grant, who was portrayed by Katy Manning, was a companion to John Pertwee’s Third Doctor. She was a junior operative for UNIT, the organisation that defends Earth from aliens. The character first encountered the Doctgor when he was stranded on Earth, but then traveled with him once he had regained the use of the TARDIS

Sarah Jane Smith (1973-1976); companion to John Pertwee’s and Tom Baker’s Doctor

Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen, was one of the Doctor’s most famous companions. 

She first encountered the Doctor when, as an investigative journalist, she was trying to break a story on a top secret research facility. 

The pair ended up travelling together for four seasons of the show, before occasionally reuniting in later series. 

She appeared in 1981 with robotic dog K9 and then returned for the 20th-anniversary story in 1983 and the 30th-anniversary story in 1993. 

Smith also appeared after the show’s re-launch in 2005 and was the central character in her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, from 2007 to 2011. 

Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen, was one of the Doctor's most famous companions. She first encountered the Doctor when, as an investigative journalist, she was trying to break a story on a top secret research facility. The pair ended up travelling together for four seasons of the show, before occasionally reuniting in later series

Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen, was one of the Doctor’s most famous companions. She first encountered the Doctor when, as an investigative journalist, she was trying to break a story on a top secret research facility. The pair ended up travelling together for four seasons of the show, before occasionally reuniting in later series

Harry Sullivan (1974-1975); companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor

Harry Sullivan, played by Ian Marter, appeared as a companion to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. 

Sullivan was a doctor in the Royal Navy when he encountered the Doctor, shortly after his regeneration. 

Harry Sullivan, played by Ian Marter, appeared as a companion to Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor. Sullivan was a doctor in the Royal Navy when he encountered the Doctor, shortly after his regeneration

Harry Sullivan, played by Ian Marter, appeared as a companion to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. Sullivan was a doctor in the Royal Navy when he encountered the Doctor, shortly after his regeneration

Leela of the Sevateem (1977-1978); companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor

Portrayed by Louise Jameson, Leela featured as a sidekick to Tom Baker’s Doctor between 1977 and 1978.

The character was a warrior of the Sevateem tribe, who were the descendants of the crew of a space ship that crash-landed on an unnamed planet.  

Portrayed by Louise Jameson, Leela featured as a sidekick to Tom Baker's Doctor between 1977 and 1978. The character was a warrior of the Sevateem tribe, who were the descendants of the crew of a space ship that crash-landed on an unnamed planet

Portrayed by Louise Jameson, Leela featured as a sidekick to Tom Baker’s Doctor between 1977 and 1978. The character was a warrior of the Sevateem tribe, who were the descendants of the crew of a space ship that crash-landed on an unnamed planet

K 9 (1977–1981); famous as companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor

Although there have been at least four separate K9 units in Doctor Who, the first two  – who were the companions to Tom Baker’s Doctor – are the most famous. 

The all-knowing sidekicks first appeared in 1977 and travelled alongside the Doctor until 1981, after which they appeared in spin-off shows and then later when the show was revived after 2005.   

Although there have been at least four separate K9 units in Doctor Who, the first two - who were the companions to Tom Baker's Doctor - are the most famous. The all-knowing sidekicks first appeared in 1977 and travelled alongside the Doctor until 1981, after which they appeared in spin-off shows and then later when the show was revived after 2005

Although there have been at least four separate K9 units in Doctor Who, the first two – who were the companions to Tom Baker’s Doctor – are the most famous. The all-knowing sidekicks first appeared in 1977 and travelled alongside the Doctor until 1981, after which they appeared in spin-off shows and then later when the show was revived after 2005

Romana (1978-1981); companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor

Romana, played first by Mary Tamm and then by Lalla Ward, was a sidekick to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. 

Like the Doctor, she was a Time Lord and therefore able to regenerate. Besides the Doctor’s granddaughter Sarah, Romana was one of only two members of the Doctor’s own race to travel with him in the original series. 

Fans dubbed the two versions of the character as Romana I and Romana II. The part was recast in 1979 after Tamm opted not to sign for a second season.  

Romana, played first by Mary Tamm (above) and then by Lalla Ward, was a sidekick to Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor

Like the Doctor, she was a Time Lord and therefore able to regenerate. Besides the Doctor's granddaughter Sarah, Romana was one of only two members of the Doctor's own race to travel with him in the original series. Fans dubbed the two versions of the character as Romana I and Romana II. The part was recast in 1979 after Tamm opted not to sign for a second season

Romana, played first by Mary Tamm (left) and then by Lalla Ward (right), was a sidekick to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. Like the Doctor, she was a Time Lord and therefore able to regenerate. Besides the Doctor’s granddaughter Sarah, Romana was one of only two members of the Doctor’s own race to travel with him in the original series. Fans dubbed the two versions of the character as Romana I and Romana II. The part was recast in 1979 after Tamm opted not to sign for a second season

Adric of Alzarius (1980-1982); companion to Tom Baker’s and Pete Davison’s Doctors

Portrayed by Matthew Waterhouse, Adric was a companion to two versions of the Doctor, first Tom Baker and then Pete Davison. 

The character was a young native of the planet Alzarius. He first encountered the doctor after stumbling across the TARDIS when trying to escape from the mist threatening his community.  

Portrayed by Matthew Waterhouse, Adric was a companion to two versions of the Doctor, first Tom Baker and then Pete Davison. The character was a young native of the planet Alzarius. He first encountered the doctor after stumbling across the TARDIS when trying to escape from the mist threatening his community

Portrayed by Matthew Waterhouse, Adric was a companion to two versions of the Doctor, first Tom Baker and then Pete Davison. The character was a young native of the planet Alzarius. He first encountered the doctor after stumbling across the TARDIS when trying to escape from the mist threatening his community

Nyssa of Traken (1981-1983); companion to Tom Baker’s and Pete Davison’s Doctor

Nyssa was portrayed by Sarah Sutton. 

Although she was initially created to feature in a few episodes, the fact that she was well-received by fans made the show’s writers decide that she should be retained as a continuing character.

Nyssa was portrayed by Sarah Sutton. Although she was initially created to feature in a few episodes, the fact that she was well-received by fans made the show's writers decide that she should be retained as a continuing character

Nyssa was portrayed by Sarah Sutton. Although she was initially created to feature in a few episodes, the fact that she was well-received by fans made the show’s writers decide that she should be retained as a continuing character

Tegan Jovanka (1981-1984); companion to Tom Baker’s and Peter Davison’s Doctors

Played by Janet Fielding, Tegan was a companion first to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, and then to his successor, played by Peter Davison.

Her first appearance came in the Fourth Doctor’s last serial, when she was set to start a new job as a stewardess for Air Australia. 

The character was seen entering what she thought was a roadside police box to seek help after her aunt’s car suffered a flat tyre on route to Heathrow Airport. 

Having actually gone into the TARDIS, she ended up travelling with the Doctor.  

Played by Janet Fielding, Tegan was a companion first to Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor, and then to his successor, played by Peter Davison

Played by Janet Fielding, Tegan was a companion first to Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, and then to his successor, played by Peter Davison

Vislor Turlough (1983-1984); companion to Peter Davison’s Doctor

Vislor Turlough, played by Mark Strickson, was a student of the retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who was himself a close ally of the Doctor. 

He was a political prisoner from the planet Trion, hidden from danger at a British private school. 

He first met the Doctor after being knocked unconscious and coming under the influence of the villain the Black Guardian. 

He rejected the Black Guardian’s order to kill the Doctor and ended up becoming a member of the Tardis crew.  

Vislor Turlough, played by Mark Strickson, was a student of the retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who was himself a close ally of the Doctor. He was a political prisoner from the planet Trion, hidden from danger at a British private school

Vislor Turlough, played by Mark Strickson, was a student of the retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who was himself a close ally of the Doctor. He was a political prisoner from the planet Trion, hidden from danger at a British private school

Kamelion (1983-1984); companion to Peter Davison’s Doctor

Kamelion, who was voiced by Gerald Flood, was a shape-changing android. He appeared as the Doctor’s companion between 1983 and 1984. 

He was first encountered by the Doctor in England in 1215 AD and went on to travel in the TARDIS with Tegan and Turlough. 

Kamelion, who was voiced by Gerald Flood, was a shape-changing android. He appeared as the Doctor's companion between 1983 and 1984. He was first encountered by the Doctor in England in 1215 AD and went on to travel in the TARDIS with Tegan and Turlough

Kamelion, who was voiced by Gerald Flood, was a shape-changing android. He appeared as the Doctor’s companion between 1983 and 1984. He was first encountered by the Doctor in England in 1215 AD and went on to travel in the TARDIS with Tegan and Turlough

Peri Brown (1984-1986); companion to Peter Davison’s and Colin Baker’s Doctor

Peri Brown, played by Nicola Bryant, was a companion to both Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor and Colin Baker’s Sixth. 

She was a regular in the programme between 1985 and 1986. She first encountered the Doctor and Turlough on the island of Lanzarote, before asking to join the Time Lord on his travels.   

Peri Brown, played by Nicola Bryant, was a companion to both Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor and Colin Baker's Sixth. She was a regular in the programme between 1985 and 1986. She first encountered the Doctor and Turlough on the island of Lanzarote, before asking to join the Time Lord on his travels

Peri Brown, played by Nicola Bryant, was a companion to both Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor and Colin Baker’s Sixth. She was a regular in the programme between 1985 and 1986. She first encountered the Doctor and Turlough on the island of Lanzarote, before asking to join the Time Lord on his travels

Mel Bush (1986-1987); companion to Colin Baker’s and Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor

Mel, whose family name was never revealed on screen, was a companion of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors.  

Portrayed by Bonnie Langford, she was a computer programmer from the 20th century who had been travelling with the Doctor for some time when she made her first appearance. 

She is the only one of the Doctor’s companions to not have had her first adventure with the Doctor chronicled on screen.  

Mel, whose family name was never revealed on screen, was a companion of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Portrayed by Bonnie Langford, she was a computer programmer from the 20th century who had been travelling with the Doctor for some time when she made her first appearance. She is the only one of the Doctor's companions to not have had her first adventure with the Doctor chronicled on screen

Mel, whose family name was never revealed on screen, was a companion of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Portrayed by Bonnie Langford, she was a computer programmer from the 20th century who had been travelling with the Doctor for some time when she made her first appearance. She is the only one of the Doctor’s companions to not have had her first adventure with the Doctor chronicled on screen

Ace McShane (1987-1989); companion to Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy

Ace, who was played by Sophie Aldred, was a companion to Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor. 

The character was a vital part of Doctor Who’s resurgence in the 1980s, after a slump in popularity. 

She began the show as a reckless teenager but matures as she continues her travels with the Doctor. 

The character was the Doctor’s last companion before the show’s first run was cancelled in 1989. 

Ace, who was played by Sophie Aldred, was a companion to Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor. The character was a vital part of Doctor Who's resurgence in the 1980s, after a slump in popularity. She began the show as a reckless teenager but matures as she continues her travels with the Doctor. The character was the Doctor's last companion before the show's first run was cancelled in 1989

Ace, who was played by Sophie Aldred, was a companion to Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor. The character was a vital part of Doctor Who’s resurgence in the 1980s, after a slump in popularity. She began the show as a reckless teenager but matures as she continues her travels with the Doctor. The character was the Doctor’s last companion before the show’s first run was cancelled in 1989

Rose Tyler (2005-2006, 2008, 2010, 2013); companion to Christopher Eccleston’s and David Tennant’s Doctor

Rose Tyler is perhaps the most famous assistant of the Doctor since the show was relaunched in 2005. 

Played by Billie Piper, she became a central part of the show’s renewed popularity as she travelled with Tennant’s Time Lord. 

She was seen getting trapped in a parallel universe, where she battled Cybermen and Daleks before teleporting to reunite with the Doctor. 

Rose made a brief return in 2008 and also for the show’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor in 2012. 

Yesterday, it was announced that transgender actress Yasmin Finney will play Rose in the show’s 60th anniversary series, which is set to air next year.  

Rose Tyler is perhaps the most famous assistant of the Doctor since the show was relaunched in 2005. Played by Billie Piper (left), she became a central part of the show's renewed popularity as she travelled with Tennant's Time Lord.

Rose Tyler is perhaps the most famous assistant of the Doctor since the show was relaunched in 2005. Played by Billie Piper (left), she became a central part of the show’s renewed popularity as she travelled with Tennant’s Time Lord.

Yasmin Finney, pictured at the GQ Style magazine relaunch party in Shoreditch in April, is overjoyed to be taking on the iconic Doctor Who role

Yasmin Finney

Yesterday, it was announced that transgender actress Yasmin Finney (pictured) will play Rose in the show’s 60th anniversary series, which is set to air next year 

Jack Harkness (2005-2011; 2020-21); companion to Christopher Eccleston’s, David Tennant’s and Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor

Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, first appeared in Doctor Who in 2005, when he ended up travelling with Eccleston’s Doctor, along with Billie Piper’s Rose. 

He was the first openly gay character in the history of the show and his popularity led to spin-off series Torchwood. 

Having featured regularly between 2005 and 2011, he went on to make an appearance during Jodie Whittaker’s time as the 13th Doctor.  

Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, first appeared in Doctor Who in 2005, when he ended up travelling with Eccleston's Doctor, along with Billie Piper's Rose

Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, first appeared in Doctor Who in 2005, when he ended up travelling with Eccleston’s Doctor, along with Billie Piper’s Rose

Martha Jones (2007-2008; 2010); companion to David Tennant’s Doctor

Played by Freema Agyeman, Martha Jones was companion to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. 

There is debate among fans over whether or not she is the first black companion of the Doctor. Noel Clarke’s Micky Smith had appeared in 2006 but some argue that was not a companion.

Medical student Martha first helped the Doctor after the hospital she was working in was teleported to the moon.  

Played by Freema Agyeman, Martha Jones was companion to David Tennant's Tenth Doctor. There is debate among fans over whether or not she is the first black companion of the Doctor. Noel Clarke's Micky Smith had appeared in 2006 but some argue that was not a companion

Played by Freema Agyeman, Martha Jones was companion to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. There is debate among fans over whether or not she is the first black companion of the Doctor. Noel Clarke’s Micky Smith had appeared in 2006 but some argue that was not a companion

Donna Noble (2006, 2008-2010); companion to David Tennant’s Doctor

Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate, first appeared in the closing scene of the show’s 2006 series and then featured again in its following Christmas special.

But she became a regular in 2008 and then featured in the special episodes at Christmas and New Year in 2009-10.

Although initially finding the Doctor terrifying, Donna ended up travelling alongside him and becoming an asset to the Time Lord as he saved the universe. 

It was announced this week that Tate will return as Donna alongside Catherine Tate in 2023 as part 60th anniversary celebrations.   

Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate, first appeared in the closing scene of the show's 2006 series and then featured again in its following Christmas special

Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate, first appeared in the closing scene of the show’s 2006 series and then featured again in its following Christmas special

Amelia ‘Amy’ Pond and Rory Williams (2010-2012, 2013); companions to Matt Smith’s Doctor

Played by Karen Gillan, Amelia Pond was a companion to Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor. 

She featured between 2010 and 2012 before making a brief cameo appearance in 2013, during Smith’s final episode. 

The Doctor first meets Amelia when she is aged just seven and, after promising to return in five minutes to take her with him in the TARDIS, actually comes back 12 years later. 

By then, the now-adult Amy has become sceptical about what she had come to believe was her ‘imaginary friend’.

She eventually decides to travel with him and the duo are then joined by her fiance Rory Williams, who is played by Arthur Darvill. 

Played by Karen Gillan, Amelia Pond was a companion to Matt Smith's 11th Doctor. She travelled with the Time Lord alongside her fiance Rory Williams, who was portrayed by Arthur Davill (pictured)

Played by Karen Gillan, Amelia Pond was a companion to Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor. She travelled with the Time Lord alongside her fiance Rory Williams, who was portrayed by Arthur Davill (pictured)

Clara Oswald (2012-2015; 2017); companion to Matt Smith’s and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor

Clara Oswald, who was portrayed by Jenna Coleman, was companion to both Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s 12th.  

Featuring continuously across three seasons, she was one of the longest-serving companions in the show’s history. 

She witnessed the Time Lord regenerate into the 12th Doctor.  

Clara Oswald, who was portrayed by Jenna Coleman, was companion to both Matt Smith's 11th Doctor and Peter Capaldi's 12th

Featuring continuously across three seasons, she was one of the longest-serving companions in the show's history

Clara Oswald, who was portrayed by Jenna Coleman, was companion to both Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s 12th. Featuring continuously across three seasons, she was one of the longest-serving companions in the show’s history. She witnessed the Time Lord regenerate into the 12th Doctor

Bill Potts (2017); companion to Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor

Played by Pear Mackie, Bill first encounters the Doctor when she is hiding out as a university professor. 

The Doctor reveals his alien nature to Bill after her love interest Heather is turned into a water creature. 

Played by Pear Mackie, Bill first encounters the Doctor when she is hiding out as a university professor. The Doctor reveals his alien nature to Bill after her love interest Heather is turned into a water creature

Played by Pear Mackie, Bill first encounters the Doctor when she is hiding out as a university professor. The Doctor reveals his alien nature to Bill after her love interest Heather is turned into a water creature

Nardole (2015-2017); companion to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor

Played by Little Britain star Matt Lucas, Nardole first featured in the 2015 Christmas special before going on to become the Doctor’s companion. 

Despite looking human, Nardole was an alien with cybernetic implants. He was the first full-time alien companion since its 2005 re-launch. 

Played by Little Britain star Matt Lucas, Nardole (pictured centre) first featured in the 2015 Christmas special before going on to become the Doctor's companion. Despite looking human, Nardole was an alien with cybernetic implants. He was the first full-time alien companion since its 2005 re-launch

Played by Little Britain star Matt Lucas, Nardole (pictured centre) first featured in the 2015 Christmas special before going on to become the Doctor’s companion. Despite looking human, Nardole was an alien with cybernetic implants. He was the first full-time alien companion since its 2005 re-launch

Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan (2018-2021); companions to Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor

Graham O’Brien, played by Bradley Waslh, was a companion to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. 

He lived in Sheffield with his wife Grace and her grandson Ryan Synclair . After his wife’s death, he chose to travel with the Doctor as a way of coping with his grief.

The pair are joined in their adventures by Yasmin Khan, who had been a schoolmate of Ryan’s. 

Graham O'Brien (left), played by Chris Chibnall, was a companion to Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor. He lived in Sheffield with his wife Grace and her grandson Ryan Synclair (right). After his wife's death, he chose to travel with the Doctor as a way of coping with his grief

Graham O’Brien (left), played by Chris Chibnall, was a companion to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. He lived in Sheffield with his wife Grace and her grandson Ryan Synclair (right). After his wife’s death, he chose to travel with the Doctor as a way of coping with his grief

Dan Lewis (2021); companion to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor

Dan Lewis, played by comedian John Bishop, is a companion to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. 

Dan encounters the Doctor after being abducted from Liverpool during Halloween. 

He is rescued by the Time Lord and Yasmin Khan, but the trio are then sent by the galaxy-destroying phenomenon known as the Flux through time and space to an alternate version of the Crimean War. 

Dan Lewis, played by comedian John Bishop, is a companion to Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor. Dan encounters the Doctor after being abducted from Liverpool during Halloween

Dan Lewis, played by comedian John Bishop, is a companion to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. Dan encounters the Doctor after being abducted from Liverpool during Halloween

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