Ideas for the next companion

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  1. The teenager companion would be an amazing add-on to the series. It will bring in more of a younger audience and the bickering between 12 and the kid would just be hilarious. After all we kind of got a taste of what that was going to be like with Courtney Woods from Kill the Moon Episode.
    Although… Now thinking about it a alien companion would force 12 to keep his humanity and prove to the alien that earthlings aren’t just fleshy meat suits…
    I don’t know… All your suggestions are great but we’ll have to see what they decide to do. 🙂

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      1. I feel like we’ve seen that with the first Doctor. And this Doctor when the moon was reborn. I agree that twenty-something Earth Women have been done to death; Rory, Donna, Missy, and River were all far more interesting characters in general than the other NuHu companions. I don’t think a Time-Lady (other than Missy) would be a good match because once Gallifrey is truly solved, that ends a huge part of NuHu. If teenager was the route to take, I would say a slightly older teenager, like 19, and male because they’re less settled mentally than women at that age. More wild ideas, more running about, more generalized trouble to be gotten into; however, I have little interest in seeing PC’s Doctor turned into a parental figure again (this last season with Clara was a good deal of that). I think someone more his own age and also brilliant would be a good choice. Someone who is scientifically minded, but cannot quite fathom time-travel. Think equivalent to Neil Degrasse Tyson but from farther back in history.

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      2. I don’t think the Twelve-Clara dynamic could be described as parental at all. They were best friends, inseparable, passionate friends. If you looked carefully I think you could see that the writers were suggesting that there was even some romantic tension under the surface (watching MOTOE would tell you all you needed about that).

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      3. It was everything you said, but there was an element of the parental. Her keeping him in line and bossing him around as a general rule; him constantly reminding her to stop being more Doctor than him, and taking unnecessary risks. Danny really changed the dynamic between these two, and not all of it was good.

        It may be interesting to see him with someone more his own physical age. Not so much for romantic reasons, but rather someone more cautious, someone more ready to expand themselves while keeping their feet on the floor (even in the TARDIS lol). It’s easy to offer the universe to a twenty-something and get a yes; it’s a different dynamic if you ask someone settled to uproot themselves, and that dynamic alone would be interesting. I think so anyway. Or maybe a team: a youngish grandma and the grandkid she has to raise because her family is damaged or broken. Youth and wisdom with the Doctor.

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      4. I agree that an older companion could potentially be quite interesting, although I could imagine that the show would have a hard time selling it to its predominantly young audience (this is, after everything, a children’s show after all).

        I don’t know if you know about this, but in the Big Finish audios there was an older female companion called Evelyn Smythe who travelled with the Colin Baker’s Doctor who largely fits your description. She was a history professor and she was able to rein in the Sixth Doctor’s more boisterous, pompous, arrogant tendencies, so they worked very well together. I can see a similar companion working well with Capaldi’s Doctor.

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  2. Love your ideas, they’re so new and insightful!
    What if we tried to combine them, though?
    You could have a tardis team composed by the doctor, another alien and someone from earth (who could also be from the past/future). There’d still be an audience avatar that way, as well as a possibility for romantic involvment, as long as the alien form is somewhat humanoid (I’d guess).
    I myself hope that they bring back Missy, maybe not as a “permanent” companion (or maybe yes, who knows! – Timelady companion, right? Wink wink) but at least as a returning character in a few episodes. There’s something about her half-Gotham-Joker, half-Mary-Poppins persona that makes her my favourite reincarnation of the master yet!

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    1. That would be a pretty eclectic group of friends but I think it could definitely work! The Fifth Doctor also travelled with a pretty eclectic group, who were a good bunch, but there just needed to be one less of them, because it got awfully crowded :p

      I agree Missy is also my favourite incarnation of the Master, she’s awesome. I’m 99% sure she will make an appearance in the next series, given they way they left her in The Witch’s Familiar. But friend or foe? (Or both?)

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  3. I think it could be interresting to bring a kid as companion. Just see how Capaldi’s Doctor have been with Maebh (“In th Forest of the Night”). I think that it would emphasize the “he is not just a very grumpy man”

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  4. It was everything you said, but there was an element of the parental. Her keeping him in line and bossing him around as a general rule; him constantly reminding her to stop being more Doctor than him, and taking unnecessary risks. Danny really changed the dynamic between these two, and not all of it was good.

    It may be interesting to see him with someone more his own physical age. Not so much for romantic reasons, but rather someone more cautious, someone more ready to expand themselves while keeping their feet on the floor (even in the TARDIS lol). It’s easy to offer the universe to a twenty-something and get a yes; it’s a different dynamic if you ask someone settled to uproot themselves, and that dynamic alone would be interesting. I think so anyway. Or maybe a team: a youngish grandma and the grandkid she has to raise because her family is damaged or broken. Youth and wisdom with the Doctor.

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