The Doctor's Companions

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“ Plays Clara Oswin, companion to the Eleventh Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
James Corden
Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior School...
“ Plays Craig Owens, companion to the Eleventh Doctor in one episode. ” - rowenna2000
Alex Kingston
Actress, ER
“ Plays Professor River Song (born Melody Pond, daughter of Amy and Rory), companion to the Eleventh Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Arthur Darvill
Actor, Doctor Who
Thomas Arthur Darvill, known professionally as Arthur Darvill, is an English actor and musician. He is perhaps most recognized as Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions in Doctor Who, and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch. In 2013-2014 he appeared in the lead role in the theatre musical Once in the West End and on Broadway...
“ Plays Rory Williams (Amy's husband), companion to the Eleventh Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Karen Gillan
Karen Sheila Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy...
“ Plays Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Bernard Cribbins
An actor since the age of 14, Bernard Cribbins had become a major star on the London stage by his mid-20s, but it was another ten years before he became a national star by his success in film comedies and with a string of hit records. He appeared in several of the "Carry On" series, and also achieved a great degree of success doing voiceovers for cartoons and TV commercials.
“ Played Wilfred Mott (Donna's grandfather), companion to the Tenth Doctor for a Special. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Adelaide Brook, companion to the Tenth Doctor in a Special. ” - rowenna2000
Michelle Ryan
Actress, Bionic Woman
Michelle Ryan was born on April 22nd, 1984 in Enfield, Middlesex, England. She started her career performing in a Dance Gala at The London Palladium with "Wayne Sleep" (1998), with her first television role being "Dolores" in the children's program, Fair Is Foul and Fouls Are Fair. She then went on to play "Zoe Slater" in the BBC Soap...
“ Lady Christina De Souza, companion to the Tenth Doctor for a special. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Rosita Farisi, companion to the Tenth Doctor in a Christmas episode. ” - rowenna2000
David Morrissey
David Morrissey started acting at Everyman's Youth Theatre in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. He made an auspicious debut in One Summer, a series about two Liverpool runaways. Following a degree at RADA, he worked with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl. He has also worked at theatre such as the Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre...
“ Played Jackson Lake, companion to the Tenth Doctor for a Christmas episode. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Donna Noble, third companion to the Tenth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Kylie Minogue
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. The eldest of three children, Kylie's acting career began early, but it was her role as "Charlene" in the Australian soap, Neighbours, which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began, purely by accident, when a record company executive heard Kylie's rendition of Little Eva's 1962 hit...
“ Played Astrid Peth, companion to the Tenth Doctor for one episode; sacrificed herself. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Martha Jones, second companion to the Tenth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Mickey Smith (Rose's old boyfriend), companion to the Tenth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
John Barrowman
Actor, Arrow
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "Matador," "Rope," and "Hair" at London's West End. Barrowman has homes in London and Cardiff, Wales.
“ Plays Captain Jack Harkness, companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctor for ten episodes all together. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Adam Mitchell, companion to the Ninth Doctor for two episodes. ” - rowenna2000
Billie Piper
Actress, Doctor Who
Billie Piper studied at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. She caught the eyes of record producers who were interested in signing a young vocalist when she was the poster girl for the ad campaign of a British pop music magazine, "Smash Hits". She released her first single, "Because We Want To"...
“ Played Rose Tyler, companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Grace Holloway, companion to the Eighth Doctor in the TV film. ” - rowenna2000
Sophie Aldred
Actress, Doctor Who
Sophie Aldred was born in Greenwich, England and brought up in Blackhealth, South East London. After leaving school, she attended Manchester University, where she took a degree in drama. From university she sang in working men's clubs to obtain her Equity Card, then worked in a children's theatre, appearing in a fringe show...
“ Played Ace, companion to the Seventh Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Bonnie Langford
Actress, EastEnders
Bonita Melody Lysette Langford was born on 22 July 1964 in Hampton Court, Surrey. By the age of six she had won Hughie Green's Opportunity Knocks television talent contest and gained membership of Equity. Later she trained at the Arts Educational and Italia Conti stage schools in London. By her early teens she had starred on New York's Broadway ("Gypsy")...
“ Played Melanie Bush, companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Nicola Bryant
Actress, Doctor Who
Nicola Bryant was born the daughter of a heating engineer, in 1960, in Surrey, England. She began her training in dance and music at the age of three, studying classical ballet, then jazz and tap dance, the piano, flute and guitar, and finally acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Here...
“ Played Peri Brown, companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Gerald Flood
Actor, Patton
Gerald Flood was born in Portsmouth, son of a Naval family. He was a wireless operator during the War and worked as a filing clerk after the War ended until he landed a job with the Farnham Repertory Company. It was there that he met his future wife, Anne. He toured in rep, and appeared in productions...
“ Voiced Kamelion, companion to the Fifth Doctor for two eps. ” - rowenna2000
Mark Strickson
Actor, Doctor Who
Born in Statford-on-Avon, Mark Strickson was brought up in the small village of Ilmington. His father was a professional musician and Strickson had learned to play several instruments - as well as singing in the Trinity Church choir - by the time he went to grammar school, where he continued his musical training...
“ Played Vislor Turlough, companion to the Fifth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Matthew Waterhouse
Actor, Doctor Who
Matthew Waterhouse was born the son of a company solicitor. He joined the BBC as a clerk, working in the news and information department, while also pursuing an acting career. His first TV role was as a public schoolboy in "To Serve Them All My Days" (1980). He had not even started working on that programme when he auditoned for and won the role of Adric in Doctor Who...
“ Played Adric, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Sarah Sutton
Actress, Doctor Who
Sarah Sutton (born 12 December 1961) is a British actress best known for her role as Nyssa in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Nyssa was a companion to "Doctors" Tom Baker, then Peter Davison, from 1981 to 1983. Sutton was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. Sutton studied...
“ Played Nyssa, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Janet Fielding
Actress, Doctor Who
Janet Mahoney - now better known by her stage name of Janet Fielding - was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1953. She gained A levels in Physics, Chemistry and Maths and joined Queensland University, where she first took up acting. After leaving university she worked with an English writer/director named Albert Hunt...
“ Played Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Lalla Ward
Actress, Doctor Who
Lalla Ward born Sarah Ward, daughter of Lord Bangor - Edward Ward - and his writer wife, Marjorie Banks. She always wanted to act, paint and draw, and so joined the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1967. When she left in 1970, it was straight into a part in the Hammer film Vampire Circus. Following this she worked extensively on stage...
“ Played Romana (replaced Tamm), companion to the Fourth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
“ Played Romana, companion to the Fourth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Roger Brierley
Roger Brierley (2 June 1935 - 23 September 2005) was an English actor. Brierley appeared in many television productions over a forty-year period. He twice appeared in Doctor Who, as Trevor in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965) and as the voice of Drathro in The Mysterious Planet (1986). Brierley appeared in the biopic Jinnah based on the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah...
“ Voiced K-9 Mark II, companion to the Fourth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
John Leeson
Actor, Doctor Who
After leaving school, John Leeson worked in a bookshop, and then as a porter in the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital. He joined the Leicester Dramatic Society and ultimately applied for and won a place at RADA. On leaving the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he worked in repertory and pantomimes, including "Toad of Toad Hall," in which he met his future wife...
“ Voiced K-9 Mark I & II, companion to the Fourth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Louise Jameson
Actress, EastEnders
Louise Jameson is a classically trained actress whose first love is the stage but she also became known to millions of British television viewers through her roles in such hugely popular television series as Doctor Who, Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders. Jameson had formal acting...
“ Played Leela, companion to the Fourth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Ian Marter
Actor, Doctor Who
Ian Marter left university in 1969 and joined the Bristol Old Vic as an acting stage manager. In 1970, producer Barry Letts considered him for the role of Captain Mike Yates in Terror of the Autons: Episode One, but it ultimately went to Richard Franklin. However, Letts remembered him and two years later cast him as John Andrews in Carnival of Monsters: Episode One...
“ Played Harry Sullivan, companion to the Fourth Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Elisabeth Sladen
Actress, Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen was born in Liverpool, England. She attended drama school for two years before joining the local repertory theatre in her home town of Liverpool. She met actor Brian Miller during her first production there and they were later married after meeting again in Manchester, three years later...
“ Played Sarah Jane Smith, companion to the Third, Fourth, and Tenth Doctor (for two episodes). ” - rowenna2000
Katy Manning
Actress, Doctor Who
Katy Manning trained as an actress at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1971, she became known to millions of British television viewers when she joined Doctor Who as the companion Jo Grant, which she played for three seasons opposite Jon Pertwee as the Doctor until 1973. In 1978...
“ Played Jo Grant, companion to the Third Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Caroline John
Actress, Love Actually
Of the many satellites that have orbited the eleven (to date) incarnations of 'the Doctor' between 1963 and the present, one of the brightest was Caroline John. Not only was she the most beautiful of the companions, but also stood out for her resourcefulness and intelligence. Having submitted a glamorous modelling shot of herself to the production office...
“ Played Liz Shaw, companion to the Third Doctor for four episodes. ” - rowenna2000
Wendy Padbury
Actress, Doctor Who
Wendy Padbury trained at the Aida Foster Stage School and made her TV debut on the BBC arts programme "Monitor" soon after starting the course. More TV work followed and, by the age of seventeen, she had landed a regular role in the ATV soap opera Crossroads. Soon after this, she applied for the role of "Zoe" on Doctor Who...
“ Played Zoe Heriot, companion to the Second Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Nicholas Courtney
Actor, Doctor Who
Nicholas Courtney was born in Egypt, the son of a British diplomat. His early years were spent in Kenya and France and he was called up for National Service at the age of 18. After 18 months of duty in the British forces, Courtney joined the Webber Douglas drama school. He spent two years there and then did repertory theatre in Northampton. His next move was to London...
“ Played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, companion to the Second Doctor in one episode. ” - rowenna2000
Deborah Watling
Actress, Doctor Who
Born on 2 January 1948, Deborah Watling grew up in an acting family. She attended stage school after failing her O level exams, but left after three weeks and got herself an agent. She then landed the part of Alice in a BBC play "The Life of Lewis Carroll" (aka Alice). This was followed by other roles...
“ Played Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Frazer Hines
Frazer Hines was born and raised in England. He is of Scottish descent on his mother's side, because she came from Port Glasgow. He came to prominence as a child actor, appearing in several films before he was fifteen, including X the Unknown and Charlie Chaplin's A King in New York (1957). In 1957...
“ Played Jamie McCrimmon, companion to the Second Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Michael Craze
Actor, Doctor Who
Michael Craze was born on 29 November 1942 in Cornwall and got into acting quite by chance as, at the age of twelve, he discovered through Boy Scout Gang Shows that he had a perfect boy soprano voice. This led him to win parts in "The King and I" and "Plain and Fancy", both at Drury Lane, and "Damn Yankees" at the Coliseum...
“ Played Ben Jackson, companion to the First and Second Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Anneke Wills
Actress, Doctor Who
Anneke Wills made her acting debut at age eleven in a film called Child's Play. She then studied at a drama school, the Arts Educational, for about four years, winning many children's TV and theatre roles. Subsequently, she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but did not complete the course...
“ Played Polly, companion to the First and Second Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Jackie Lane
Actress, Doctor Who
Jackie Lane was born 10 July 1947 in Manchester, England. In 1963 she was playing the part of the secretary in "Compact" when she was offered the part of the Doctor's grand-daughter, Susan, but decided that she did not want to be tied down to a year's contract. In 1966, however, having had only sporadic work in between...
“ Played Dodo Chaplet, companion to the First Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Jean Marsh
Actress, Willow
Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of film appearances as a dancer...
“ Played Sarah Kingdom, companion to the First Doctor for one episode. ” - rowenna2000
Adrienne Hill
Actress, Doctor Who
Plymouth-born Adrienne Hill trained in acting at the Bristol Old Vic, then spent some time with the Old Vic Company in London, followed by eight years' work in repertory theatre. Having been spotted by Doctor Who production assistant Viktors Ritelis while understudying for Maggie Smith in a play called "Mary...
“ Played Katarina, companion to the First Doctor for one episode. ” - rowenna2000
Peter Purves
Peter Purves was born in New Longton, Lancashire on 10 February 1939. After leaving school he took a four-year teacher-training course. In 1961, after only one year as a teacher, he turned to acting, initially with the Barrow-in-Furness Repertory Company and later with the Wimbleton Theatre Company...
“ Played Steven Taylor, companion to the First Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Maureen O'Brien
Actress, Doctor Who
After studying for a teaching diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Maureen O'Brien became a founding member of the Everyman Theatre in her native Liverpool. About three months later she was persuaded to audition for the part of Vicki on Doctor Who. She was reluctant to accept the role...
“ Played Vicki, companion to the First Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
William Russell
Actor, Doctor Who
William Russell was born William Russell Enoch on 19 November 1924, in Sunderland, County Durham, England, to Eva Compston (Pile) and Alfred James Enoch. He became interested in acting at an early age. He was involved in organizing entertainments during his national service in the Royal Air Force and then...
“ Played Ian Chesterton, companion to the First Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Jacqueline Hill
Actress, Doctor Who
Born in 17 December 1929, Jacqueline Hill was orphaned as a toddler and raised by her grandparents. She was taken out of school at the age of 14 to enable her younger brother to continue. She then worked at Cadbury's, which had an amateur dramatics society. She was encouraged to apply for, and was awarded...
“ Played Barbara Wright, companion to the First Doctor. ” - rowenna2000
Carole Ann Ford
Actress, Doctor Who
Carole Ann Ford was born in June 1940 and first appeared in a film at the age of eight. Following acting and elocution lessons, she started doing commercials and walk-on work, and her first proper role was in the play "Women of the Streets." She continued working in theatre, film (including The Day of the Triffids) and television (including Emergency-Ward 10...
“ Played Susan Foreman, companion to the First Doctor. ” - rowenna2000