The Doctor's Companions

by rowenna2000 | created - 18 Dec 2011 | updated - 25 Mar 2014 | Public

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1. Jenna Coleman

Actress | Victoria

Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986), professionally known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress and model. Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, and began her acting career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space. She attended Arnold School, where ...

Plays Clara Oswin, companion to the Eleventh Doctor.

2. James Corden

Actor | Into the Woods

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 ...

Plays Craig Owens, companion to the Eleventh Doctor in one episode.

3. Alex Kingston

Actress | ER

Alex Kingston was born on March 11, 1963 in London, England as Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston. She is an actress, known for ER (1994), Doctor Who (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006). She has been married to Jonathan Stamp since July 18, 2015. She was previously married to Florian Haertel and Ralph Fiennes.

Plays Professor River Song (born Melody Pond, daughter of Amy and Rory), companion to the Eleventh Doctor.

4. 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 (2005), and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch (2013). In 2013-2014 he appeared in the lead role in ...

Plays Rory Williams (Amy's husband), companion to the Eleventh Doctor.

5. Karen Gillan

Actress | Selfie

Karen Sheila Gillan, of Clan Macnab, was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the only child and daughter of Marie Paterson, of Clan Paterson (considered part of Clan MacLaren or Clan Farquharson) and husband John Gillan, of Clan Macnab, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love...

Plays Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor.

6. Bernard Cribbins

Actor | The Railway Children

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 ...

Played Wilfred Mott (Donna's grandfather), companion to the Tenth Doctor for a Special.

7. Lindsay Duncan

Actress | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Lindsay Duncan was born on November 7, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Lindsay Vere Duncan. She is known for her work on Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), About Time (2013) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003). She is married to Hilton McRae. They have one child.

Played Adelaide Brook, companion to the Tenth Doctor in a Special.

8. 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, The Worst Witch: Fair Is Foul and Fouls Are Fair (...

Lady Christina De Souza, companion to the Tenth Doctor for a special.

9. Velile Tshabalala

Actress | Utopia

Velile Tshabalala was born in 1984 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Utopia (2013), Doctor Who (2005) and Kerching! (2003).

Played Rosita Farisi, companion to the Tenth Doctor in a Christmas episode.

10. David Morrissey

Actor | The Walking Dead

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 (1983), 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...

Played Jackson Lake, companion to the Tenth Doctor for a Christmas episode.

11. Catherine Tate

Actress | The Catherine Tate Show

Catherine Tate was born on May 12, 1968 in Bloomsbury, London, England as Catherine Ford. She is an actress and writer, known for The Catherine Tate Show (2004), Doctor Who (2005) and The Office (2005).

Played Donna Noble, third companion to the Tenth Doctor.

12. 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 (1985), which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began, purely by accident, when a record ...

Played Astrid Peth, companion to the Tenth Doctor for one episode; sacrificed herself.

13. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Torchwood (2006).

Played Martha Jones, second companion to the Tenth Doctor.

14. Noel Clarke

Actor | Brotherhood

Noel Clarke was born on December 6, 1975 in London, England as Noel Anthony Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for Brotherhood (2016), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) and Mute (2018). He is married to Iris Da-Silva. They have two children.

Played Mickey Smith (Rose's old boyfriend), companion to the Tenth Doctor.

15. John Barrowman

Actor | Torchwood

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," "...

Plays Captain Jack Harkness, companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctor for ten episodes all together.

16. Bruno Langley

Actor | Coronation Street

Bruno Langley was born on March 21, 1983 in Devon, England. He is an actor, known for Coronation Street (1960), Doctor Who (2005) and TV Burp (2001).

Played Adam Mitchell, companion to the Ninth Doctor for two episodes.

17. 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 ...

Played Rose Tyler, companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctor.

18. Daphne Ashbrook

Actress | Doctor Who

Daphne Ashbrook was born on January 30, 1963 in Long Beach, California, USA as Daphne Lee Ashbrook. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Who (1996), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and JAG (1995).

Played Grace Holloway, companion to the Eighth Doctor in the TV film.

19. 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, ...

Played Ace, companion to the Seventh Doctor.

20. 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 (1956) television talent contest and gained membership of Equity. Later she trained at the Arts Educational and Italia Conti stage schools in London. By ...

Played Melanie Bush, companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctor.

21. 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. ...

Played Peri Brown, companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctor.

22. 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 ...

Voiced Kamelion, companion to the Fifth Doctor for two eps.

23. 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 ...

Played Vislor Turlough, companion to the Fifth Doctor.

24. 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 ...

Played Adric, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor.

25. Sarah Sutton

Actress | Doctor Who

Sarah Sutton was born on 12 December 1961 and began her acting career at the age of seven when, while attending the Elm Hurst Ballet School, she was picked to play the part of Roo in a Phoenix Theatre production of "Winnie the Pooh". By the age of eleven she had landed a number of TV roles, ...

Played Nyssa, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor.

26. 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 ...

Played Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor.

27. Lalla Ward

Actress | Doctor Who: Shada

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 (1972)...

Played Romana (replaced Tamm), companion to the Fourth Doctor.

28. Mary Tamm

Actress | Doctor Who

Mary Tamm was born on March 22, 1950 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England. She was an actress, known for Doctor Who (1963), Doghouse (2009) and The Likely Lads (1976). She was married to Marcus Ringrose. She died on July 26, 2012 in Battersea, London, England.

Played Romana, companion to the Fourth Doctor.

29. Roger Brierley

Actor | Young Sherlock Holmes

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 ...

Voiced K-9 Mark II, companion to the Fourth Doctor.

30. 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, ...

Voiced K-9 Mark I & II, companion to the Fourth Doctor.

31. Louise Jameson

Actress | Doctor Who

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 (1963), Tenko (1981), Bergerac (1981) and EastEnders (1985).

Jameson had formal ...

Played Leela, companion to the Fourth Doctor.

32. Ian Marter

Actor | Doctor Faustus

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 Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons: Episode One (1971), but it ultimately went to Richard Franklin. However, Letts ...

Played Harry Sullivan, companion to the Fourth Doctor.

33. 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 ...

Played Sarah Jane Smith, companion to the Third, Fourth, and Tenth Doctor (for two episodes).

34. Katy Manning

Actress | When Darkness Falls

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 (1963) 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.

35. 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 ...

Played Liz Shaw, companion to the Third Doctor for four episodes.

36. 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 (1964). Soon after this, she applied for...

Played Zoe Heriot, companion to the Second Doctor.

37. 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...

Played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, companion to the Second Doctor in one episode.

38. Deborah Watling

Actress | The Invisible Man

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 The Wednesday Play: Alice (1965)). ...

Played Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor.

39. Frazer Hines

Actor | Doctor Who

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 (1956) and Charlie Chaplin's A King in New York (1957). ...

Played Jamie McCrimmon, companion to the Second Doctor.

40. 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...

Played Ben Jackson, companion to the First and Second Doctor.

41. Anneke Wills

Actress | The Avengers

Anneke Wills made her acting debut at age eleven in a film called Child's Play (1954). 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 ...

Played Polly, companion to the First and Second Doctor.

42. 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 ...

Played Dodo Chaplet, companion to the First Doctor.

43. 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 ...

Played Sarah Kingdom, companion to the First Doctor for one episode.

44. 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 ...

Played Katarina, companion to the First Doctor for one episode.

45. Peter Purves

Actor | Girl in a Black Bikini

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.

46. Maureen O'Brien

Actress | The Lost Boys

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.

47. William Russell

Actor | The Great Escape

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 ...

Played Ian Chesterton, companion to the First Doctor.

48. 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 ...

Played Barbara Wright, companion to the First Doctor.

49. Carole Ann Ford

Actress | The Day of the Triffids

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...

Played Susan Foreman, companion to the First Doctor.



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