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Is Doctor Who Picking Up A Secondary Companion?


We met a few new characters in the Doctor Who anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” Might one of them be showing up in the future? Perhaps even as a new companion? Hit the jump to find out! 

This is the first I’ve heard of it but Doctor Who TV says there’s “persistent rumours” a new male companion could join Jenna Coleman’s Clara to travel through time and space. They point to Tristan Beint, the actor who played Tom, a coworker of Clara’s, in the anniversary special.

But where are these rumors coming from? So far…twitter? Someone asked the actor, “can we expect anything to come of Tom & Clara with the next series of Doctor Who? Me and a few others are calling it #Tomwald” He replied, “now, now, spoilers… But #tomwald, like it. Pass that on to Mr Moffat…”

There’s a bit more. When another fan linked Beint to a tumblr post surmising there could be a romantic relationship between Tom and Clara, he replied, “love it. Are you sure Tom could ever compete with a Time Lord though..? Oho… Keep watching and #dontbuythesun”

Does this mean Tom will be a companion? Not necessarily but it does suggest he could at least make another appearance. It would make sense considering Moffat established Clara in what seems like a permanent position at the school and for them to completely abandon that would be silly. (Hey, remember when Rory was a nurse?)

Again, everything is to be taken strictly as rumors for now. Doctor Who TV didn’t cite any other sources for the ”persistent rumours” but it could be they’ve heard things we haven’t. What do you think about adding a second companion once Peter Capaldi takes the reins? I would be up for it but only if that person wasn’t a romantic interest for Clara.

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  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    I think a secondary companion would be great. But yeah, ditch the romance. The Doctor has already traveled with a couple, and recently.

  • jedi_penguin

    I have never found Clara to be a particularly compelling Companion, so I would LOVE to see somebody else travel in the TARDIS. But as for a romance? No thank you. I adored Amy and Rory, but mostly because there hasn’t been a romance among Companions since Ben and Polly, and even that was understated and non-explicit. Making Companion romances a new standard thing would be a terrible idea.

  • Anonymous

    I agree completely, however risk aversion comes into play a bit I think, and considering how much of the show in recent years revolves around “romantic interest” story lines I think it very unlikely that they’ll risk altering that formula too much. It will be refreshing that the Doctor isn’t part of the triangle – since “age inappropriate” relationships are a bridge too far for the BBC… although I partly wish they would because the “outrage” generated by such a move would be entertaining unto itself.

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    Yeah, I feel like we’re going to be disappointed. Making Twelve an older gent means they will want some romantic tension with their pretty companion.

    Here’s hoping if they do that, he makes her more interesting and is interesting himself. And, if they do? It might be interesting to see a relationship develop on-screen. With Amy and Rory, we had to accept they were a couple right from the start, without seeing how or why they got together.

    Asking for straight friendships between companions does seem like too much to ask from the current run. But man, I would love another BFF Doctor/Companion relationship that has a similar dynamic to Ten/Donna.

  • Lindsay Beaton

    I’d like a male companion thrown in just because I think the interplay between every Doctor in New Who and the men who find themselves in the TARDIS has been brilliant. I expect that’s the actors’ doing as much as if not more than the writers, but still…I’ve really enjoyed it over the years. Also, I think I’m all romanced out–friendships FTW!

  • Jamie Jeans

    So… another white dude on the show. >_>

    Look Moffat, you won some good points with me with the 50th anniversary, making the Doctor more of a superhero than Superman was in his own god damned movie, and the homages to the past were great, and you even showed that Timelords could be black, such as the one black Timelord in the War Room on Gallifrey.

    But for fuck’s sake, DIVERSITY. More of it! There’s more people out there than a straight white, cisgender, able bodied dude!

  • Teamugs

    Ugh, no. All of the other companions stories have involved love at the end it would be so great to get away from that mold. Of course love is important but women do care about other things and there are other life stages to explore. It’s especially pointless because A. While I love Clara she is in dire need of development and someone else would be a distraction and B. We’re following up the biggest companion love affair of them all. Do something different this time.

  • Anonymous

    How do you know this character that may or may not have a major part on the show is cisgender?

  • Flitzy

    There’s really only one person you need to consider for a secondary companion and that’s Osgood, though. :3

  • Anonymous

    I hope not him. He’s got a pinched whiney look, that’ll get really annoying, really quick.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see a reason for a romantic relationship per se, but it hardly started with the modern show. Ian and Barbara were the first companions, and they clearly had a growing affection for each other. That was retroactively confirmed when Sarah Jane said they had married.
    If they were going to pick up a traveler that we’d already met, my vote would be for Osgood. But right now I don’t think we need any additional people, really.

  • The 14th Doctor

    I must admit I’m not too keen on the idea.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so over Moffet’s run on Doctor Who. So instead, I will ask if anyone else noticed that the boy in the background is obviously in Ravenclaw?

  • Anonymous

    Hm, let’s see…
    An omnisexual male, played by a gay man.
    Martha Jones and Mickey Smith, both played as complete competent characters.
    The forest of Cheem, played by a black woman.
    The Next Doctor’s companion Rosita.
    There were black Time Lords in the High Council in The End of Time as well. Indeed, I could have sword the fellow in Day was also in End of Time, but the IMDB says no.
    Gays and lesbians filling the background cast, with absolutely no special finger-pointing or deification of their relationships.
    Pretty sure the show is fairly diverse already. More is always nice, but making it sound like there’s been no (or almost no) progress in a cause always rankles me.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so over Moffet’s run on Doctor Who. So instead I’m going to ask if anyone else noticed that the kids in the background is so obviously in Ravenclaw?

  • Anonymous

    Point of information: all of that was under Russell T. Davies’ term as showrunner, not Steven Moffat.

  • Tucker

    Three words: Russell T Davies. So for fuck’s sake MOFFAT, diversity.

  • Kerry Dolan Timony

    I don’t care who they add as 2nd companion right now, but I’m telling you that if the 12th Doctor finds Gallifrey, and Romana doesn’t jump on the TARDIS for at least one adventure, I’m going to write a very strongly worded letter to the production office.

  • TheChief

    It would be nice to see another non-romantic male companion. Heck, I wouldn’t mind an Adric-type character especially with the new older doctor.

  • Not So Young Democrat

    I, and a lot of other people, seemed to think they might have been setting up Osgood to be a companion. Particularly since she didn’t seem to do anything much in the anniversary movie but was pretty prominently featured in it

  • KF

    It’s only a rumor, and a not particularly convincing one at that. No need to get angry at Moffat over a rumor.

  • Anonymous

    You know, SOME people in real life really do like a little romance…

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick of companions from modern times.

  • Jamie Jeans

    I don’t know, but it’s a pretty damned good bet to make on the next person, be it man or woman, is going to be cisgender.

    And I can be angry and critical, as I have been of Moffat since he took over as show runner, as he bleached the show almost entirely. Any POC I ever saw were around for only an episode and killed off, the extras were almost entirely white when under Russel T Davies there were so many more, and the only gay men I saw on the show in Matt Smith’s second season were a joke to be killed off.

    Doctor Who, since it restarted in 2005, used to have some damned good diversity… hell, we had our first black companion in Martha Jones, who was the Doctor’s equal, and Captain Jack Harness, an omnisexual who went on to have his own series as well as a love life.

    No, things weren’t perfect, but they were better under Davies for showing that people of colour were actually represented in all different times and in different roles.

  • Grand Poobah

    The UK has about twice as many Asians (which over there generally means folks from an Indian or Pakistani background) as it does blacks. Around 7% of the population versus about 3%. It’s kind of stunning that there’s never been an Asian companion (past the Chinese-American fellow in the TVM) on the show.

  • Erin Treat

    I am so, SO over male characters being in a romantic couple with women who are far more attractive than them on TV. Call me when we get the reverse. (I know it has happend occasionally, but it’s damn rare.) Also his whole unrequited loser love thing was tiresome already and we only got five seconds of it. I do not want to spend a whole season with that crap.

    “Clara, your DOCTOR CALLED!! Are you sick?!!! NOOoooooOOOooo! I mean, *ahem* I love you. *cough*”

  • Grand Poobah

    Give me someone more like Jamie McCrimmon. Best male companion the show’s ever had. Best companion from the past, as well.

  • KF

    Sure, you can be angry, go for it, I’m not disagreeing with any of that. But rumors come and go. There are plenty of other things to be angry about besides rumors that may never come to pass.

    (And to clarify, I also prefer the show as it was under Davies. And as a trans woman, I’d love to see a non-cis character on the show, beyond Cassandra.)

  • Anonymous

    Donna is my favorite companion in the new series. Love the character and her arc. Plus the actress is one of those people who is very pretty without being all about being pretty… if that makes any sense.

  • KF

    Well, Rory seemed pretty attractive. To me, at least. I certainly found him much more attractive than Amy Pond.

  • Anonymous

    Under Moffat I can recall:
    Queen Liz 10
    Guido & Isabella (Black Venetian family)
    Nasreen Chaudhry (Silurian 2-parter)
    Canton Everett Delaware III
    The Corsair (first confirmed transsexual Gallifreyan)
    Fat One & Thin One
    Madame Vastra & Jenny
    Mels (first confirmation that race can change via regeneration)
    Rita (The God Complex)
    Queen Nefertiti
    Artie & Angie (Clara’s wards)
    three Van Baalen brothers
    Emperor Porridge
    Androgar (Gallifrey High Command)

    So while there’s always room for more diversity, I just don’t get the claim that there’s been zero diversity on the show since RTD left.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Osgood has a chance, unless they want to emphasize how the Doctor has changed between Ten and Twelve. With her “close my eyes and pray to the Doctor” routine she’s exactly the kind of person Ten would disregard in a second and leave behind (I love him to pieces, but he IS rude, after all, and rather callous at times).

  • http://drakeisi.tumblr.com/ Drake

    If this happened, it would work even better with my “The Twelfth Doctor parallels the First Doctor” theory. Both William Hartnell and Peter Capaldi were 55 when cast, they’re both known to audiences for playing more stern and gruff roles, making them seem unlikely as the lead to what is fundamentally a children’s show, and if this were true two of their companions would be teachers AT THE VERY SAME SCHOOL. I’m expecting to hear that Susan Foreman has regenerated any day now.

  • Anonymous

    TV has taught me that all assistants named Donna are amazing. Donna Noble, Donna Moss, Donna Paulson…

  • Anonymous

    I definitely think that a young, attractive male companion will be added, so that people who are attracted to younger dudes will have somebody to swoon over. The BBC certainly doesn’t want to risk losing a lot of those Smith and Tennant fans who they assume started watching it largely to check out the hot young British dude(s) and maybe aren’t attracted to older gentlemen like Capaldi. Cynical? Yeah, maybe. I guess you could say this is well-deserved parity that was absent in the 70s and late 80s when there was often an attractive younger woman traveling alone with an older Doctor and no eye candy for those attracted to men — I mean, I don’t remember ever seeing any swooning paeans to Jon Pertwee’s or Tom Baker’s hotness even in their heyday. Heh.

    Anyway, I hope it’s a character who is as cool and fun as Jamie McCrimmon.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if this is quite what you’re implying, so apologies if I’m kinda repeating you, but Osgood’s ‘the Doctor will save me’ routine very much seemed of a piece with everything Eleven and/or Moffat. Amy Pond, Reinette, that one girl in A Good Man Goes To War… Moffat seems to love giving his companion girls a semi-religious faith in the Doctor.

    I agree that I don’t think Ten would have any time for it on the whole, whereas Eleven seems to rather indulge – even enjoy it. For instance, Eleven purposefully kept Clara in the dark about the big Mystery all last season for no good reason. One might even suppose he likes giving himself an extra air of mystery and power by pulling that kind of crap. Ten wanted equal partners to travel with, people who might not be of equal genius, but shared his boundless enthusiasm for exploration and wonder at the universe. Eleven seems to rather enjoy that wonder and enthusiasm being turned on himself. rose and donna were the Doctor’s friends, not acolytes. Martha had more of a disciple role than the others, but her whole storyline was about her growing out of that position and realising her own worth which led her to step away from the role as follower and into one as leader, away from the Doctor.

    Ten would be more likely to give Osgood a sharp talking to about recognising her own power to act, and not abdication responsibility to others or something.

    Sometimes I really miss Ten.

  • Seanna Tucker

    And how many of them have become more than just one-shot characters?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see that claim being made, though. I’ve never heard someone say ‘there’s zero diversity’.

    I’ve heard people say ‘there should be more diversity.

  • Anonymous

    It’s an important point: racial representation isn’t about ticking boxes or including token faces. It’s about a thoughtful engagement with the real world.

    A writer/runner engaged with race rather than (at best) ticking a box and giving himself a pat on the back with a copy of the Guardian, as I always imagine it, might have had asian characters simply because they’ve actually noticed that’s A Thing about Britain.

    It’s subjective, but I find the Britain Moffat presents to be a kind of Mary Poppins/Notting Hill world which bears no relation to reality. I think having some kind of recognition of racial demographics in the show would require Moffat to engage with reality on some level.

    When I say ‘reality’ I don’t mean gritty realism: I’m not asking for the Doctor to get shanked in Acton Central. But the world of Amy and Clara is a weird fairy tale land I’ve never seen. Rose and Donna and Martha’s worlds felt real.

  • Anonymous

    I think you may lose Moffat on ‘women care about other things’.

  • Teamugs

    RTD was lost on it too. All companions of the modern era have ended up in a relationship or married, even Martha which was totally random. I am fine with companions having romance or being married but after the 5th time it’s really stale.

  • TheChief

    A Jamie type would be great too. I haven’t had a chance to watch many of the second’s episodes, but I did like him in what I saw.

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    I think it’s sort of odd to consider Matt Smith attractive. What attraction he has, comes from his portrayal and charm. Frankly, the dude’s funny looking. David Tennant is a handsome man, but I wouldn’t even say he’s conventionally attractive in the Hollywood sense. Again, I think the attraction comes from the energy that all the gents who have played the Doctor share. In fact, I’d say the only conventionally attractive person to ever play the Doctor is Paul McGann. You could argue for Peter Davison as well.

    I’d also argue that there really isn’t anything wrong with ladies wanting to find a male lead attractive. Ladies are sexual beings. We like to see attractive people on TV, same as men. If that’s the primary reason you’re watching, man or woman, then well, maybe you’re being shallow in your viewing habits. But I don’t pass any judgment at all on those people. TV is entertainment, and we can be entertained how we like.

    If there are any ladies out there who were primarily watching it to crush on the Doctor, then that’s perfectly okay. It doesn’t make them any less legitimate as fans, and it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be catered to. As long as it isn’t done at the expense of story, it’s not hurting anything.

    This issue in general is something I wrote a blog post about awhile back:

    http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/ageism-and-sexism-in-the-reactions-to-peter-capaldi-as-twelve/

  • http://fandomnista.wordpress.com/ Robin S

    This is why I wished intently for Rita from The God Complex to be a Companion.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about that. I feel like a lot of Ten’s storylines were about his awesome power and, when his actions were looked at critically at all, which wasn’t always, it was so often from the perspective of his manpain (Human Nature/Family of Blood – you mean highly educated medical student Martha has had to live as a maid in 1913, somewhat less welcoming to black women, for months? But the Doctor didn’t get his human life with Joan, who cares about Martha?). That’s something it’s actually seemed to me that Eleven does less of; the narrative is more aware that his self-centredness is a *bad* thing that fucks things up for him and those around him.

  • Anonymous

    Those comments sound *really* noncommittal.

  • Anonymous

    I hated that story too. Not only did it suck for Martha, he put everyone in danger by running away from the Family of Blood & turning into a human. Once he becomes Gallifreyan again, he’s able to permanently vanquish them with ease so the entire charade was pointless. It’s one of the few stories where all the suffering & death was definitely the Doctor’s responsibility. And if he really loved Joan, there’s no reason he couldn’t have made her a companion or at least visited.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like somebody asked if Clara and Tom hook up and he didn’t answer because like everybody else he works on a show were nobody is allowed to say anything related to what may or may not happen. Most of the time because they don’t even know themselves. So whatever answer they give has to be vague.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing against “Tom”, but it would pretty much be the same thing over again. What I’d love to see is Osgood joining the Tardis team along with Clara. That would be fun.

  • Anonymous

    Ooh, that’s a good point. That does make it seem more likely.

  • Anonymous

    I wanted Nasreen Chaudhry from The Hungry Earth/In Cold Blood, mainly because she would have been awesome. The scene with her introduction to the Tardis is one of the best in the history of the show.

  • Mr The Batman

    Ditch Clara. I really find her quite boring. Bring back someone like Ace.

  • Anonymous

    If you want to take the audio plays into consideration, she made her way out, and back to Gallifrey, and interacted with Leela in several adventures. And yes, that meant there were TWO K-9s on Gallifrey, and they didn’t get along.

  • Kerry Dolan Timony

    My head canon, due to books and audio, is that is she is on Gallifrey, but correctly, the TV series left her in E-Space. BUT I STILL WANT HER ON THE TARDIS.

  • Amanda Pursell

    Male companions are always terrible. I think the actor is just playing with people.

  • Bonnie

    I’m hoping for Osgood too. She’d be awesome.

  • Emma

    Thank you! I was so thrilled when I thought Clara would be a companion from some other time than the present–and while I’m guessing having a modern companion has to do with connecting to the audience or something, I (and I believe many other fans) would LOVE a companion from some other time or even another planet!

  • Patrick Kincaid

    It’s always been “age inappropriate” – the guy is several centuries old (and an alien). That’s been my one biggest problem with Nu-Who…

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I agree that Matt Smith is kind of funny-looking (his eyes are sort of recessed, right?) and not at all conventionally attractive, but a number of people have told me that they think he is hot. I was surprised by that.

  • Anonymous

    Their access to K-9 was quite limited based on that new Australian series, so that’s probably not a worry.

    There’s more than a few people who theorized that The mystery Time lady in End Of Time was Romana, with other theories being Susan, or perhaps Chancellor Flavia.

    There is ONE woman who WAS on Gallifrey – Leela. I for one would LOVE to know what role if any she played in the Time War.

  • Curuniel

    After the 50th special I finally got around to watching some ‘classic’ Doctor Who, including the first few stories of the very first Doctor. I’m wondering… we’re getting an older Doctor again, and he’ll have to be the first of a new line of regenerations, and his companion is a female school teacher and now she may bring a male colleague? This all feels like it’s very much echoing the very beginning of the show. If so, it could be fun to see what contemporary twists they throw in.

  • Anonymous

    The goal posts keep moving here, depending on who’s talking – first the demand is for diversity in general, then diversity in the Moffat era, then the problem is that the diverse characters aren’t staying around. Seems to me that if there’s a lot of characters, and a good number of them are of varied demographics, that’s a good example of diversity.

  • Curuniel

    I don’t know, I can rationalise it. He keeps a certain amount of distance most of the time – he cares about all his companions, but not so much in a romantic way. Besides, alien feelings, right? He has a fondness for our whole race and sometimes the companions are just representatives for that. Meanwhile, the companions view him as basically human and so develop feelings for him as he appears to them… that’s why I think it makes sense for most romance with the Doctor to be very one-sided. He is very aware that you’re a sweet but ignorant child compared to him.

  • Curuniel

    I was just thinking of her. She was a great character and struck me as very relevant and valuable in her small appearance (I am not British so I can’t really comment, but it seemed to me that she was relevant!). I adored how they handled her religion.

  • Warrior Two

    I’m going to call him CIGWIT.

  • Anonymous

    You make a good point, and I think Martha often got shat upon by the story – her moments of self-assertion never seemed enough to compensate for the crap the Doctor let her go through.

    And it’s true that DW has had a tendency to put the Doctor on a pedestal since the beginning of Ten (I don’t remember it happening with Nine). But I think with Ten, his hubris was occasionally called out as a flaw in his personality in-universe (e.g. Waters Of Mars). With Eleven I feel we’re meant to be right there with the admiring characters, in awe of his amazingness.

    I think its about the scene in Fires Of Pompeii when in the end Donna accepted the Doctor was doing what was right, and accepted dual responsibility by pressing the button with him. I can’t see Clara or Amy ever having a moment like that – those companions are there to admire the Doctor’s heroism, maybe have their own subplots which allow them personal victories. Maybe talk him down from righteous anger. Their big acts are saving the Doctor, not doing his work alongside him. Rose and Donna and Martha occasionally got to be heroic themselves.

    I think it’s a problem of the show being written by fans: the companions are being written as fixated on the Doctor because the writers are fixated on the Doctor. in some ways that’s nice – they respect the material. But I think both Davies and particularly Moffat tend to write as if the show is about the Doctor, which it shouldn’t be. He is the character engaging in the story, not the story itself. Though I enjoyed the DOTD (possibly because an anniversary special is one of the few places it;s appropriate to screen fanwank) it was yet another story that only has any resonance if one if heavily invested in DW already.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it’s a shame that the plot of the episode undercut all the nice emotional stuff there. If there had been some point to the Doctor being human… why didn’t they have him injured and needing time to recover – escaping into humanity to buy him the time. That would have meant we really felt he was backed into a corner, and understood why he was able to defeat the FoB at the end when he couldn’t at the beginning.

    I thought Martha’s storyline was weakly handled. There should have been more focus on her – never mind the Doctor having a romance, Martha’s got serious problems: she’s been handed a shitty job in a time and place her skin colour earns contempt from quite a lot of people. Could we hear about that please DW? The ep really should have been Martha’s story.

    The Doctor does come out looking rather responsible for all the casualties. I enjoyed John Smith’s anguish at the choice he has to make – to cease to exist. But I felt the Doctor really needed to be called out for his bad choices there.

    Supporting the Doctor after he done fucked up became a bit of a theme for Martha, actually. If the Doctor/companion relationships are marriages: Rose got swept off her feet by a hero, and Martha got a likable liability she had to have a lot of love and patience with. It jarred oddly with her admiring adoration of him. I would have liked to have seen Martha at least regard her slightly useless Doctor with fond contempt and a ticket to adventure, even if he does sometimes land her in it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I agree – I see that quite a lot in Moffat;s work, the contempt for the fan. Which is is really odd as he himself is a fanboy; not only in the literal sense, I think he occupies that space very much as a writer. As I commented above, I feel a lot of his problems as a DW writer come from a fannish obsession with the things the canon show shouldn’t be about: the Tardis’s interior, the Doctor’s history.

    IS that an intention Mary Whitehous experience reference? :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, exactly – science fiction should be all about questioning the status quo.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t disagree with you, but I see the (partial) shift from “companion assists the Doctor while he does Doctor things” to “companion reins the Doctor in” and/or “companion is the focus of the storyline in their own right” to be a positive, actually. However, I do also think Clara and Amy have had plenty of save-the-day moments where it’s not about stopping or saving the Doctor; even just in the latter half of series 7, “The Rings of Akhaten” and “Cold War” spring immediately to mind.

  • Anonymous

    would it be ok if the new male companion (if there is one – it’s just a rumor) got romantic with the Doctor? I’m sure I’ll get flack for this, but MOSTLY mixed gender friendships exist because one or the other is in a relationship or the woman isn’t interested. And society is (again, mostly) fairly repressed sexually, which seems to be the default measure for “romantic” involvement.

  • Anonymous

    “Hello. I’m the Doctor and these are my companions, Oswin Oswald and Osgood.”

    I like it. :)