Admittedly some of my answers may be influenced by later series. Adam wasn't there long enough for me to think of him as a companion.
Officially he was, but as much to make a point as anything, that not everyone is suited to travel with the Doctor.
But if Astrid counts, then so does Adam.
Got very annoyed at a recent DW special on the companions that only concentrated on the girls, and skipped Mickey and Captain jack.
I don't think I'd be suited myself. I tend to freeze when making decisions, adrenalin makes me feel ill, and I am not good at running.
No you'd perfect, it's just that your ideal Doctor would be Pertwee or Baker.
"Doctor ... I ... can't .... mooove!"
If she was asthmatic as well she could do the "Doctor! ...I can't... breathe!"
One of the reasons I rate Mickey so high in the first season is that scene at the end of "World War Three" where the Doctor offers him a place and he turns it down because he thinks he'll just be a liability. I'm also not good companion material (another freeze-in-a-crisis type, me), and it was nice to have somebody who didn't leap at the opportunity with glad cries of "Yes, I'm sure everything will work out great".
2010-01-18 12:16 am (UTC)
[GregT] The companion count is always wonky. There's a long history of including Sara Kingdom but skipping Kamelion, which makes no sense. I'm personally inclined to not count Mickey but to count Captain Jack; not everyone who travels from one place to another in the Tardis is a companion, otherwise we'd be counting (most recently) whatserface from Waters of Mars, along with a host of other accidental travellers and rescuees.
Grr, Arg, I so completely dislike Jack Harkness.
I know. I liked him initially, but I gradually came to get a bit tired of him.
I just don't find anything likeable about the character. He's shallow and he's sleazy, and he's deeply unpleasant, and I find the only times I can tolerate him (and John Barrowman's exceptionally awful acting) is when the scripts are written with the intent that's he's shallow, sleazy and a bit monstrous.
This is part of why Torchwood 3 worked so well for me. He's not actually a character people should be liking. If they had written him properly the whole time, he'd be the Avon of the 21st century by now.
Who am I kidding. We all know Gene Hunt's the Kerr Avon of the 21st century.
I didn't mind him in those first few eps. He wasn't meant to be likeable initially, he was meant to be a bit of a rogue, and I felt it mostly worked. But then Russell started being the one writing for him in the show, and that started to get lost behind the root-anything attitude.
And Torchwood certainly did him no favours. It says a lot that the moment he went from Torchwood to Doctor Who, I found him to be a lot more likeable, even with the gradually sickening way he came on to everyone.
And no, Gene Hunt is the Doctor for the 21st century. "I never kill unless me own life is threatened... doesn't mean I won't kneecap ya though."
2010-01-18 12:18 am (UTC)
[GregT] I like Doctor Who Jack, I hate Torchwood Jack. Doctor Who Jack got a really nice send-off when they revealed him as you-know-who, and wrapped his story up quite nicely and finally - which made it twice as irritating to bring him back into Who (along with Rose, who'd also had a perfectly good finale) for that misguided Dalek rubbish.
I reject your woosy multiple choice check boxes and answer as if it were radio buttons! :)
I figure I'll do the radio option for the last of the polls.
..whereas I was treating the first two questions as 'pick your three best/worst,' and failed to nail down a third worst.
There was at least one question where I wanted to do that, but it says stories and companions, so I felt obliged to pick at least two.
What!? Someone didn't pick The Empty Child as best? Shun the non-believer, shun!
( before anyone gets up on their soapbox, I jest :P )