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Television - Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor and his companions

Updated on September 18, 2012

Television - Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor and his companions

Over the years Doctor Who has become one of the most successful British Television shows in history. Due to the show ongoing for over fifty years many actors have portrayed the Doctor and in this article I am going to explore the character of the Tenth doctor.

David Tennant was the tenth actor to portray the doctor and did so between 2005 and 2010. He acted as the doctor for three series and acted in 44 episodes.

David Tennant was born in 1971 and is still a big Doctor Who fan today. He is known for acting in several other television shows including Duck Patrol (1998) and Blackpool (2004).

The Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor is seen as one of the most human Doctor’s of them all. He has a huge personality and loves human pop culture. He is very manic in his personality which appears to be a cover for the emotional damage he suffered in the Time War. He is bright, cheerful, playful but he can be ruthless and an egomaniac at times. He is openly a coward, and will never hurt his enemies if it will hurt somebody innocent. His feelings for Rose only grow, and he struggles to show her how he feels. He is a very romantic doctor and often is openly attracted to others and initiates romance although they eventually fail. He is seen to have great romantic connections with both Queen Elizabeth 1st and Madame de Pompadour.


The Tenth doctor was seen to travel along side twelve companions.

Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) – 22 Appearances
Rose Tyler continues her companionship with the Doctor after his regeneration into the tenth incarnation. She initially struggles to accept his new form and personality but she grows to love him and become attached to him. She is intelligent, quick witted and funny. She is willing to give her life for the Doctor and she only leaves his company at the end of the 2nd series because she gets trapped in another dimension. If she could she would travel with the Doctor forever. She does appear again in the close of the 4th series, and leaves on a very happy romantic note. Rose Tyler is one of the few companions the Doctor has ever openly had romantic feelings for, and it really helps show a romantic and humane side to the doctor.

Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) – 10 Appearances
Mickey Smith is initially introduced in the Ninth Doctor’s first adventure, and he is seen as Rose’s long term boyfriend. He initially was seen as by the Doctor as stupid and somebody who would only get in the way. Later the Doctor asked him to come along with him and Rose, but he rejected as he was not ready for the travelling life. Eventually he agrees to come along, as he wants to spend more time with Rose but he really starts to enjoy seeing the Universe. He does not stay with the Doctor and Rose for very long, as he soon understands that Rose is no longer interested in him and has feelings for the Doctor instead. He is given the opportunity to stay in a parallel world where his grandmother is still alive and he takes it. He continues to appear sporadically through the 10th Doctors life and is seen as more of a warrior in later episodes. The Doctor enjoys to playfully call him Ricky instead of Mickey until they land in a parallel world where his name really was Ricky.

Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) – 16 Appearances
Donna Noble is a companion that the Doctor believes fate has put him in contact with. She initially gets teleported into the Tardis on her wedding day, as a result of her husband poisoning her with particles that have not been seen for billions of years. She does not agree to travel with the Doctor straight away, but a year later she runs into him again and takes him on his offer. She is bold, strong, and feisty and has a very strong sense of what is right and wrong. She is a vital character is the show, as she is the first companion to ever become part time lord. She absorbs part of the Time Lord regeneration energy and as a result becomes a cross between a Time Lord and a human. She is one of the few female companions who has absolutely no romantic inclinations to the Doctor.

Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) – 19 Appearances
Martha Jones is a companion of the Doctor who is trained as a Medical Doctor, and travels in the Tardis not only to see the Universe but to help people. Much like the Doctor she cannot just stand by when people are hurting. She is featured as the lead companion on Doctor Who, and a character in the series Torchwood. Martha, much like Rose has a family that is heavily seen on screen. Her mother, father, brother and sister often appear in episodes and they all appear in the finale when The Master attempts to create a paradox. Martha Jones is often dubbed in the media as the first ethnic-minority companion of the Doctor, and this really helps to break away from the old stereotype where all actors where Caucasian.

Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) – 6 Appearances
Jack Harkness returns for his role after being bought back to life from the dead by Rose Tyler. He initially was a 51st Century human, but after being bought back to life by the Tardis’ soul everything changed. He wasn’t just alive again, but he could now never die. Jack goes on to live for several thousand years, if not millions. He often bumps into the Doctor and helps where he can even though his morals have been seen to be flexible at time. He is happy to do deadly tasks as he know even if he dies he will come back to life. He has a huge personality, and loves to flirt with the Doctor and his companions. All people who see him seem to be instantly attracted to him. The show reveals that over time he evolves from Humanoid into the Face of Boe. Jack also is a lead character in the spin-off show Torchwood.

Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) – 4 Appearances
Sarah Jane Smith; an old companion of the Doctor returns after twenty five years. She is still investigating the paranormal and bumps into the Doctor when he begins to explore the same. They rekindle old memories and she assists the Doctor through a few adventures. Sarah Jane Smith was also the star of a Doctor Who spin off show that ran between 2007 and 2011. Unfortunately, Elisabeth Sladen passed away in 2011.

Wilfred mott (Bernard Cribbins) – 8 Appearances

The Doctor had repeated meetings with Wilfred that the universe seemed to organise. He is initially seen when the Doctor visits earth from the Spaceship: the Titanic. Later it is revealed that he is Donna Noble’s grandfather. He gets to know the Doctor personally, and shares a subtle relationship with the Doctor whilst he travels with Donna. The plot line develops over small hints in the back of episodes, and eventually when the Master returns, Wilfred is able to find the Doctor in one day of searching. At the close of the Tenth Doctor it is revealed that Wilfred is the one who causes the need for the Doctor to regenerate into his eleventh form.

Astrid Peth (Kylie Minogue) – 1 Appearance

Astrid is a staff member onboard the Titanic, a spaceship that is visiting earth. She quickly becomes friends with the doctor and she aids him in attempting to save the day after angelic robots start causing chaos. In the climax of the episode she sacrifices herself to save the Doctor’s life.

Jackson Lake (David Morrissey) – 1 Appearance

Jackson Lake is a man who has had a bout of amnesia that has gone wrong. Cybermen invade Earth in the late 1800s and unfortunately one of their data drives is forced into Jackson’s brain. He believes he is the Doctor and he recruits Rosita Farisi as his companion. He attempts to take down the Cybermen believing he is the Doctor, and the Cybermen also believe it until the real Doctor comes along. When the real Doctor comes along he assists him in the quest for peace and freedom from the Cybermen.

Rosita Farisi (Velile Tshabalala) – 1 Appearance

Rosita is the companion of Jackson Lake when he believes he is the Doctor. She is strong and feisty and very loyal to the Jackson even though she barely knows him.

Lady Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan) – 1 Appearance

Lady Christina de Souza, a thief helps the Doctor return to Earth when a worm hole is opened and a bus is transported to a new planet. Both the Doctor and Christina are onboard the bus and they work together trying to save everyone else. Lady Christina is from a wealthy family, yet steals famous artefacts for the thrill of it. She is the perfect companion for the doctor, always prepared, aggressive, tough and beautiful. She does not travel further with the Doctor as he decides he needs to travel alone.

Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan) – 1 Appearance

Adelaide Brooke, a human from the future is the first ever woman to land on mars. She meets the doctor when he visits their base on mars and he saves her life by changing the course of history. As a result she cannot bare with the fact that she is alive when she shouldn’t be and she kiss herself. She was a strong, strict woman who had great love for her family and her crew.


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