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Companions’ First Episodes

”It isn’t every day we get the over-20s in this place.” The Time Team meets four of the Doctor’s new best friends, from 1966, 1987 and 2007 Who…

This issue’s Time Team: Beth Axford, Christel Dee, Gerard Groves, Kezia Newson, Miles Hall and Zainab Sheriff

What is the role of the Doctor Who companion?

“It’s escapism, isn’t it? It’s being able to imagine that you, an ordinary person with an ordinary life, could meet somebody amazing like the Doctor and be whisked away on extraordinary adventures,” says Christel, who’s perched on a sofa in a perfectly ordinary, thank you very much, north-west London living room, alongside her fellow Time Teamers Beth, Gerard, Kezia, Miles and Zainab.

“Actually, I always imagined myself as the Doctor,” admits Gerard.

Miles nods. “Yeah, same.”

“Well,” says Beth, “growing up I thought

I could only ever be a companion, so…”

“So how amazing must it be for little girls now, seeing a female Doctor?” points out Kez. Can we make too much, then, of the idea that the companion, uniquely, is the

‘audience-identification’ figure? Because, really, what does that even mean? “It means that, er, the companion asks the questions that the viewer wants answered,” suggests Miles. “Or… no, there’s more to it than that, isn’t there?”

OK, let’s find out, as the Team watches three Doctor Who episodes that introduce four brand-new companions…

Time Teamers Zainab, Christel, Kez, Gerard, Miles and Beth assemble to watch some companions’ first episodes.


Florence Finnegan (Anne Reid), the bloodsucking Plasmavore in Smith and Jones (2007).
Brave and resourceful medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).
The Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha run for their lives!
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Contents include: Tom Baker speaks to DWM ahead of the publication of his first Doctor Who novel! • Tom Baker answers questions from our TARDIS tin • An interview with Doctor Who author James Goss, who helped Tom write Scratchman • Actor Shaun Dooley (who played Epzo in 2018 episode The Ghost Monument) reveals his photographic contribution to Series 11 • A look at BBC Audio's resurrection of the 1970s Dalek Annuals • Part Four of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches three episodes - from 2007, 1966 and 1987 - which introduce new companions • Cosplayer Jamie Lenman shows his appreciation for the Sixth Doctor's coat • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The God Complex • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes It Takes You Away, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos and the New Year's Day Special Resolution • An overview of Series 11’s ratings • Answers to the DWM Christmas Quiz • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!