Years ago, my friend Michael had a game. Take a movie or television show. Then imagine the TARDIS materializing. There are some stories you can look at and say, “This is a Doctor Who story; all it needs is the Doctor.” The game works best with a “base under siege”-type structure, so common to the Patrick Troughton era. Alien 3. Jurassic Park. Event Horizon.
One that works surprisingly well, despite absolutely no “base under siege”-ness, is DuckTales. But I’ve written of my desire to write a Doctor Who/Uncle Scrooge crossover before.
Historical series also works well, largely because Doctor Who has a foot in the past anyway.
My variant on the game is this — take a character from a television series or movie, and imagine that character as a Doctor Who companion.
This one’s trickier. Would the Doctor take this person aboard the TARDIS? Why? And would they mesh?
For years, I have considered Jean-Luc Picard a Doctor Who companion. Specifically, I think he traveled with the sixth Doctor and Frobisher. Yes, the shape-shifting penguin. For the Doctor, this is sometime after “Trial of a Time Lord,” but before he meets Mel. For Picard, this is after the loss of the Stargazer and before he’s given command of the Enterprise-D, during his seven “lost” years. Picture the stiff Picard with the bombastic Doctor and a snarky penguin, and it works. There’s no one to say that they didn’t travel together… 😉
Last weekend, another one came to me.
I was watching The Tudors. In a way, it depressed me a little; as I watched one episode after another, it only made me yearn for a pure historical on the new Doctor Who series, which I know isn’t likely to happen. Kids like their monsters, after all.
As I watched The Tudors, an idea kept nagging at me.
Princess Mary, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter and eventually Queen “Bloody” Mary, would make a fantastic companion.
She’s fiercely intelligent. She’s erudite. She’s bitter. She’s haughty. She’s snarky as all get out. She’s also stiff and prim and proper, and she wants things to be a certain way. She’s led a rough life, there’s anger simmering just beneath the surface. She’s very much her father’s daughter.
And I think the Doctor would take her on, just to try and fix that. Oh, he knows it’s a lost cause, he knows that she’s going to be bitter and vindictive as a reigning queen. The Doctor would know that he shouldn’t take her for a trip, but he also couldn’t help himself; he’d want to try and open her eyes. Which may actually result in the opposite effect; maybe Mary wouldn’t have been so “bloody” had the Doctor not attempted his intervention.
The Doctor and Princess Mary. It would be fantastic. 🙂
Anyone have their own thoughts on non-Doctor Who characters who would make excellent companions?