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Radio Times Online Companion Poll

Radio Times online companion poll

The Radio Times conducted an online poll to name the best Who companion ever – but was it Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler, Amy Pond, K9 or another?

Top 20 results below (more than 3,000 people voted)

1 Rose Tyler Billie piper

2 Sarah Jane Smith Elisabeth sladen

3 Donna Noble Catherine Tate

4 K9 John Leeson/David Brierley


The best of the rest…

6 Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)
7 Ace (Sophie Aldred)
8 Leela (Louise Jameson)
9 Jo Grant (Katy Manning)
10 Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)
11 Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)
12 Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)
13 Romana II (Lalla Ward)
14 Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)
15 Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins)
16 Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)
17 River Song (Alex Kingston)
18 Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter)
19 Polly (Anneke Wills)
20 Turlough (Mark Strickson)


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  • VT

    February 28th, 2014 - 8:42pm

    I agree. Martha was a star.

  • VT

    February 28th, 2014 - 8:41pm

    Oh, come on! Turlough was awesome, they just didn’t use the character to his full potential. After the whole Black Guardian thing, he just kept getting lost and captured until “Planet of Fire”. He rarely got a chance to shine.

  • Cassie

    October 15th, 2011 - 4:16pm

    My top 5 is:
    1. Amy Pond (Karen Gillan)
    2. Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)
    3. Donna Noble (Catherine Tate)
    4. Lady Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan)
    5. Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman)

    So I find this poll wrong.

  • Greg

    September 9th, 2011 - 11:21pm

    i think a fairer way to compile a ‘true’ top ten companion list would be to ask people to rate each one out of ten and then work out the average – that way the one less known today but still amazing (ie, ian and barbara) would probably shoot right up.

  • Christoff

    July 21st, 2011 - 12:20am

    where is zoe and Jamie? Barbara? Ian? WHERE IS VICKY??

    Honestly, I can’t believe people claim to be fans of Doctor Who, yet they havent seen a single episode pre-reboot. Doctor Who has 25/26 series before this reboot, and while its great..its not really true Who.

    Best Companion in my opinion is Ian, the man who gave the Doctor his humanity.

  • Fab

    February 10th, 2011 - 7:57pm

    Actually the Brigadier did travel with the Second and the Third Doctors in “The Three Doctors”, which also introduced Omega, if I remember well. 😉

  • I Love Cybermen

    November 16th, 2010 - 8:14pm

    Oh and the Brigadier? I would vote for him but since when was he a companion? Friend more like. He never travelled with the Dr.

  • I Love Cybermen

    November 16th, 2010 - 8:13pm

    Rose? Really? i mean- she was great. but, really- the greatest? My personal vote is with Amy, Astrid and K9.

  • The Pandorica

    November 16th, 2010 - 7:59pm

    No way is Rose the best companion. Ace is well better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Katie

    November 16th, 2010 - 7:10pm

    I’m really glad Rose came first, she totally deserves to be there, she really was the best! Why Amy Pond is fifth I’ll never know because I hate the character – Karen Gillan seems really nice so it could be the writing but I really dislike Amy.
    Glad Donna came third – she was awesome! Glad Jack was high up too!

  • davidfrog

    November 16th, 2010 - 6:35pm

    martha should be at least top 3, i don’t know the old ones enough to judge though. amy is so high on the poll because she is the most recent one.

  • Charlotte

    November 16th, 2010 - 6:07pm

    i think its stupid that new companions or ones who have mostly appeared in the top five…i see no point in people voting if they don’t know who all of the others are it’s completely biased.

  • Devon Young

    November 16th, 2010 - 4:58pm

    Really?? Donna’s in the top 5? How’d that happen? I felt like I suffered through that series a bit. My fav’s are Amy, Rose, Jack, & Sarah Jane. Jury’s still out on River… waiting to see just how the future plays out with her. In my head, she hasn’t been a full fledged companion yet. I’m catching old episodes online, getting familiar with the likes of Harry, Zoe, etc. I sometimes watched the 4th doctor & Sarah Jane when I was little, but not much beyond that & The 5 Doctors. I’ve watched it a lot more since they reignited the show in ’05.

  • bow ties are cool

    November 16th, 2010 - 4:11pm

    harry looks like a young tenth dr on that cover

  • 11dr rules

    November 16th, 2010 - 3:48pm

    matha should come first

  • Blackthunder

    November 16th, 2010 - 3:01pm

    I can’t believe Rose came 1st…I’m clearly missing something…I cant work out why fans found her so popular…someone please enlighten me, because i really hate her; every minute on the screen!

  • emmy

    November 16th, 2010 - 1:05pm

    cant believe sarah jane came second she so wooden…. rose is the best though

  • Rooners

    November 16th, 2010 - 11:17am

    I can’t believe Donna came 3rd…I’m clearly missing something…I cant work out why fans found her so popular…someone please enlighten me.

  • C@A

    November 16th, 2010 - 7:56am

    And no Ian Chesterson? 🙁

  • S Factor

    November 16th, 2010 - 7:45am

    Wahoo Billie is by far the best companion!

  • doctor stu

    November 16th, 2010 - 7:18am

    first comment whoo

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