It occurs to me that one of the major
differences between ‘Classic Who’ and ‘New Who’ – though, in my
opinion, it’s all classic – is the companions. Not in their
caliber, but rather in how they got on board the Tardis in the first
place. ‘New Who’ has been consistent in that they’ve all, from Rose
to Clara, been invited aboard in one way or another. Some – Rose
and Clara – invited twice.
In ‘Classic Who’ that wasn’t the case.
From the original kidnapping of Ian and Barbara – yes, folks, a
kidnapping – to the variations of stowaway or Tegan getting lost in
the bowels of the Tardis, the only classic companions I can recall
being invited were Peri and Ace – if anybody can add another to
that list, please do. I’m working from memory here. Admittedly,
Peri’s invitation was a bit backhanded and resigned, but Ace? Now
that was a true, open-hearted invite.
And Ace’s joy? Unparalleled until
Clara’s when she got her second invitation.
As for the Doctor, well… he may be a man of fewer words these days, but no less eloquent.
The Ultimate Time Lord: Peter’s like the annoyed older brother, Sylv and Colin are the troublesome middle children who can’t shut up, and Paul’s the kid brother who watches the ridiculous antics of his siblings with rapt attention.