eighth doctor companions

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Lucy Saxon as the Doctor’s companion

As a young woman straight out of Uni, Lucy Cole - youngest child of Lord Cole of Tarminster - meets a mysterious man called the Doctor. For a brief while she travels time and space with him, until he leaves her to fight in a war he never wanted to be part of.

Years later she meets a man named Harold Saxon, she takes his name, and he too takes her to see the stars. Or rather, a future without stars.

After the Year That Never Was, and all the pain she endured at the hands of the Master, rather than abandon Lucy to her fate, the Doctor takes her with him.

Where she would otherwise be left to process her trauma alone in a cell, to finally sacrifice herself instead of being used as a tool by the Master’s followers, Lucy once again gets to travel the stars.

Once upon a time, I remember reading that RTD considered having Lucy travel with the Doctor. I’ve never been able to shake the idea, and after seeing Alexandra Moen act opposite Paul McGann, I couldn’t resist having her meet Eight as well. I started this gifset years ago and just unearthed it in my drafts, and thought it deserved finishing.

sacrificingmonkeys  asked:

god damn that dw stuff is interesting. i haven't watched for years but it has such a complex and amazing history behind it.

Honestly a good 60% of the fun of DW is that obscure shit that is just completely off the wall. And I’m really into the Gallifrey stuff personally, the epic backstory behind the universe, but in addition to that there’s so much weird shit hidden everywhere.

Like, are you familiar with Iris Wildthyme? She’s a renegade Time Lady (probably from a parallell universe), and she’s basically a female parody of the Doctor, but way more sexual, and also more ridiculous. Her TARDIS is disguised as a red double-decker bus, which is smaller on the inside, and one of her companions is a stuffed toy panda. 

There’s a story where she creates robot maids/sexbots with the likeness of the Fourth Doctor, and sells them. River Song is kinda like 50% Iris and 50% Bernice Summerfield (time-traveling archaeologist with own spinoffs).

The Sixth Doctor has a companion named Frobisher, who’s a shapeshifting alien penguin private detective with a 1920s American accent.

The Eighth Doctor has a companion named Compassion, a human lady clone who at one point - after the TARDIS gets destroyed - evolves into a TARDIS that the Doctor and the other companions travel inside of.

I could probably keep going.

All this stuff is why I still have a fondness for Doctor Who, even if I don’t care enough to watch the actual show.

I’d like to think no-one who is part of the Doctor Who tumblr community would do this, but I’m just going to say it just in case:


Do not pirate the Doctor Who audio plays (Well: don’t pirate in general). Big Finish is a small company and has been hit by piracy before and badly. It forced them to end then previously successful Sapphire and Steel range because piracy of the series in it’s third series was so bad that Big Finish had to abandon the series on a cliffhanger. Which was never resolved. At all. 


(And I’d love to drum up support for a renassiance for the series: but guess what? The licencise expired this year and Big Finish can no longer sell the series. It’s gone. Forever. Outside of inflated Ebay prices. Thanks for that, pirates - and if you want to know what your missing out on: Sapphire & Steel was a really great continuation of a 1980s horror/fantasy/science fiction series about two mysterious human figures who appear to be human, but are anything but who appear when strange events begin to occur and investigate in a procedual fashion. It’s a really surreal offbeat series and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone to watch the original (which I only found out about through the older generations of Whovians) . The revival series also had Mark Gattis playing a new character, Gold and he was fantastic. But, now that’s gone. Forever.)


And Big Finish have been honest about just how much, despite the Doctor Who name, piracy has cut into sales and despite Big Finish having Moffat’s favour that licencise isn’t cheap.


In addition, as a small company, Big Finish, despite the Who name, face distribution problems in getting their products out their on the market. So, their products don’t have anywhere near the same exposure as the revival series and it’s tie-in media  does. Colin Baker himself spoke out about it and about the realities of the situation and means of production itself - and while Dark Eyes (and the promotion of it in DWM) came along and it doesn’t seem to be as pressing as it once was, I still can see how all the newfound intrest in the Eighth Do ctor could lead to a rather unfortune knock on effect for Big Finish. 


And apparently people have been buying subscriptions so they can obtain the subscriber specials and upload them on the internet? A big source of Big Finish’s revenue comes from the subscriptions. 


Big Finish also had to let their Stargate licencise expire due to poor sales.Apparently, this was due to a large portion of the fandom prefering a new series over audio drama set within the time frame of the series, but I’m more then willing to bet that piracy played a role in poor sales as well.

Big Finish Eighth Doctor Masterpost

The Eighth Doctor, as portrayed by Paul McGann, is a favorite among many Big Finish fans. When Big Finish began publishing adventures featuring McGann in 2001, they inherited a Doctor with effectively no televised era. His only on-screen appearance was in a 1996 television movie, which failed to lead to an ongoing series. Choosing to ignore the adventures of the Eighth Doctor as chronicled in books and comics up to that point, Big Finish gave him new companions and set about creating an Eighth Doctor era that was all their own.

Eventually, the Eighth Doctor’s end was shown on television in “The Night of the Doctor”, and the Doctor gave a shoutout to some of his Big Finish companions. But even though we’ve seen the end of his life, the Eighth Doctor’s adventures are not yet over, with the “Dark Eyes” box sets still ongoing and further adventures yet to be announced.

The major story sequences of the Eighth Doctor at Big Finish, in chronological order from his own perspective, are as follows:

Mary Shelley (click here for guide)

Although they were published relatively recently, these stories featuring the famed Gothic novelist Mary Shelley are chronologically the earliest audio adventures featuring the Eighth Doctor (although unchronicled adventures with previous companions Samson and Gemma are alluded to as well).

Charley and C'rizz (click here for guide)

Self-desribed “Edwardian Adventuress” Charlotte Pollard was the original Big Finish Eighth Doctor companion. Storylines featuring this pair were a lot more serialized than Big Finish fans would have been used to at the time, although this has since become somewhat more the norm. Later they were joined by C'rizz, an alien companion from an alternate universe. After this sequence of adventures concluded, Charley went on to adventure with the Sixth Doctor, but that’s another story.

Lucie, Tamsin, and Susan (Eighth Doctor Adventures) (click here for guide)

Some time after his adventures with Charley and C'rizz, the Doctor encountered Lucie Miller (in a series of adventures originally crafted for a BBC7 radio audience). Lucie was initially foisted on an unwilling Doctor by the Time Lords, but they grew to enjoy each other’s company. After Lucie parted company with the Doctor, this sequence continued as the Doctor met up with his granddaughter Susan, adventured with new companion Tamsin Drew, and eventually encountered Lucie once again.

Molly and Liv (Dark Eyes) (click here for guide)

Picking up where the Eighth Doctor Adventures left off, the Doctor began adventuring with Molly O'Sullivan, a nursing assistant working in the field during World War I. In their adventures they were later joined by Liv Chenka, who had previously been an ally of the Seventh Doctor. This sequence of adventures is still currently ongoing.

Miscellaneous audios featuring the Eighth Doctor

  • Shada - This release, available in audio or animated form, dramatizes “Shada,” the notoriously incomplete Fourth Doctor serial by Douglas Adams. This version features the Eighth Doctor, Romana, and K-9, and is set between the Doctor’s adventures with Mary and his adventures with Charley.
  • The Company of Friends - This anthology release features the story that introduces Mary Shelley, but also includes adventures with Bernice Summerfield, Fitz Kreiner, and Izzy Sinclair (of the Bernice Summerfield range, BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures, and DWM Eighth Doctor comics, respectively).
  • The Four Doctors - It’s not clear where in his timeline the Eighth Doctor’s participation in this story fits.
  • Survival of the Fittest - This Seventh Doctor release contains the one-part story “Klein’s Story”, which features a version of the Doctor from an alternate timeline played by Paul McGann. (But note that this isn’t a standalone story–see the Klein guide for details).
  • The Light at the End - This multi-Doctor story features the Eighth Doctor (from his perspective, it’s set early during his adventures with Charley).
  • Elixir of Doom - This release featuring Jo Grant and Iris Wildthyme has the Third Doctor’s face on the cover, but actually he doesn’t appear, and the Eighth Doctor does. It’s not clear where in his timeline this is placed.

Hold on, what about the books? What about the comics?

Good question. Big Finish usually ignores the novels and comics entirely. Except when they don’t. “Zagreus” very strongly implies that they take place in alternate timelines, while “The Company of Friends” very strongly implies that they take place in the same timeline. Ultimately, Big Finish is not particularly forthcoming with hints about whether the audios happen after the books, or vice versa, or if there’s some other arrangement. This blog is primarily about the audios, and so the guides on this blog usually ignore books and comics (except in very specific cases where they matter to a given storyline).

But if I had to take a stab at a linear timeline, I’d place the audios sometime after the books and comics, if only because they started later and are still ongoing.

Classic Doctor Who: A Fan Identification Guide

First Doctor Fandom: Memes!  Chatterton!  

Second Doctor Fandom: Jamie’s skirt! Zoe is smarter than you! quasi-plato-romantic asexual space bro/lovers!

Third Doctor Fandom: The Brig! OMG that mustache!  *swoons* Three/Master 4ever!

Fourth Doctor Fandom: *crazy eyes…trips over their own scarf*

Fifth Doctor Fandom: Maths!  Badric Radric! Actual golden retriever! Turlough’s sexy shorts of sexiness! Inept murder attempts ftw!

Sixth Doctor Fandom: ALL THE CATS! Porn Star Colins.  Crocs!

Seventh Doctor Fandom: ACE!   Cheetah Master! *beats Dalek with a bat* 

Eighth Doctor Fandom: Companion deaths! Zagrues sits inside your head…eating bread…while you’re sleeping! Lucie Bleedin’ Miller.  *runs away screaming at any mention of holding hands during a long walk*

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Ok, so I wanted to see how each character compared based on how long they are on the show. The first graph is the different Doctors (including the War Doctor), and the second graph is the Companions. (sadly I couldn’t included all companions, so I left out people who were only there for one adventure, with the exception of Grace, the guys in UNIT, both K-9 and Kamelion, and anyone one who wasn’t in the tv series or movie. Also both Romans are included as one person). The values are based on the total running time of all the episodes the specific character was in, excluding any mini episodes.