Comparing New Who companions and destroying the belief that Moffat companions have no lives outside The Doctor
I constantly see fans say that Moffat era companions have no lives outside The Doctor and I have to say this. I am annoyed by this notion. They do have lives outside The Doctor.
- Amy and Rory have always had a life outside of the Doctor - Amy and Rory grew up together, and without knowing it they grew up along with their daughter - and had perfectly ordinary lives
The Doctor met Amy as a little girl, and made his impact - but she still kept her accent - she was always Amy, and even though getting left behind by the Doctor affected her, she still managed to find love on her her own.
When she travels with him we see her constantly defying the Doctor, she has ideas on her own, and she is never fully dependent on him.
We see her regaining her parents, and we see her getting a family in form of Rory and River.
Amy’s story is about growing up, and detaching herself from the Doctor - in TPOT we see this struggle - we also so her hanging out with friends, and being normal and domestic with Rory.
The last thing we see Amy do is choosing a normal life with Rory - she actively leaves the Doctor to have a life on her own.
- River is an archaeologist and a professor. Melody Pond was forced to become River Song. Her childhood and family was stolen from her and conditioned to kill The Doctor. She paid the price for this and lived her days in prison.
The first time we meet River she is leading an expedition - she is a professor, and even though The Doctor was the reason for choosing archaeology she continue with archaeology long after she finds the Doctor again
She goes on adventures on her own, she visits her parents - and occasionally she runs into the Doctor - but she manages herself perfectly fine on her own. She refuse to travel with the doctor regularly on two occasions. She also mention having dating other people.
The line “Time can be rewritten” is repeated on show several times - it shows that the characters are perfectly capable of changing the future by making other choices - River is never tied to the doctor due to their reversed timelines - being together with him was always her choice.
When she says her final goodbye to the doctor, she admits being able to cope with loosing him - meanwhile he admits having grown too attached to her.
- Clara Oswald. Okay first we will talk about Oswin. She joined the starliner Alaska’s crew as Junior Entertainment Manager to see the universe. But crashed in the Asylum Of The Daleks which of course as we know it she was turned into a Dalek. The Doctor couldn’t save her in time. Now for Victorian Clara. Barmaid and Governess. Now modern Clara. Clara is a nanny and a teacher.
Clara doesn’t travel with the Doctor all the time either - in NIS it seems like they only travel together on wednesdays. Clara commits her time taking care of the Maitland kids - as her mother died, and she felt a sense of obligation to her. We actually got an entire episode with Clara protecting the kids- We also get a good understanding of how close she was to her mom - we see that it was her mom who inspired her to travel, and it was her moms memory that motivated her to save the Doctor.
In addition we see Clara fight Cybermen on her own, she stops herself from getting to attached to the doctor emotionally (“The trick is don’t fall in love - I do that trick every day”) - and sometime between TNOTD and TDOTD she got a job as a teacher. Now most of the fans think that Clara has no character outside of the “impossible girl” that is not true. Clara is more than that. Clara Oswald is a perfectly ordinary sweet natured girl, who’s compassionate and caring, who has shown herself to be quite independent on several occasions, who takes care of children simply because she knows perfectly well what they are going through, and saved the Doctor on so many occasions just out of the goodness of her heart
but the fandom seems to think her impossible girl story arc cancels all this out
As for RTD companions? Yes they do have lives outside The Doctor
- Martha Jones is a doctor and a medical officer for U.N.I.T(I will not mention the freelancing crap for Mickey because leaving her fiance and dropping her duties at U.N.I.T was extremely out of character for Martha Jones)
- Captain Jack Harkness. Worked for Torchwood ever since The Doctor and Rose left him on that satellite. Since he cannot die he spent decades working for Torchwood. Until one day he was put in charge of Torchwood and decided to make it better in The Doctor’s name and continuing to fight the good fight for the human race.
- Mickey Smith. Mickey is technically smart, took care of his gran all his life, was Rose’s boyfriend(until she left him for a total stranger in his eyes dangerous and left him without so much as an explanation and fully expected him to stay loyal to her like a lapdog) and he decided that he must stay in the parallel world to take care of his gran and fight in the resistance against the Cybermen.
- Donna Noble. Best temp in Chiswick. Hard working girl and the most developed character in all of Doctor Who. You might be asking yourself why am I saying Donna is the most developed character of Doctor Who and why do I not consider her not having a life outside The Doctor?
She showed up as a petulant, self-absorbed office worker who had no real ambition and no thought that she could, or even should, be greater than she was. She was just kind of treading water with her life, knew it, and didn’t really think there was a way out. She’d basically given up. She wasn’t everyone’s favorite companion, and her first appearance, “The Runaway Bride”, was fairly meh.
But by the end of her one and only season, she became my favorite companion of all time and she’d become a determined, well-rounded character who was smart, resourceful and all around great, and not afraid to show it. She’d really come out of her shell, and had done so without bothering to fall in love with the Doctor. She’d had a tremendous amount of growth, and that’s really saying something, given that she had several episodes where she had to share the spotlight with either Rose or Martha, or both, plus Jack and Sarah Jane.
So in the end, her character’s memories were erased (in a scene no small number of people have compared to rape), and she was reset to being the messed-up person she was at the start, only with a winning lottery ticket, because as we all know, the path to personal development is paved with one-hundred pound notes. When we saw her in the last two Tennant episodes, she basically seemed largely unchanged from how she’d been the first time we saw her, and that was a great tragedy. She deserved better as a character and we in the audience also deserved way better.
This is basically everybody. Especially everybody from a certain age and up. Donna is US, that’s why some people don’t like her, because they can’t face the reality of their lives being shown to them. But stick with her and you find that she becomes what we all WANT to be: Better. A better everyman with a voice of our own, a voice that matters, first an foremost to ourselves. Nobody gets looked down upon when Donna Noble’s in the room and her greatest weapon is her voice and her willingness to try and change things with nothing but that.
…That’s why it hurts so much. She’s a representation of us and that sendoff… just says “all your effort is for naught”. The reasoning behind it doesn’t really help, we don’t care it was for her own good. There’s a point where you wonder, she’d be happier dying with her memories and her new-found dignity than going back to her old life. The futility of her development just hurts.
If there is anyone in all of New Who who does not have a life outside The Doctor, it’s Rose Tyler. That’s right the very first companion of New Who and the one that most of you love and the one I absolutely despise has no life outside The Doctor. Now why do I think this? Now before The Doctor she DID have a life outside The Doctor but her job at the shop ended when the Autons attacked. But ever since The Doctor? Nothing she has had no life outside The Doctor. Oh sure she may go visit Jackie from time to time but other than that? She has nothing. She is clingy and obsessive over The Doctor. In Doomsday she was practically insulting herself, putting down her old life and acted like she didn’t matter till she met The Doctor(and people call Moffat sexist) and she practically told Jackie that the 19 years of life she gave her didn’t matter and all she needed was The Doctor. Hell when The Doctor says two universes would collapse if he tried to go to her parallel universe. All she says is so. That’s right Rose would not care about killing her family and trillions and trillions of people, destroying all the planets everywhere and taking away all the days that never came. All she cares about is her man! In fact in season 4 she practically causes the death of Donna in Turn Left, whines that Martha is there and she isn’t claiming “I was there first!”(like the obsessive jealous girlfriend she is) but this is not what bothers me about her in series 4. It’s this. She builds a fucking dimension cannon to do EXACTLY WHAT THE DOCTOR TOLD HER NOT TO. I am 100% convinced that if Davros & The Daleks weren’t involved with series 4, then it would be Rose’s fault that the universes are collapsing and the stars are going out because Rose couldn’t stay put, she couldn’t be content and Rose is so codependent and so sociopathic that she’d be willing to sacrifice trillions and billions of lives just so she could be with her precious Doctor. But anyway, she builds the cannon and jumps back to her original universe. She puts trillions of people in danger, AGAIN, because she can’t live without her man. And then she gets a stupidly undeserved happy ending.