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In the long-running BBC television science fiction programme Doctor Who and related works, the term "companion" refers to a character who travels with, or shares the adventures of the Doctor. In most Doctor Who stories, the primary companion acts as an audience surrogate. He or she provides the lens through which the viewer is introduced to the series. The companion character often furthers the story by asking questions and getting into trouble, or by helping, rescuing or challenging the Doctor. This designation is applied to a character by the show's producers, and appears in the BBC's promotional material and off-screen fictional terminology. Until the modern revival of the series in 2005, the term was rarely used on-screen. The Doctor also refers to the show's other leads as his "friends" or "assistants"; the British press have also used the latter term.
In the earliest episodes of Doctor Who, the dramatic structure of the programme's cast was rather different from the hero-and-sidekick pattern that emerged later. Initially, the character of the Doctor was unclear, with uncertain motives and abilities. The protagonists were schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, who provided the audience's point of view in stories set in Earth's history and on alien worlds. Ian in particular served the role of the action hero. The fourth character was the Doctor's granddaughter Susan, who (though initially presented as an "unearthly child") was intended as an identification figure for younger viewers.
Carole Ann Ford, who played Susan Foreman, became unhappy with the lack of development for her character, and chose to leave in its second series. The character of Susan was married off to a freedom fighter and left behind to rebuild a Dalek-ravaged Earth. Doctor Who's producers replaced Susan with another young female character, Vicki. Similarly, when Ian and Barbara left, the "action hero" position was filled by astronaut Steven Taylor. This grouping of the Doctor, a young heroic male and an attractive young female became the programme's pattern throughout the 1960s.
When the programme changed to colour in 1970, its format changed: the Doctor was now Earth-bound, and acquired a supporting cast by his affiliation with the paramilitary organisation United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT). The Third Doctor, more active and physical than his predecessors, made the role of the "action hero" male companion redundant. In the 1970 season the Doctor was assisted by scientist Liz Shaw and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, along with other UNIT personnel (such as Sergeant Benton). The intellectual Shaw was replaced by Jo Grant in the 1971 season, and as the programme returned to occasional adventures in outer space, the format shifted once more: while UNIT continued to provide a regular "home base" for Earth-bound stories, in stories on other planets the Doctor and Jo became a two-person team with a close, personal bond. This pattern, the Doctor with a single female companion, became a template from which subsequent episodes of Doctor Who rarely diverged. The "heroic male" type occasionally returned (for example, Harry Sullivan, Adric, Vislor Turlough, Jack Harkness and Rory Williams), but the single female companion was Doctor Who's staple.
The character of Harry Sullivan was created by the production team when it was expected that the Fourth Doctor would be played by an older actor who would have trouble with the activity expressed by his predecessor. In the event, the Fourth Doctor part went to 40-year-old Tom Baker and the part of Harry, no longer required for the action role, was reduced.
In the final season for the Fourth Doctor, he acquired three companions (Adric, Tegan and Nyssa) and this situation continued under the Fifth Doctor for a while. Adric was written out by the unusual method within the series of being "killed off". By the Sixth Doctor, the Doctor was down to a single companion again.
Although the term "companion" is designated to specific characters by the show's producers, and appears in the BBC's promotional material and off-screen fictional terminology, there is no formal definition that constitutes such a designation. Stephen Brook in The Guardian newspaper's Organgrinder blog discounted Michelle Ryan as a likely next companion but said that "what constitutes a Doctor Who companion is no longer clear" The definition of who is and is not a companion becomes less clear in the newer series. During the Doctor's three latest incarnations, his primary companions, such as Rose Tyler and Martha Jones, have fulfilled a distinct dramatic role, more significant than other, less-prominent TARDIS travellers such as Adam, Jack, and Mickey. The British press referred to Martha as the "first ethnic minority companion in the 43-year television history of Doctor Who" and the "first black assistant", despite the presence of Mickey Smith in the previous season—including several episodes in which he travelled in the TARDIS with the Doctor. Similarly, some characters who appear to qualify as companions are never awarded the title, as in the case of Canton Delaware, who assisted the Doctor for several weeks, traveled in the TARDIS, and was even invited to witness the Eleventh Doctor's supposed death.
The opening credits do little to clarify the situation. In the first two series of the renewed programme, the only supporting actor to receive a title credit is Billie Piper. In subsequent series, Freema Agyeman and Catherine Tate are credited in all episodes in which they appear. In the third series John Barrowman receives a title credit for his return to the show. Series Four gave Agyeman, Piper, Barrowman, and Elisabeth Sladen title billing for each of their reappearances. Noel Clarke reprised his role in the Series Four finale; although listed as a companion alongside the other actors on the BBC Doctor Who website, Clarke is not credited in this way. In The End of Time John Simm receives title billing for his antagonist role as the Master, ahead of Bernard Cribbins as companion Wilfred Mott.
Companions in the new series also have a more flexible tenure than their classical predecessors. Several companion characters have returned to the series after leaving the Doctor's company, most notably in the Series Four finale "The Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End", which features the return of Rose, Martha, Jack, Sarah Jane and Mickey. This tendency, plus the increase in "one-off" companions like Astrid Peth and Jackson Lake, has further obscured the matter of who is and is not a companion, and when.
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The Doctor's companions have assumed a variety of roles—involuntary passengers, assistants (particularly Liz Shaw), friends, and fellow adventurers; and, of course, he regularly gains new companions and loses old ones. Sometimes they return home, and sometimes they find new causes—or loves—on worlds they have visited. A few companions have died during their travels with the Doctor.
Most companions travel in the TARDIS with the Doctor for more than one adventure. Sometimes a guest character will take a role in the story similar to that of a companion, such as photographer Isobel Watkins, who plays a significant role in The Invasion (1968), or Lynda in "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways" (2005). In the revived era, some guest characters have gained companion status such as Mickey Smith, River Song, Wilfred Mott, and Craig Owens.
Despite the fact that the majority of the Doctor's companions are young, attractive females, the production team for the 1963–89 series maintained a long-standing taboo against any overt romantic involvement in the TARDIS: for example, Peter Davison, as the Fifth Doctor, was not allowed to put his arm around either Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) or Janet Fielding (Tegan). However, that has not prevented fans from speculating about possible romantic involvements, most notably between the Fourth Doctor and the Time Lady Romana (whose actors, Tom Baker and Lalla Ward, shared a romance and brief marriage). The taboo was controversially broken in the 1996 television movie when the Eighth Doctor was shown kissing companion Grace Holloway. The 2005 series played with this idea by having various characters think that the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler were a couple, which they vehemently denied. Since the series revival, the Doctor has kissed many of his companions including Rose and Jack, although each instance was not necessarily in a romantic context (see also "The Doctor and romance"). Donna Noble vehemently denied a sexual interest in the Doctor when he invited her to join him and explained "I just want a mate," which she misheard as "I just want to mate." Rose and Martha each developed romantic feelings toward the Doctor. On the opposite side of the same coin, Amy reacted to the stress of her adventures by very aggressively trying to seduce the Doctor on the eve of her own wedding, despite being in love with her fiancé Rory; the Doctor forcibly pushed her off of himself, though she did not immediately cease her pursuit. The Eleventh Doctor romantically kissed Amy and Rory's daughter, sporadic companion River Song, jokingly proposed marriage to her, and soon married her.
Previous companions have reappeared in the series. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart reunited with later incarnations of the Doctor in Mawdryn Undead and Battlefield. He and Sergeant Benton began as returning characters in the first place, having appeared with the Second Doctor in The Web of Fear and again in The Invasion, prior to starting their full-time association with the Third and Fourth Doctors. Tegan Jovanka was the first full-time companion to part from the doctor and subsequently return to full-time companionship, although the break in her tenure had been pre-planned.
Most reappearances of companions in the original series, however, were for anniversary specials, such as guest appearances of numerous companions in both "The Five Doctors", the non-canonical "Dimensions in Time", both of which also featured multiple Doctors. One former companion, Sarah Jane Smith, together with the robotic dog K-9, appeared in four and two episodes, respectively, of the revived series more than twenty years after their last appearances in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors (1983). The character of Sarah Jane also headed up a Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures, with K-9 until Sladen's death. Another companion, Captain Jack Harkness, is the lead character in the spin-off BBC science fiction programme Torchwood. Not only have these former companions continued to make appearances on Doctor Who, they have sometimes been accompanied by some of their own companions from the spin-offs when doing so, including Jack's colleagues Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, and Sarah Jane's 'family' Mr Smith, Luke Smith and K-9 Mark IV. Other former companions from both the classic era and revived series have also returned as guest stars in the spin-offs, including Martha Jones on Torchwood, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Jo Grant on The Sarah Jane Adventures. K-9 Mark I has also been spun off into its own series, albeit with an independent continuity.
When Doctor Who returned to television in 2005, the companion characters played a slightly different role, partly due to a strong focus on the character of Rose Tyler and characters connected to her. For example, although Adam Mitchell was a companion by the standard definition, he appeared in only two episodes and was arguably a less significant part of the 2005 series than Rose's sometime boyfriend Mickey Smith, who was not technically a companion but appeared in five episodes (or six, including a brief appearance as a child in "Father's Day"). Mickey later gained full-fledged companion status when he travelled in the TARDIS in the 2006 episode "School Reunion". In that episode, Sarah Jane Smith referred to Rose as the Doctor's "assistant", a term to which the latter took offence. This exchange might be regarded as indicating the new series' shift in approach to the companion role. Adam was also far less significant than Rose's mother, Jackie Tyler, who was a frequently recurring character who travelled in the TARDIS, yet is not considered a companion.
As of the end of the sixth series, Sarah Jane Smith is the only classic era companion to have travelled again with the Doctor in the revived series, and one of two to have done so in the revived era. She declined his invitation in "School Reunion", but subsequently met up with the Doctor aboard a Dalek ship in "Journey's End" and travelled with him, several other companions, and Rose's mother Jackie Tyler in the TARDIS as they towed the Earth back to the solar system. Sarah Jane, her predecessor Jo Jones (née Grant), and their own respective companions subsequently momentarily travelled in the TARDIS with the Eleventh Doctor in The Sarah Jane Adventures serial, Death of the Doctor. The Eleventh Doctor attempted to have Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart travel with him again in "The Wedding of River Song" only to learn of the Brigadier's death months earlier.
In the classic era, companions' friends and families were rarely depicted and almost all were kept unaware of the true nature of the Doctor and the TARDIS. Exceptions include the very brief portrayals of Susan's future husband David Campbell; Dodo Chaplet's ancestor Anne Chaplet; Victoria Waterfield's father Edward; Jo Grant's future husband Prof. Clifford Jones; the companions' various co-workers at UNIT; Leela's father Sole & future husband or lover Andred; Tegan Jovanka's aunt Vanessa, maternal grandfather Andrew Verney, & cousin Colin Frazer; Nyssa's father Tremas & step-mother Kassia; Vislor Turlough's maths teacher retired Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart; Peri Brown's step-father Prof. Howard Foster, & future husband King Yrcanos; Ace McShane's ex-lover Sabalom Glitz, maternal grandmother Kathleen Dudman, infant mother Audrey Dudman, & a photograph of her maternal grandfather Frank Dudman); and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's second wife Doris. Classic era spin-off media additionally introduced Sarah Jane Smith's aunt Lavina Smith (who had been an unseen character in the original series) & foster brother Brendan Richards, and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's daughter Kate (who would later become a recurring guest in the revived series) and grandson Gordon.
Conversely, families and friends of most companions in the revived era are extensively and continually depicted, and their adventures with the Doctor are generally not kept secret. The revived era has also featured a number of companions related to other companions by blood or marriage (Donna Noble's grandfather Wilfred Mott, Amy Pond's fiancé (later husband) Rory Williams, and the couple's daughter River Song; and former companions Mickey Smith and Martha Jones who married subsequent to their companionship). No such relationships occurred among companions in the classic era, although original companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are reported in the revived era to have married subsequent to their companionship, and Ben Jackson and Polly are likewise reported to be together. The families of some classic-era companions too have been depicted in the revived era, such as Jo Grant (n/k/a Jo Jones)'s grandson Santiago Jones; and Sarah Jane Smith's parents, adopted son Luke Smith, adopted daughter Sky Smith, and alternate timeline fiancé Peter Dalton; and Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart's daughter Kate Stewart.
Another change in the revived era is the depiction of many companions' pre-doctor lives, particularly their childhoods; no companion was so depicted in the classic era, aside from John Benton being temporarily 'de-aged' by The Master). Companions Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Adelaide Brooke, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song have all been portrayed in their youths by juvenile actors on Doctor Who; the pre-companionship lives of the Pond-Williams-Song family being particularly well-documented. Companions Jack Harkness and Sarah Jane Smith have also been depicted in their youths on their respective spin-off series. In addition to having been de-aged once in the classic era, John Benton was the first companion whose childhood was chronicled.
A recurring theme of the new series is the toll the loss of companions takes on the Doctor. While he would more or less easily deal with his companions' departures in the classic series, the new series show that the Doctor is having a harder time recovering when a companion leaves him, especially when they do so under tragic circumstances. After losing Donna Noble, the Tenth Doctor refused to travel with a companion until after his regeneration, unable to cope with them leaving anymore. Later, the loss of Amy and Rory Williams drives the Eleventh Doctor into a deep depression, with him retreating to Victorian London where he refuses to get involved in the world's affairs anymore. Additionally, "Let's Kill Hitler" shows the Doctor's continuing guilt in relation to several past companions.
The 'last serial' column only includes the last serial in which he or she appeared in a companion role, and excludes minor roles, cameos, flashbacks, and so forth. Also, the table refers solely to adventures with the respective Doctor, some companions which appear with two or more Doctors appear in separate tables.
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the First Doctor|
|Susan Foreman||Carole Ann Ford||1–2, 1983 Special||An Unearthly Child[nb 1]||The Five Doctors[nb 2]||11|
|Barbara Wright||Jacqueline Hill||1–2||An Unearthly Child||The Chase||16|
|Ian Chesterton||William Russell||1–2||An Unearthly Child||The Chase||16|
|Vicki||Maureen O'Brien||2–3||The Rescue||The Myth Makers||9|
|Steven Taylor||Peter Purves||2–3||The Chase||The Savages||10|
|Katarina||Adrienne Hill||3||The Myth Makers||The Daleks' Master Plan||2|
|Sara Kingdom [nb 3]||Jean Marsh||3||The Daleks' Master Plan||The Daleks' Master Plan||1|
|Dodo Chaplet||Jackie Lane||3||The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve||The War Machines||6|
|Polly||Anneke Wills||3–4||The War Machines||The Tenth Planet[nb 4]||3|
|Ben Jackson||Michael Craze||3–4||The War Machines||The Tenth Planet[nb 4]||3|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the Second Doctor|
|Polly||Anneke Wills||4||The Power of the Daleks||The Faceless Ones||6|
|Ben Jackson||Michael Craze||4||The Power of the Daleks||The Faceless Ones||6|
|Jamie McCrimmon||Frazer Hines|
Hamish Wilson[nb 1]
|4–6, 22||The Highlanders||The Two Doctors[nb 2][nb 3]||21 (20 as companion)|
|Victoria Waterfield||Deborah Watling||4–5||The Evil of the Daleks||Fury from the Deep||7[nb 4]|
|Zoe Heriot||Wendy Padbury||5–6||The Wheel in Space||The War Games[nb 3]||9 (8 as companion)|
|Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart||Nicholas Courtney||1983 Special||The Five Doctors[nb 5]||The Five Doctors[nb 6]||3 (1 as companion)|
|Companion||Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the Third Doctor|
|Liz Shaw||Caroline John||7||Spearhead from Space||Inferno[nb 1]||5 (4 as companion)|
|Jo Grant||Katy Manning||8–10||Terror of the Autons||The Green Death[nb 2]||15|
|Sarah Jane Smith||Elisabeth Sladen||11, 1983 Special||The Time Warrior||The Five Doctors[nb 3]||6|
|Character||Actor||Seasons||First appearance||Last appearance||Appearances with the Third Doctor|
|Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart||Nicholas Courtney||7–11||Spearhead from Space[nb 1]||Planet of the Spiders||16[nb 2]|
|Sergeant John Benton||John Levene||7–11||The Ambassadors of Death[nb 3]||Planet of the Spiders[nb 4]||12|
|Captain Mike Yates||Richard Franklin||8–11||Terror of the Autons||Planet of the Spiders[nb 5]||9|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the Fourth Doctor|
|Sarah Jane Smith||Elisabeth Sladen||12–14||Robot||The Hand of Fear||13[nb 1]|
|Harry Sullivan||Ian Marter||12–13||Robot||Terror of the Zygons[nb 2]||7 (6 as companion)|
|Leela||Louise Jameson||14–15||The Face of Evil||The Invasion of Time||9|
|K-9 Mark I||John Leeson (voice)||15||The Invisible Enemy||The Invasion of Time[nb 3]||4[nb 4]|
|K-9 Mark II||John Leeson|
David Brierley (voices)
|The Ribos Operation|
The Creature from the Pit
|Warriors' Gate[nb 1][nb 5]|
The Horns of Nimon
3[nb 6][nb 7]
17–18, 1983 Special
|The Ribos Operation|
Destiny of the Daleks
|The Armageddon Factor|
Warriors' Gate[nb 1]
|Adric||Matthew Waterhouse||18||Full Circle||Logopolis[nb 8]||5|
|Tegan Jovanka||Janet Fielding||18||Logopolis||Logopolis[nb 8]||1|
|Nyssa||Sarah Sutton||18||Logopolis[nb 9]||Logopolis[nb 8]||2 (1 as companion)|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the Fifth Doctor|
|Adric||Matthew Waterhouse||19||Castrovalva||Earthshock[nb 1][nb 2]||8 (6 as companion)|
|Tegan Jovanka||Janet Fielding||19–21||Castrovalva||Resurrection of the Daleks[nb 3][nb 2]||19 (18 as companion)|
|Nyssa||Sarah Sutton||19–20||Castrovalva||Terminus[nb 2]||12 (11 as companion)|
|Vislor Turlough||Mark Strickson||20–21||Mawdryn Undead||Planet of Fire[nb 2]||11 (10 as companion)|
|Kamelion||Gerald Flood (voice)||20, 21||The King's Demons[nb 4]||Planet of Fire[nb 2]||3 (2 as companion)|
|Peri Brown||Nicola Bryant||21||Planet of Fire||The Caves of Androzani[nb 5]||2|
|Companion||Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the Sixth Doctor|
|Peri Brown||Nicola Bryant||21–23||The Twin Dilemma||The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp||9|
|Melanie Bush||Bonnie Langford||23||The Trial of a Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids[nb 1]||The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe[nb 2]||2|
|Companion||Actress||Seasons||First serial||Last serial||Appearances with the Seventh Doctor|
|Melanie "Mel" Bush||Bonnie Langford||24||Time and the Rani||Dragonfire[nb 1]||4|
|Ace||Sophie Aldred||24–26||Dragonfire||Survival[nb 2]||9|
|Companion||Actress||Story||Appearances with the Eighth Doctor|
|Grace Holloway||Daphne Ashbrook||Doctor Who[nb 1]||1|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Series||First episode||Last episode||Appearances with the Ninth Doctor|
|Rose Tyler||Billie Piper[nb 1]||1||"Rose"||"The Parting of the Ways"[nb 2]||13|
|Adam Mitchell||Bruno Langley||1||"Dalek"||"The Long Game"||2|
|Jack Harkness||John Barrowman||1||"The Empty Child"||"The Parting of the Ways"||5|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Series||First episode||Last episode||Appearances with the Tenth Doctor|
|Rose Tyler||Billie Piper||2005 Specials–2, 4||"The Christmas Invasion"||"Journey's End"[nb 1]||21 (16 as companion)|
|Mickey Smith||Noel Clarke[nb 2]||2, 4||"School Reunion"[nb 3]||"Journey's End"[nb 4]||10 (5 as companion)|
|Donna Noble||Catherine Tate||2006 Special, 4||"The Runaway Bride"[nb 5]||"Journey's End"[nb 6]||16 (14 as companion)|
|Martha Jones||Freema Agyeman||3, 4||"Smith and Jones"||"Journey's End"[nb 7]||19 (18 as companion)|
|Jack Harkness||John Barrowman[nb 8]||3, 4||"Utopia"||"Journey's End"[nb 9]||6 (5 as companion)|
|Astrid Peth||Kylie Minogue||2007 Specials||"Voyage of the Damned"||"Voyage of the Damned"||1|
|Sarah Jane Smith||Elisabeth Sladen[nb 10]||4||"The Stolen Earth"[nb 11]||"Journey's End"[nb 12]||4 (2 as companion)|
|Jackson Lake||David Morrissey||2008–10 Specials||"The Next Doctor"||"The Next Doctor"||1|
|Rosita Farisi||Velile Tshabalala||2008–10 Specials||"The Next Doctor"||"The Next Doctor"||1|
|Lady Christina de Souza||Michelle Ryan||2008–10 Specials||"Planet of the Dead"||"Planet of the Dead"||1|
|Adelaide Brooke||Lindsay Duncan[nb 13]||2008–10 Specials||"The Waters of Mars"||"The Waters of Mars"||1|
|Wilfred Mott||Bernard Cribbins||2008–10 Specials||The End of Time[nb 14]||The End of Time||8 (1 as companion)|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Series||First episode||Last episode||Appearances with the Eleventh Doctor|
|Amy Pond||Karen Gillan[nb 1]||5–7||"The Eleventh Hour"||"The Angels Take Manhattan"[nb 2][nb 3]||33 (31 as companion)|
|Rory Williams||Arthur Darvill[nb 4]||5–7||"The Vampires of Venice"[nb 5]||"The Angels Take Manhattan"[nb 6][nb 2]||27 (24 as companion)|
|River Song||Alex Kingston[nb 7]||6||"The Impossible Astronaut"[nb 8]||"The Wedding of River Song"[nb 9]||12 (5 as companion)|
|Craig Owens||James Corden||5, 6||"The Lodger"||"Closing Time"||2|
|Clara Oswald||Jenna Coleman[nb 10]||7–2013 Specials||"The Snowmen"[nb 11]||"The Time of the Doctor"[nb 12]||12 (11 as companion)|
|Companion||Actor/Actress||Series||First episode||Last episode||Appearances with the Twelfth Doctor|
|Clara Oswald||Jenna Coleman||8-||"Deep Breath"||Incumbent||11|
A few of the companions have died during the course of the series. Katarina sacrificed herself by opening her airlock in order to save the others from the mad fugitive Kirksen; she blew herself and Kirksen into the vacuum of space. In the same serial, Sara Kingdom was rapidly aged by a Time Destructor. She rapidly aged to dust. While Adric attempted to divert a spaceship from crashing into Earth, a Cyberman destroyed the controls, and they hurtled into the future site of Chicxulub on the Yucatán Peninsula circa 66 million BCE, thereby creating the K-Pg extinction event, fulfilling the Silurians' prophesy, and facilitating the evolution of mammals, ultimately including humanity. The android Kamelion, after coming under the Master's control, convinced the Doctor to destroy him, which the Doctor did with the Master's tissue compression eliminator, suddenly shrinking him to a small, irreparably broken toy. Astrid Peth saved the passengers of the interstellar space liner RMS Titanic, and the residents of greater London, by driving a forklift into the villain Max Capricorn and into the ship's engines. Before River Song's formal companionship began, she sacrificed herself in order to save those trapped in the Library's computer servers' simulations. After the Tenth Doctor saved Adelaide Brooke and her crew from an intelligent virus, Adelaide killed herself with her service pistol in order to restore the timeline such that her granddaughter will explore the galaxy as originally destined. Rory Williams, having previously died and returned from the dead several times in various ways, is touched by a Weeping Angel in 2012 and sent back in time. With the encouragement of her then-living daughter, River Song, and against the Doctor's pleas, Amy Pond allows herself to be touched by a Weeping Angel in 2012 in the hope of being reunited with her husband Rory Williams in the past. In fighting the Ice Governess in the final hour of Christmas Eve 1892, a Victorian era incarnation of Clara Oswald fell off of the cloud on which the TARDIS was parked, plummeting to the ground.
Not all companion deaths have been permanent, in the conventional sense of death, however. K-9 Mark III essentially regenerated into K-9 Mark IV when the Doctor transferred the contents of his memory into the new hardware. Jack Harkness invariably resurrects after each death, having inadvertently been given immortality by Rose Tyler during her efforts to save the Ninth Doctor. Rory Williams, called "the man who dies and dies again" by the Silence, suffered several deaths, each of which was negated by alternate timelines, paradoxes, resurrection by advanced alien medicine, or the rebooting of the universe; as described above, he was ultimately sent into the past and immediately declared dead in the present, but lived a long life the interim.
Other companions also died in alternate timelines or alternate lives. Brigade Leader Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, Section Leader Liz Shaw, and Platoon Leader John Benton all died in the destruction of their universe's Earth. Sarah Jane Smith, her son Luke Smith, Maria Jackson, & Clyde Langer perished whilst trying to stop the Plasmavore and Judoon in Royal Hope Hospital on the Moon in "Turn Left"'s alternative timeline of the events of "Smith and Jones". In the same story, Martha Jones suffocated after giving up her oxygen to classmate/co-worker Oliver Morgenstern while on the Moon. Donna Noble killed herself in order to cause a traffic jam and thus divert her younger self into turning left; she thereby restored the timeline and negated the deaths of Sarah Jane, Martha, and the children. Teenaged Sarah Jane Smith also died after falling from a pier in place of her friend, Andrea Yates; but Maria Jackson convinced adult Yates to correct the timeline, thus restoring Sarah Jane to life. After surviving decades in an alien hospice that was deadly to humans, Amy Pond compelled husband Rory Williams to lock her out of the TARDIS in order to protect her younger self and allow the latter to have the life with Rory that the former missed. Amy and Rory jointly jumped off of a high-rise in New York on a hunch that doing so would create a paradox and deliver themselves from that timeline.
Several other companions have died subsequent to their companionships. Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart's death months earlier (coinciding with that of his actor, Nicholas Courtney) was revealed in "The Wedding of River Song", and he was later remembered fondly by his daughter and the Eleventh Doctor. Harry Sullivan's death was implied by Sarah Jane Smith when he was the only former companion of whom she spoke in the past-tense and she remarked that she loved him. Since the series was relaunched in 2005, the Doctor believes himself to be the only Time Lord to have survived the Last Great Time War, indicating that he at least believes that Susan Foreman and Romana were killed, however the fiftieth anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor reveals that the planet never burned and is still safe, albeit in a pocket universe. K-9 Mark II remained with Romana and presumably perished with her, assuming that it had not already predeceased her. Leela settled on Gallifrey which was also destroyed in the Last Great Time War. In 2050, Sarah Jane Smith is implied to be dead. Vicki left the First Doctor circa 1250 BCE and passed into legend as Cressida.
During the course of the show's history, there have been a few occasions when companions have died while on adventures with the Doctor.
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