Characters: Doctor Who Other Supporting Cast
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The people who meet the Doctor in Doctor Who
, but never quite become his companions.
As with all Doctor Who
characters, they appear not only in the canon Whoniverse
, but also in the less-canon Doctor Who Expanded Universe
Bret Vyon (First Doctor)
The earliest character in the series who you might or not call a companion, depending on your definition. A SSS agent who has been searching for the missing (actually dead)
Marc Cory. He helps the Doctor for the first few episodes after discovering that the Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen is a traitor. Notable because Nicholas Courtney went on to play the much-beloved Brigadier in the same series.
Sabalom Glitz (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
I do hate it when people get lucky. It really offends my sensibilities.
Played by: Tony Selby (1986-87)
A recurring character (but not a companion) referred to by Selby as "an intergalactic car salesman", Glitz is con man who crossed paths with the Doctor on three occasions. The first two times were deep in the tale of "Trial of
a Time Lord
", where he attempted to kill the Doctor and teamed up with the Master, respectively. Glitz did have a grudging respect for the Doctor, though. His third appearance
was also the final showing of companion Mel, as she stayed behind with him. For some reason.
Chang Lee (Seventh and Eighth Doctors)
Played by: Yee Jee Tso (1996)
A young San Francisco gang member who watches the Doctor get shot, gets poor "John Smith" to the hospital out of sheer kindness, and proceeds to make some very poor life decisions that leave him as the Master's companion. Eventually realises his mistake and joins up with the Doctor to fix everything.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Rose's mum. When Doctor Who
was revived in 2005, the show began to focus a bit on the Companions' families for the first time ever. Jackie still stands out over most family members and got plenty of Character Development
. Her daughter was also the first Companion of the new series.
Played by: Camille Coduri (2005-2006, 2008, 2010)
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jackie's final kiss with Pete at the end of "Father's Day".
- Blatant Lies: "There was never anyone else." Uh-huh.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not usually, but she has her moments, especially in her final conversation with the Doctor.
- Distressed Damsel: MUCH more so than Rose.
- Dumb Blonde: And a mouthy one, to boot.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Nine couldn't stand her for one second. Relations with Ten started off rocky, but he warmed to Jackie by the end.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Tries to seduce the Ninth Doctor the very first time they meet. He just ignores her.
- Mama Bear: In "Journey's End" in particular.
- Motor Mouth: Can sport a terrific one if she wants to, especially when first meeting the Tenth Doctor.
- Mrs. Robinson: To Elton in "Love & Monsters". (Which must have hurt, since Camille Coduri is actually less than 1 1/2 years older than Marc Warren, who played Elton)
- Pair the Spares: Specifically, pair the corresponding widowed parallel universe counterparts.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Word Of God said she worked as a hairdresser, but this was never mentioned onscreen.
- Really Gets Around: Who the heck is Rodrigo?
- Rich Bitch: Parallel universe version.
- Took a Level in Badass: After a two year absence, Jackie teleports in "Journey's End", blasting away at a Dalek and saving Sarah Jane's life (along with Mickey who'd already taken a level).
Harriet Jones, Prime Minister
Harriet Jones, MP, Flydale North / Prime Minister (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography.
Played by: Penelope Wilton (2005, 2008)
MP for a small constituency from the 21st century, and later Prime Minister during the Sycorax invasion before being ruthlessly deposed again by the Tenth Doctor. She later appeared at the end of series 4, along with pretty much everyone else.
- Back for the Dead: In the Series 4 finale.
- Career Building Blunder: Stumbles into Downing Street to promote her new health regulation ideas... during the middle of an alien invasion. Being too stubborn to back off, despite everyone repeatedly telling her to, she manages to accidentally spot the aliens while trying to plant her files in the emergency program suitcase. This leads to her meeting the Doctor and becoming the lone reliable witness of the alien battle. The Doctor encourages her to become the invasion's media darling, knowing that it would lead to her eventually becoming Prime Minister of the UK as a result.
- Catch Phrase: Always introduces herself with her full name and title, even after she rises from political obscurity to Prime Minister.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner
- Heroic Sacrifice
- I Did What I Had to Do: Her justification for ordering Torchwood to shoot down the Sycorax ship as it retreated.
- Iron Lady
- Not So Different: To the Doctor oddly enough. His solution to deal with the Sycorax was to scare them into submission, telling them to tell every other race that Earth is defended (by him). Her solution was to blast them out of the sky, sending a message to anyone watching that when the Doctor's not around, they can defend themselves just fine.
- Phrase Catcher: After her rise from political obscurity, her catchphrase is always responded to with a tetchy or affectionate or confused (depending on the respondent) "Yes, I/we know who you are". Even from Daleks.
- Screw Destiny: Becomes the victim of the Doctor's decision to significantly alter her history after her first year as Prime Minister. The result is that instead of the Golden Age that Harriet was supposed to reside over mentioned by the Ninth Doctor, two ruthless villains — first the Master, then Brian Green — become PM, with the consequences resonating all the way through into Torchwood Children Of Earth.
- Small Role Big Impact: Oh, yes.
Peter "Pete" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Trust me on this.
Played by: Shaun Dingwall (2005-2006)
Rose's dad. The version native to "our" universe died in a car accident in 1987 when Rose was just a baby. Though very clever, he was also an idealistic dreamer whose schemes never amounted to anything much; after his death, Jackie would describe him to Rose as an ideal husband and father.
In the parallel universe seen in "Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel", that universe's version of Pete (dubbed Alt!Pete or Re-Pete) actually made his schemes work and became fabulously rich.
- And This Is for...: Alt!Pete's "JACKIE TYLER! THIS IS FOR HER!!!"
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: See Jackie Tyler above.
- Badass Normal: Both versions.
- Broken Pedestal: Subverted. While Pete was nowhere near the ideal husband and father Jackie made him out to be, he still turns out to be a bright, basically decent bloke, who manages to save the entire timeline, even at the cost of a...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Our Pete saves the world, maybe the universe, and nobody will ever know. Except for the one person who matters most, his little girl.
- Pair the Spares: Again, see Jackie Tyler above.
- Reverse Mole
- That Thing Is Not My Child: Alt!Pete's relationship with Rose is initially somewhat frosty, due to the fact that he's been recently widowered and his discomfort at Rose treating him as though he's her father, when she honestly doesn't exist in his universe. However, this is mostly just hot air and he quickly accepts her as the daughter he never had.
- They Called Me Mad!: Given time, Pete's inventions would have netted him a fortune, as his alternate self proves.
- You Can't Fight Fate
Jenny (Tenth Doctor)
Played by Georgia Moffet (2008)
Appeared for one episode (so far) as the daughter (more accurately, Opposite-Sex Clone
) of the Tenth Doctor. Mourned by the Doctor. But, unknown, to him, she didn't actually die.
Craig Owens (Eleventh Doctor)
Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?Rented a room out to the Doctor
Played by: James Corden (2010-11)
when the latter was stranded on Earth by a malfunctioning TARDIS. Hilarity ensued.
As a result of a hasty Mind Meld Info Dump
, he knows more about the Doctor's general history than most non-companion characters, and the Doctor has come to view him as a very good friend.
Dorium Maldovar (Eleventh Doctor)
No, not me! Not me! You don't need me! Why would you need me? I'm old, I'm fat, I'm blue! You can't need me!
Played by: Simon Fisher-Becker (2010-11)
Owner and operator of the Maldovarium, a commercial/black market outpost in the 52nd century, Dorium made a brief cameo in "The Pandorica Opens" before being recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run in "A Good Man Goes to War" to repay the Doctor's debt. He's back, post-mortem (sorta), in "The Wedding of River Song".
- Chekhov's Gunman: His first episode was a very brief cameo with nothing to indicate we'd ever see him again. In his second episode, he had a major role to play before he was beheaded. Later, it turns out his head still lives.
- Crazy-Prepared: He had a media chip implanted in his skull that allows him to wireless surf the internet. After he was beheaded by the Headless Monks, he claims that he's not bothered at his present state since at least the media chip keeps him entertained. And because the wi-fi down in the catacombs is frankly excellent!
- Fat Bastard: Subverted. Cunning, cowardly, corrupt and corpulent he may be, but he's definitely on the Doctor's side.
- Friend In The Black Market: Gave River her Vortex Manipulator in "The Pandorica Opens". Fresh off the wrist of a handsome Time Agent.
- Genre Blind / Idiot Ball: After he points out that the Headless Monks are chanting their "Attack Prayer", and after Rory points out that Dorium had just sold them out to the Doctor, Dorium wanders over to attempt peace negotiations. It doesn't work.
- Heel Face Revolving Door: Subverted. He makes it very clear that he only aided the army at Demon's Run because they threatened to kill him. He warned them against taking action because they didn't scare him half as much as the Doctor does.
- Losing Your Head
- Lovable Coward: Freely admits this on Demon's Run — and it's this deeply-ingrained sense of self-preservation that lets him know the Doctor's victory was too easy.
- That quote above, where Dorium is absolutely terrified out of his mind and raging against the heavens? That wasn't his reaction to being confronted by a horde of hostile enemies... that was his reaction to The Doctor showing up to recruit him!
- Oracular Head
- Secret Keeper: He enthusiastically promises to keep the Doctor's secrets after learning that the Doctor didn't really die by Lake Silencio.
- Title Drop: Turns the show's occasional Running Gag into Arc Words. "Doctor who?"
Canton Everett Delaware III
Canton Everett Delaware III (Eleventh Doctor)
A Silent: This world is ours. We have ruled it since the wheel and the fire. We have no need of weapons.
: Yeah. [shoots the Silent
] Welcome to America.
2011 Canton played by W. Morgan Sheppard (2011)
A former FBI agent, fired for wanting to get married
before being rehired by President Richard Nixon
to investigate a mysterious girl who calls Nixon no matter where he goes. Is teamed up with the Doctor for one story.
Madame Vastra (Eleventh Doctor)
Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife.
Played by: Neve McIntosh (2011-)
Vastra is a Silurian warrior living in Victorian London as a detective with her human maidservant, lover, and eventual wife, Jenny. They were recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run. After that, Strax came to live with them as their butler, and the Doctor spends quite a lot of time with them.
- All There in the Manual: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 contains 4 pages worth of Victorian newspaper articles and letters from Vastra hinting at how she first met the Doctor and Jenny, as well as some adventures Vastra and Jenny have had independent of each other.
- Crazy-Prepared: She sent Clara a letter containing a candle that would release a sedative when burned. Knowing that Clara wouldn't light it, she also coated the letter itself with the sedative.
- Deadpan Snarker: Vastra can get quite deadpan at times.
Strax: I'm not an expert on alien species. ...but you're both woman ones aren't you?
Vastra: It has been noted.
- Great Detective: The inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Happily Married: See above.
- Hero of Another Story
- Hugh Mann: Really isn't trying. She takes off her veil quite often, and explains to anyone who asks her background.
- Weirdness Censor: Many seem to assume that Vastra and Strax suffer from some kind of skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! Then again, they do live in Victorian London.
- Interspecies Romance
- Jack the Ripper:
Jenny: How did you find him?
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Lady of Adventure
- Lipstick Lesbian: Likes to conform to Victorian standards of female dress in non-violent situations.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She and Jenny are married crime-fighting serial-killer-hunting katana-wielding Victorian interspecies lesbians. Vastra herself is a Victorian, Silurian, katana-wielding, human-eating, crimefighter.
- Noble Bigot: Vastra, who frequently criticises "apes" despite being married to one. Jenny just rolls with it.
- Official Couple
- Perception Filter: Her veil has one.
- Power Perversion Potential: "I don't know why you put up with me." Cue the six-foot long tongue...
- Retired Monster: Vastra was hunting workmen on the London Underground when the Doctor first met her.
- Those Two Gals: With Jenny.
- To Serve Man: Vastra. We don't know if Jenny joins in.
- Victorian Britain
- Waistcoat of Style
- You Look Familiar: Neve McIntosh had previously played the 2 main Silurian females in the "Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" two-parter.
Jenny Flint (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Catrin Stewart (2011-)
Madame Vastra's wife and Ninja Maid
, who was cast out by her family for her preferences and subsequently took up a life of detective work, lock-picking and katana-wielding.
Strax (Eleventh Doctor)
Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated. May I take your coat?
Played By: Dan Starkey (2011-)
Strax was, at one time, a Commander in the Sontaran army, but was demoted to the status of nurse. At some point he encountered the Doctor and the two began an Odd Friendship
, leading Strax to participate in the Battle of Demon's Run, where he was killed (or, perhaps, simply fainted). The Doctor managed to get Strax brought Back from the Dead
(although he Came Back Wrong
a bit), and he began living with Vastra and Jenny in Victorian London.
- Accent On The Wrong Syllable: His appearence at Monster's Day Out was in Cahrrdeef.
- Affably Evil: Not evil per se, but he frequently remarks to people that he hopes to one day kill them for the glory of the Sontaran Empire. Note that this is a compliment from a Sontaran's perspective.
- Back from the Dead: Somehow, thanks to an unspecified friend of the Doctor's. We see Vastra and Jenny fixing him up in the "Two Days Later" mini-sode, where it's implied that he may have actually fainted instead.
- Battle Butler: Now serves this role to Vastra and Jenny. He's got the battle down, and he's trying hard on the butler part.
- Blood Knight: He is a Sontaran, after all. Around the time of his death, though, he realized he wasn't all too keen on dying in battle after all.
- Bizarre Alien Sexes: Hailing from a monosex clone-race, "two genders is a bit further than he can count". He defaults to male pronouns to comic effect, even when he's making an effort.
Strax: I'm not an expert on alien species, but you're both...woman-ones, aren't you?
Vastra: It has been noted.
Strax: Don't you need a man-one?
Vastra / Jenny: No.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He declared war on the Moon, having determined that it had been over them far too long and had gained a tactical advantage. When informed that the Moon was uninhabited, he merely insisted that that just meant that now is the best time to strike because "They'll never see it coming!"
- He executed three horses in a week, because he believed they failed their missions. (He gets prevented from executing a fourth.)
- Combat Medic: A Sontaran Nurse.
- Death Seeker: He finds the glorious Sontaran death is a bit less pleasant than he expected. After being revived, he initially insists that he's most sincerely dead and they should leave him.
- Disney Death
- The Ditz: The Doctor suggested that he Came Back Wrong, though part of his apparent ditziness may be because he's a Sontaran trying to fit in Victorian London.
- Genius Ditz: Still retains his medical and combat knowledge.
- Fate Worse Than Death: For a Sontaran, being forced to save lives is one of the greatest shames imaginable.
- Foil: Arguably to Rory, who is a nurse-turned-warrior, while Strax is a warrior-turned-nurse.
- Friend To Miniature Humans: His appearance at Monster's Day Out taking questions from a group of little children.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sontarans can be violent and brutish, but this one's the Doctor's friend. Plus he offered to breast-feed Amy and Rory's baby. He can produce magnificent quantities of lactic fluid!
- Mr. Seahorse: He's not technically got a gender, but mentions undergoing gene-splicing to allow him to produce breast milk.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In "The Name of the Doctor", when the Great Intelligence attempts to rewrite the Doctor's entire timestream and remove his positive influence on the universe, Strax is briefly transformed into a psychopathic Sontaran Warrior (more so than usual) and even attempts to murder Madame Vastra because as a Silurian, she was "racially impure".
- Psycho Sidekick: The only reason why he isn't trying to conquer Earth is because he sees Vastra, Jenny and the Doctor as his superiors and works towards their objectives.
- Psychopathic Manchild: In The Crimson Horror, Vastra scolds him for acting overexcited. Strax goes outside to play with his grenades.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: In "The Crimson Horror", he grumbles that Madame Vastra never lets him use his grenades.
- Weirdness Censor: Like Vastra, many seem to assume that Strax suffers from some skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! It helps that Strax spends most of his time in London and Glasgow.
- You Look Familiar: Well, Sontarans are clones, after all. Dan Starkey has played several Sontarans since their reappearance in the 2008 series.
The Teselecta (Eleventh Doctor)
The Teselecta was a Justice Department Vehicle, staffed by a crew who had been miniaturised by a compression field. It could travel through time, and was used to locate people who were deemed to have committed crimes but had escaped punishment. After finding them near the end of their respective timelines (so as to avoid changing history), the crew would administer their own punishment - usually in the form of some non-lethal painful torture, so that afterwards they could die in the manners recorded by history.
Brian Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Mark Williams (2012)
Rory's retired dad, who's dragged along with the Ponds by accident and gets along splendidly with the Doctor from the moment they meet.
Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Jemma Redgrave (2012-13)
The de facto scientific head of UNIT Next Sunday A.D.
Kate first appeared in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
and Dæmos Rising
, where she was played by Beverley Cressman. After a few more appearances in Expanded Universe
novels, Kate became one of the very, very few Canon Immigrants
in the TV series.
Angie and Artie Maitland
Angie and Artie Maitland (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Eve De Leon Allen (Angie) and Kassius Carey Johnson (Artie) (2013)
Two children that modern-day Clara looks after — they were family friends, and when their mother passed away, Clara felt a strong need to take care of them. They find out their nanny is a time traveler and blackmail her into letting them onto the TARDIS.