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The Doctor: Look at you! My fam'. Mm, doesn't quite work. Team TARDIS!?
Yaz: Eeeh... We’ll take that.
The Doctor: Welcome aboard! Properly.

The pseudo-official name of a trio of Companions introduced in Series 11 of the Doctor Who revival.

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    Yasmin Khan 

PC Yasmin "Yaz" Khan (Thirteenth Doctor)
Played by: Mandip Gill

A young police officer in Sheffield who, after asking for more important responsibilities than parking disputes, is sent to respond to a call put in by her old school friend Ryan about a mysterious object appearing in the woods. This leads to her getting involved in the Doctor's life.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Her mother asks if she and the Doctor are dating when she meets her, and later asks the same about Ryan when she meets him.
  • Childhood Friends: She was friends with Ryan in primary school, but they didn't keep in touch.
  • Eager Rookie: She's on her second year as a probationary officer, and is eager for duties beyond parking disputes, which leads to her getting sent to respond to Ryan's call about an alien object in the woods.
  • Flat Character: Of the three companions, Yaz is the most underdeveloped and sidelined. The reoccurring arc of the 11th season is how Graham and Ryan cope with Grace's death and how Ryan can accept Graham as a paternal figure. The most info the audience has on Yaz is that she's a police officer looking for a challenge, she lives with her family and is a victim of prejudice.
  • Hero-Worshipper: According to Mandip Gill, Yaz is initially so awestruck by the Doctor that, as Gill put it, if the Doctor said "jump" Yaz would ask "How high?"
  • The Lancer: She is frequently seen at the Doctor's side and acting in a partner-like fashion. In contrast to the do-gooder traveller living in a police box, she actually is a police officer and significantly more rational.
  • Just Friends: Ryan and Yaz are just friends and nothing more. Despite Yaz's sister and mum thinking otherwise.
  • Married to the Job: Her sister outright calls her this.
  • Odango Hair: In several episodes, she wears a pair of small buns on top of her head, with the rest of her hair loose.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Yaz to her friends and family, and since the Doctor decided they were friends the moment they met, it's how she ends up being called by everyone around her.
  • Out of Focus: In Series 11, she gets less character background and character focus than her fellow companions.
  • The Reliable One: Yaz spends less time struggling with her insecurities than Ryan or Graham and never really needs prodding to do the right thing. As a result she's Out of Focus a lot, but the Doctor seems to trust her the most out of the group.

    Ryan Sinclair 

Ryan Sinclair (Thirteenth Doctor)
Played by: Tosin Cole

A warehouse worker in Sheffield who lives with his grandmother Grace and step-grandfather Graham. When he calls the police after seeing a glowing golden symbol in the air which, after touching, causes a mysterious object to appear, he re-connects with his old school friend Yaz, who's gone into the police, and then gets involved in the Doctor's life.

  • Adorkable: What else do you call a young man who compliments himself on a job well done as if talking to another person, performs shadow puppets for his own amusement in the background of conversations, and is all too eager to pop delivery bubble wrap?
  • Childhood Friends: He was friends with Yaz in primary school, but they didn't keep in touch.
  • Disappeared Dad: His reaction when his dad fails to show at Grace's memorial service makes it clear that the man is a deadbeat. He subsequently comes to the conclusion that his dad's not up to coping with the things life can throw at you.
  • The Engineer: Studying for his NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) to be a mechanic. He's still learning, but seems to want to puzzle out engineering problems and has some skill at figuring out machinery.
  • Jerkass Ball: He's a pretty nice guy, but he grabs it around Graham, refusing to acknowledge the man as his grandfather and rebuffing his attempts at friendship. And he's been doing this for three years. Possibly justified in that Graham often acts entitled to being treated as Ryan's grandfather, and so Ryan isn't given much space to acknowledge him on his own terms. All this said, he eases off over the course of the series, most notably in "Arachnids in the UK", where he expresses anger at his Jerkass father implicitly not considering Graham family. He finally does call Graham "Granddad" in "It Takes You Away", after Graham proves he cares about Ryan for the young man's own sake by rejecting the pseudo-Grace so he can save Ryan.
  • Just Friends: Ryan and Yaz are just friends and nothing more. Despite Yaz's sister and mum thinking otherwise.
  • Handicapped Badass: He has to manage his dyspraxia-induced "coordination problem" during his heroic adventures with the Doctor.
  • The Klutz: Justified and deconstructed. He has dyspraxia, and his inability to ride a bike as a result deeply frustrates him.
  • Missing Mom: Died six years before "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", when Ryan was thirteen.
  • Oblivious to Love: Ryan does get a small number of admirers. He has a few moments with Yaz, Yaz's sister takes a liking to him, and King James asks him to stay. Ryan usually responds with confusion, and he doesn't recognise when he's flirting with someone.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • He's not crazy about spiders.
    • Or ladders, especially under pressure.
  • You're Not My Father: Doesn't have the best relationship with Grace's second husband Graham, refusing Grace's and Graham's efforts to get him to call him "Grandad". That said, when Graham proudly calls Ryan his grandson in the Jim Crow Deep South in "Rosa", Ryan doesn't object. He also lets Graham know he was offended by his own father implying that Graham wasn't proper family.

    Graham O'Brien 

Graham O'Brien (Thirteenth Doctor)
Played by: Bradley Walsh

A retired bus driver from Sheffield, married to Grace and therefore Ryan's grandpa by marriage, who finds himself involved in the Doctor's life.

  • Been There, Shaped History: He ends up being the white passenger who Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for, which he's understandably not too happy about.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Graham is about as sweet as a sweet old man could be. And yet, he was hell bent on killing Tim Shaw as revenge for Grace — so much so that the Doctor was seriously wondering if he was going to be a threat to them all. In the end, he decides to "be the better man" and spares Shaw's life... only to subject him to a Fate Worse than Death. Thirteen may not approve, but the Tenth Doctor would've been proud with this one.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's not at all happy with the danger he finds himself in, yet he rises to the challenge anyway.
  • Cruel Mercy: The way he and Ryan deal with "Tim Shaw". The Doctor did talk them out of killing the guy, but locking him in a stasis pod, conscious, and sealed away where no one is going to find him for a very long time? Seven and Ten would have approved.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's not impressed by Epzo's misanthropic viewpoint in "The Ghost Monument".
    Graham: Were you born that miserable, or did you have to work at it?
  • Driver of a Black Cab: Retired bus driver. Still knows colleagues at the station, and when needed goes to them for the local gossip.
    Graham: If you want to know what's happening, ask a bus driver.
  • Happily Married: To Grace, as she gave him something to live for when he was undergoing cancer treatment. Her death devastates him.
  • The Lost Lenore: Grace's absence is a constant influence upon Graham, who asks himself "What would Grace do/think?" repeatedly throughout Series 11. He chose to join Team TARDIS as much to find respite from his grief as to explore new worlds and eras.
  • Nice Guy: Occasional grumpiness aside, he's actually a sweet guy.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his general Only Sane Man attitude, he occasionally cottons on to how cool it is to travel with the Doctor. For instance, after arriving (by mistake) in 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, he asks if they can see Elvis perform live.
  • Older Sidekick: He's not older than the Doctor, obviously, but he's probably the second-oldest human companion ever after Wilf. And, importantly, he looks older than the Doctor he's travelling with.
  • Only Sane Man: Much like Rory was to Amy and Eleven, he's the only one of Thirteen's companions to acknowledge how dangerous things are, and is quick to bring the others down to earth:
    The Doctor: [opening a mysterious suitcase] Is anyone excited? I'm really excited.
    Graham: You won't be if it's a bomb.
    The Doctor: [annoyed] Don't kill the vibe, Graham!
  • Papa Wolf: In "Rosa", he's quick to shield Ryan from a local bigot who shoved him to the ground.
  • Parents as People: He's understandably frustrated by Ryan's refusal to acknowledge him as his grandfather, but he loves the boy just the same.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He has this dynamic with his wife, Grace. He's generally sour and pointing out how dangerous and/or crazy something is and she is generally more excited and eager for adventure. One example is this exchange from "The Woman Who Fell to Earth":
    Grace: Is it wrong to be enjoying this?
    Graham: Yes!
    Grace: [giggles]
  • Sour Supporter: Downplayed since he's pretty easygoing overall, but if anyone is going to start grumbling about the little inconveniences that the Doctor's lifestyle tends to result in (such as being too busy running around having grand adventures to remember little things like "having lunch"), it's him.
  • Survivor's Guilt: As a cancer survivor, he feels guilty when Grace dies, saying it should have been him instead.
  • Verbal Tic: He makes a habit of calling the Doctor "Doc".
  • What Would X Do?: He asks himself "what would Grace do" when he feels lost. In "The Ghost Monument", the answer is "What's wrong with you? You're on an alien planet. How cool is that?"


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