List of Doctor Who supporting characters

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Over the course of its many years on television, the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who has not only seen changes in the actors to play the Doctor, but in the supporting cast as well.

Companions[edit]

Main article: Companion (Doctor Who)

The Doctor is usually accompanied in his travels by one to three companions (sometimes called assistants). These characters provide a surrogate with whom the audience can identify, and further the story by asking questions and getting into trouble, (similar to Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.) The Doctor regularly gains new companions and loses old ones; sometimes they return home, or find new causes on worlds they have visited. A few of the companions have died during the course of the series.

Recurring characters[edit]

UNIT personnel[edit]

Main article: UNIT

Other humans[edit]

This list includes characters who appear to be human and who are not known to be anything other than human, even if having originated extra-terrestrially.

Time Lords[edit]

Main article: Time Lord

Other beings[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is thought to be a companion by some fans, though by others he is not. The argument over whether he is an acceptable companion continues to this day, although he is on the list of companions on the BBC's Doctor Who website.[citation needed]
  2. Some fans also consider UNIT era regulars Sergeant Benton and Captain Mike Yates to be "companions" although they do not fit the accepted definition. Benton and Yates appeared as regulars in Season 8, again making other appearances before (in Benton's case) and after.
  3. Lethbridge-Stewart appeared as a regular in Seasons 7 and 8 (as well as making guest appearances before and since). Nicholas Courtney, along with his role as Bret Vyon in The Daleks' Master Plan, his appearance in the charity special Dimensions in Time and his participation in the Eighth Doctor audio play Minuet in Hell, has the distinction of having acted with every screen Doctor before the Ninth and also the Tenth (although in adventures before actor David Tennant was cast as the Doctor).
  4. The Inquisitor and The Valeyard appeared in every episode of Season 23, a season that comprised just one story, (albeit split into four segments), The Trial of a Time Lord.
  5. Mickey Smith was a significant recurring character in the 2005 series, prior to briefly becoming a companion in the 2006 series. Similarly, Jackie Tyler appeared in many episodes of the 2005 and 2006 series; in the episodes "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday", she briefly travels in the TARDIS and acts like a companion, although she is not generally considered one.
  6. The Master appeared as a regular in Season 8 and has many guest appearances in subsequent seasons and the television movie.

Recurring alien species, monsters, or robots[edit]

(See also Category:Doctor Who races and Creatures and aliens in Doctor Who.)

Major[edit]

Secondary[edit]

Characters from Doctor Who spin-off comics, novels, audio dramas and webcasts[edit]

Main article: Doctor Who spin-offs

The Doctor Who comics, novels and audio dramas have created companions, villains and supporting characters of their own. Some of these originated in one medium and later appeared in another. The lists below indicate where a character has appeared. The canonicity of these spin-offs is unclear.

Companions[edit]

(See also List of companions in Doctor Who spin-offs)

with the First Doctor[edit]

with the Second Doctor[edit]

  • John and Gillian (TV Comic comic strip)

with the Third Doctor[edit]

with the Fourth Doctor[edit]

with the Fifth Doctor[edit]

with the Sixth Doctor[edit]

with the Seventh Doctor[edit]

with the Eighth Doctor[edit]

with the Tenth Doctor[edit]

with the Eleventh Doctor[edit]

  • Kevin (IDW Comics)
  • Decky Flamboon ("Doctor Who Adventures")
  • Pippa ("Doctor Who Adventures")

Other recurring or important characters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Captain Avery is a substantial guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Curse of the Black Spot", and makes a cameo appearance in the Eleventh Doctor episode "A Good Man Goes to War".
  2. ^ Captain Avery is also referred to in the First Doctor serial, The Smugglers.
  3. ^ Toby Avery is a guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episode, "The Curse of the Black Spot", and returns in a cameo appearance in the Eleventh Doctor episode "A Good Man Goes to War".
  4. ^ Sophie Benson is a supporting character in "The Lodger", co-stars in the mini-episode "Up All Night", and makes a cameo appearance in "Closing Time" (each is an Eleventh Doctor story).
  5. ^ Captain Carter is substantial guest character in "Let's Kill Hitler", and is a supporting guest character in "The Wedding of River Song", both being Eleventh Doctor stories.
  6. ^ a b c d Nia Roberts appears in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "The Hungry Earth" & "Cold Blood"
  7. ^ Winston Churchill makes a cameo appearance in "The Beast Below", is a guest star in "Victory of the Daleks", makes a cameo return in "The Pandorica Opens", and guest stars in "The Wedding of River Song", each of which is an Eleventh Doctor story.
  8. ^ a b c d This unnamed computer programmer appears in the Ninth Doctor stories "Bad Wolf" & "The Parting of the Ways".
  9. ^ Torchwood co-starring character Gwen Cooper makes guest appearances in the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Stolen Earth" & "Journey's End". Before Gwen's creation, Eve Myles portrayed Gwen's ancestor or distant relative, Gwyneth, in the Ninth Doctor episode, "The Unquiet Dead"; the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler recognise the two women's relationship in "Journey's End".
  10. ^ Danny Boy appears in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "Victory of the Daleks" and "A Good Man Goes to War"
  11. ^ Canton Delaware is a co-starring guest character in "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon", with a cameo in "The Wedding of River Song".
  12. ^ Miss Dexter appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "42" in which she is credited simply as 'Sinister Woman', and "The Sound of Drums" in which her name is given in the credits.
  13. ^ Charles Dickens is a supporting character in the Ninth Doctor episode "The Unquiet Dead", and makes a cameo appearance in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Wedding of River Song".
  14. ^ Queen Elizabeth I makes cameo appearances in the First Doctor serial The Chase, and the Tenth Doctor episode "The Shakespeare Code". and is a guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Day of the Doctor".
  15. ^ Queen Elizabeth I is referred to in "The End of Time" in which the Tenth Doctor explains that he married her (the wedding was later filmed for "The Day of the Doctor"), "The Beast Below" in which her far future successor, Queen Elizabeth X chides the Eleventh Doctor about the relationship, and "The Wedding of River Song" in which the Eleventh Doctor notes that he could revisit her before their wedding (which he later does in "The Day of the Doctor"). The then-Lady Elizabeth is off-camera in "The Power of Three" in which Amy Pond becomes the accidental wife of Henry VIII, thus making Lady Elizabeth her step-daughter and the step-sister of the Doctor's other known wife, River Song.
  16. ^ The then-current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has cameo appearances in the Seventh Doctor serial Silver Nemesis (played by Jeanette Charles]]), the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Christmas Invasion" (herself in an official photograph), "The Idiot's Lantern" (archival footage of her coronation), and "Voyage of the Damned" (Jessica Martin providing her voice, and Angharad Baxter acting on-camera).
  17. ^ Queen Elizabeth II is also present but unseen in the Olympic Stadium at the end of the Tenth Doctor episode "Fear Her" and in the Eleventh Doctor mini-episode "Good as Gold", both of which take place with the torch's arrival, and thus after Her Majesty's entrance and formal opening of the games; and is at an off-camera party outside of the TARDIS in the Eleventh Doctor mini-episode, "Bad Night" (the Queen is unidentified in the mini-episode itself, but is revealed as "Liz Two" in the associated behind-the-scenes featurette.
  18. ^ An alternate universe Queen Elizabeth II is said to have been executed prior to the events of the Third Doctor serial Inferno, and another alternate universe ER II is killed in the Tenth Doctor episode "Turn Left", in the Doctor-less version of the events of "Voyage of the Damned".
  19. ^ Queen Elizabeth X is a guest character in "The Beast Below", and makes a cameo appearance in "The Pandorica Opens", both of which are Eleventh Doctor episodes.
  20. ^ Jenny Flint is guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episode "A Good Man Goes to War", co-stars in the mini-episodes "The Battle of Demon's Run - Two Days Later", "The Great Detective", & "Vastra Investigates", and is a guest character in "The Snowmen", "Songtaran Carols", "The Crimson Horror", and "The Name of the Doctor", each of which is an Eleventh Doctor episode.
  21. ^ Alonzo Frame is a guest character in the Tenth Doctor episode "Voyage of the Damned", and makes a cameo appearance in the Tenth Doctor episode "The End of Time".
  22. ^ Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor episode "Army of Ghosts";
    Torchwood: Torchwood: Children of Earth "Day Three" & "Day Four";
    The Sarah Jane Adventures: "Secrets of the Stars"
    He and Trinity Wells (below) are the only two characters to appear in all three series, although the TARDIS is heard in all three.
  23. ^ Vincent van Gogh's painted portrait of Paul-Ferdinand Gachet appears in "Vincent and the Doctor", and Howard Lee makes a cameo appearance as Gachet in the "The Pandorica Opens", both of which are Eleventh Doctor episodes.
  24. ^ Vincent van Gogh is a guest-starring character in the Eleventh Doctor episode "Vincent and the Doctor", and makes a cameo appearance in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Pandorica Opens".
  25. ^ Yvonne Hartman is a guest character in the Ninth Doctor episodes "Army of Ghosts" & "Doomsday".
  26. ^ Clive Jones appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Smith and Jones", "The Sound of Drums", and "Last of the Time Lords".
  27. ^ Francine Jones appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Smith and Jones", "The Lazarus Experiment", "42", "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords", "The Stolen Earth", and "Journey's End".
  28. ^ Harriet Jones is a guest character in the Ninth Doctor episodes "Aliens of London" & "World War Three", and the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Christmas Invasion" and "The Stolen Earth".
  29. ^ Torchwood co-starring character Ianto Jones appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Stolen Earth" & "Journey's End".
  30. ^ Leo Jones appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Smith and Jones", "The Lazarus Experiment", "The Sound of Drums", and "Last of the Time Lords".
  31. ^ Tish Jones appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Smith and Jones", "The Lazarus Experiment", "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords", and "Turn Left".
  32. ^ Leo Jones appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Smith and Jones", "The Lazarus Experiment", "The Sound of Drums", and "Last of the Time Lords".
  33. ^ Episode 1 of the Seventh Doctor serial, Remembrance of the Daleks, opens with a voice-over excerpt from John F. Kennedy's American University speech of 10 June 1963 (165 days prior to the episode's 22 November 1963 setting); the episode's cliffhanger end takes place in the early evening of 22 November, at or about the moment of Kennedy's assassination.
  34. ^ Kennedy is shown passing the Ninth Doctor on Main Street in Dallas' Dealey Plaza on 22 November 1963, in a doctored version of Walt Cisco's famous photograph for the Dallas Morning News, in "Rose".
  35. ^ Kennedy's wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds is featured in the Second Doctor's première serial, Spearhead From Space.
  36. ^ Additionally, Kennedy's assassination - which occurred on the day before Doctor Who premièred with "An Unearthly Child" (which took place one or two days before the assassination, as indicated by the presence of the French Revolution book in Remembrance of the Daleks) - is addressed in Silver Nemesis, "Dimensions in Time", "Rose", "The Cambridge Spy", and "Let's Kill Hitler". His assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald occurs off-screen during the events of Remembrance of the Daleks (at or about the time of episode 1's cliff-hanger or the beginning of episode 2), and a subtle reference is made in "Asylum of the Daleks" in which the two brief survivors of the starship Alaska’s crash are named Harvey and Oswin Oswald.
  37. ^ Madame Kovarian has cameo appearances in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "Day of the Moon", "The Curse of the Black Spot", and "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People", and is a guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "A Good Man Goes to War" and "The Wedding of River Song".
  38. ^ The Wheel in Space. Doctor Who. 27 April 1968–1 June 1968. BBC. BBC1.
  39. ^ a b "Episode Ten". The War Games. Doctor Who. 21 June 1969. BBC. BBC1.
  40. ^ The First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, & Vicki use the space-time visualiser to witness Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address in The Chase.
  41. ^ Lincoln's wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds is featured in the Third Doctor serial Spearhead From Space.
  42. ^ Charlotte Lux is a guest character in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Silence in the Library" & "Forest of the Dead".
  43. ^ Strackman Lux is a guest character in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Silence in the Library" & "Forest of the Dead".
  44. ^ Lytton's forename is not provided in either of his television serials. It is provided as Gustave in the novelization of Attack of the Cybermen and the Doctor Who Magazine story, "Mistaken Identity".
  45. ^ Gustave Lytton is a guest character in the Fifth Doctor serial Resurrection of the Daleks and the Sixth Doctor serial Attack of the Cybermen.
  46. ^ Angie Maitland appears in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "The Bells of Saint John" (minor guest), "The Crimson Horror" (cameo), "Nightmare in Silver" (guest), "The Name of the Doctor" (cameo).
  47. ^ Artie Maitland appears in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "The Bells of Saint John" (minor guest), "The Crimson Horror" (cameo), "Nightmare in Silver" (guest), "The Name of the Doctor" (cameo).
  48. ^ Oliver Morgenstern appears in the Tenth Doctor episode "Smith and Jones" and makes a cameo appearance in the Tenth Doctor episode "Turn Left".
  49. ^ Lynda Moss appears in the Ninth Doctor episodes "Bad Wolf" & "The Parting of the Ways", and makes a cameo flashback appearance in the Tenth Doctor episode "Journey's End".
  50. ^ Nerys appeared in the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Runaway Bride" and "The End of Time".
  51. ^ Nerys is mentioned by Donna Noble in the Tenth Doctor episode "The Doctor's Daughter".
  52. ^ Richard Nixon is a guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "The Impossible Astronaut Prequel", "The Impossible Astronaut" & "Day of the Moon".
  53. ^ Nixon's wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds is featured in the Third Doctor serial Spearhead From Space.
  54. ^ Doctor Who Magazine (388). 18 October 2007 (cover date). 
  55. ^ Sylvia Noble appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Runaway Bride", "Partners in Crime", "The Sontaran Stratagem", "The Poison Sky", "Turn Left", "The Stolen Earth", "Journey's End", and "The End of Time"
  56. ^ Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 appears in the Ninth Doctor episode "The End of the World", and the Tenth Doctor episode "New Earth".
  57. ^ Michael Dixon portrayed Dave Oswald in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "The Rings of Akhaten" and "The Name of the Doctor".
  58. ^ James Buller portrayed Dave Oswald in the final Eleventh Doctor episode, "The Time of the Doctor"
  59. ^ Ellie Oswald appears in the Eleventh Doctor mini-episode "The Bells of Saint John Prequel", and the Eleventh Doctor episodes "The Rings of Akhaten" and "The Name of the Doctor".
  60. ^ Alfie Owens appears in the Eleventh Doctor-era mini-episode "Up All Night" and the Eleventh Doctor episode "Closing Time".
  61. ^ Jimmy Savile introduces The Beatles on the 10 April 1965 episode of Top of the Pops, as seen & heard by the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, & Vicki on the space-time visualiser in The Chase. He again appears on a screen in the TARDIS nearly exactly twenty years later (23 February 1985), to the Sixth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, & Gareth Jenkins, in "A Fix With Sontarans".
  62. ^ Lucy Saxon appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords" and "The End of Time.
  63. ^ William Shakespeare makes a cameo appearance in the First Doctor serial The Chase, and is a guest-starring character in the Tenth Doctor episode "The Shakespeare Code".
  64. ^ Walter Simeon is the guest-starring villain of the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Snowmen". Thereafter, the Great Intelligence assumes Simeon's form and personality (still played by Richard E. Grant), for a cameo appearance in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Bells of Saint John" and as the guest-starring villain in the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Name of the Doctor".
  65. ^ Jake Simmonds appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "Rise of the Cybermen", "The Age of Steel", and "Doomsday".
  66. ^ The Sarah Jane Adventures co-starring character Luke Smith appears in the Tenth Doctor episodes "The Stolen Earth", "Journey's End", and "The End of Time". His name is additionally shown on-screen in a newspaper in "Turn Left", in which he is reported killed in a Doctor-less version of the events of "Smith and Jones".
  67. ^ The Abominable Snowmen. Doctor Who. 30 September 1967–4 November 1967. BBC.
  68. ^ The Web of Fear. Doctor Who. 3 February 1968–9 March 1968. BBC., Downtime
  69. ^ Miss Trefusis' hand makes a cameo appearance in the Tenth Doctor episode "Last of the Time Lords", and the rest of her is seen later in the Tenth Doctor episode "The End of Time".
  70. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson (26 March 2005). "Rose". Doctor Who. BBC. BBC One.
  71. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Euros Lyn, Producer Phil Collinson (2 April 2005). "The End of the World". Doctor Who. BBC. BBC One.
  72. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson (16 April 2005). "Aliens of London". Doctor Who. BBC. BBC One.
  73. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson (23 April 2005). "World War Three". Doctor Who. BBC. BBC One.
  74. ^ Writer Paul Cornell, Director Joe Ahearne, Producer Phil Collinson (14 May 2005). "Father's Day". Doctor Who. BBC. BBC One.
  75. ^ Jackie is not generally considered a companion to the Doctor, however she does fulfill this role in the two-part episode Army of Ghosts/Doomsday.
  76. ^ Pete Tyler is a guest character in the Ninth Doctor episode "Father's Day", and the Tenth Doctor episodes "Rise of the Cybermen", "The Age of Steel", and "Doomsday".
  77. ^ Madame Vernet is a minor character in the Eleventh Doctor episode "Vincent and the Doctor", and she returns for a cameo appearance in "The Pandorica Opens".
  78. ^ Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor episodes "Aliens of London" & "World War Three", Tenth Doctor episodes "The Christmas Invasion", "The Sound of Drums", "The Poison Sky", "Turn Left", "The Stolen Earth", and "The End of Time".
    Torchwood: Children of Earth "Day Three" & "Day Four".
    The Sarah Jane Adventures: "Revenge of the Slitheen" and "Secrets of the Stars".
    Wells is the only named character to appear in all three series, although Anthony Debaeck's unnamed French newsreader does as well, and the TARDIS is heard in all three.
  79. ^ Brian Williams is a guest character in the Eleventh Doctor episodes "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" and "The Power of Three", and in the Eleventh Doctor-era mini-episode "P.S.".
  80. ^ In February 2014, it was announced that Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, would be a recurring character in the eighth series.
  81. ^ "New recurring character for Doctor Who Series 8". Doctor Who TV. BBC. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  82. ^ The Deadly Assassin
  83. ^ The Invasion of Time
  84. ^ Arc of Infinity
  85. ^ The Five Doctors
  86. ^ Arc of Infinity and The Five Doctors
  87. ^ Shada
  88. ^ Shada
  89. ^ Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  90. ^ "The Doctor's Wife"
  91. ^ "The Day of the Doctor" (on-screen); "The Time of the Doctor" (voice only, repeatedly asking the "first question" through the crack).
  92. ^ "The Doctor's Daughter"
  93. ^ The Time Meddler and The Daleks' Master Plan
  94. ^ Terror of the Autons
  95. ^ The Three Doctors. Doctor Who. 30 December 1972–20 January 1973. BBC. BBC1.
  96. ^ "The End of Time"
  97. ^ "Victory of the Daleks", "The Pandorica Opens"
  98. ^ 1996 telefilm
  99. ^ The Chase
  100. ^ "The Stolen Earth", "Journey's End")
  101. ^ BBC Press Release: Tom Baker returns as the Fourth Doctor in new audio dramas, 27 July 2009; accessed 2 August 2009.

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