If you’ve been living off the grid, under a rock, or anywhere else away from the interwebz, then you may have missed the fact that the one and only Haley Atwell has said she would love to play the Doctor on Doctor Who. Of course, a great portion of the Whovian community collectively gasped and clutched their chests at this revelation—Hayley Atwell as the next Doctor? Where do we sign? How do we make this happen!?—there is a lot more that needs to go into making a great Doctor than just picking one of Hollywood’s most kick-ass women to commandeer the TARDIS.
We all know it’s not good for the Doctor to travel alone, and one of the most vital, important roles on the show Doctor Who is the role of the Doctor’s companion. While the Doctor can be reckless, foolhardy, full of himself, and sometimes a tad bit insane, it’s the Doctor’s companion that keeps the Doctor grounded and thinking clearly—oftentimes the companions help keep the Doctor alive. With such an epic Doctor appointment as Hayley Atwell, this Time Lady’s companion could be nothing short of equally epic. So to help cut down on some of Steven Moffat’s work as he plans on when exactly to make Atwell the new Doctor (hey, we can dream, right?), I’ve compiled a list of a few companion potentials, for your consideration (and yours too, Steven Moffat).
Freema Agyeman had a great run as the Tenth Doctor’s companion, Martha Jones. The only problem? Ten spent a great portion of his time with Martha hardcore pining after his lost love, Rose, giving Agyeman very little wiggle room. Despite all of her awesome efforts, Martha was often overshadowed by a companion who wasn’t even there anymore. So now that the Doctor has had ample time to move on from Rose, I’d love to see Martha interact with our favorite time traveler once more. Plus, I’d love to see how their dynamic changed with this new regeneration.
In addition to being one of my favorite fanboys, Simon Pegg is just one of my favorite people to watch onscreen. He’s lovable, he’s goofy, and he creates characters you genuinely love and to which we can all relate. I feel like he would be a great foil to a Doctor who probably wouldn’t be as goofy as Doctors like Ten and Eleven. Despite all of the craziness he and the Doctor would get into on their adventures, having Pegg as her companion would keep the Doctor both grounded and laughing the entire time.
It is impossible to watch Dev Patel onscreen and not think he’s the sweetest person ever. He’s got this incredibly likable aura about him, which I think would make for a great companion. Sometimes the Doctor can go to some really dark places—literally and figuratively—so it’s good for the Doctor’s companion to bring some light into the Doctor’s life. Though romance is nice, my favorite Doctor/companion relationships are those based on friendship, not romantic love. I think Hayley Atwell’s Doctor and Dev Patel’s companion could have a really sweet, trusting friendship.
Jessica Hynes has already been on Doctor Who as a couple of characters, playing Joan Redfern and Verity Newman. So it wouldn’t be totally out of the blue if the Doctor decided travel around time and space with Verity. However, both Joan and Verity seemed a bit prim and proper: Jessica Hynes is a hilarious actress, and I’d love to see her play a companion that allowed her to flex her comedic muscles. And hey, since I’ve got Simon Pegg on this list too, why don’t we just say that the two can reprise their roles of Tim and Daisy from Spaced and have those two be the Doctor’s newest couple companions?
I’ll be honest: combining Natalie Dormer with Hayley Atwell might very well make the entire Whovian fandom explode from awesomeness. Both of these women are complete powerhouses in the geek community, Dormer especially—I can’t imagine what would happen if she got her hands in Who next. Of course, I can’t help but think that with Hayley Atwell as the Doctor and Natalie Dormer as the companion, Doctor Who would turn into less of a show about crazy hijinks with a madman in a box, and turn into two badass ladies carefully and calculatingly spanning time and space, kicking ass, and taking names. Pairing those two up in the TARDIS sounds utterly amazing. Seriously. What do I need to do to make this happen?
Side note: could you imagine if they were to bring Alex Kingston back as River Song into this Atwell/Dormer mix? Oh, be still my beating hearts…
Are you on board with Hayley Atwell as the new Doctor? Who else would you like to see as the companions to Hayley Atwell’s Doctor? Let’s talk about it in the comments!