Wibbly Wobbly Challenge: Doctor Who in laughter
Doctor Who’s Quinquagenary → Companions
“You will have realized, of course, that you’re not the only human who has traveled with me in the TARDIS. The Time Lords have often wondered why I bothered. After all, we are capable of living for thousands of years; you can barely reach a hundred. And they came up with a theory. They thought you were all memento mori. Reminders of death. Quite common things really. On Medieval Earth, courtiers would often keep skulls on their mantelpiece. No matter how powerful you were, death was inevitable. You still had to remember your mortality. Time Lords need to remember all the more. I denied that was the reason of course, and as you said, friendship, companionship. But over the years, over my many lifetimes, as my friends all left me one by one, I began to wonder that they really might have had a point after all.” -Eighth Doctor, Scherzo
Tomorrow - Friday, 31 May, 2013 - is the fifth anniversary of River Song’s very first appearance in Doctor Who. The buccaneering archaeologist made her debut in Silence in the Library, crashing into the Doctor’s life with a flirtatious smile and a soon-to-be trademark, ‘Hello, sweetie!’
And so tomorrow we celebrate half a decade of River. We’ll have a special quiz that we promise not to call ‘name that Song’ plus wallpapers, some of our favourite River quotes, exclusive ‘spot the difference’ games, a new gallery and more.
Don’t forget, BBC iPlayer users can still catch River’s most recent appearance in The Name of the Doctor and if you want to get ready for tomorrow, why not download one of our new River Song wallpapers now?
We’ll also be supporting #River Song Day here on the Doctor Who Tumblr. Details in a bit.
My friends have always been the best of me.
The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say ‘no.’ You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away!
You’re a mother, aren’t you? There’s kindness in your eyes.
And sadness. But a ferocity too.
It [having a companion] makes the show richer, if it was just the Doctor, he’d have no one to talk to. Which I think would make quite quiet TV. - BBC America Special, The Companions
Traveling with you, I love it…
companions and their gallifreyan name
If you happened to be on Broadway last Friday, you might have had the fortune of coming across Arthur Darvill beginning a run in the hit show Once!
Somehow defying the laws of Doctor Who fandom Darvill takes up the role of Guy in the production which was previously held by Steve Kazee – and is believed to be signed up until December, thanks to an exchange program between the US and UK Equity unions.
I have lost things you will never understand!
btw the other companion who didn’t wander off.
Brian Williams, Doctor Who Series 7: The Power of Three
Sometimes I think I should take up running, just in case I meet the Doctor.
The route into the TARDIS can be a surprisingly common one, if you happen to be (or have been) female, youngish, human and British during the last 50-odd years of Earth history. All you have to do is wait for an alien invasion of some sort, and keep your eye out for a big blue box. If you see one, chances are there will be an eccentric man somewhere in the vicinity, barking strange orders and running about.
Now, here comes the tricky bit, you need to make yourself useful to him, and sort of insinuate your way into his attention. This can either be because you need saving from the aliens and he can’t resist a damsel (or mansel) in distress, or because you’re in a position of authority and he needs you to do what he says right away. It might help to see if you can join your nearest branch of UNIT, or, if you’re a journalist like Sarah Jane Smith, just barge your way in and start asking questions until you and he are face to face.
What you need to do is be ready to be won over by him, be enchanted by his personality, and then occasionally bring his rampaging ego up short. It’s a bit like looking after a toddler, if a toddler had access to weaponised Lego.
The best part is that the post starts off with this phrase:
“Note: this is not a guide for budding actors and actresses, on how best to audition for the role of a companion on Doctor Who.”