Doctor who? The timelord’s companions from the 80s and 90s have their say

Doctor who? The timelord’s companions from the 80s and 90s have their say

daphneashbrook:

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Also: I think we’ve mentioned this before but Daphne Ashbrook who played companion Dr. Grace Holloway from the 8th Doctor movie has a Tumblr.

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A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Grace Holloway

For someone whose on-screen time with the Doctor lasted less than ninety minutes (that’s only three episodes of normal Doctor Who), Grace Holloway – played by Daphne Ashbrook  – made quite an impact, not least because of all the Who rules she  broke. And because her time was so short, as short as the Doctor she  helped, she has become one of those lost characters that Whovians want  to hear more from. She has the “what if?” factor.
In a way, you can credit Grace with being the first companion to  properly address some of the bigger unspoken issues of the show, the  ones that wouldn’t occur to a younger audience, but might pop up in the  minds of their parents. The first, and most thorny, is the issue of the  Doctor’s relationship to his companions. In the early days, he took on  the role of eccentric uncle, or grizzled mentor, a clearly defined  relationship without much room for any suggestion of hanky panky.
Then the Doctors started regenerating younger. The Fourth and Fifth  Doctors appearing to be only ten years older than their young  companions. Nobody said anything at the time, but the family balance had  started to shift. Then the Sixth Doctor arrived, imperious and  judgemental, old before his time, and that thought vanished again. The  Seventh Doctor was an older man acting young, which seemed to put things  right again, until he regenerated into the Eighth Doctor, an  out-and-out hotty.
Well, what’s a poor companion to do?

read the rest at the Anglophenia Blog

A Companion To The Doctor’s Companions: Grace Holloway

For someone whose on-screen time with the Doctor lasted less than ninety minutes (that’s only three episodes of normal Doctor Who), Grace Holloway – played by Daphne Ashbrook – made quite an impact, not least because of all the Who rules she broke. And because her time was so short, as short as the Doctor she helped, she has become one of those lost characters that Whovians want to hear more from. She has the “what if?” factor.

In a way, you can credit Grace with being the first companion to properly address some of the bigger unspoken issues of the show, the ones that wouldn’t occur to a younger audience, but might pop up in the minds of their parents. The first, and most thorny, is the issue of the Doctor’s relationship to his companions. In the early days, he took on the role of eccentric uncle, or grizzled mentor, a clearly defined relationship without much room for any suggestion of hanky panky.

Then the Doctors started regenerating younger. The Fourth and Fifth Doctors appearing to be only ten years older than their young companions. Nobody said anything at the time, but the family balance had started to shift. Then the Sixth Doctor arrived, imperious and judgemental, old before his time, and that thought vanished again. The Seventh Doctor was an older man acting young, which seemed to put things right again, until he regenerated into the Eighth Doctor, an out-and-out hotty.

Well, what’s a poor companion to do?

read the rest at the Anglophenia Blog




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