Well, I’ve got a massive backlog of pictures to put up, but the blog-photo-uploader is being tricky so I’ve decided to ignore that for the moment and talk about something else. It might have been slightly prompted by the TARDIS onesie, massive Day of the Doctor poster, and 3 Who-themed coffee mugs (Dalek, TARDIS, and Weeping Angel) my sister recently received for her birthday.
Anyway, I’m going to tell you all about my Top Ten Who Couples. There are a couple of lists of Who Couples out there (http://www.hypable.com/2014/02/12/love-is-in-the-air-on-doctor-who/ and http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/doctor-who/ranking-the-18-best-romances-of-the-new-doctor-who-55860.aspx, for example), but there are quite a few I don’t agree with and some of my favourites (mostly Old Who) that simply aren’t there. So here’s my version of it, in chronological order:
1 – Ian Chesterton & Barbara Wright
2 – Jamie McCrimmon & Victoria Waterfield
Unlike Ian and Barbara, these two were never officially a couple, although it’s generally accepted among the fan-fiction community that they should have been and were. Jamie, a Jacobite and Highlander, first met the First Doctor, Ben and Polly in the 4th Season and continued to travel with the Doctor right up until “The War Games” (when the Time Lords wiped his memory and sent him back to Culloden), plus a hypothetical sixth season to explain his appearances in later specials. Victoria, an orphan from the Victorian times was rescued by Jamie from the Daleks and travelled with the Doctor until she chose to settle with foster parents in the 1960s.
3 – Jo Grant & Clifford Jones
Sarah Jane even considers “Harry” as a name for her son (Luke).
I wonder what happened to Harry?
5 – Leela & Andred
The Doctor has to turn himself into a human in order to escape the Family of Blood who are pursuing him. His genes are changed and his memory wiped and replaced with one of a human childhood. He becomes a teacher at a public boarding school in about 1910 (“public” here being the English word for “private”), where he meets Joan Redfern, the school nurse and the woman whose heart he eventually breaks when he becomes the Doctor again.
7 – Mickey Smith & Martha Jones
Although “Martha’s on her honeymoon” in Torchwood: Children of Earth, we all assume it’s with Tom Milligan her last known fiancé. But when the 10th Doctor is dying and visiting everyone, Mickey and Martha are fighting aliens together, and the bombshell is dropped that they’re married! Now we’re just waiting for the spin-off series. How does “Smith and Jones: Freelance Alien Hunters” sound?
8 – Amelia Pond & Rory Williams
This might be one of the most complicated yet consistent and longrunning relationship on Doctor Who yet. Actually, their relationship isn’t all that complicated: Amy and Rory grew up together in Leadworth, best friends. As a child, Rory had a crush on Amy, who was obsessed with her “raggedy man”, the Doctor, who she had met when she was seven. Then the Doctor returns the night before their wedding, and things get complicated.
9 – The Doctor & River Song
… Who turns out to be River Song, the Doctor’s wife!
Tosh is a tech genius and former terrorist (only because they had her mother) who was rescued from a UNIT cell by Jack Harkness. Owen’s fiancée was killed by an alien parasite in her brain, and he’s known at Torchwood as being both drunk and incredibly surly and rude. That doesn’t stop Tosh’s hopeless crush on him, even after his (un)death… Although, in different circumstances, it might be Owen who has the hopeless crush…
And then they died (properly, again, in Owen’s case). And it was sad, and totally not fair.
(And one extra) 11 – Wilfred Mott and Minnie the Menace
Wilf is Donna’s grandfather, and a companion in his own right by the time “The End of Time” comes around. He and the Doctor have a special relationship – they’re much more equals than he ever is with any of his other companions. After years of being nothing but supportive of Donna travelling with the Doctor, he eventually organises a crack band of old folks into the most amazing Doctor-search-team you’ll ever see.