10 Best Doctor Who Companion Departures (And 5 Worst)



She may have had a terrible accent, but Peri was a very likeable companion. So when she’s killed at the end of “Mindwarp”, it’s a genuine, horrible shock. Even Adric’s death wasn’t this bleak. Such a shame, then, that it’s thrown away a few weeks later when it’s revealed that her death was actually faked and she’s now living happily ever after with King Yrcanos. Yep, that’s right – Peri married BRIAN BLESSED.


You’d think that any ending for Melanie-bloody-Bush would be a welcome one, but you’d be wrong. After arriving on Iceworld, the sweet, ditzy health freak decides to leave the Doctor and go off traveling with gun-totting mercenary Sabalom Glitz instead. Wait… whaaaaaaaaaat?


Poor old Liz Shaw, the third Doctor’s first companion, didn’t even have a farewell scene, suffering instead from that staple TV fate – vanishing between seasons. At the start of season eight the Brigadier simply announces that the talented scientist has left UNIT because she felt that all the Doctor really wanted was somebody to pass him the test tubes. The Doctor doesn’t even have the decency to look bereft, and ends up instead with Jo Grant, who was more likely to drop and smash the test tubes.


Whoooooo? Well exactly. Dodo is a companion so utterly inconsequential she doesn’t even get a proper leaving scene. She abruptly disappears off screen halfway through “The War Machines” to recover from a headache* or something never to be seen again. Good riddance.

(* We know it wasn’t a just headache; it was post hypnotic stress syndrome… which was probably a really bad headache)


She may have only been in the series for one episode, but it’s clear that the Doctor intends to take Astrid with him on his travels. And then – shock – she dies! It should be a brilliant moment. Unfortunately, Kylie Minogue ramming evil head-in-a-box Max Capricorn with a forklift truck is just a bit daft. Worse still is the laughably mawkish scene when the Doctor manages to bring her back as “starlight” to say farewell…

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