10 Best Doctor Who Companion Departures (And 5 Worst)

 

8 IAN CHESTERTON AND BARBARA WRIGHT

Leave in: “The Chase”

The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicky find the Daleks’ abandoned time ship. Spying an opportunity to finally get home, the two teachers convince the Doctor into showing them how to operate it. After two years of traveling in time and space they’ve had enough of monsters and battles – and, let’s face it, they’re clearly desperate to get it on. The two companions arrive back on Earth in 1965, just a few years after they left.
It’s a brilliant little sequence, as the first Doctor – keen not to lose his friends – reverts to his belligerent earlier self, before grudgingly accepting that they need to go their own way. “Goodbye Doctor, thanks for the ride!” grins Barbara, before the pair of them dash off to lark about in a slightly bizarre, but funny, photomontage sequence…