Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Traveling Companion Wanted; Madness A Plus

Reporters who get the chance to try to pry information out of Steven Moffat about the new companion debuting at Christmastime 2012 are having a devil of a time trying to get any worthwhile information out of the man.. Doctor Who Magazine could only get this:

"I'll answer you in the show about how it’s going to be different. But because it is going to be different. It's going to be a shock, I think. In terms of the companions all being 'the same' - that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds.

"What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They're all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They're going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who's quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they're going to be feisty - they're going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them. But you are always going to have the same sort of person, just because it's the same man choosing them, and it"s the same person being chosen."

When it comes to the gender of the Doctor's companions Moffat allowed, "I think the function of a companion is pretty simple. I don't think that's very difficult. It’s just a question of who credibly is going to agree to go in the TARDIS? Who’s going to do it? Is it going to be a mother of 15 children? No. Is it going to be someone in their 60s? No. Is there going to be a particular age range? I mean... who's going to have a crush on the Doctor? You know, come on! It's more than a format. It's evolved from good, dramatic reasons."

So, there you have it; only young, slightly mad girls need apply. I guess we should be glad Lindsey Lohan didn't land in the TARDIS only because she's completely nuts.


Joe Shelby said...

Actually, a 60 year old woman traveling with him did him a world of good (Big Finish's Evelyn traveling with Colin Baker's Doctor).  Good character and good writing can make the relationship work.

Granted, the necessity there is a bit different.  Big Finish's line is more for those that already know the old Doctors' characters from the TV and the companion's roles today are to help give those Doctors room to grow beyond what the TV show could accomplish in the limited air time they had then (the novels are also like this).
The necessity of the TV show's companion is to initially define the Doctor and give the TV audience a balance point.  The role is different because the audience is different.

Mike Jackson said...

Personally I always thought a few of the older women the 10th Doctor met might have been great companions, especially the all too briefly met Mrs Moore played by actress Helen Griffin in "Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel". Even having Catherine Tate as Donna who wasn't a starry-eyed 20-something was a great foil for Tennant.

But for tv, as Moffat said the formula is well established the BBC probably would probably over-rule him if he tried to break that formula...