There’s no denying that BBC’s Doctor Who has perfected a recipe for success over the years. As long as there’s a Doctor, his TARDIS, and a companion to translate all of the alien concepts for the audience, the show may well last for another fifty years. The current Doctor is in a bit of a rough spot at the moment, however, as he is currently between companions. Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi doesn’t seem to have any inside info about who might next join him, but he does hope that it won’t be a guy for one very specific reason: fun.
With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke, because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook… 'Oh, Peter’s not up to chasing those Zygons down the corridors, let the chap do it.’ And that would be awful. I want to chase the Zygons!
Capaldi’s fears as revealed in the interview with Radio Times aren’t entirely unfounded. Of the four actors to play the Doctor since the reboot in 2005, he is the oldest. A strapping young man chasing aliens could certainly oust Capaldi as the action guy of the series. Ten and Eleven could easily and believably keep up with other fellows on screen; Twelve might have a harder time.
Luckily for Capaldi, female companions in Doctor Who vastly outnumber the male companions. Throughout the years of the reboot, there have only been three companions of the male variety, and Mickey can barely be counted. Captain Jack was around for a bit longer, but it wasn’t until Rory Williams joined Amy and Eleven in the TARDIS that there was a long-term male companion.
That said, Rory was also one of the most recent companions. His tenure on Who is proof enough that current audiences can accept a male companion playing second fiddle to the Doctor as easily as a female companion. Besides, the Doctor and the show might want to change things up after the fate that has befallen the most recent companion, Clara Oswald. On board the TARDIS as the main companion for the end of Eleven and for Twelve, Clara’s recent death that will not be undone with any timey-wimey shenanigans or parallel worlds may call for a different brand of companion. The heartache may be too deep for audiences to want to see another pretty young Brit taking up residence in the police box time machine. Why not go for a guy?
There’s no saying for sure just how long Capaldi himself will remain a part of Doctor Who to chase after Zygons with any sort of companion. He’s signed on for a Season 10, but any further time on Doctor Who is still up in the air. Hopefully, however, Capaldi will be around long enough to form a bond with his new companion, no matter who he or she may be.