I may have given Dr Who a bad press earlier, but considering it is the World's longest running sci-fi TV series, you would expect more babe content. This isn't an exhaustive list of female companions, but most are included here. Most of them were hapless, accidental recruits, but there was the odd one or two that were more than just a second-rated assistant!
Dr Who's first female companion, way back in 1963, Barbara was a school teacher who stumbled into the TARDIS by mistake and ended up on many time-travel adventures. Luckily for the Doctor, she was an expert on history.
Katarina was handmaiden to the prophetess Cassandra when the Doctor visited Troy, in 1184 BC. She later sacrificed herself for the Doctor.
Polly was a strong-willed ex-secretary who joined the Doctor when he took off into space-time not knowing she was aboard the TARDIS.
Victoria was orphaned when the Daleks murdered her father, Victorian scientist Edward Waterfield. She was often teased about her prim manner and naivety.
Super-intelligent, with a degree in pure mathematics, and, on occasions, smarter then even the doctor.
Elizabeth was a researcher at Cambridge university and was assigned as an assistant to the doctor for a short priod.
Jo was a trainee-spy who managed to get a job with the doctor, but she had a knack for getting into trouble. Cute and the first attempt at making the assistant more light-hearted.
Although an assistant for the Doctor, this popular character went on to have her own series. Originally a journalist, she stowed away in the TARDIS, and was known for her curiosity and feminist views.
At last - a non-human, which is surprising since the Doctor travelled the Universe. Leela was a sexy, but savage warrior princess, perhaps lacking in technological knowledge and experience, but she sure could handle herself!.
The next assistant was a Time Lord named Romanadvoratrelundar, (or "Romana" for short). She was intelligent and sophisticated and even smarter than the doctor!
Of course, all time lords have to regenerate and Roman generated into version 2, a princess.
Nyssa was the daughter of an aristocrat.
I remember Tegan well, probably because of her strong Australian accent, which was still unusual on TV in the day. Tegan was an airline hostess who walked into the TARDIS thinking it actually was a police box.
Another assistant draughted in by accident - Peri was brought into the TARDIS to recover from a near-drowning. Honestly - did the Doctor just kidnap these assistants? ?
Rose was the first assistant to be romantically-linked with the Doctor. She was just a shop assistant who accidentally entered the world of time and space travel when she was rescued.
A medical student, who also appeared in the spin-off, "Torchwood".
Well, you can't not include a character played by Kylie Minogue, can you? Astrid was a waitress aboard a starship and another companion who developed a liking for the good Doctor.
A minor British aristocrat, Lady De Souza was a thief who caught a bus as a getaway, only to be driven into a wormhole.
Another very desirable actress playing a fictional character in a science fiction series that just has to be included. Amy was employed as a kissogram when she met the Doctor after a twelve year wait!
Strictly speaking, Gwen was a character in the spin-off, Torchwood. Recruited whilst a police officer, Gwen evolves into something of an action heroine, often making tough but sometimes dubious decisions. All done with a very sexy Welsh accent!
Clara is a bit of a mystery for the Doctor. He encounters her in three different times and planets. He spends considerable time trying to find out why. I found Clara to be quite a saucy character, somewhat elfish and cute, but playful too.
Not actually a human anymore, this version of the character has been turned into a dalek, yet manages to survive by living a human fantasy as the sole survivor of a space-ship.
In her second re-incarnation, she becomes a victorian barmaid.
After both previous versions die, Clara becomes a long-term companion. Originally a nanny, later a teacher, she is a cheeky and reckless character, who nevertheless showed great courage and determination.
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As a young boy, I remember Dr Who on the television and at the cinema more than any other TV programme. This is probably because it was so frightening (then) that we literally DID hide behind the sofa from the enemies. Luckily, the doctor was always accompanied on journeys and sometimes these co-time-travellers were babes!