Barbara: Of the original Companions, she always struck me as the least necessary.
Oh I adore Barbara! Love her or hate her, there has never been a companion quite like her. She had this stability/motherly thing about her that was the voice of reason to Doctor #1's crotchety behavior and Susan's whining and screaming (although the family connection is intriguing and underutilized, she
was the screamer through her run moreso than Barbara). I loved the fact she was this mature (37ish?) woman, not a naive, young girl or twentysomething sexpot like most of her successors in the TARDIS. Yet, I think she was incredibly sexy, just in a chic 1950s way as opposed to the Swingin' Sixties companions like Polly and Zoe (yes, I know Zoe is from the future, but her schtick is pretty 1960s).
Barbara could take charge and have a course of action all her own (The Aztecs
) and stand up to the Doctor without being petulant or bitchy. I loved it when she tore the Doctor a new asshole in The Daleks
. Maybe I like her so much only because she was so unique (when I watched the Hartnell years I'd pretty much only seen Pertwee and early Tom Baker at that point).
I also thought Turlough was an intriguing companion, and I also have a softspot for that loudmouthed Tegan Jovanka. Sarah Jane is great too, although I agree she could be annoying. I like Jamie and Zoe, and Ben was kinda hot--wish I could see more of him!
Annoying companions: Jo Grant, Peri (100% with you Pooki
: that laughably fake American accent alone makes me want to switch off the sound!), Mel and Ace.
Edited by SpecialBrew, Mar 7, 2006 @ 4:03 PM.