In my ongoing Doctor Who-obsessive state, I started wondering where all the Doctor’s companions wound up and if any of them could possibly be around for the current series (a la Sarah Jane). Fortunately, with a little Wikipedia help, I compiled this list of them and their last known fate. Yer welcome.
Susan Foreman, The Doctor’s granddaughter. Stayed behind on Earth in 2164 to marry David, a resistance fighter in the war against the Dalek invasion. Presumably dead since all the Time Lords and The Doctor’s friends and family are gone.
Barbara Wright, schoolteacher. Finally made it back home to Earth in 1965. She’d be quite old, and the actress who portrayed her ,Jacquelin Hill, died in 1993.
Ian Chesterton, schoolteacher. Made it home with Barbara. Again, very old. William Russell is 83 and still acts, appearing in an episode of “Poirot” in 2005. His son plays Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies.
Vicki, orphan from the 25th century. Vicki fell in love with the warrior Troilus when the TARDIS landed during the siege of Troy, eventually passing into legend as Cressida, the name given to her by King Priam.
Steven Taylor, a space pilot from future Earth. Stayed behind to mediate between groups called the Savages and the Elders on an alien planet.
Katarina, an inhabitant of ancient Troy. Killed saving The Doctor from the Daleks.
Sara Kingdom, a security officer in the 41st century. Died helping The Doctor battle the Daleks.
Dodo Chaplet, a teenager from 1966. Decided to remain in 1966 after several adventures. The actress Jackie Lane is 67.
Polly, a young woman from 1966. Decided to remain in 1966 when the TARDIS returns after some adventures. Anneke Wills is 66.
Ben Jackson, a merchant seaman from 1966. Decided to remain in 1966 at the same time as Polly. Michael Craze died in 1998.
Jamie McCrimmon, an 18th century Scottish piper. The Time Lords sent him back to his own time/place and wiped his memory of his adventures with The Doctor.
Victoria Waterfield, daughter of a scientist in 1866. Settled with a family named Harris in the 20th century. Deborah Watling is 60.
Zoe Heriot, a young astrophysicist from the 21st century. The Time Lords sent her back to her own time/place and wiped her memory of her adventures with The Doctor.
Liz Shaw, a PhD working with UNIT in 1970. Decided to go back to her research at Cambridge. Caroline John is still living in England and is married to Geoffrey Beevers who played The Master in “The Keeper of Traken.”
Jo Grant, a junior civilian operative for UNIT. Jo married Clifford Jones, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and they set off to study the Amazon rainforest. Katy Manning is 59.
Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist. Continues to investigate alien interactions with Earth and is supposed to be in the final two episodes of the current season.
Harry Sullivan, a Navy doctor with UNIT. Stayed in London after several adventures with The Doctor. Ian Marter died in 1986.
Leela, a warrior of the savage Sevateem tribe, who were the descendants of the crew of an Earth ship that crash landed on an unnamed planet in the far future. The name of her tribe, “Sevateem”, was a corruption of “survey team”. Remained on Gallifrey after helping fight off a Sontaran invasion. She may have died during the last Time War. Louise Jameson is 57.
Romana, a Time Lady from Gallifrey assigned by the White Guardian to assist The Doctor in his search for the Key to Time. Chose to remain in a parallel univers (E-space) to help freed slaves. She might have survived in E-space, but that would make another Time Lord survivor. Not likely.
Adric, a young native of the planet Alzarius, which exists in the parallel universe of E-space. Died trying to stop a Cyberman-controlled spaceship from crashing into prehistoric Earth (which, naturally, became the “meteor” that triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs).
Tegan Jovanka, an Australian airline stewardess. Left The Doctor in 1984 London after many adventures. Janet Fielding is 51.
Nyssa of Traken, an aristocratic native of Traken. Chose to stay on the derelict space station Terminus to help turn it into a hospital. Sarah Sutton is 46.
Vislor Turlough, a political exile of the warring planet Trion. Returned to Trion after learning of the end of the war. Mark Strickson is 46.
Peri Brown, an American college student. Married King Yrcanos of Thoros Alpha. Nicola Bryant is 45.
Melanie Bush, a computer programmer from the 20th century. Decided to stay on Iceworld with galactic huxter Sabalom Glitz. Bonnie Langford is 43.
Ace, a troubled Earth teen who wound up on Iceworld in her future. Her fate is unknown. She wasn’t with The Doctor when he regenerated into his 8th incarnation (the TV Movie). Sophi Aldred is 45.
Grace Holloway, a cardiologist in 1999 San Francisco. Her fate is unknown. She wasn’t with The Doctor when he reappeared in his 9th incarnation. Daphny Ashbrook is 45.
Adam Mitchell, a young English researcher from 2012. He was kicked off the TARDIS for bad behavior. Bruno Langley is 25.
Astrid Peth, a waitress from the planet Sto. Died saving The Doctor from Max Capricorn.
River Song, an archaeologist from the future of the current incarnation of The Doctor. Died using her brain as a memory buffer to save people trapped in the computer of The Library.
Then there are other notables like Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT Sgt. Benton, Capt. Mike Yates, Jackie Tyler and the robots K-9 and Kamelion.
But I’ll leave it there, as the rest of the companions–Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones and Donna Noble–are all likely to be seen in the upcoming 2-part series finale. And one thing I don’t want is any damned SPOILERS!!!