The Babes of Doctor Who

By Staff

<p>Our favorite ladies from each incarnation of the classic sci-fi show.<br></p>

Doctor Who, possibly the world’s most iconic sci-fi show, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. We decided to honor this milestone the best way we know how: with a celebration of our favorite women from each Doctor’s tenure on the show. This certainly isn’t a complete list of all the hottest ladies who’ve ever traveled in the TARDIS, so make sure to tell us your favorite companions in the comments.

SARA KINGDOM (JEAN MARSH): The First Doctor was a little before our time, but when we revisited these episodes the babe who immediately jumped out at us was Sara Kingdom, played by Jean Marsh, a badass Space Security Service agent who took on the Daleks while rocking a tight jumpsuit. Check out some classic moments in the fan-made tribute video below.

ZOE HERIOT (WENDY PADBURY): The Second Doctor had a few foxy female companions, but we always crushed most on petite Zoe Heriot (Wendy Padbury). Zoe was a scientist from the 21st century, though she usually rocked Mod style (and the occasional shiny jumpsuit), and even though she was a human she may actually have been cleverer than the Doctor, as she demonstrates in this video:

SARAH JANE SMITH (ELIZABETH SLADEN): One of the Doctor’s most iconic companions, and the only one to get her own spinoff, is journalist Sarah Jane Smith (the late Elizabeth Sladen), who spanned both the Third and Fourth Doctors’ eras. In the next video you see Sarah holding her own against the Doctor.

LEELA (LOUISE JAMESON): Leela, short for Leelandredloomsagwinaechegesima, was a warrior woman from a regressed human tribe living on the Doctor’s home planet of Gallifrey. Her skimpy outfit first got our attention, but her badass status (she’s great with her crossbow) is what won our hearts and earned her place on this list.

NYSSA OF TRAKEN (SARAH SUTTON): The first non-human on our list, the bewitching brunette Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) is the last Trakenite, who watched her home planet’s destruction. On her travels with the Fifth Doctor, she began to develop telepathic powers. The video below shows her kiss the Doctor, one of the few times a companion ever does.

PERI BROWN (NICOLA BRYANT): American college student Peri Brown (played by British actress Nicola Bryant) is the next companion to make our list, and let’s be honest: Her love of cleavage-baring outfits didn’t hurt. But she’s more than just a pretty face; a student of botany and amateur archaeologist, in this video she stands up to questioning while the Doctor’s life is at stake.

THE RANI (KATE O'MARA): The Rani (Kate O’Mara) is the only Time Lady on our list, and she’s also the only non-companion; she has her own TARDIS. We don’t usually go for big hair and shoulder pads, but they work for her. She may have been an evil genius biochemist, but we would have let her experiment on us! In this video the Seventh Doctor wakes up in her lab after regenerating.

GRACE HOLLOWAY (DAPHNE ASHBROOK): The Eighth Doctor only appeared in one TV movie, so lucky for us he chose the smart and sexy cardiologist Grace Holloway (Daphne Ashbrook) to be his companion. Not only did Grace save his life, she’s the first companion to share a real kiss with the Doctor. In this video she turns down his offer to come with him after their adventure but asks him to stay with her on Earth.

ROSE TYLER (BILLIE PIPER): For many people who never saw the original series, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) was their first companion, and she starts out as arguably the most normal: a working-class shopgirl from London with no special abilities or training. In this video the Ninth Doctor tries to sacrifice himself to save Rose’s life, but she isn’t willing to let him.

MARTHA JONES (FREEMA AGYEMAN): The second medical doctor on our list, the brilliant and sassy Martha Jones’ (Freema Agyeman) adventures included meeting William Shakespeare and, after she left the TARDIS, working for supersecret government agencies UNIT and Torchwood. In this video she saves the Doctor’s bacon from an alien infection.

AMY POND (KAREN GILLAN): There are plenty of women from the Eleventh Doctor’s time that could have claimed a place on this list, but in the end we had to go with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), the fiery redhead with the Scottish accent who traveled with him for two and a half seasons. Watch her get attacked by the remnants of a Cyberman in the video below.

The Eleventh Doctor’s time is almost at an end, and we can’t wait to see where the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will go and which babes will join him in the TARDIS. Watch the trailer for the 50th Anniversary Special below and tune in November 23rd on BBC America to watch “The Day of the Doctor.”


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