According to 5th Doctor Peter Davison, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) was the first well-rounded companion on Doctor Who, and it may have something to do with all that smooching going around the TARDIS.
Peter Davison—who played the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984—basically blames the lack of sexual tension on the show for its previous failures regarding the development of the beloved Time Lord’s companions.
Davison told Radio Times:
“I don’t know why but [Doctor Who bosses] were so obsessive about there being no flirtation. I wasn’t allowed to put my arm around female companions in case they thought there might be.
“I think it was part of the reason why they never quite mastered the whole companion idea."
“They were struggling for many years to find a better way of making the companions more rounded characters. And certainly, when it comes to the female companions, they never once thought that it was a good idea to put any kind of sexual tension, even in its most innocent form, between the Doctor and companion. I think it probably would have made it easier to write a better character.”
Billie Piper was perhaps not the first companion to have landed a smooch on her Doctor (Dr. Grace Holloway, played by Daphne Ashbrook, has that particular distinction when she was kissed by Eighth Doctor Paul MacGann in the 1996 Doctor Who movie), but she did share a kiss with the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, and then with Doctor number Ten—along with the meta-crisis Tenth Doctor—both played by David Tennant.
Matt Smith also enjoyed his fair share of smooching, having been kissed by his companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, sharing even more passionate embraces with his wife River Song, played by Alex Kingston, and even new companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, got to lock lips with the very flirty Eleventh Doctor.
“I think the idea that there’s a kind of frisson in the Tardis is fine and works actually rather well. I’m rather envious at the number of times that the Doctor gets to kiss girls now.
“They struggled for many years to write a good companion’s part and didn’t really ever manage it. In fact, I don’t think they’ve ever managed to do it until Rose, when the series came back, and that was really just writing a damn good part.”
What do you think, do you guys agree that “a kind of frisson” in the TARDIS made the companions more … well-rounded?
(via Radio Times)