PLANET OF ORIGIN: Gallifrey
One of the two Time Lords to travel with the Doctor (the other being his granddaughter, Susan), Romana was originally haughty and arrogant, believing that her brains would be enough to beat the Doctor’s experience every time. After regenerating and choosing the body of a princess, Romana became the companion most similar to the Doctor, in both temperament and clothing choice. She was always the Doctor’s intellectual equal, and like the Doctor, chose not to return to Gallifrey (depending on what you take as canon – according to Big Finish Audios, she later became President of Gallifrey). Romana was one of the first companions to have a properly flirtatious relationship with the Doctor, which might have been a bleedover from the real-life relationship of Lalla Ward and Tom Baker.
PLANET OF ORIGIN: Earth
DOCTOR(S): Ninth, Tenth
The reintroduction of Doctor Who meant that audiences needed a companion who was ordinary and relatable, as well as being interesting enough to want to follow. Rose was the perfect companion, being the first of Russell T Davies’ ordinary women who realise they’re incredible just by being themselves. In Rose’s words, she has “no A-Levels, no job, no future,” but she’s still able to look into the heart of the TARDIS, tear through universes to save the man she loves, and consistently defeat the Daleks. And with Rose we gained Jackie, her mother, as well as boyfriend Mickey – because Rose didn’t exist in a vacuum to serve the Doctor, like some other companions. Eventually, Billie Piper’s accent may have become incomprehensible, and the love story annoyed purists, but Rose will always be a definitive Who companion.
Rose or Romana?
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