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A look at the surviving Doctors and Companions from the series

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For 50 years, the Doctor and his companions have delighted fans of Doctor Who worldwide. And while some of its stars have passed on, the majority are still around to continue the Who legacy, which has enjoyed a longevity and impact that shows no signs of stopping. But what is life like after traveling through all space and time? Here's a look at those who have given us so much joy over the decades and where they are now. For more Doctor Who, also read: 10 Awesome Examples of Doctor Who's Cultural InfluenceDoctor Who 50th Anniversary trailer: Ten and Eleven Together! Doctor Who: Meet the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi
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Matt Smith

Best known to Whovians as: The 11th Doctor who has a fondness for fish fingers and custard (together), fezes and bow ties. Where he is now: After handing over the role of the Doctor to Peter Capaldi, Smith can be seen in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How to Catch a Monster (for which he shaved his hair), which will be released in 2014. Fun fact: The bow tie that became a part of the 11th Doctor's ensemble was influenced by Patrick Troughton's portrayal of the Second Doctor.
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Jenna Coleman

Best known to Whovians as: Clara Oswin Oswald, aka the Impossible Girl, became the 11th Doctor's companion after he already encountered two other versions of her who died saving him. Eventually, the mystery of her ubiquitous nature was revealed, thanks to the threat of the Great Intelligence. Where she is now: Although Coleman stays on as the companion of the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi), she'll co-star as Lydia Wickham in the series Death Comes to Pemberley opposite Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys. It's the adaptation of P.D. James' novel that returns to the world of Pride and Prejudice but embroils its characters in a murder mystery. Fun fact: The Victorian version of Clara was born on Nov. 23, which was the day Doctor Who first aired, and lived until age 26, when the original series also went off the air. Modern-day Clara's mother died on March 5, 2005, the day that the first episode of the revived Who was leaked.
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Karen Gillan

Best known to Whovians as: Amy Pond, the little girl who first met the 11th Doctor, got stood up for 12 years and then reunited with him as a cynical, sassy kissogram worker. She became Eleven's companion and eventually gave birth to an equally sassy daughter. Where she is now: She joined the third season of Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV as Daisy and will appear as the bald alien space pirate Nebula in Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. Fun fact: Gillan had input into Amy's wardrobe and thus never wore heels because those aren't very functional when trying to save the world.
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Arthur Darvill

Best known to Whovians as: Rory Williams, aka Mr. Pond, aka the Lone Centurion. Initially seen only as Amy's milquetoast nurse fiance, he became another companion to the Doctor and eventually tested his own mettle and proved his steadfast loyalty to his woman. Where he is now: Darvill appeared as the Duke of Buckingham in Starz's The White Queen and the Rev. Paul Coates in BBC America's murder mystery series Broadchurch. Fun fact: Although fans welcomed Rory's opportunities to show off his action heroism, this often resulted in his (temporary or fake) death, which thereby backfired and was compared to the commonplace mortality of South Park's Kenny. Nevertheless, Rory's off-screen but real death in "The Angels Take Manhattan" was still poignant for fans.
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Alex Kingston

Best known to Whovians as: River Song, aka Melody Pond, the cheeky time traveller who is journeying through an opposite timeline as the Doctor (his first meeting with her is her last, and vice versa). Their great love and attraction for each other was made even more tragic by the fact that she gave up her regenerative powers to save his life. Where she is now: She's appeared as Dinah Drake Lance (but apparently not Black Canary) on The CW's Arrow. Fun fact: Executive producer Steven Moffat was loosely inspired by Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time-Traveler's Wife when conceiving of the romance between the Doctor and River. Moffat first explored this asynchronous type of love story first, however, with the 10th Doctor and a version of Madame de Pompadour in "The Girl in the Fireplace."
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James Corden

Best known to Whovians as: Craig Owens, an ordinary bloke who was also the Doctor's flatmate for a short period of time. They became an unlikely comic duo and shared two earthbound adventures together. Where he is now: The former Gavin & Stacey star followed his brushes with the Doctor with The Three Musketeers film, a Tony for his play One Man, Two Guvnors and the Hulu series The Wrong Mans. He'll also appear as the Baker in the big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods. Fun fact: While there were four different types of Cybermats (three practical, one computer-generated) created for the Craig-centric episode "Closing Time," there were seven different babies and several dummies used to portray his baby son Alfie.
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David Tennant

Best known to Whovians as: The 10th incarnation of the Doctor, who is at time gregarious and talkative yet fiercely vengeful with a strong sense of his right to dispense his own personal justice. Where he is now: Tennant starred in the miniseries The Spies of Warsaw and the BBC's recent hit mystery series Broadchurch as Det. Alec Hardy. He reprises his role as Ten in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special and will also star in the U.S. remake of Broadchurch. Fun fact: Tennant and Russell T. Davies claim that Ten's costume was inspired by an outfit celeb chef Jamie Oliver had worn on Michael Parkinson's talk show.
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Billie Piper

Best known to Whovians as: Rose Tyler, the companion to the Ninth and 10th Doctors. She was originally a London shopgirl and demonstrated a level of bravery and loyalty unseen before in companions. In many ways, she was seen as the Doctor's equal and in fact loved him as such. Where she is now: After Doctor Who, Piper starred in The Secret Diaries of a Call Girl series based on the memoirs of real-life call girl Brooke Magnanti. She appears in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special along with Tennant and will play Brona Croft in the Showtime supernatural thriller Penny Dreadful alongside Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. Fun fact: Executive producer Russell T. Davies chose the name Rose for two reasons: he thought of the name as good luck after having already used it for Lesley Sharp's character in Bob & Rose and he felt it was also "the most British name in the world."
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Noel Clarke

Best known to Whovians as: Mickey Smith, the earthbound boyfriend of Rose Tyler who accompanied her with the Doctor on a few adventures. Where he is now: Clarke has written and starred in a number of projects including the sprinting film Fast Girls and the sci-fi horror flick Storage 24. He also appeard as Thomas Harewood in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Fun fact: After Mickey's appearance in the Who episode "Journey's End," he was supposed to join spin-off Torchwood, but Clarke's career took a different path.
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Catherine Tate

Best known to Whovians as: Donna Noble, aka "The Runaway Bride," who would become the 10th Doctor's outspoken yet compassionate companion. Where she is now: Besides starring opposite David Tennant on stage in Much Ado About Nothing, she recurred as Nellie Bertram, a potential replacement for Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott who later became the company's special projects manager on the U.S. version of The Office. She also starred in the BBC One sitcom Big School. Fun fact: Executive producer Russell T. Davies originally intended Donna to be a one-off character, not an ongoing companion, because he thought her abrasive personality would annoy viewers.
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Freema Agyeman

Best known to Whovians as: Martha Jones was a medical student who became the 10th Doctor's companion, but eventually left because of her unrequited love for him. Where she is now: Following Who, Agyeman starred as Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK. She currently portrays the flamboyant fashionista and mentor Larissa on The CW's The Carrie Diaries. Fun fact: In order to explain Agyeman's guest-starring role as a different character in the previous Who episode, "Army of Ghosts," Martha makes a reference to resembling her deceased cousin Adeola.
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Kylie Minogue

Best known to Whovians as: Astrid Peth, a one-off companion to the 10th Doctor who is a waitress aboard the starship Titanic. Where she is now: The Australian Princess of Pop released her 11th studio album Aphrodite in 2010. Her other acting credits since leaving Doctor Who include parts in the films Jack & Diane and the bizarre Holy Motors. Fun fact: Spoiler alert! Young fans of Minogue who tuned into the special Christmas episode had to be reassured that the actress was still alive and did not perish as Astrid did.
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David Morrissey

Best known to Whovians as: Jackson Lake, a 19th century man whose memories became confused after using a Cyberman infostamp and for a short time believed he was an incarnation of the Doctor. Although he was not deemed an official companion, in this one-off episode, the 10th Doctor acts as Lake's companion. Where he is now: After Doctor Who, Morrissey appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl and the PBS miniseries The Hollow Crown. He currently portrays the despotic, eyepatch-wearing Governor on AMC's The Walking Dead. Fun fact: Lake lived at 15 Latimer Street, which could be a reference to Tim Latimer, another Doctor Who character who accidentally obtained some of the Doctor's memories.
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Michelle Ryan

Best known to Whovians as: Lady Christina de Souza, a minor member of the British aristocracy who is also an adrenaline junkie and thief. She was a one-off companion to the 10th Doctor. Where she is now: The former Jekyll and Merlin actress is also known for starring in the failed Bionic Woman reboot and has guest-starred on USA's Covert Affairs as Auggie's former lover, Helen Hanson. Fun fact: After Donna Noble, Lady Christina was a return to the romantic chemistry between companion and Doctor, much like he had with Rose. The biggest difference, however, was that Lady Christina had an elite background and had her own life that made her not as susceptible to the Doctor's influence.
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Christopher Eccleston

Best known to Whovians as: The Ninth Doctor who returned for Doctor Who's revival in 2005. Where he is now: After leaving Doctor Who after only one season, Eccleston appeard on NBC's drama Heroes, on the big screen in Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Others, 28 Days Later, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Thor 2 as the villainous Malekith. Fun fact: Eccleston was the first choice for the revived Doctor Who and to prepare for the role, watched the Fourth Doctor's serial, "The Talons of Weng-Chiang."
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Bruno Langley

Best known to Whovians as: Adam Mitchell, a short-term companion to the Ninth Doctor who lost his privileges after trying to use knowledge gained from his time travels for his own gain. Where he is now: Langley has enjoyed a rich career on stage, starring in Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Flashdance The Musical and The Mousetrap, to name a few. In November 2013, he returned to the long-running soap Coronation Street to reprise his popular gay character Todd Grimshaw. Fun fact: Russell T. Davies intended Adam to be a "rubbish" companion or a "companion that couldn't."
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John Barrowman

Best known to Whovians as: Jack Harkness, a former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century who traveled with the Ninth Doctor and Rose before sacrificing his life. Rose resurrects him with the power of the time vortex, after which he became immortal and then starred in his own spin-off series, Torchwood. Where he is now: After Who and Torchwood, Barrowman appeared on Desperate Housewives as eco-terrorist Patrick Logan, guest-starred on Scandal as a fixer and currently plays Malcom Merlyn on The CW's Arrow. Fun fact: Harkness is bisexual, the first Doctor Who character to ever be openly anything but heterosexual. But since he is from the 51st century, two human genders aren't the only options, so Harkness prefers the term "omnisexual" instead.
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Paul McGann

Best known to Whovians as: The Eighth Doctor, who only appeared on television once in the 1996 TV movie that was supposed to act as a backdoor pilot to a Fox series that failed to earn a pick-up. McGann embodied him as alternately playful and dark. Where he is now: McGann's films include Fairy Tale: A True Stor and Queen of the Damned, and on TV he continues to work on series such as Luther, Jonathan Creek and Ripper Street. Fun fact: Despite (or perhaps because of) his brief tenure on TV, the Eighth Doctor has the most Doctor Who spin-off stories published and produced about him.
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Daphne Ashbrook

Best known to Whovians as: Dr. Grace Holloway, a cardiologist who tried to revive the gunned-down Seventh Doctor, but accidentally killed him instead because she was unaware of his alien physiology (two hearts). She became the companion of the regenerated Eighth Doctor. Where she is now: Ashbrook's post-Doctor Who work includes stints on JAG, The O.C., The Ghost Whisperer and Nickelodeon's Hollywood Heights soap. Fun fact: Grace scandalized Whovians in the TV movie because the Doctor kissed her, breaking the longstanding taboo of the Time Lord having a romantic involvement with his companions.
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Sylvester McCoy

Best known to Whovians as: The Seventh Doctor, who initially seemed goofy, with a penchant for magic tricks and playing the spoons, but evolved to become a much more driven and dark strategist when taking on his enemies. Where he is now: McCoy appeared in the miniseries The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, various TV series including Casualty and on the stage for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, King Lear, The Mikado among other plays. He currently plays the wizard Radagast the Brown in the big-screen three-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Fun fact: He was the last Doctor to feature the question mark motif in his attire. The umbrella he carried had a red questiom mark for its handle. Doctor Who ended for the first time after McCoy's tenure as the Doctor in 1989.
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Sophie Aldred

Best known to Whovians as: Dorothy Gale "Ace" McShane, the Earth teenager who got swept by a Time Storm to the planet Svartos in the future, where/when she meets and becomes the Seventh Doctor's companion. She's streetwise and has a tough exterior, but is loyal to the Doctor, whom she nicknames "Professor." Where she is now: Most of her post-Who work is in children's programming, which she performs as a voiceover actress. Fun fact: If Doctor Who had continued after 1989 as planned, the production team had intended for Ace to train to be a Time Lord on Gallifrey.
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Bonnie Langford

Best known to Whovians as: Melane "Mel" Bush, the cheerful computer programmer from West Sussex who became the companion of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. She has an eidetic memory and was also a health enthusiast and a vegetarian. Where she is now: Langford contributed to several Doctor Who audio dramas and specials and was a regular among the pantomime circuit, starring as Prince Charming in Cinderella and Peter in Peter Pan. In 2006, placing third in ITV's Dancing on Ice (the British equivalent to Skating with the Stars) revitalized her career, and since then she's reprised the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago in both the UK and U.S., made a number of TV guest appearances, performed at the famous Birdland night club, appeared in Spamalot and starred in the UK's first-ever tour production of the Broadway musical 9 to 5. Fun fact: The former child star got her first big break at age 6 when she won the talent show Opportunity Knocks.
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Colin Baker

Best known to Whovians as: The Sixth Doctor, whose garish technicolor ensemble reflected his rather volatile personality. He also had a particular fondness for cats. Where he is now: Baker has contributed to a slew of Doctor Who audio plays and has written various stories in the universe as well. He's been active on the stage (H.M.S. Pinafore, The Woman in White) as well as on screen, appearing on Casualty, Jonathan Creek, Top Gear and Doctors. He finished in eighth place in 2012's UK version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Fun fact: Although Baker's tenure as the Doctor was unpopular — from the 18-month hiatus to refresh and his high-profile firing — he never held a grudge and continued to celebrate his time on the show. His many performances reprising Six in the audio plays have earned him respect from fans who have voted him one of the "greatest" Doctors in the format.
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Peter Davison

Best known to Whovians as: The Fifth Doctor, who was much more back to basics regarding the serious science behind the adventures. He was incredibly compassionate, especially to his young companions, and sometimes made decisions by flipping a coin. Davison was already known to the public for his acclaimed role as Tristan Farnon in the TV adaptation of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small Where he is now: Davison has quite a hefty resume following Who that includes starring in Mystery!: Campion, At Home with the Braithwaites, The Last Detective,, Law & Order: UK and the comedy Pat & Cabbage. Fun fact: Davison claims that the cricket-inspired clothing was his idea because the producers wanted wardrobe that conveyed both action and eccentricity in the Fifth Doctor.
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Nicola Bryant

Best known to Whovians as: Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown is an American college student majoring in botany who became the companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctors. She was seen as one of the more controversial companions because it was argued she was only added to the series to wear form-fitting/revealing clothes. Where she is now: Besides recording various Doctor Who audio plays, she's also had a robust career on stage, appearing in Killing Jessica, Taboo and Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll. Fun fact: Peri wasn't the most convincing American. Not only did her accent wander among various U.S. dialects, but Bryant commented that often producers insisted the character use a British term (such as "lift" instead of the American counterpart "elevator") in order to not confuse the viewers.
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Mark Strickson

Best known to Whovians as: Vislor Turlough became the Fifth Doctor's companion and demonstrated an ability to operate the TARDIS' various systems. Eventually, it's revealed that he's a native of the planet Trion. Where he is now: Although Strickson played a young Ebenezer Scrooge in a 1984 version of A Christmas Carol, he shifted behind the cameras to become a director and producer of wildlife documentaries, several of which brought Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter, to fame. Fun fact: Stickson felt he was often in "bondage" because the producers often didn't know what to do with Turlough and as a result often had the Doctor's enemies capture him.
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Tom Baker

Best known to Whovians as: The Fourth Doctor, who is perhaps the most recognizable of all the incarnations, known for his long, colorful scarf. He is the longest running Doctor, from 1974-1981. Where he is now: Baker has a full resume, and the highlights after leaving his tenure as Time Lord include starring in The Hound of the Baskervilles as Sherlock Holmes, the third season of Clue as Professor Plum, 2000's big-screen Dungeons & Dragons and narrating Little Britain. Fun fact: Baker's voiceover and narration work is so extensive, he was voted as the fourth-most recognizable voice by adult Brits after The Queen, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher in 2005.
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Louise Jameson

Best known to Whovians as: Leela, the redheaded savage warrior who was a primitive descendant of one of the Earth crewmembers who crash-landed on an unnamed planet in the far future. Where she is now: Besides stints on Emmerdale and EastEnders, Jameson's more recent work includes a Dark Shadows audio drama and the play Gutted, for which she earned a nomination for Best Female Performance at the 2013 Off West End Theatre Awards. Fun fact: Jameson has naturally blue eyes, but initially wore red contacts to make her eyes brown as Leela. The contacts limited her vision, however, and eventually she was able to get rid of them when "pigment dispersal" was written into the series.
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Lalla Ward

Best known to Whovians as: The second incarnation of Romana, one of the Fourth Doctor's companions who is a Time Lady from Gallifrey. Where she is now: After Who, she took to the stage for a few years, but eventually retired officially from acting. Naturally, that hasn't stopped her from reprising the role of Romana in audio plays, the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time or the 2003 webcast of Doctor Who: Shada. Fun fact: She was briefly married to her co-star Tom Baker for 16 months before they split. She met her current husband, biologist and writer Richard Dawkins, at a 40th birthday party for her pal and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. She has also published two books, one on knitting and another on embroidery.
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Matthew Waterhouse

Best known to Whovians as: Adric, a mathematically gifted young native of the planet Alzarius and companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. He's the youngest male companion throughout the series. Where he is now: Since his character died in the series, most of his follow-ups in the Who universe have been as either ghosts, figments of the Doctor's imagination or other creative incarnations of the dead Adric. Other works include a range of Shakespearean plays, the one-man show Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and more recently a guest-starring role in the Dark Shadows audio drama. Fun fact: Because Adric was rather young, snotty and overconfident about his math skills, he has the distinction of being one of the most "hated" companions ever.
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Sarah Sutton

Best known to Whovians as: Nyssa, a young aristocrat from the planet Traken, whose father's body was taken over by the Master. She exhibited a latent psychic ability. She's very giving and left the Doctor to help start a hospital on a space station. Where she is now: Sutton appeared as Nyssa in the Dimensions in Time special in 1993 and various spin-off audio plays. Outside of Who, she also appeared on the medical series Casualty and an episode of Unnatural Pursuits. Fun fact: Sutton claims that Nyssa takes off her skirt and remains in her slip for half of her final adventure with the Doctor to please fans, who have often complained that Nyssa is too covered up. In the script, it is explained that the companion was feeling ill and wanted to loosen pressure on her stomach, but that was never made clear on screen.
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Janet Fielding

Best known to Whovians as: Tegan Jovanka, the oustpoken Air Australia stewardess who become the Fourth Doctor's companion when she mistakes the TARDIS for a police box in seeking help for a flat tire. Where she is now: Fielding contributed to the Who audio plays and appeared in the August 2013 live special that announced Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor. She also held a position with Women in Film and Television UK and currently works as the project coordinator for the charity Project MotorHouse, for which she's organized two Doctor Who conventions to raise funds. Fun fact: Producer John Nathan-Turner claims he was considering two names — Tegan, after a friend's niece in Australia, or Jovanka, the name of Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito's widow — for the new companion and wrote both on a piece of paper. A script editor thought Jovanka to be the last name, and thus Tegan Jovanka was born.
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Katy Manning

Best known to Whovians as: Jo Grant, the assistant to the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) during one of his stints as the scientific advisor to UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce). Where she is now: Manning reprised her role as Jo in various audio adventures in addition to the Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures featuring Matt Smith. In 2009, she won acclaim for her one-woman show Me and Jezebel and continues to perform on stage in plays such as Death by Fatal Murder and the Inspector Pratt trilogy. Fun fact: Jo is seen as one of the Doctor's "sauciest" and sexiest companions, despite (or perhaps because of) her daffy personality. Her departure is still seen as one of the most emotional in the series.
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Anneke Wills

Best known to Whovians as: Polly, the secretary who, along with Ben (Michael Craze), whom she picked up in a bar, became the companions to the First (William Hartnell) and Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). Where she is now: She's continued to provide voices in the Who universe of audio plays. Other highlights of her career include The Avengers TV series and Strange Report. Fun fact: Because Polly was elegant and posh, Ben nicknamed her "Duchess."
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Frazer Hines

Best known to Whovians as: Jamie McCrimmon, a Scottish, kilt-wearing piper from the Clan McLaren in the 18th century who became the companion of the Second Doctor. Where he is now: Following Who, Hines played Joe Sugden for 15 years on Emmerdale and also contributed to the Doctor Who Big Finish audio plays. Fun fact: Hines' Jamie appeared in more episodes of Doctor Who than any other companion. When he came down with chickenpox during the filming of "The Mind Robber," however, Hamish Wilson was written in briefly to play Jamie with a different face thanks to the Master of the Land of Fiction. When Hines recovered, Jamie's real face was restored.
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Deborah Watling

Best known to Whovians as: Victoria Waterfield, the prim and rather naive Victorian lady who traveled with the Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon. Where she is now: After Who, Watling (who was a child star back in the day) went on to the World War II series Danger UXB and has reprised her role as Victoria in the Doctor Who audio drama Three's a Crowd. Fun fact: Because of the BBC's policy of wiping past work, only Watling's "The Tomb of the Cybermen" and the serialized "The Enemy of the World" exist from her Doctor Who days.
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Wendy Padbury

Best known to Whovians as: Zoe Heriot was a brilliant 21st century teenage astrophysicist who lived on a space station known as The Wheel before stowing away on the TARDIS and becoming the Second Doctor's companion along with Jamie. Where she is now: The Crossroads soap actress also appeared on Emmerdale, reuniting with Who co-star Frazer. She was also a theatrical agent who had discovered Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) at the National Youth Theater. Fun fact: Padbury came in second in the TV talent contest Search for a Star.
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Peter Purves

Best known to Whovians as: Companion Steven Taylor, a TARDIS stowaway who had a strong sense of right and wrong and places a high value on human life. Where he is now: Purves is one of the best known co-presenters of the children's program Blue Peter, made cameo appearances on the long-running soap EastEnders and has appeared on the original UK version of The Office. Fun fact: Purves has a long association with dogs, beginning from his Blue Peter days when he was in charge of one of the program's pets. He's parlayed that into its own career, covering and presenting at major dog shows, writing for the canine press and even releasing his autobiography at The Kennel Club.
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Jackie Lane

Best known to Whovians as: Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet, a very cheerful and mod Earth teenager from 1966 who was only the Time Lord's companion for six episodes. Where she is now: Although Lane also appeared in Get Smart (as a hippie!), she moved to another side of the entertainment biz and became a theatrical agent who would represent other Who alum including Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), Janet Fielding (companion Tegan Jovanka) and Nicholas Courtney (companion Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart). Fun fact: Lane will be portrayed by the actress Sophie Holt in An Adventure in Space and Time.
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William Russell

Best known to Whovians as: The action-ready Ian Chesterton, who along with Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill), were teachers at Susan's school. Because they were curious about her superior scientific knowledge, they snooped on her and thus became the First Doctor's companions. Where he is now: His best known film credits include The Great Escape and Superman, and he's continued to be a part of the Who universe in various forms, including playing the role of Harry in An Adventure in Space and Time Fun fact: Jamie Glover will portray him in An Adventure in Space and Time. Russell's son, Alfred Enoch, is also an actor and plays Hogwarts student Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film series.
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Maureen O'Brien

Best known to Whovians as: Vicki, the companion from Earth's future who was found when she crash-landed on the planet Dido. She later parted ways with the Doctor when she fell in love with the ancient Trojan Troilus and stayed with him, eventually becoming Cressida of legend. Where she is now: She appeared in a number of TV series, including playing Morgan Le Fey in The Legend of King Arthur and Casualty. Fun fact: O'Brien also writes mystery novels that feature the character Detective Inspector John Bright.
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Carole Ann Ford

Best known to Whovians as: Susan Foreman, the original companion who just happened to also be the granddaughter of the First Doctor. Where she is now: For the most part, Ford stopped formal acting following an illness in 1977, but has continued to play Susan in a limited fashion in Doctor Who audio plays and companion stories. She'll appear in a small role as "Joyce" in the BBC America docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, about the advent of Doctor Who Fun fact: Claudia Grant will portray Ford in An Adventure in Space and Time