With a new Doctor, there is a tradition of a new companion – especially with a new production team taking over.
It could of course be said that the show has got through enough companions since 2005, with Rose, Jack, Mickey, Martha, and Donna all travelling with the Doctor and Astrid Peth almost fulfilling the role, not to mention the returning Sarah Jane Smith.
Then again, 3 Doctors from 2005 to 2010 is one or two too many as well, so let’s not get carried away. At the end of the day, we’ve got Matt Smith as Doctor # 11 – but who will be accompanying him through time and space?
Lily Allen is a popular choice among the taboids and broadsheets alike, and despite her adopting a broadly different vocal performance on the recent Jools’ Annual Hootenanny last New Year’s Eve, there isn’t any real evidence of her doing any substantial acting since she was a little girl. Of course we have Billie Piper to thank for any thoughts of any pop stay becoming a Doctor Who companion.
Executive Producer for the 2010 series of Doctor Who is Piers ("Arsene") Wenger, who seems very excited about the prospect of another Billie Piper.
"Having got the casting of the Doctor out of the way, the companion role is where we will be looking next.
"Someone terribly exciting like Billie Piper, who was at the beginning of her acting career but who had a profile for other reasons, would be great. We are looking for someone whose light can burn brightly."
And of Lily Allen – whose father Keith stars in BBC One’s Robin Hood as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Arsene said:
"We would never cast anyone on the basis of their celebrity, but if Lily wanted to audition we would be delighted. It would be a lot of fun."
Of course there is no mention of how many companions or their sex – although it does seem to be apparent that the very young-looking Doctor isn’t going to be getting an older travelling partner as hoped.
Is it all about Lily Allen though? Not at all – other names touted include pint sized Rachel Stevens and Hollywood surfboard Kelly Brook (both of whom have had success on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing), as well as model Agyness Deyn, with the latter being linked since before Christmas despite no one north of London having heard of her.
Elsewhere suggestions have been made that range from the total fantasy (Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere!) to the ridiculous (Connie Fisher?) also taking in more realistic names such as Carey Mulligan (Blink‘s Sally Sparrow), Michelle Ryan (former EastEnder, Bionic Woman and now appearing in Merlin), some models, Georgia Moffett (who would look older than her "father" if she returned as Jenny at any point alongside Matt Smith) as well as more sensible names such as Gemma Arterton (Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Quantum of Solace) and The Sarah Jane Adventures‘ Anjli Mohindra (who is absolutely fantastic, I must add)
It is of course going to run, for around 3-5 months. To finish, some further suggestions to add to the mix, courtesy of us here at Kasterborous:
Georgina Hagen (Britannia High, pictured above-right)
Olivia Hallinen (Lark Rise to Candleford, Torchwood episode Out of Time)
and one for the tabloids: