Is It Time for Dr. Who to Get a Male Companion? [Bloggin' on the ETC]

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen up to the current season of Dr. Who, you don’t want to read this post.

With the new season of Dr. Who about to premiere this Saturday, I’ve been thinking and hearing a lot about — well, not Dr. Who himself, but his companions.

I’m still not a fan of the Matt Smith version of the doctor — too manic, doesn’t play the emotional scenes all that well, in my opinion — but I have become a huge fan of Amy and Rory, the couple who are currently serving as his companions. Their evolving relationship, which has included the worse wedding jitters ever, the worse honeymoon ever, and the worst skipped parenthood ever, has become the most interesting thing about the current version of the show. And I often find myself enjoying the episodes centered around them, more than I do the ones centered around the doctor himself.

They’ve already announced the next assistant, yet another pretty young thing, who I’m sure will be quite nice and all that, and probably fiance-free, which means free to actually romance the doctor. However, I find myself in the unfamiliar position of not really cheering for a romance, at least not where Matt Smith is concerned. While I cried when a version of the David Tennant Doctor was finally reunited with Rose, I just don’t find myself in love with the idea of this current doctor falling in love.

In fact, my favorite episodes from the Matt Smith series involved his bromance with Craig Owens, a portly fellow with real life issues. Indeed, whereas David Tennant seemed to right charm any woman that shared the screen with him — including one who became his real life wife — Matt Smith seems to have more chemistry with his fellow man, at least on screen.

I’m not suggesting a gay romance, but I am disappointed that it shall once again be him and some nubile young thing after Amy and Rory depart. I liked the surprising progression of the doctor’s relationship with Rory, and I would like to see what would happen if the writers chose to really explore male friendship, by giving the Doctor a male companion. Traditionally, male companions have only been allowed on the Tardis, as long as there was female companion also along for the ride. Why not change it up?

But what do you think? Would you like to see the doctor get a male companion? Sound off in the comments.