5th Doctor’s Companions


Adric was a companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. He grew up in another Universe called E-Space. He died trying to stop Captain Briggs’ space freighter from crashing into Earth. Adric was a mathematical genius. He was very proud of his Elite status. He wished to be accepted by his brother Varsh’s gang, the Outlers, and tried to steal fruit to prove himself, but failed. When his brother died, he kept his belt, a symbol of Outler membership. Otherwise, the belonging to that rebel party, as well as later attempts to provoke revolutionary riots denoted him as a young turk.

He pretended to go along with the plans of the vampires in a ploy to rescue Romana, with whom he got on well. Aukon sensed Adric had the strength of spirit to survive becoming a vampire. Adric was fiercely loyal to the Doctor and had a generally amicable relationship with the Time Lord, who acted as his mentor. His relationship with the other companions in the crowded TARDIS was often strained. Adric wanted desperately to be brave and accepted; he defied the Master and died trying to solve a math/computer problem, in order to prevent a freighter from crashing into the Earth. As he crashed to his death, unable to access the computer system to input his last mathematical calculation, he held his brother’s belt and said almost wistfully, “Now I’ll never know if I was right.”

Tegan Jovanka

Tegan Jovanka was an Australian air stewardess trainee who wandered into the Fourth Doctor’s TARDIS when she mistook it for a genuine police box, a mistake that left her aunt Vanessaisolated and later killed by the Master’s TCE. She quickly became embroiled in the events surrounding the Doctor’sregeneration and found herself a somewhat unwilling passenger of the Fifth Doctor as he failed continuously to live up to his promise of returning her to her proper time and planet. She was one of the few companions to have parted company with the Doctor only to return for a significant number of adventures.

She was joined in her travels at various times by Adric, Nyssa,Turlough, Kamelion and, briefly, the Brigadier. She played theGame of Rassilon in the Death Zone on Gallifrey, where she also met the First, Second and Third Doctors, along with Susan Foreman and Sarah Jane Smith. Her relatively long tenure of service onboard the TARDIS belied an ambivalence about travel with the Doctor. Until her final glimpse of the TARDIS, she vacillated between wanting to stay and wanting to go.


Princess Nyssa of Traken was a native of the planet Traken, the capital of the Traken Union. She was acompanion of the Doctor for a brief period towards the end of his fourth incarnation and travelled with him for much of his fifth incarnation. She also travelled with Adric, Tegan Jovanka, and Turlough and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The daughter of Consul Tremas, Nyssa was a child of privilege on Traken. She was gifted with a brilliant intellect and specialised in bioelectronics. When Traken was destroyed, Nyssa became virtually the last of her kind, and in the wake of the death of her father, the Doctor, as his fifth selfonce said, “pledged to look after her”.

Like Sarah Jane Smith, she had at least two distinct periods of travelling with the Doctor. She initially travelled with him when she was barely more than a girl, and left his company to help at what was effectively a leper colony on Terminus in the 35th century. She then rejoined the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough in her middle age, after becoming a wife and mother.


Turlough — whose uncommonly-used full name was Vislor Turlough, was a companion of the Fifth Doctor. He travelled principally alongside Tegan Jovanka, but also had a few adventures with Nyssa and Kamelion. He briefly met and saved the life of Peri Brown in Lanzarote on 8 May 1984 before leaving the Doctor’s company. He also had significant interaction withBrigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the First Doctor and Susan Foreman. He encountered but did not speak with the Secondand Third Doctors and Sarah Jane Smith.

Turlough was a complex individual. His motivations were often unclear to those around him. He was for a time willingly under the influence of the Black Guardian. During this period, he tried to kill the Doctor. After overcoming the Black Guardian, he was a mostly-trusted member of the TARDIS crew, but there were still moments where his actions were questioned. It was only at the end of his time on the TARDIS that the Doctor finally discovered the truth about how Turlough ended up on Earth and why he was susceptible to the Black Guardian in the first place. The Doctor once indicated that what made Turlough such an interesting travelling companion was that he never knew what Turlough was thinking.


Kamelion was a shape-changing android. Used by the Master to impersonate King John, he later travelled as a companion to Fifth Doctor. This continued until his destruction after he had again fallen under the influence of the Master. However, this was not the end for him. He gained and lost a new host body, had a child with the Doctor’s TARDIS and used his mental link with the Doctor to allow the Master to trap the Doctor within a dreamscape.

Peri Brown

Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown was an American college student who accidentally joined the Fifth Doctor during his visit to Lanzarote. She then elected to remain with him for the rest of her vacation time. She remained with the Doctor after hisregeneration into the Sixth Doctor, but found it harder to get along with him because of his newfound arrogance. She was separated from him by the Time Lords so that they could cover up the Ravolox conspiracy. According to the Master, Peri ended up wed to King Yrcanos. The unusual name meant, according to her, “she who lives in the hills”.