The long-running Doctor Who features a Time Lord called "The Doctor," who's over a thousand years old and has the ability to regenerate. And even though he travels with mortal companions, they too change after a season or three. But while The Doctor is still The Doctor, his companions are wholly new characters. They're a diverse lot of women (and sometimes men) who have little in common with each other except the desire to follow The Doctor through all of time and space, battling evil with logic, love, and varying adorable accents.
Oh, and they're usually hot, but not always.
Whovians love to argue over who are the best and worst companions, and for good reason. These are the audience's proxies. The Doctor is semi-immortal, more ingenious than any human, and filled with all the compassion and fury that comes from owning two hearts. We are not The Doctor. But we can relate to the humans he chooses as his friends and teammates in the fight against evil. That's why who you like most reveals more than your feelings on characterization and dramatic structure; it speaks to your own identity.
Clara Oswald is The Doctor's current companion, and her most notable characteristic is that she is just totes adorbs!
Oh look at you! Who's a pretty companion. You are! Yes you are. Yes you are!
What else? So little else. Unlike the other companions on this list, after two full seasons, we still don't know a lot about her, other than her being plucky and attractive. Oh wait, she makes omelets. We know that.
Clara is known as "The Impossible Girl" because The Doctor met her in several incarnations before he ever met her properly. Turns out that all those other Claras were copies of one Clara sent into The Doctors timeline to assist him. Yeah, that sounds pretty neat, but ultimately she's just a young, hot schoolteacher, and those are not characteristics that generate plot so much as wet dreams.
Look, I'm not saying I wouldn't have sex with her, I'm saying she's a bad character. Compartmentalize for a second, you cretin.
What It Says About You If Clara Is Your Favorite:
You don't like Doctor Who. Where would one point to explain why she is their favorite? Unlike the upcoming entries, where there are distinct characteristics of love, empathy, or competence, Clara is simply "plucky, cute girl." She should star in a Nickelodeon show called She's So Clara, not travel with The Doctor. And unlike the other entries, I can't tell a lot about your psychology from your love for her, beyond the fact that you relate to cute vapid stuff that sucks. If there actually is someone out there who is a fan of the show, knows all the reboot episodes, and loves Clara most of all (and not for masturbatory purposes), I encourage you to explain why in the comments. Tell us what she represents for you. After all, if being a Whovian means understanding that even The Doctor can learn from humanity, we should be able to learn from ourselves.
Before meeting The Doctor, Rose Tyler was a twenty-something shopgirl with a very promising future in being murdered by mannequins. She was bored by her work, surroundings, and her boyfriend Mickey, who as far as I'm concerned is a heck of a sweet kid. But then she met The Doctor and everything changed. She was exposed to all the wonders of time and space, and more importantly, to The Doctor's sultry "come hither" looks. In his presence, Rose tries to be better, smarter, braver, and often succeeds. Also, she's deeply in love with The Doctor, and even more surprising to me, he seems to love her.
Most awesome chick in all of time and space?
Although a fan favorite, in comparison to the most of the companions, I've never particularly liked Rose. Her arc is set up like a Cinderella story, but she is not Cinderella. She's not some oppressed diamond in the rough saved from injustice by a fairy godmother. We don't see a woman who was trying to better herself, learn more, see the world, always thwarted by family or socioeconomic pressures. (She also doesn't sing songs with talking rats, but that's less important.)
She's just a regular person, and the minute she gets a taste of The Doctor, she never looks back. She doesn't want her very nice boyfriend because, unfortunately, he's not a brilliant master of time and space. (We've all been there.) Too often, I feel that if it weren't for The Doctor, Rose would have just as easily left town with some rich businessman.
"Yes, Mickey, I know you love me, but I see someone with a better car off in the distance."
Many feel that's too hard an indictment on Rose for two reasons: 1) The Doctor is no mere rich guy -- he is a savior worthy of Rose's love and devotion, and 2) she's not some trophy girlfriend lapping up the spoils of space travel like the average, stereotypical Time Lord groupie -- she is a brave and resourceful woman. But still, I feel that is the effect of The Doctor's presence, and I don't like how he is seemingly her complete tutor, even if he is smarter than everyone on our planet. She may have earned her role as companion over time, but it always felt too much like she just won the space lottery.
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And kudos to Rose, because if most people won the space lottery, they'd just buy tons of space cocaine.
What It Says About You If Rose Is Your Favorite
You are a romantic. You are not bothered by the Cinderella aspects of the story, in which a man swoops in and saves a common girl from everyday drudgery. You watch the heavens for your own TARDIS to take you away, and you like Rose because she represents the ideas of both an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things and being rewarded with an extraordinary love.