Doctor Who: Looking Back at 47 Days #45 – Recurring Characters

A few years ago, I did a series of 47 daily posts which all looked at different questions related to the revival series of Doctor Who, focusing on stuff I like about the show. I worked out a series of questions in advance and then picked one randomly for each day. I’ve decided to revisit the series to see how my opinions may or may not have changed, and to bring two of my daughters into the discussion, since they are both big fans and have recently finished watching the revival series.

Why 47?  It’s my favorite number.

Why Doctor Who?  It’s my favorite show.

Why the modern day Doctor Who only?  Simply because I remember it better.

Why are we looking back at this now? Because we’re on a 47 day countdown to November 23, the birthday of the show.

Check out Day #44 here.

When I first did this, it was September 2016, which means we were in between the Christmas episodes The Husbands of River Song and The Return of Dr. Mysterio, and were yet to debut Peter Capaldi’s last season on the show. Jodie Whittaker was even further away. How has the passage of time, evolution of opinions, and three further seasons of the program impacted my opinions?

Today is Day #45, and our theme is…

Best Recurring Character

Doctor Who has had lots of recurring characters, even if we don’t count villains. Mickey Smith, Jackie Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Wilfrid Mott, Sylvia Noble, River Song, Madame Vastra, Danny Pink, Ashildr, Grace O’Brien…and those are just the really major ones.

Last time, I picked River Song, who is sort of an obvious pick. In truth, I find her character more interesting than actually likable. This time, I’m going a different direction…

Strax

The Sontaran nurse, played by Dan Starkey, is by far the most fun and enjoyable part of the so called “Paternoster Gang.” I think it’s too bad that we’ve sort of lost the Sontarans as actual villains, but getting Strax as a trade-off makes it worth it. He is such a funny character, with his determination to do things for the glory of the Sontaran Empire, and his confusion over whether Clara is a boy or a girl, and so on. Love the guy.

What did my daughters think?

Laurelle (14) chose River Song, played by Alex Kingston, which like I said is sort of the obvious pick. She appeared in pretty much more often than pretty much any of the other supporting characters, and her story was central to a good chunk of the show.

Johanna (16) would have picked River, but because Laurelle did, she went with Danny Pink instead, played by Samuel Anderson. She thought he was a good boyfriend, who had a good death (twice). She said that even though it got annoying, she generally liked his no-nonsense attitude toward the Doctor.

Johanna also really liked Osgood, and mentioned her as well.

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