Here's the classic companion who almost showed up on Who again (and still might)

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Oct 1, 2014

Clara Oswald works at Coal Hill. So did two of the O.G. Doctor Who companions. Could we see a return of one of them? Turns out we nearly already did. 

Last week, Capaldi's Doctor was the universe's worst undercover operative while pretending to be Coal Hill's new caretaker. If you paid close attention, you noticed that the Coal Hill secondary school's motto is "A great spirit of adventure," which is how William Hartnell's Doctor described the first-ever companions (and Coal Hill teachers), Ian and Barbara.

With Coal Hill being such a central setting this year, fans have been hoping that Ian, played by William Russell, might return. But he didn't, not even in "The Caretaker," in which nearly the entire episode was at Coal Hill.

It was considered by writer Gareth Roberts but ultimately passed on. Why? According to Roberts, "I just thought [including Ian] would be too much of a distraction. I think that’s an episode all of its own. I thought, particularly after the 50th, where there were lots of references to past Doctor Who, sometimes you need to just put your foot on the accelerator and keep going forward."

While Chesterton didn't make it this time, that doesn't mean we won't see William Russell pop up eventually. Roberts is certainly game, saying, "I’d love to see William Russell back in the show! That’s so rich and so fertile for someone to do. You’d have to explain it enough so that everyone would get it."

What do you think? Should Chesterton make his triumphant return to Who?

(via Doctor Who TV)


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