Steven Moffat : Why Doctor Who without a companion would depress me

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Dec 17, 2012

Doctor Who has always been about the companions. Yes, it's also about that old man from Gallifrey travelling through Time and Space on many an adventure in his beloved TARDIS, but the audience always saw the storylines through the eyes of the men and women (and aliens and robot dogs) who shared in the adventure with the Doctor.

Still, did Steven Moffat, the current Doctor Who showrunner, ever even think about leaving the Doctor (Matt Smith) simply companionless for a stint after Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darville) say their sad final goodbyes to that crazy Mad Man in the Big Blue Box in the upcoming season?

"I thought about the Doctor traveling on his own and it always faintly depresses me. I'm not sure what he does on his own but I don't think it would be healthy. He's far too old and he's seen too much."

Then Moffat pointed out the importance of the companion on the BBC show, saying:

"The story of Doctor Who is always the story of the companion, It's always their story.

"It was Rose Tyler's story, it's Amy Pond's story. The story of the time they knew the Doctor and how that began; how it developed and how it ended.

"The story begins again, not so much with the new Doctor, but with the new companion. It is their story. The Doctor's the hero, but they're the main character."

Do you guys agree with Steven Moffat? We've all seen how the Doctor really fares on his own before without a full-time companion by his side to steady his hand—we're talking here of the last season of David Tennant's 10th Doctor. If you guys recall, it didn't actually go so well for him right toward the end, did it? (Hint: "The Waters of Mars.")

(via Doctor Who TV)