If the show was going to be a hit in the 21st century, that had to change, and that would depend on the companion. The companion had to be us, yes, absolutely – ordinary old us, swept away on the adventure of time and space and the wonder of it all – but she also had to be possessed of enough sense of self to tell the Doctor he was being unreasonable. To slap him down if need be, and to save him when it was necessary. She had to make the journey from ordinary old us to citizen of the universe, proving to us that time with the Doctor changed you – changed us – for the better.
As we began the week celebrating ten years of new Who, Tony paid tribute to the first new Who Girl – the wonder that was Rose Tyler.
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