There are many, many Doctor Who companion rankings out there but after seeing them all and going through a "How could you all be so wrong??" phase, I decided to make one of my own. So there you go, the modern Doctor Who companions sorted in my opinion from worst to best. Companions that only appeared in the specials (e.g. Astrid) did not make the list. Allons-y!
#11 Adam Mitchell
Many Doctor Who fans don't even remember Adam and those of us who do wish we didn't. He was introduced as a boy genius but turned out to be a total idiot who tried to steal information from the future for his personal gain. That and something about a microchip inserted in his brain made us all glad he left after only a few episodes of traveling with the ninth Doctor.
#10 Mickey Smith
Aaah Rickey the Idiot! Seriously did anyone actually like Mickey? From the very first episode he seemed kind of annoying (no I'm not referring to the time he was basically eaten by a wheelie bin and replaced by a plastic copy of him) and he probably wasn't the best boyfriend since Rose Tyler dumped him with the first chance and - to be honest - who wouldn't? Mickey was dull, boring and nothing about him screamed "Doctor's Companion".
#9 Martha Jones
First things first - Martha shouldn't get hate because she is not Rose. I get it, seeing the Doctor finding a companion that is not Rose Tyler, after watching Doomsday (crying your soul out basically) might be kind of painful. I get it, I mean I was among those yelling, kicking, punching and screaming "NOOO I WANT ROSE BACK, GO TO HELL MARTHA JONES!" but then I realized that Martha had the potential to become a great companion. Smart, logical under pressure, quick-thinking, resourceful, good-looking, loyal, adventurous. And then the writers decided to completely ruin her character by making her develop a crush on the Doctor. Suddenly the entire season 3 became an endless story arc about how Martha loved the Doctor but he didn't return the feelings. But her crush is not the only reason she is so low on this list. Unlike other companions the Doctor didn't save her from a boring life or helped her "grow up" as a character and find herself through their adventures. Instead he didn't treat her as she deserved since he was still grieving and their relationship was one of the worst Doctor/Companion relationships. That said, I believe Martha was a good character but a bad companion.
#8 Wilfred Mott
Donna Noble's adorable gramps is just that: adorable! Funny, cute with a child's spirit, Wilfred Mott made us love him immediately! He was young at heart and ready to explore the universe! Although it was a good thing he didn't become a regular companion because imagine the Doctor running and fighting the Daleks with an elder man at his side.
#7 Captain Jack Harkness
Doctor,Who? was what everyone thought when the hot,enigmatic, flirty omnisexual time-traveller from the 51st century was introduced to the show. Jack Harkness had us at "Hello" and even though it's been a long time since we last saw him, we still hope he might return someday. And who knows, maybe then the whole Face of Boe thing will be finally explained to us. But anyway who doesn't love Captain Jack?
#6 Clara Oswald
Ok the whole "Impossible Girl'' thing turned out to be rather disappointing and how she was "born to save the Doctor" isn't explained sufficiently. Nonetheless, the current companion Clara Oswald is one of my favorites and I really don't get the "she doesn't have a personality" notion that's been going around in the whole fandom. She is sassy, clever and flirty, the perfect combination of attributes that makes someone a good companion! Not to mention that she was the one that stopped Eleventh,Tenth and War Doctors and basically saved Gallifrey on Day of the Doctor! She would sacrifice herself to save the Doctor and he seems to trust her and love her and so do I.
#5 Rory Williams
The Last Centurion. Sweet, caring nurse. Waited 2000 years just to protect his true love. Died like a thousand times. Came back from the dead like nine hundred ninety nine times.Punched Hitler in the face. Punched the Doctor in the face. PUNCHED BLOODY HITLER IN THE FACE.And also this: [Rory to the Cybermen leader]I have a message and a question: a message from the Doctor and a question from me. Where. Is. My. Wife? [The Cybermen do not respond] Oh, don't give me those blank looks. The Twelfth Cyber Legion monitors this entire quadrant. You hear everything. So you tell me what I need to know, you tell me now, and I'll be on my way.[Cyber Leader] What is the Doctor's message?[A complex space base of Cybermen operations explodes in the window behind Rory][Rory]Would you like me to repeat the question?
#4 Amy Pond
Amelia Pond, The Girl who Waited. She is such a strong and interesting character the audience couldn't help but fall in love with her. And so did the Doctor. Well not fell in love with her, but more like loved her in a platonic/caring/big brother kind of way and I think that's beautiful, the connection they have. Young Amelia's face was the first one the newly-regenerated Eleven's face saw. Heartbroken, seven year old Amy waited 12 years for her Raggedy Man to come back. And when he did come back she left with him on the night before her wedding to travel as his companion in the whole universe. She is fierce,adventurous and always loyal to Rory (except that time she tried to snog the Doctor) for whom she sacrificed her life in The Angels Take Manhattan, one of the saddest Doctor Who episode in which we say goodbye to the Ponds forever.
#3 Donna Noble
Everything I disliked about Donna in The Runaway Bride, I loved in season 4. When she stopped screaming "I'm in my wedding dress!" and complaining that "It doesn't have pockets!" she became the perfect mate for the Doctor. And after the love story with Rose and the awkward crush stage with Martha that was just what the Doctor needed. A mate, a buddy, a best friend with whom he could travel and have fun. And Donna's character was really fun,in contrast to her tragic end. Donna's memories being wiped was one of the most heartbreaking moments in Doctor Who for she won't ever be able to remember everything they've been through. But she will always be in the Doctor's hearts. Have you noticed that Matt Smith's Doctor says "Oy!" every now and then? I like to think that it's something he got from Donna. And if you are not touched yet, I will leave it to this quote from Tenth Doctor: "There are worlds out there, safe in the sky because of her.There are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble, a thousand, million light years away. They will never forget her, while she can never remember. And for one moment… one shining moment… she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe."
#2 River Song
River Song aka Melody Pond aka The Doctor's Wife aka The Most Badass Person In The Whole Show! Many people claim she doesn't count as a companion but I am making this list so I can count as a companion whoever I want. And River Song is not only a companion but one of the best companions Doctor Who has ever seen. She is the only person in the room that knows more than the Doctor- that and her unbelievably clever wit along with her approach to life make her the perfect match for the Doctor! Their chemistry is amazing and their constant flirting is hilarious and entertaining. All that mystery wrapped around her kept us wanting for more River Song during season 6, and let's not forget one of her classic quotes from Let's Kill Hitler: "Well, I was on my way to this gay Gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought, “Gosh, the Third Reich’s a bit rubbish, I think I’ll kill the Fuhrer!" Her death was so sad and we didn't even know it at the time because,like the Tenth Doctor,we had just met her. But she had travelled all of time and space beside him, spent all her regenerations to save him (remember she has Time-Lord DNA) and was ready to die for him. What wouldn't we give to hear that "Hello Sweetie" once more?
#1 Rose Tyler
C'mon you knew all along it was going to be Rose. It will always be Rose. There is something special between her and the Doctor. He loves her, he really does love her more than he will ever be able to love River or Clara or anyone else. And she loves him too. Being with Rose made the Doctor stop being a war-weary soldier and start loving life again – so much that he "didn’t want to go." And even when she got trapped in a parallel universe she still believed in the Doctor, in her Doctor. No matter what, they will always love each other. Phrases like "I'm burning up a sun just to say goodbye" should count as "I love you", the "I love you" he never got the chance to say. And the "Does it need a saying?" two seasons later confirmed that their love was more than words, something so deep that couldn't be expressed. And just to make you extra sad imagine the Doctor saying this to Rose: "The first time we kissed, you don't remember. The second time we kissed, it wasn't really you. The third time we kissed, it wasn't really me." #sobs