In a lot of ways the Sixth Doctor‘s timeline is the simplest to follow through, given how pegged in it is by Trial of a Timelord. To set out the sequence I will use the rule of ‘follow the companion’. For the odd story when the Doctor appears without a companion I have to assume that they slot between sequences.
Updated October 2014, December 2016
This means that (to date [unless I have missed a couple]) the main companions are:
- Peri Brown
- Evelyn Smythe
- Charley Pollard
- Leela / Jago & Litefoot
- Flip Jackson
- Peri Brown (2014 trilogy)
- Constance Clarke
- Constance and Flip (as of Quicksilver, 2016)
- Mel Bush
I ignore Frobisher as he only appears a couple of times and I don’t like him! OK I’ll work him in later!
Easy really; from Trial we know that Peri comes before Mel. We also know that Peri was the first (she overlaps the Fifth Doctor) and Mel the last (she overlaps the Seventh Doctor).
We know (because of Crimes of Thomas Brewster) that Evelyn is before Charley and as this is when Flip appears I work on the assumption that Flip is between the two. As a minor point in DI Menzies’ timeline the order would be Charley then Evelyn!
Update August 2015
From The Last Adventures is seems Charley was prior to Flip (the Flip story refers back to the Charley story). The companion order in this special boxset is:
Does this mean Constance is earlier than Charley (but still post-Evelyn)? Not sure and on first listen I don’t think Last Adventures resolves this.
Also when Flip meets Jago & Litefoot, they have met the Doctor before so I put the Leela /Jago & Litefoot before Flip. Views welcome as to where they it relative to Evelyn / Charley.
Update December 2016
Flip is back and travelling with Constance as of Quicksilver.