As part of the next series of Doctor Who there will be another new companion; this time it’s fifteen year-old schoolgirl Sue Chesterton. As you might guess from the surname Sue (full name Susan!) is Ian Chesterton’s granddaughter. No word yet on casting but we do know how Sue gets involved with the Twelfth Doctor.
[pullquote]echoes of An Unearthly Child[/pullquote]
Sue (or Susan) Chesterton is the daughter of Ian and Barbara’s son John Alydon Ganatus Chesterton. She grew up with her grandfather’s stories of alien worlds and time travel but as she grew up decided that they were fairy stories made up to explain all the strange happenings in the world. This all changed when a new English teacher started at her school (Coal Hill of course) named Clara.
Sue’s interest is piqued when Clara makes various comments that remind Sue of her grandfather’s stories. She follows Clara to the site of what had been a local junk yard but is now flats and garages. She sees Clara enter an old blue box and in echoes of An Unearthly Child bumps into the Doctor who refuses to open the TARDIS. Clara of course opens the door, calls Sue by name and the pieces all click into place. Once on-board Sue objects to sharing the TARDIS with two teachers and when Clara and Danny leave has the Doctor to herself (until the end of the season at least).
Thoughts – does the Doctor need a younger companion or is this too similar to the show’s origins? I think this could work but let me know your opinions.