To mark International Women’s Day, BBC Books have released
The Day She Saved The Doctor – an all-female penned anthology of short stories. Including Doctor-saving adventures from Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald and Bill Potts, it’s an amazingly empowering book from our heroes to be released on
such a day!
To join in the celebrations for International Women’s Day, we’ve picked ten moments when our favourite women saved The Doctor…
1 – Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler saved The Doctor in more ways than one. From helping him grieve after the Time War, to battling creatures and villains, there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do to help him.
Top Time Lord saving moment: Becoming the Bad Wolf
After the Daleks make their evil plan clear, Rose, after despairing that she has to do something, crucially looks into the heart of the TARDIS. Using its energy she saves the Doctor, turns the Daleks into atoms and even brings Captain Jack back to life, saving the universe all by herself! Her fearless courage to get back to the Doctor and save him is incredible, proving once again that a shop assistant from a council estate can do anything a thousand year old Time Lord can.
2 – Leela
Nicknamed ‘savage’, there’s not much that gets past Leela. Always ready to help those she feels are in need, she is steadfast and loyal to the end. From her upbringing, she can smell danger in the air, and has her knife ready, always.
Top Time Lord saving moment: Saving the Doctor from the Time Cabinet
At the end of The Talons of Weng Chiang, the Doctor and Leela are at a stand off with Magnus Greel, the war criminial known for killing houndreds of thousands of people. (This confrontation is all whilst being shot at by lasers from Mr Sin, yikes.) Knowing that the Time Cabinet would implode if used, Leela fires a gun at the laser and disables it, meaning the Doctor can stop Greel. We all know who the real hero in that scenario was, our Queen Leela!
3 – Martha Jones
Martha Jones saved The Doctor many times. She was there for him whilst he grieved the loss of Rose and helped him to save the universe over and over. One of the bravest women in Doctor Who, she used her medical student instincts and strong will throughout her travels with the Doctor. This continued when she left the TARDIS to pursue her career with UNIT.
Top Time Lord Saving Moment: The year that never was
When the Master took her family and the Doctor prisoner whilst taking over the earth, Martha travelled the world for a year to spread the story of the legendary Doctor and save the planet. Pursuing a fake weapon to kill the Master, she fought and helped all by herself to save The Doctor and take down The Valiant. After being treated unfairly by the 10th Doctor, she proves her worth once and for all, saving planet Earth and The Doctor from a disastrous fate.
4 – Donna Noble
Donna, as the Doctor’s best friend saved him probably more times than he realised. And not only in a big ‘saving the day’ statement, but emotionally too. In her first story, she saved the Doctor from himself by reminding him to stop, to not go too far.
Top Time Lord Saving Moment: The Doctor Donna
In one of our favourite companion moments Donna, about to plunge to her death, touches the Doctor’s spare hand and bam, the Doctor Donna was born! Fully embracing her new role in the universe, Donna flies back to the Doctor and Davros, using her unique mix of human instinct and time lord brain. With this came the biggest sacrifice, losing all her memories from the best times of her life. We salute you Donna.
5 – Clara Oswald
Clara Oswald might just be the ultimate Doctor-saver. After jumping into his timeline and splintering herself into millions of echoes, she used her bravery and wit to save the day on many occasions, sacrificing herself hundreds of times and dedicating her life to helping our hero.
Top Time Lord Saving Moment: Jumping into The Doctor’s time stream
After the Great Intelligence infected The Doctor’s timeline and tried to destroy all his lives at once, Clara bravely jumps in and gets splintered into millions of echoes of herself – each to save The Doctor. This brave sacrifice meant she saved the lives of every incarnation, as well as living and dying thousands of times. Now THAT is friendship.
6 – Ace
Always handy with a baseball bat or an explosive, Ace doesn’t need anyone to watch her back. She manages to get herself and The Doctor out of many scrapes using her skill and wit, with effortlessly cool ease.
Top Time Lord saving moment: Rescue from A Dalek
In one of her most iconic, feisty stories, Ace rescues The Doctor from a terrible fate when he’s locked inside a basement with the most evil creature in the universe in Remembrance of the Daleks. Not only does she save him from being exterminated, but she also bashes up a Dalek with her trusty baseball bat, which takes some guts if you ask us!
7 – Bill Potts
Bill’s loyalty and dedication to The Doctor is unfaltering during her time in the TARDIS, resulting in her saving his life on many occasions. Her tragic death was not in vain when you count how many times she helped save the day. Smart, brave and kind, she’s the hero Doctor Who deserves.
Top Time Lord saving moment: Giving herself up to the monks
When The Doctor reveals he is blind and cannot save himself, Bill immediately takes action without hesitation. She bravely gives herself up to the monks, knowing full well she may die in the process and saves him. Her good intentions means she survived the monks as well as keeping The Doctor alive. This pure act of selflessness is one of our favourite Doctor saving moments, leaving us a bit teary over her eventual death and departure from the TARDIS.
8 – Amy Pond
Amelia Pond saved The Doctor many times and in many ways, from helping him save the universe, to helping him become a better person. Her incredible heart and fiery soul came in handy during her time in the TARDIS, along with her constant loyalty and willing to help people.
Top Time Lord saving moment: Saving his soul
Quite a different way of saving our hero, this moment in The Beast Below shows that The Doctor must be saved from himself sometimes. Convincing him to free the star whale instead of killing it, she saved everyone on Starship UK as well as the innocent star whale’s life. In turn, she saves The Doctor from living with yet another murder and more blood on his hands.
9 – River Song
Unapologetically badass, brave and smart, River Song saves the love of her life with style and sass. With her whole life dedicated to him, he can always count on his wife to save the day.
Top Time Lord saving Moment: Dying for The Doctor
River shockingly sacrifices herself the very first time The Doctor meets her (that he knows about, anyway), in a timey wimey twist that means their timelines don’t match up. The encounter is her very last with the Time Lord whom she has known since birth, and she dies to keep him safe. Hooking herself up to CAL, the library computer, she takes The Doctor’s place and saves his life. Zapping herself out of existence, she then saves everyone from the simulation they were destined to be stuck in.
10 – Sarah Jane Smith
Our beloved Sarah Jane saved more than one Doctor, and several times! We love nothing more than seeing her using that wonderful journalistic brain, or alternatively climbing through vents and hiding from monsters really well.
Top Time Lord saving moment: Freeing the Doctor from the Sisterhood of Kahn
After the Doctor has been put on a stake to burn to death, with multiple sisterhood members crowding round him chanting, there really does seem to be no escape. But here comes Sarah in a wonderfully simple disguise! She followed the Doctor taken prisoner to their shrine and with the magic of a red blanket and some trusty wire cutters she frees him whilst no one’s looking. Huzzah for Sarah!
It’s small moments like nearly being burnt at the stake which make you realise how lucky the Doctor is to have his friends around.
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The Day She Saved the Doctor
is out today and can be bought in all good book stores and online (RRP £12.99)