Doctor Who Characters We Want To See Return

As the world’s longest-running science-fiction TV series, Doctor Who is no stranger to diving into its own illustrious back catalogue to bring back old fan-favourites. From Sarah Jane Smith to the Sea Devils, the program’s showrunners have always been happy to reintroduce existing characters, be they friends or foes.



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With the return of the ever-popular Russell T. Davies as showrunner, it should be no surprise that obscure villains like the Toymaker and even the previously comic-exclusive Beep the Meep will return for the show’s 60th anniversary specials. Alongside these, here are some more characters who deserve their time in the sun.

8 Jenny

Jenny, the doctor's daughter in Doctor Who stands smiling in front of a blue background

Shortly after landing on the war-torn planet Messaline, a machine takes a skin sample from the Tenth Doctor and shockingly produces an adult daughter made exclusively from his DNA. Played by the real-life daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, Georgia Moffett later married David Tennant, confusingly making her both the Doctor’s daughter and his wife.

Though she earns the respect of her father by proving herself over the course of the episode, the Doctor believes her dead when she takes a bullet for him and doesn’t regenerate. Restored to life moments after the TARDIS dematerialises, Jenny steals a shuttle and heads off on her own adventures. Though she’s yet to reappear on TV, the return of Tennant and Russell T. Davies could herald the second coming of the doctor’s daughter too.

7 Susan Foreman

Doctor Who companion Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter

The only blood relative of the Time Lord to appear in the series other than Jenny, Susan Foreman was the First Doctor’s original companion and granddaughter, with whom he first fled Gallifrey. Travelling with the Doctor for many adventures, Susan eventually settled down on Earth in the 2160s, as the planet recovered from a Dalek invasion.

With much of Susan’s story and true relationship to the Doctor tied up in confusing contradictory timey-wimey stuff, re-introducing the Doctor’s granddaughter could give writers a chance to tie up some of the loose ends in the Whoniverse’s origins. Long overdue a return to screens, Susan hasn’t appeared canonically since The Five Doctors in 1983, the programme’s 20th-anniversary special.

6 Rita

Doctor Who character Rita, from The God Complex

Though series six episode The God Complex marks her only appearance on the show, medical student Rita Afzal immediately made a good impression on the Eleventh Doctor. When the TARDIS crew lands in an inescapable facsimile of a hotel where a monster roams the corridors, Rita is one of a small group of survivors they encounter.

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Rita impresses Smith’s Doctor immediately by noticing that they are just as confused as she is, and he jokingly offers her Amy’s place on the TARDIS. Though Rita is killed by the monster, which feeds on the faith of its victims, death has often proven only a minor inconvenience in the Whoniverse. With this in mind, it’s not impossible that she could return in some capacity.

5 Omega

Doctor Who's Omega, founding Time Lord holds his arms aloft triumphantly

A co-founder of Time Lord society, Omega developed the technology that allowed Gallifreyans to travel through time but was himself lost in the process. Presumed dead, Omega was in fact transported through the black hole his supernova had caused, into a universe of anti-matter.

Though he survived in this universe for thousands of years, radiation destroyed his body while loneliness destroyed his mind, and he became an enemy not only of the Time Lords who betrayed him, but of all of Gallifrey. Having not faced the Doctor since 1983, it’s high time the Doctor faced off against their childhood hero once again.

4 Astrid Peth

Doctor Who character Astrid Peth, from christmas special Voyage of the Damned

Kylie Minogue’s Astrid Peth harbours unrealized dreams of exploring space, which are partially realised when she encounters the Tenth Doctor whilst working as a waitress aboard the space liner Titanic. The unfortunately named ship meets with a similar fate to its Earth counterpart, and although The Doctor is able to save some of the ship’s passengers and crew, Astrid is sadly not among them.

Sacrificing herself to save the ship’s survivors, the Doctor tries to recover Astrid through the safety measures of the teleport bracelet she wore, but the damaged systems are only able to recover a partially cohesive, non-corporeal form, which the Doctor scatters into space, allowing her to fulfill her dream. Since she technically survived, like Clara and Bill, it’s not impossible that Astrid could return.

3 The Rani

Doctor Who Villain The Rani standing in front of a small alien

A renegade Time Lady, The Rani is a brilliant scientist whose ruthless commitment to her research is unhindered by morality, leading her to perform unethical experiments. She first makes an enemy of the Sixth Doctor when she is discovered distilling neuro-chemicals from miners in the village of Killingworth in early 19th century England.

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Forming a shaky alliance with the Master to rid them both of the Doctor, The Rani is shown to be just as duplicitous as her co-conspirator and would later cross paths with a newly-regenerated Seventh Doctor in her second story. Though the nefarious neurochemist is yet to appear since, fans have long since clamoured to see The Rani return with another scientific scheme.

2 The Eighth Doctor

The Eighth Doctor inside the TARDIS

Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor boasts the shortest tenure of any actor to hold the role, regenerating from Sylvester McCoy early in the 1996 Doctor Who movie, after the Seventh Doctor was gunned down by San Francisco gangsters (yes, you read that correctly). The film was the first attempt to revive the series following the show’s 1989 cancellation, intended to secure funding by appealing to American audiences.

Despite a young, charming Doctor in a new-look TARDIS, the revival attempt failed to capture its American audience. Consequentially, the film remains the only televised Eighth Doctor story, though McGann has briefly returned to the role twice since, both in his regeneration mini-episode and in the Thirteenth Doctor’s regeneration special. Whether in a spin-off or a multi-doctor special, McGann’s Doctor deserves more time to shine.

1 Fenric

Doctor Who villain Fenric, possessing Judson's body

The most-used name of an immensely powerful primeval consciousness, Fenric is a Great Old One, a race of unimaginably ancient beings known as harbingers of destruction and death. An eldritch horror of the same loosely-defined species as Cthulu, Fenric has been described as an intelligence of pure evil and may be the most dangerous of all the Doctor’s many foes.

Fenric’s only TV appearances came in a four-part story in which he sought revenge on the Seventh Doctor, who had imprisoned him in a flask 17 centuries earlier. Over its course, he proved a formidable foe, toying with not only the Doctor and Ace, but with time and space itself. Though constraints with both computer effects and the show’s low budget made Fenric a difficult antagonist to do justice, New Who could give him a new life.

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