10. Clara Oswald
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Actress: Jenna ColemanCompanion to: 11, 12We’ve had a lifetime of Clara Oswald — several, in fact — as Clara is the longest-serving companion the series has had since its 2005 revival. First introduced as a human turned Dalek in “Asylum of the Daleks,” then introduced again in “The Snowmen” as a spunky Victorian barmaid, Clara had a few false starts before becoming a companion in earnest in “The Bells of Saint John.” From her beginning as the “impossible girl,” popping up again and again at various points in the Doctor’s timeline, to her confusing end forever trapped in the moment before her death, Clara was the unfortunate victim of some of writer and showrunner Steven Moffat’s most poorly executed story arcs. But even if she had not been, Clara’s character was like candy, sweet and enjoyable in small doses but unbearable in mass.
Moffat famously cast Coleman for the role of Clara because she could speak faster than Matt Smith (Eleven), and it’s true; Clara’s energy and curiosity rivals the Doctor’s, but watching the pair’s unrelenting spitfire back-and-forth is as exhausting as a Gilmore Girls marathon. Clara exhibits a kind of exceptionalism in her personality that really has no explanation; she’s the cute, clever, fast-talking girl, but for so much of the series she is simply that, not much more than a variation on the manic-pixie-dream-girl cliché. Clara became most interesting when she was allowed some depth beyond “clever impossible girl”: When she became reckless in her grief and overconfident in her own abilities — but even that couldn’t balance out her generally annoying presence during the rest of her tenure.
8. Yasmin Khan
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Actress: Mandip GillCompanion to: 13Introduced as a young police officer who wants to take on larger assignments but is stuck responding to petty calls, Yaz is caring and responsible and committed to justice. Beyond that, unfortunately, we don’t get much else. Her time in the TARDIS, shared with co-companions Ryan and Graham, is more about the companions as a trio (or “fam,” as the Doctor likes to say) than as individual characters. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the writers simply didn’t have the space necessary to allow each companion to develop and grow. Yaz draws the short end of the stick and doesn’t get as many identifying characteristics. We do meet her family, past and present, and her most revealing episode is about her grandmother’s wedding during the time of Partition in “Demons of the Punjab,” but even then she doesn’t figure as strongly in the action as her family does. Ultimately, with her smarts and her bravery and her sense of justice and compassion, Yaz most recalls Martha, but has a lot less to do.
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A brief recap:
Three days ago (2021-03-17), we correctly identified and reported that a malicious actor had managed to gain access to an admin account through the reuse of a session token found in an old database leak through faulty configuration of session management. Following that event, we moved to identify the vulnerable section of code and worked to patch it up, also clearing session data globally to thwart further attempts at exploitation through the same method.
After the breach, we started spending many hours reviewing the code for possible further vulnerabilities, and started to patch what we could find to the best of our capabilities. This ran parallel to us opening the site after the breach, as we had incorrectly assumed that the attacker would not be able to gain further access. However, as a precaution, we had started rolling out monitoring of our infrastructure and had remained vigilant in the event the attacker returned.
7 Addison Montgomery
Addison Montgomery is a neonatal surgeon — among many other distinctions — who made a dramatic entrance at the end of season one on Grey’s. At the time, she was still married to Derek, and took on an antagonistic role at first.
This entrance, while dramatic, doesn’t do Addison justice because it detracts from the fact that she is a gifted surgeon and a good person all around. She attended medical school at Columbia, where she met both Derek and Mark.
Throughout her career, she was a neonatal and fetal surgeon, as well as an OB/GYN and a medical geneticist. That is a plethora of credentials for just one person to have, but Addison’s confidence, skill and determination makes this all look effortless.
Although her time on Grey’s is relatively brief due to the character’s spinoff series, Private Practice, Addison made herself known on the original show.
She is at the forefront of her field and is continually sought after by Richard Webber, even after she leaves the main show.
Addison is also partially responsible for pushing Alex into the direction of pediatrics and caring for young humans. Most of her career as a medical doctor is fleshed out on Private Practice, but that doesn’t change the fact that Addison was a fantastic surgeon while on Grey’s as well.
17 George O’Malley
George O’Malley was one of the original interns from season one. He was a good-natured guy and a far better surgeon that people realize. He would have gone much farther, had his career not been tragically cut short.
No doctor on Grey’s Anatomy really has it easy, but George has a disadvantage early on when he fails his internship test, forcing him to redo his internship year while his friends continue with their residency. However, George does retake the test and passes with flying colors, now more experienced than he was before.
One of the most surprising things about George was his ability to stay calm in high pressure situations.
When he and Alex become stuck in an elevator with a patient, George is the one who steps up to the plate to save the patient’s life. This proved his aptitude early on as a promising trauma surgeon.
Beyond pure skill, though, George was one of the most likable characters, which made him good with his patients. He was kind and compassionate, which helped him to become a well-rounded doctor.
Had George not met an untimely end, he would have probably given Owen and April a run for their money in the Pit. He was arguably one of the best residents ever to appear on the show, and he is a sorely missed doctor.
11 Maggie Pierce
Maggie Pierce is also a cardiothoracic surgeon. Currently, she is the Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial, and is undoubtedly one of the more talented doctors the show has introduced.
From an intellectual standpoint, Maggie is a genius. She finished both high school and college much faster than any of her colleagues, and she began her cardiothoracic fellowship at the young age of 25. She arrives at Grey Sloan with plenty of personal connections to it, as the daughter of Ellis Grey and Richard Webber, making Meredith her half-sister. Like Jackson, medicine runs in her blood.
Although Maggie has a brilliant mind, her youthfulness makes her the subject of other doctors’ judgments at times.
Her fast-tracked medical career also meant that she missed out on more normal experiences, which also sometimes affects people’s perception of her.
However, by no means does that detract from her surgical skills. Maggie took command over her department without any major bumps along the way.
Even with everything that has happened on the show, from tragedies to her parents’ divorce to her mother’s cancer and passing, Maggie never let anything deter her from reaching her goals. That’s why she’s such an great doctor.
19 Stephanie Edwards
Like Jo Wilson, Stephanie Edwards was part of season nine’s intern class. She became a central member of the Grey’s Anatomy cast that culminated with a memorable exit at the end of season thirteen.
Things seem to get off to a somewhat rocky start for Stephanie with her relationship with Jackson Avery. The two become romantically involved, but because there were still tensions between Jackson and April, Stephanie felt like a side character in a needless love triangle.
Once the show gave her agency of her own, Stephanie became one of the best residents.
She showed an early aptitude for neurosurgery. Amelia Shepherd took Stephanie under her wing, and the two became a fun and skilled surgical duo.
Stephanie shows a fierce determination to help those who can’t help themselves. This builds up to her exit from the show, when a fire breaks out in the hospital. Stephanie must try to find a way to save herself and a young child in the hospital. They succeed, but Stephanie suffers severe burns, and she decides to leave the hospital after that.
Had Stephanie stayed, it’s likely that she would have probably gotten the Chief Residency spot and become a pretty great surgeon. Unfortunately, her sudden departure stopped that from happening.
9 Arizona Robbins
Arizona Robbins first appears in season five. She joins the cast of characters at Seattle Grace after completing her residency at Johns Hopkins, after which she becomes a fellow in the pediatrics department. She gets promoted to Head of Pediatric surgery in the hospital after the previous head passes away.
What is particularly interesting about Arizona’s medical career is that she actually completes two fellowships — one in pediatrics, and one in fetal surgery. When Dr. Nicole Herman believes her brain tumor is going to end her life, she decides to train Arizona to take her place.
Arizona learns the ropes of fetal surgery quickly, proving she is just as adept at fetal surgery as she is at pediatric surgery.
After Dr. Herman’s brain surgery, Arizona takes over as the Head of Fetal Surgery. Arizona also suffers some major personal losses, especially following the plain crash. Her leg gets amputated in order to save her life, but this causes a lot of emotional and physical pain for Arizona, affecting her relationship with Callie and her general demeanor. However, Arizona bounces back from this major setback to continue her job.
With reports circulating that season fourteen will be actress Jessica Capshaw’s last, it looks like Arizona’s time at Grey Sloan will soon be finished. Her contributions as a doctor should not be underestimated.
6. “The Christmas Invasion” (2005)
As the show’s very first Christmas special, “The Christmas Invasion,” is a classic, and not just because it marks the start of David Tennant’s long and successful run as the Doctor. Beneath the basic premise — an impending threat from the Sycorax, who hold a third of the planet under their control — the episode’s true underlying conflict focuses on the Doctor’s regeneration and how it will affect his relationship with Rose. In fact, the Doctor spends the majority of “The Christmas Invasion” being unconscious while Rose broods over him, trying to figure out if he’s still the Time Lord that she loves. Tennant’s introduction is bold and charming, as he himself tries to figure out what sort of a man he is now. (When the defeated leader of the Sycorax tries to attack him while his back is turned, the Doctor sends him to his death without a blink of one Gallifreyan eye, saying, “No second chances. I’m that sort of a man.”) The crowd of recurring favorites — including Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith, and Harriet Jones — round out this episode.
5. Graham O’Brien
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Actor: Bradley WalshCompanion to: 13In a show that has always had a preference for female companions alongside its 12 male Doctors, it’s a refreshing change of pace to see an older male companion step into the TARDIS, and Bradley Walsh’s Graham O’Brien is the perfect fit for the job. Even though he’s Ryan’s step-grandfather, Graham comes across as that quirky lovable uncle. After all, he’s able to keep up with all the running from dangerous aliens and contribute to the investigating that comes along with every trip with the Doctor (even if he does need to keep an emergency sandwich in his pocket in case his blood sugar drops). Of Thirteen’s three companions, Graham gets the best lines, whether they’re a bit of good-hearted sarcasm or grandfatherly wisdom. Of his time-traveling peers, Graham is also given the most room to grow in terms of character development. While the death of Grace, Ryan’s grandmother and Graham’s wife, obviously affects both Ryan and Graham, the last episodes of the season focus more on Graham’s way of processing the grief than Ryan’s. Because the show’s move to three companions doesn’t allow any one companion to shine much brighter than the others, Graham isn’t any more memorable than Ryan and Yaz in times of action, but he is the most pleasant to watch and still manages to be the star of the season (after Jodie Whittaker, of course).
What have we done since then?
As of writing, we have invited numerous volunteers to assist our developers with identifying the last possible CVE claimed by the attacker in the codebase. Thanks to our volunteers, we have identified a good number of potential security flaws and moved to rectify them. However, at time of writing, we have still yet to identify the last possible CVE claimed by the attacker.
With that knowledge in mind, we were confronted with a difficult decision. If we had assumed incorrectly that the web code is now secure, we could end up being compromised again by the attacker. As a result of that, in good conscience, we could not possibly re-open the website to users presently.
Lastly, our staff consists of volunteers. Volunteers with real life commitments and duties that do not earn a single cent from volunteering for MangaDex. While we aim to provide the best service we can to you, the repeated attacks were starting to take a toll on us all, having to repeatedly scan through thousands of lines of code trying to find a figurative needle in a haystack. We have evaluated our choices on hand and have decided this is unsustainable to both our users, and ourselves.
1. Amy Pond/Rory Williams
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Actors: Karen Gillan/Arthur DarvillCompanion to: 11Yes, this may be a bit of a cheat answer, but my pick for the top companion of the series is actually a two-headed companion in the form of engaged (then later married, then almost divorced) couple Amy Pond and Rory Williams.
Amy’s introduction to the Doctor is a special one; she meets him as a child, right as he’s still reeling from his regeneration, and he promises to take her with him in his TARDIS. When he gets his timetable mixed up and shows up over a decade late, he meets a different Amy, an older, more cynical Amy who was told her magical raggedy man was only imaginary.
Amy’s hard in a way many of the other companions aren’t; she’s bossy and aggressive, like Donna, but with an extra bit of edge. She has a mean streak born out of her defensiveness and occasional insecurity. And Amy’s hardness isn’t just for show; she proves that she has what it takes to survive in “The Girl Who Waited” and “The Wedding of River Song.”
5 RYAN SINCLAIR
Arguably the best companion to come from the Thirteenth Doctor’s tenure so far is Tosin Cole’s Ryan Sinclair. In addition to being one of the youngest companion so far at only nineteen years old, Ryan has had some of the strongest development of any of the series’ leads to date. When the series begins, Ryan is struggling with the loss of his Nan, as well as his dyspraxia, a disability that affects his motor skills and makes him less sure of his actions and, at first, afraid of taking part in big adventures.
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But by the end of the season, and, in particular, the New Year’s Day special, Ryan has proven himself to be the very bravest and one of the best of them all. His emotional journey in his relationships with his grandfather, Graham, and his absentee father, Aaron, also provided the shaky eleventh season with some of its most important, most emotional moments.
12. “The Time of the Doctor” (2013)
Perhaps the most criticized of all Doctor Who Christmas specials, but not bad enough that I can knock it all the way down to the bottom rung. With the Time Lords waiting behind the ever-present crack in the wall — and all of the big baddies from the Whonerverse drawn in by the signal passing through a quaint little town called Christmas — the episode builds itself up to a major blowout that never occurs. The premise, of course, is that the Doctor is caught in the middle of a perpetual cold war, but the tension never feels quite real, and neither does the Doctor’s apparent complacency with living out his days as the protector of this little town. The Doctor is always sacrificing his life for some greater purpose or another, but his turn as the Father Christmas savior is too defeatist to feel genuine, and it opens the gate to yet another deus ex machina in the form of the Time Lords’ gifting their regeneration energy to him. That being said, the episode redeems itself a little bit in the closing minutes, as the Doctor says his final good-bye to Amy Pond and reflects on the inevitable nature of change. It’s an exit that’s effective in its simplicity and understatedness, even if it isn’t enough to save the rest of the episode.
While he does have a personal life outside of work, Andrews often times spends much of his time and energy focused on work. He has very high standards and is always on top of everything that happens in his surgical department. He also displays a big ego. He often shows a fair amount of tension and stress, and rarely has a sense of humor, as a result of this. This work focused demeanor, and lack of control of his ego causes tension between Andrews and his wife. However, he is shown to be dedicated to his staff, particularly as President of the hospital and has been seen to fight for them multiple times, such as when Lim, Melendez and Shaun faced a possible license suspension for their actions during a quarantine. Andrews defended their decisions to the governor’s investigator who planned to propose the suspension to the medical review board.
He originally has a major distrust for Shaun, using this as a means for wanting to take Dr. Glassman’s position as head of the hospital. However, over time, Andrews slowly changed his mind about Shaun, even after Shaun made a mistake that nearly cost a patient his life which gave Andrews the promotion he wanted. After Shaun gets fired, Andrews fights with Dr. Jackson Han to rehire him, but Han refuses. During a board meeting, Andrews shows his complete change in attitude towards Shaun by admitting that Glassman is right and firing Han so that Shaun can be rehired, inspired by Shaun’s wisdom from his deceased brother Steve and doing so despite the fact that he may have ruined his own career at the hospital in the process. After getting fired and later rehired as a surgical attending as a result, Andrews is left with doubts and rage over the unfairness of it all. After working with Shaun to save the face of a young man who was violently assaulted for trying to stop a groping, Andrews realizes that it was worth it and admits to Shaun’s actions that day making Andrews proud of his sacrifice for the young doctor.
Unlike Lim, Andrews refuses to coddle Shaun which he feels will just cause more problems as Shaun thrives when he is faced with difficult situations. Andrews repeatedly clashes with Lim over her treatment of Shaun as his first lead surgery approaches, stating at one point that Lim is ruining Shaun with her behavior and expressing concern that Shaun is simply not ready for the pressures yet. When Shaun finally has his lead surgery, Andrews supervises, but stands back and allows Shaun to handle it completely on his own even when a complication arises, enabling Shaun to come up with his own solution that pleases Andrews rather than having it handed to him. After Shaun proves himself extremely capable as lead surgeon, Andrews is visibly amazed and even admits that he might’ve been wrong. Due to his approach with dealing with Shaun, Andrews refuses to intervene when conflict erupts between Shaun and a nurse, preferring to let Shaun make his own mistakes and face the consequences rather than try to stop him as Lim might. Andrews is ultimately left pleased when Lim stops coddling Shaun and disciplines him for his behavior, but does appear sympathetic to the young man’s distress over the result.
According to Andrews in «Debts,» «I help my patients to the best of my ability because it’s meaningful and to me the downside is purely financial. For friends I’ll risk a little bit more, but the only people I’m risking life and limb for are my family.»
3. “The Husbands of River Song” (2021)
The world of Doctor Who is full of countless aliens and beasts, so when I say that Dr. River Song is one of the best, most interesting parts of the series, I mean that as the highest praise for any character on the show. I’m not the only one with a soft spot for her, either: Steven Moffat loved the character so much that he wrote all of her dialogue himself, and for all of his faults, Moffat’s care and affection is apparent in this loving good-bye episode. “The Husbands of River Song” sees River at her most resourceful, but it also shows a vulnerability in her we had not seen since “The Wedding of River Song.” Not recognizing Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor until the episode’s climax, River delivers a long, rambling speech revealing her insecurities about her relationship with the Doctor — it’s one of the few times that River loses her composure and confidence. The ending, too, is stellar, when the Doctor and River stand before the Singing Towers of Darillium, both knowing that it will be the last night of River’s life. The only real flaw is the idea that River takes so long to recognize the Doctor. Sure, she got thrown off by the extra regeneration loophole introduced in “The Time of the Doctor” (weren’t we all?), but are we meant to believe that she wouldn’t even humor that possibility until the very last minute? Nevertheless, the character-revealing dialogue that leads us to that point redeems the episode and presents a tender, satisfying end to River’s arc.
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Actor: Matt LucasCompanion to: 12Like Clara, Nardole had a bit of a preview introduction into the series; originally a comic-relief character in the 2021 Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song,” Nardole then came back as a series regular. However, it never felt like the writers truly committed to the idea of Nardole as a companion as much as they did to him as a season-long source of comic relief. Nardole says it himself: He’s there on a mission, to make sure that the Doctor keeps his word and guards the vault beneath the university where he lectures. He’s hesitant to hop into the TARDIS and go on dangerous adventures, and is all too comfortable being snappy with the Doctor when he gets on his nerves. Though Nardole doesn’t get much to do in the series, Lucas manages to add a few laughs, but doesn’t make the most lasting impression.
4 ROSE TYLER
It’s not a surprise when someone reports that Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler is their favorite companion. As the introductory character for the entire revival series, it was Rose who made the entire world of new Who possible, in a way, and it was her relationship with both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors that showed a new generation of viewers what a Doctor and companion relationship could really be like.
Of course, the relationship between Rose and David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor would go on to become a storyline both beloved and loathed by fans in equal measure. And though Rose certainly reared her head one too many times over the years in various specials, her contribution to early parts of the series as Bad Wolf made for some of new Who’s strongest storytelling.
8 Mark Sloan
Mark Sloan — also known as «McSteamy» — was a plastics surgeon originally from New York who first arrives at Seattle Grace in season two. He grew up with Derek Shepherd, and the two were like best friends until Derek discovered that Mark romanced his wife, Addison.
Despite his initial antagonistic role — and cocky demeanor — Mark showed that he was an excellent plastics surgeon.
Mark completed medical school at Columbia, completing residency in otolaryngology. He earned a reputation as one of the best plastic surgeons on the East coast. He becomes the Head of Plastic Surgery at Seattle Grace. Here, he later mentored Jackson Avery in plastics — who would eventually take his place.
What defined Mark as a doctor was his entertaining personality combined with his excellent surgical skills. He also had the necessary level of compassion for handling patients and difficult cases.
Although Mark was a good surgeon, he was not the best teacher for some of his residents and interns. He sometimes made them complete trivial tasks like picking up his laundry. He also spent too much time trying to womanize his way through the hospital, which took away from his image as a good doctor.
However, when he tragically passes away in the aftermath of the plane crash, his absence is felt, both in the medical field and personally among his fellow doctors. He helped to inspire the hospital’s new name — «Grey Sloan Memorial» — which is a testament to his legacy.
14 Amelia Shepherd
When people hear the phrase «Dr. Shepherd,» usually they think of the neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd. While Derek played a more central role on the show, his younger sister Amelia is a pretty good neurosurgeon in her own right.
Amelia graduated at the top of her class from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Johns Hopkins afterward. She appeared on the Grey’s spinoff Private Practice first, where she worked with Addison Montgomery, her ex-sister-in-law.
Although she was a good surgeon, she struggled with addiction for awhile, which impeded her ability to practice medicine. However, Amelia eventually overcame these challenges to become an even better doctor.
In Seattle, Amelia took over the neurosurgery department while Derek was away in Washington D.C.
She still holds this position now. Over the years, Amelia has tackled some pretty intense surgeries, including a presumed inoperable tumor on her colleague, Dr. Nicole Herman. Her dedication to studying this tumor saved Dr. Herman’s life, and proved that Amelia was a capable neurosurgeon.
Not to mention, she does all of these things with a brain tumor of her own — one that she bounces back from quickly to resume her work. Amelia is one of the more underrated surgeons on the show.