No but what if instead of the next doctor who companion being a pretty, 20-something female, it’s just an adolescent. What if it’s a 12 year old kid who’s way to smart for their own good. What if whenever the doctor is about to make some dramatic conclusion about the solution to the episode’s…
I’m sorry, but I have to say two things.
One, the TARDIS and its accompanying lifestyle is no place for a child.
And two, it would be pretty unbelievable, even for a sci fi show, that a 21st century or even 51st century 12 year old would know more than the 2,000 plus year old Doctor from a society that existed - and has had time travel and space ships - long before planet Earth had ever become more than floating space rock.
Ok, and a third. Your idea, lovely as it is to start coming up with new companions, is pretty much a Mary Sue. Which is what River was - always showing up and telling the main character how wrong he was etc.
In any case, I’m pretty sure they already did the precocious genius thing with 5 and Adric.
And the fact of the matter is, I don’t think it would be very interesting, having a genius human as a companion. Not many people would be able to relate to him because most of the world is not made up of geniuses. Therefore, I personally think it would be boring. Not the least of because if there were two geniuses in the TARDIS that there would be no need to explain why something was the way it was - because both geniuses would already know, therefore no exposition that would enlighten the audience would be necessary. Therefore, if exposition did happen, it would be out of place and not flow with the story at all.
I wasn’t thinking the kid would be a genius in knowing everything about space, I think he’d understand patterns and plots enough to come up with solutions. I’m not saying he’s super human, I’m saying he’d be more grounded than the doctor and still be intelligent enough to figure out problems. As for reliability, I think a lot watchers would have experienced ageism and being invalidated for their age, even if they aren’t geniuses.
As for the age problem, there’d probably be some backstory or explanation for it, although to be honest I wasn’t taking it so seriously that I was writing the plot.
The doctor would still have to explain things like space travel to the kid because the kid would be intelligent, not all knowing or full of information about how time lord devises work. I don’t think he’d just be there to correct the doctor, I think there’d be an interesting give and take of information, perspectives, etc. I’m not saying this plot would be incredibly fascinating, I just liked the idea. Plus, recently, I think a companion that wasn’t there to flirt with the doctor or just do what he says or trust him implicitly would be nice.
Ah. Well, when you had your 12 year old correcting the Doctor, or being all, “oh, you *just* got there?” it made it seem that way.
And I would love a companion who wasn’t the typical 20-something pretty girl flirt, too, but I truly think the TARDIS life is too dangerous for a child, so I wouldn’t want a child companion to be on the show.
My favorite companion idea was either a conspiracy theorist or a comic book nerd, obsessed with aliens and space and superheros. Both of those would be fun, different and hilarious. Perhaps someone who wears glasses, too. Since I wear them.
But alas, we will keep getting the run of the mill normal companions, I fear.