Over the course of fifty years, the Doctor has been joined in his adventures first by his granddaughter and her two teachers, and later by a string of men and women who helped provide viewers with identifiable character. While there have been many beloved companions (Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Ace), some are simply reviled. Of course, asking which companions people hate the most can be a pretty divisive issue. Some of these are from feedback, some are personal opinion, and some are just hated by 99.9% of Whovians.
Introduced in “The King’s Daemons”, Kamelion sounded like a pretty cool idea at the time—a shapeshifting robot. The idea was to have the basic robot in some scenes, but to have him take other forms of actors in that episode, so he wouldn’t be needed in his original form much. However, Kamelion was created by a man named Mike Power and was such a complicated machine that it would break down frequently. Add to this that Power died shortly after Kamelion’s creation and no one else really knew how to run it. As such, he was completely absent from the next two serials and killed off in “Planet of Fire.” Probably for the best.
4. Adam Mitchell
You felt kind of sorry for Adam being stuck working for a jerk like Henry Van Statten and it was pretty awesome when he got to take off with the Ninth Doctor and Rose at the end of “Dalek”. However, this quickly soured as we found out exactly what a little weasel Adam could be when he slips off to have a computer chip implanted in his head with the hopes of receiving future knowledge to use for his own benefit. This action ends up putting the Doctor and Rose in danger as the Editor uses the chip to extract information from Adam instead. Not terribly surprising that the Doctor chooses to leave him behind on Earth at the end with a big hole in his head that opens every time someone snaps their fingers.
3. Peri Brown
Brought in pretty much for the sole reason of making the show sexier (let’s face it, her first appearance involves her in a bikini), Peri seemed to whine and complain everywhere she and the Doctor went. Adding insult to injury was the fact that the American Peri was played by the very British Nicola Bryant, whose accent noticeably slips at least once per episode. Fed up with playing such a one-dimensional character, Bryant actually asked for Peri to be killed off to have a meaningful exit, but the producers redid it so she ended up married to BRIAN BLESSED! instead. (Author’s Note: I am required to always spell BRIAN BLESSED! in all caps and with an exclamation point.)
2. Melanie Bush
Mel actually makes me miss Peri. Brought in under circumstances that are never fully explained during “The Trial of a Time Lord”, Mel is probably one of the lowest points for the programme. She screeches, dresses in obnoxiously loud patterns, and is a one-sided personification of the 80s health craze (BBC, was Olivia Newton John not available?). She actually made it through five serials before thankfully being replaced by Ace in “Dragonfire.” Honestly, sometimes I really wish the two old ladies in “Paradise Towers” had gotten the opportunity to eat her.
I have yet to meet a Whovian who thought Adric was a great companion. Almost from the outset, he comes off as arrogant, smart-ass, little punk who could be so logical that he actually agrees with the bad guy in several stories before the Doctor sets him straight. Half the time he causes more problems for the TARDIS crew than he helps solve. It’s very hard to say anything good about the character and every list of bad companions includes him. It can honestly be said that the only good thing he does on Doctor Who is die as a Cybermen-controlled freighter smashes into the Earth, becoming the meteor that killed the dinosaurs. In a final insult to the character, he tried to break the logic codes in the ship’s navigational computer, but was thwarted when a Cyberman destroyed the computer. As the TARDIS crew watches in horror, Adric’s last words are “Now I’ll never know if I was right.” As Grumpy Cat would say, “Good.”