Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Best of Me: Mickey Smith

" There's nothing wrong with a van. I once saved the universe with a big yellow truck!"

By my reckoning, Mickey is a companion, but not a very impressive one. I saw a comment once that compared him to Fourth Doctor companion Harry; it fits. "Mickey the Idiot" has good company in Harry "the Imbecile". Both played second fiddle and straight man while their female counterparts remain the focus of attention.
But unlike Harry, Mickey came on because of his girlfriend. His role as clown was established in the Doctor's response to his request: "Right then, I could do with a bit of a laugh." Mickey does loosen up a bit by the end of end of season two, and has developed into a serious warrior by the season four finale, but in the end, I never moved beyond feeling sorry for him. Rose treated him carelessly, not really caring about how her disappearance affected him. His marriage to Martha comes as a bit of surprise, but they were both hurt by the Doctor and Rose's romance...maybe they bonded over that. Not hate exactly, but...well...
okay, shutting up now. No fanfic recommendations.


  1. I saw it the other way around, that Harry was the Mickey Smith of his generation. I find Mickey rather amusing, but not a companion. I read one fanfic for him and Martha that I quite liked...One of my favorite authors. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6282888/1/My_Empire_Of_Dirt

    1. I don't remember which way round it was where I saw it, but I would need to refine my sorter-thingy to remove his credentials. What makes it tricky is that I want to keep Wilf.

    2. Yeah, well. You can do it however you like. I just think there's something about the person that makes them a companion or not, and it's not something I know how to define.

    3. I agree in principle and generally, but for this blog series, I had to include him.