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Hey, waitaminnit...

(I'm still confused as to how it can be a spoiler when it's all over the media, but doesn't hurt me to accommodate...)

Okay, so the most common headline I'm seeing trumpets Martha as the Doctor's "first black assistant".

To which my immediate response is "Hey! What's Mickey, chopped liver?"

Travelling in the TARDIS for two episodes (heck, even just the extensive Earth-based adventuring with the Doctor) most assuredly does qualify Mickey as a companion by the criteria we've been using for decades, TYVM.

Granted, opening-credits billing didn't exist in the classic series. But that's no reason to discount him as a companion just because he doesn't have it.

I wonder whether the angle came from the Beeb press release or from the wire service. Because if it's the former, Noel should bop them all on the head. Hmph.

ETA: Okay, looks like I need to blame it on the wire service. Nothing so lame in the press release.

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mrv3000
Jul. 6th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought Mickey reached companion status as well. :-\ (Hell, I thought Adam was now in the books.)
lyssie
Jul. 6th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
yah. That has been rather annoying. Not to mention I claim Bambera as the first black assistant, even if she was only in that one episode.
wiliqueen
Jul. 7th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
I'll let that one slide. She was the new Brigadier. The Brig has always been his own category. :-)
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