Doctor Who gets racier with each series, but what’s happening in the love lives of the past and present stars of the BBC sci-fi show? We find out…
If you’ve recently dated someone who greets you with ‘Hello sweetie’, chances are, they’re a Dr Who fan. Those are the words the character River Song, played by Alex Kingston, flirtatiously carves into the Home Box to attract the Doctor’s attention.
The current 11th reincarnation of the Time Lord is played by Matt Smith. His romance with his fellow time traveller has gripped viewers, who are eagerly awaiting the second installment of the new series.
We’ve seen the couple kiss, but it is not the first smacker the Doctor has indulged in. Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor, snogged Billie Piper’s character Rose Tyler. Then number 10, David Tennant, raised the temperature by puckering up for Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina de Souza, Piper as Rose (again), Astrid Peth played by Kylie Minogue and even John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness. And Smith was kissed by Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan, before the River Song shenanigans.
Karen Gillan plays Doctor’s companion Amy Pond
In real life, there have been reports of the actress, 23, being spotted naked in a New York hotel corridor after a night of partying – possibly making her wish the Tardis would arrive to collect her.
Before scriptwriter Russell T Davies revived the show in 2005, there were fewer racier scenes. But unlike the Time Lord – who Smith recently described as ‘asexual’ – the love lives of some of the actors have been as complex as the time-defying plots on the show.
Here’s our pick of the romantic antics of mere humans from Dr Who series new and old:
David Tennant, 40, the 10th Doctor, is engaged to Georgia Moffett (both pictured above), the mother of his child and the real-life daughter of Peter Davison, 60, the fifth Doctor in the 80s. That means Tennant and Moffett’s baby daughter has the Doctor as a dad and a grandad. Weird!
Michelle Ryan played Lady Christina de Souza with David Tennant in a one-off episode, Planet of the Dead. And like a lady, Ryan keeps fairly quiet about her love life. Her reported romance with ex-Footballers’ Wives star Gary Lucy amounted to ‘only three dates when I was 18 – and then I stopped calling him’, she has said. She was, however, engaged to to footballer Tommy Williams but they split in 2007 just before she won the lead role in US series Bionic Woman. The 27-year-old former EastEnders star has worked with other Doctor Who stars - Billie Piper in ITV’s Mansfield Park and Noel Clarke in his film 126.96.36.199.
Paul McGann (above, as the Doctor) played the eighth Doctor in the 1996 BBC film. The 51-year-old was married Annie Milner in 1992 and has two sons, Joe and Jake, with her. He then dated the actress Susannah Harker, who he appeared with in a Doctor Who audio adventure.
Lalla Ward (above, in the series), who played Romana alongside Tom Baker in the 70s, married Baker – the fourth Doctor – but it didn’t last. Now 60, she’s married to evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins who she met through Douglas Adams, a Doctor Who script editor in her day.
Anneke Wills (above), who played Polly in the 60s, had an affair with the entertainer Anthony Newley. She later married Batman actor Michael Gough in 1962, but he was a serial cheat and they divorced. The 69-year-old has remarried twice and lived in California and Canada before returning to the UK in the mid-90s.
Sophie Aldred (above), now 49, played Dorothy Gale ‘Ace’ McShane in the late 80s. She had a relationship with comedian Les Dennis. They met while she was playing Cinders to his Buttons in Hull and he left his first wife for her. Dennis then left her for Amanda Holden, who cheated on him.
Nicola Bryant was Peri Brown in the 80s alongside Doctors Peter Davison and Colin Baker. She married American Broadway singer Scott Kennedy when she was still at drama school. The couple later separated. Now 50, she is in a relationship with Dead Ringers writer and Doctor Who fan Nev Fountain.
Colin Baker (above as the Doctor), 68, married Liza Goddard, his TV wife from 70s TV drama The Brothers. It didn’t last and it has been reported she was staying with her friend Michael Grade when the BBC1 controller had the sixth Doctor sacked in 1986. He now lives with his second wife, actress Marion Wyatt, in Buckinghamshire with their four daughters.
Noel Clarke (above) couldn’t be more different from his character Mickey Smith, the on-off boyfriend of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and eventual husband of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). He met his wife Iris at the gym where Clarke was once a full-time instructor, and their son Samuel is now two. The 35-year-old, who wrote and directed the films Kidulthood and Adulthood, has commented in the past that his settled personal life makes him less interesting to the media.
Katy Manning, companion Jo Grant in the 70s, made Saturday night TV sexy. After her stint alongside Jon Pertwee, she moved to Australia, and married popular crooning Australian singer Barry Crocker – who sung the original Neighbours theme tune – in 1990 and remains friends with Liza Minnelli. The 64-year-old recently appeared in Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures with Matt Smith.
Matt Smith, 28, believes the Doctor would prefer a game of chess to any naughtiness in the bedroom. He told Alan Carr on his chat show that the ‘Doc’s idea of an orgy is playing chess with an ostrich. His brain doesn’t work in that way. He would find it weird and peculiar. He finds women peculiar. He is quite asexual.’ In real life, the Bafta award-nominated actor has just moved his model girlfriend Daisy Lowe (both pictured) into his London home. His comment that she has a ‘bum worth squeezing’ proves he doesn’t share the Gallifreyan’s attitude.
Janet Fielding, 57, played loud and gutsy companion Tegan Jovanka in the 80s alongside Tom Baker and Peter Davison. In real life the actress (above with Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor and Mark Strickson as Vislor Turlough) married the Daily Mirror’s foreign editor Nicholas Davies in 1982. They divorced in 1991. She then turned her talents to working as a theatrical agent, representing Paul McGann when he took the role of the eighth Doctor.
Frazer Hines (above with Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor, right), who played Jamie McCrimmon in the 60s, dated Liza Goddard, who was married to Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor. The 66-year-old went on to marry and divorce twice to actress Gemma Craven and waterskiing champion Liz Hobbs.
Alex Kingston’s character River Song was called of ‘sort of the Doctor’s wife’ by the series’ executive producer Russell T Davies. In real life, the 48-year-old (above) split with her second husband, German writer and freelance journalist Florian Haertel, last year. In 1997 she was divorced from actor Ralph Fiennes and she has spoken of feeling totally ‘worthless’ at that time.
Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones replaced Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) alongside David Tennant’s Doctor. She left his side after a year, unable to bear her unrequited love for the Time Lord. The character eventually married Mickey Smith, Rose’s former boyfriend. Time-travelling boyfriends couldn’t be further from reality for Agyeman, whose real-life estate agent boyfriend James keeps her feet firmly on the ground. She has said: ‘He and my family keep everything in perspective for me.’
Billy Piper secured the part of Rose Tyler in 2005 following her separation from TV presenter Chris Evans, who is 16 years older than her. She was the first companion to be involved in Doctor Who’s racier scenes, but the 28-year-old applied the brakes to her love lie in real life, marrying actor Laurence Fox in 2007. They now have a son, Winston. She remains close friends with co-star David Tennant and appeared in the period drama, Ruby in the Smoke, with Matt Smith, before he was given the part of the Doctor.
Elisabeth Sladen played the part of Sarah Jane Smith with Jon Pertwee in the 70s. Among other credits, her husband, actor Brian Miller, 70, appeared in Doctor Who in the 80s and provided Dalek voices a few years later. Their daughter Sadie Miller has appeared in Doctor Who audio plays. Sladen died of cancer earlier this year.