What Doctor Who companions did next…

Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, Karen Gillan and more have been busy since leaving the TARDIS

Freema Agyeman

The oft-overlooked David Tennant companion guest starred on Torchwood, then won a role on Law & Order: UK, the gritty remake of the American crime procedural. However, her new role of Amanita in Sense 8 is the most eye-opening thus far. Playing the out and proud girlfriend of Nomi (Jamie Clayton), a trans blogger living in San Francisco, it’s a role we have never seen from the actress. You won’t forget her first scene in a hurry…


Billie Piper

The Bad Wolf immediately shocked the tabloids by becoming real-life sex blogger Belle De Jour in Secret Diary of a Call Girl. (Fun Fact: one of her clients was Matt Smith.) This started a bit of a trend, with Piper going on to play a succession of call girls, including her current role as Brona Croft in Penny Dreadful. Apparently, that will be her final time in such a role, telling Alan Carr that she won’t be walking the streets any more. 

Noel Clarke


Despite appearing with Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness, the former Mickey is now better known as a writer and director. Previously known for grimy gang dramas Kidulthood (2006) and Adulthood (2008), his work took a sci-fi turn with the likes of Storage 24 and The Anomaly. We wonder what inspired that?