From the small screen to a small desert island

Sometimes our favourite characters could also teach us a few skills about survival

multiple writers
24th August 2020
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We asked a simple question: If you were stranded on a desert island, which TV character would you choose to be your companion? Whilst we've all answered the question of what item we would bring, our writers came up with who they would want to save them.

The Doctor, Doctor Who

To be stranded on a desert island with The Doctor is any Whovians dream. An infinite amount of time and space to discuss would certainly keep me occupied. The hope of finding out many universal secrets, even their real name whispered only into the heart of the Medusa Cascade (and River Song’s ear but that doesn’t sound quite as impressive) is an exciting prospect. But which regeneration would I like to be stranded with?

Number 6 will be ruled out immediately because his irritating persona would be a constant presence of ‘whether you like it or not’ and the manipulative nature of number 7 would likely endanger you. Number 3 would be too sophisticated for a desert island and number 11 is far too young at heart(s) for me to cope with. And the last time the 10th Doctor got stranded on an intergalactic desert, he nearly brought about the destruction of the earth.  

With an infinite supply of jelly babies and a scarf big enough to make a hammock, this regeneration is the perfect puzzle to spend my time trying to crack

Credit: IMDb

Therefore, like any good Whovian cop-out answer, I will have to say I would like to be stranded with the 4th Doctor. Apart from the seemingly infinite supply of jelly babies in his pocket and a scarf big enough to make a hammock, this regeneration blurs the lines of insanity and genius, a perfect puzzle for me to spend my time trying to crack. Perhaps, even after an infinity, you wouldn’t even scratch the surface of who this man is. Yes, being stranded with this man for eternity would mean certain death for me, but in his own words ‘the moment has been prepared for’.

Gemma Powell

Frank Reynolds, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Knowing my luck, I will probably end up deserted on an island at some stage in my life. When this happens, I can think of no one I would want to be stranded with than the one and only Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds.

Sure, Frank Reynolds makes terrible decisions and is all-round a terrible person, but we all make mistakes. He only truly cares about himself, and I respect that. But mainly, I'd want Frank Reynolds for the endless stories he would bring to the table. This man has lived a life, to say the least. In the 'worst comes to worst' scenario we could re-create The Nightman Cometh musical, and that would be the best day of my life. With his many personas, such as Dr Mantis Toboggan, MD., Trash Man, Man-Cheetah and Ongo Goblogian The Art Collector, I think we would have plenty of entertainment to keep us going until we both died.

Some of the many personas of Frank Reynolds.
Credit: Frank Reynolds (Best of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia), TeamSukiyo and Evis Daison on Youtube

So hey, I could get saved, or in my dying days he'd teach me how to make rum ham

Credit: Frank Reynolds (Best of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia) on Youtube

That is, if we didn't get saved. If you aren't aware, Frank Reynolds has an obscene amount of money and would probably own an illegal private helicopter or something, and would be able to fly us out. However, this is only in the unlikely scenario that he wasn't so tight with his money and actually remembered if he owned anything of use.

So hey, I could get saved, or in my dying days he'd teach me how to make rum ham and blackout somewhere after drinking too much. If we were attacked, I'm sure he'd have his revolver and toe knife to protect us (or just himself, I'd sacrifice myself for him in a heartbeat).

Either way, sign me up.

Sophie Hicks

Henry Mills, Once Upon a Time

If I was stuck on an island, without a doubt the only TV character I could possibly have with me is Henry Mills from ABCs Once Upon a Time.

His idealistic personality makes no problem too difficult to solve. A problem solver is exactly what I would need on a desert island. In order to solves any problem, Henry creates ‘operations’. As seen in the first season of Once Upon a Time, he creates Operation Cobra in order to try and reunite his family. Within this operation, Henry utilises the people closest to him, including Dr Archie Hopper and Emma Swan in order to save the people of Storybrooke.

When things do not seem to be going his way, he chooses not to give up and continues to fight

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This would be the ideal trait to have for being stuck on a desert island, as Henry would formulate a plan that used our strengths in order to find a way to live on the island.

Henry is also full of hope and belief, which allow him to fight for what he wants and the things he believes in. In Once Upon a Time, when things do not seem to be going his way, he chooses not to give up and continues to fight.

Again, this would be the ideal trait to have on a desert island, as Henry would be able to keep spirits high and continue to help on the island.

Meg Howe

Featured image credit: Credit: IMDb, Jack Rowand/ABC - © 2016 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc, MaxPixel, Frank Reynolds (Best of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) on Youtube, Pexels, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin/Released, Ulrich Hartmann on WikiCommons

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