Sam was a super-earnest goody-two-shoes teenager from 1997. She went to Coal Hill School, but as a boring straight cis white girl who was neither a jock nor a nerd and didn't have dead or disabled parents, she didn't get to fight shadow monster things or anything. When the Eighth Doctor saved her from mean pushers who wouldn't let her just say no to drugs, she started following him around. But he briefly dropped her off at a Greenpeace rally, which she couldn't resist.
Stalk Much? Edit
The Doctor spent two or three years adventuring with Ice Warriors and Cherley Pollard and anyone else who could make him forget how
annoying wonderful Sam was, then grudgingly happily picked her up after the Greenpeace rally. He immediately tried to ditch her for a San Francisco doctor lady who totally wasn't that one from the TV movie that nobody was sure about the rights to, but Sam followed him into the TARDIS and not-Grace didn't. Then he managed to lose her halfway across the galaxy, but, separated from his TARDIS, he could only flee in space, not time, and she managed to meet him again. Then he left her on another planet to do some Space Greenpeace volunteering, but a couple years later she returned. He even got her killed, but something timey-wimey happened, and… The Sam came back, the very next day. The Sam came back, we thought she was a goner. But the Sam came back, she just couldn't stay away.
Love, American Style Edit
Sam didn't just want to be a companion. At first, she fancied the Doctor because, well, he looks like Paul McGann, so duh. But soon, she fell deeply, madly, whinily, mopily in love with him, and spent pages monologuing about how he'd never notice her love. (Obviously, Russell T. Davies never read any of the relevant books, especially the one where they made the Smith & Jones joke.) She got over it eventually, though, and they settled into nothing more than a strong, stable friendship. Except, that didn't last, because she secretly still loved him - but it's okay, because he secretly loved her too. They kissed a bunch, and there was even a half-naked make-out session with Sam's alternate self, which the Doctor definitely enjoyed, so that settles that. There continues to be no justice in the world for the other Ms. Jones, however.
Dork Sam Edit
The one interesting thing One of the many interesting things about Sam was that it turned out that she was such an ideal fit for the Doctor because some sinister force had changed history to create a perfect companion as some kind of trap, but the reasons as to why they did it were never adequately explained. (Obviously, Stephen Moffat hasn't read any of the relevant books.) This deep mystery was implied across multiple books, until being resolved all at once in one story.
The Doctor and friends ran into the original version of Sam, who was like totally dark and stuff—she smoked cigarettes, and had tried drugs,
and wasn't even a vegetarian (yes, she was). She was the one that got all up in the Doctor's business, but the Doctor was only in love with the original Sam, and anyways, they got interrupted before they could continue. Also, the Doctor had reservations about it all because he was acutely aware of his age (Stefan Moffet has never picked up an EDA in his life, did I mention?) and the danger of being so entangled with someone who was so routinely plunged into life-or-death situations. Anyway, Dark!Sam then tries to shag Fitz, and since he's not space Gandalf (he's just a horny guy from the 60's), they shagged lots of times, because the books are more grown-up than TV. And then she walked into a crack in time and got erased from history (something else Stephen Moffat never read), only this crack was caused by the an evil bad guy twisting up the Doctor's timeline which she had to walk into to save all of history (a different thing Stephen Moffat never read). The readers were left wondering, "Seriously? That was the fabled Dark Sam we waited 23 books for? That's it?" It was still GOAT, though.
Fortunately, SJ was much more capable than the Eighth Doctor: it wasn't long before Sam died, and then died a different way, and then got totally erased from history, so SJ could get some less
annoying amazing companions like Rani Chandra.
Behind the Scenes Edit
Sam was hastily created when the BBC couldn't figure out whether or not they had the rights to use Grace, from the TV movie. The second EDA, Vampire Science, was rewritten to replace Grace with a totally different San Franciscan lady doctor that the Eighth Doctor encountered, and they threw Sam in as the permanent companion instead of the lady doctor.
The OrmanBlum were not very happy with their creation. The fans were even less happy. And the other writers even less so.
Nobody liked Sam, except for those with good taste. But editor Stephen Cole wouldn't let anyone kill her off, no matter how much they begged. Finally, Mad Larry managed to sneak her exit into a 69105-page book that was too complicated for Cole to understand. Once Sam was out of the TARDIS for good, her editorial protection field was broken, and soon she was retroactively killed two different ways.
In the Big Finish audios, even though they by this point took place in an entirely independent alternate timeline from the novels, Gary Russell went out of his way to erase Sam from history, because he couldn't accept that books are canon.
But, thanks to Gary's permanent continuity boner, he was unable to resist putting a reference to her into Torchwood: Martha Jones uses the name Samantha as an alias in one episode, which nobody would have suspected was a Sam Jones reference if he hadn't tweeted that Martha had heard the name from Sarah Jane and readers would know what he meant. Sigh. I'm sure she still hangs out with Sssssard in Gary-canon.
Listen, Sam is GOAT. I don't know what the previous author of this page was up to, or what books he was reading, but he clearly did not read the same ones that I did. I've amended this page the best I can whilst preserving the original work, but the Doctor loved Sam, and you should too.