Down With This Ship: Loving Ben & Polly [WHO-50—1966]
Ben and Polly are my favourites and my best. They’re the only ones I ever wrote fanfic about in my teens to ensure they got together (again, before I knew fanfic was a thing, oh internet where WERE you). Possibly this happened because of my shock discovery that there were fans out there in the world who thought MAYBE BEN AND POLLY DIDN’T GET TOGETHER. I seem to recall one of the Short Trips anthologies making it clear that there was no permanent relationship between the two of them, and I don’t believe anything else happened in my teen years which caused more of a sense of inner outrage. YES REALLY.
Luckily Big Finish felt the same way I did, and recently made it canon of their own in the Christmas special “The Four Companions” which reunited Polly with the Fifth Doctor. When he asked if she ever sees anything of Ben, she replied archly: “I see all of him, every day,” and then challenged him for not shipping them all along because of class issues. I danced, reader. I danced. As if it was ever going to be anything else for those two.