Portrayed by: Freema Agyeman
Number of episode as a companion: 18
Home Planet: Earth
Doctor(s): 10th Doctor
On the heels of one of the most emotionally gripping episodes ever with the departure of the unforgettable companion Rose Tyler, the hospital Doctor Martha Jones is in is sent to the moon and she is sent on a path to become the Doctor's newest companion. Poor Martha Jones had the biggest shoes to fill and I don't think she ever really had a chance. After meeting the Doctor with Rose and watching her grow, it's hard to want to like someone new. Martha Jones had a monumental role to fill and though she didn't exactly suceed in my opinion, she did carve her own path and affect the Doctor in surprising ways.
Earning Her Way
After several episodes, it's clear that the Doctor wants a companion more than he can say. It's also equally clear that he can't let himself love Martha the way he loved Rose because she isn't Rose and also partly because it hurt him so much to open himself up to yet another heartbreak. Martha tries to push their relationship furhter which the Doctor completely rejects. If the show kept going this way, I was going to get annoyed with Martha real quick.
The Girl Who Believed
Her actions result in a year long quest to find a weapon to take the Master down. She visits every coast on her own, treking through miles and miles of land searching for the items the Doctor told her about. All the while the Doctor is tortured, people are killed and Martha is constantly hunted.
On Her Terms
It is through Martha's independence and strength that she makes a wonderful companion. She doesn't need the same guidance that most of the other ones do because she is bright and able to thrive on her own. I didn't notice her strength the first time in and if you didn't either, I urge you to take another look. Martha Jones is definitely worth a double take.
Some great Martha Jones episodes are:
- Smith and Jones
- Daleks in Manhatten and Evolution of the Daleks
- Human Nature
- The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords
- The Doctor's Daughter
- The Stolen Earth and Journey's End