More Doctor Who
Not that anyone reads this blog for Doctor Who commentary but I thought I’d better put in my own two cents here somewhere. David would think I’m a geek, but well, we’ve fully established we’re gerds soo….that comment is like irrelevant.
Martha > Rose. Rose < Martha or In Defense of RTD
I admit, when Martha first came on the screen, I found her majorly annoying. It was only around the time of 42 and Human Nature did I finally warm up to Martha on the screen. I dearly missed Rose and I loved the Doctor/Rose dynamic and it was difficult to like Martha when she was mooning over the Doctor and saying things which I perceived as unkind to Rose.
That was what? Sometime in June, July? It’s December 2007 and my opinion of Martha Jones have changed from the first time I watched Doctor Who Season 3 considerably. I really like her character and while I don’t necessarily ship Martha and Doctor, it doesn’t mean I dislike her. But here are my reasons why I think the accusations of Martha!hate is a bit unfair to RTD.
Why can’t the Doctor fall in love with Martha?
The Doctor didn’t appreciate Martha
RTD hates Martha
Most good writers and I do consider RTD as one of the best TV writers out there, will never hate on any one of their characters. They love all their characters even the most flawed ones. When I write, I tend to love my flawed characters the most. But there is not a single one character that I dislike in my own writing. In my NIDA class, our tutor explained to us, love all your characters. If you judge your character, it becomes impossible to create a real person that captures the audience’s imagination. They become one-dimensional and didactic. Martha was pretty real to me and could only have been created through a lot of love and care.
The only time that I felt that Martha was ‘off’ having rewatched the series again was during the episode Smith and Jones. She was just too fantastic. When she fell in love and felt second best, that’s when Martha became real to me. How many of us have fallen in love and felt second best? I know I have. She’s real and because of that, she’s fantastic. It takes a lot of guts for a writer to make a lovable character be treated badly by the main character. It’s the turmoil that makes the show. If everything is hunky-dory, there’s just no point in writing a story. It’s boring for the writer, it’s boring for the audience. The more of the Doctor’s heroism is juxtaposed with his weaknesses, the more interesting it is for me. The more I love Doctor Who.
Posted 12/15/2007 at 9:45 PM