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Sometimes it's like people forget that in the world of Doctor Who, Shakespeare wrote his most famous sonnet for Martha Jones. Martha (Freema Agyeman) was cool enough to inspire the Bard — and cooler still for turning him down — but she's always left out of conversations about the Doctor's best companions. On one level, that speaks to how crowded the field is: The point the show wants to make, as the Doctor loses irreplaceable friends but still finds room in the TARDIS for new ones, is that people are too unique to be compared to each other. But when it came to Martha, the Doctor couldn't stop trying.
The first black companion in the history of Doctor Who, Martha joined the sci-fi revival in 2007, following the exit of Billie Piper's massively beloved Rose. Rose occupied a unique spot in the world of Doctor Who, where the golden rule has always been "no hanky-panky in the TARDIS": She was in love with the Doctor, explicitly, and he loved her back, even if the long and sexless history of the franchise prevented him from telling her before tragedy struck.
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How can anyone compete with star-crossed romance? The sparkling chemistry between Rose and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) cast a long shadow over Martha when she made her debut at the start of Season 3. Her uphill battle to make the Doctor — and the fans — view her on her own terms was complicated by the fact that she developed her own unrequited crush on the Time Lord, which only made Rose loom larger in her story. Both the best and the worst aspects of Martha's arc are tangled up in her infatuation with the Doctor: The idea that every woman in the Doctor's path was hopelessly in love with him was...
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