Let me say from the start that I was a HUGE Rose Tyler fan.
Rose's entrance to the annals of Doctor Who may have been a little clunky (remember those acrobatics in "Rose"?) but she quickly grew on me over the past two seasons to become a main reason why I fell in love with Doctor Who... and I'll admit that I did get rather misty-eyed when she was separated from the Doctor at the end of Season Two. (Yes, the Doctor did manage to reunite the entire Tyler family but, come on, how bittersweet was that ending?)
So I was more than a little curious to see how the Doctor's latest companion, Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) would hold up against our beloved Rose. Imagine my surprise Friday night whilst watching the third season premiere of Doctor Who ("Smith and Jones") to see that Martha is definitely a match for the Doctor (David Tennant) in more ways than one. In true Doctor Who fashion, the Doctor sort of stumbles onto his latest companion, who ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time (say, a hospital that's transported to the moon) and is forced to work together with the Doctor to solve the problem at hand.
Is it kismet that brings the Doctor and Martha Jones together? Divine intervention? Or just good old fashioned chance? I'm not sure, but I will say that medical student Martha (no, she's not quite a real Doctor either) and the Doctor do share some instant sparks... and a pretty passionate kiss. Or rather, a pretty fast genetic exchange, at any rate.
Martha's got a fair amount of spunk, courage, and pluck, all the right prerequisites for traveling with the Doctor. I'm definitely curious to see where this new relationship is going and how Russell T. Davies keeps their rapport separate and different from what the Doctor had with shopgirl Rose. But given Martha's medical knowledge, I think the change in background is a good thing, as is her connection to the "Doomsday" Battle of Canary Wharf, where Martha's cousin Adeola was killed. (Note: Astute viewers will remember that Freema Agyeman played look-alike cousin Adeola in that episode.)
And it's a good thing that I like Martha as Agyeman will be sticking around for a while. She just signed on to appear in most of the episodes of Doctor Who's fourth season (she'll also appear in three episodes of the Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood), where she'll be paired not only with David Tennant's Doctor but also with Catherine Tate. Just how happy this little troika will be remains to be seen, but if "Smith and Jones" was any indication, I'm happy to say that Miss Martha Jones can hold her own.
On the next episode of Doctor Who ("The Shakespeare Code"), the Doctor and his new traveling companion, Martha Jones, are the victims of some witches' spell and end up face-to-face with the bard himself.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.