Throughout the series and episodes that I have watched during the course of this term I fell in love with Martha. Literally from the Shakespeare episode I knew that i liked her more than Rose. I realize that this is not a popular opinion nor realistic to many long time fans of the show due to the large role she had to follow up. Rose was probably the best character to continually pull attention to and hook the audience due to her love for the Doctor and his eventual love for her. The sob story stuff was a hit to everyone except me. I hated Rose, she treated Mickey like crap, left her mom stranded alone and only cared about herself throughout time and space. Too often she abandoned Mickey and others to follow her interest in the Doctor and would do anything for him. Including look into the heart of the TARDIS. Probably the worst way to end the suspenseful BAD WOLF thing they had going btw… After she goes away (finally) they had to introduce a new female character to accompany the Doctor and continue tradition. Luckily the producers had their heads on straight and decided to included a person of color as the main companion to the Doctor. Martha to the rescue! In her to short of time on the show ,in my opinion, she was able to rationally change the Doctor and his perspective on many things. Donna even says that she did him some good. I hate Donna too by the way. Only because shes loud and not Martha :-). Martha brought a lot to the table and helped progress the story-line. Most notably her addition to the racial diversity of the cast but also the long consistent flow that seemed to develop with Rose. She loves him, he loves her but doesn’t show it well, he’ll do anything for her, has to save her… blah blah blah.
At the end of the day I feel that Martha Jones did the Doctor a lot of good and opened his eyes a little bit into how he affects the companions during and after he leaves them. She didn’t let herself get stuck in the loop and continue to follow the Doctor like a puppy but rather made the grown up decision to help her family and stay at home.
Basically whenever a new character is introduced I am less and less excited because it isn’t Martha and all i want is for her to come back and have more adventures with the Doctor. 😦