Top Ten Fierce Women on Television - 8 - Martha Jones (Doctor Who/Torchwood)
The Doctor: Martha Jones, you saved the world.
Martha: Yes, I did. I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best, but you know what? I am good.
The Doctor, in talking to Martha about Donna once, says, “[Donna]’s not like you. She’s not a soldier.” This is one of the many times that Ten treats Martha as lesser than. She’s not. She’s a warrior. Sometimes someone needs to be. She was not born into this fight. It is a path she was placed into by happenstance and she accepted that path because she found her mission there. She traveled the world for a year as her family, friends, and the man she loved remained captive and tortured because she is a soldier, because she was made into one, because she makes the difficult calls when no one else will. She is devastatingly nderappreciated for her trouble. Yet, she maintains from day one a sense of conviction and purpose that comes to define so much of her narrative arc throughout her time in Doctor Who and Torchwood. She faces a fandom that dislikes her and a Doctor who treats her like shit and she makes it through it all and out of a place she doesn’t want to be because she has clarity of purpose that makes her unique among the companions. I won’t say she’s my favorite companion because I change my mind in that regard pretty much constantly, and I am rather partial to Donna Noble and River Song (who we haven’t seen enough of to merit a place on this list), but Martha exhibits a power that even Donna Noble cannot touch, and that is what makes her the fiercest.
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While it’s true that the world’s longest running Tv drama is about a Doctor and his TARDIS, it is also about ordinary women who become heroes. Even since before the reboot of classic series, the Doctor’s Companions have been helping him save the world. The character of the Doctor is impossibly old, and yet every single companion we have seen has taught him new things about himself, saved him from peril, and changed the fate of the universe as we know it. Doctor Who teaches girls that you don’t need have magical powers or be exceptional at anything to be strong. That you don’t need to lie in wait while your prince saves you. That every ordinary girl can rise up and become extraordinary. The companions of The Doctor are all beautiful inside and out, and truly exemplify everything that a female role model should be.