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Some Great Episodes - Not Sold on Martha
on 15 March 2016
I am steadily working my way through the Dr Who box sets having started with Christopher Ecclestone in Series 1. I didn't realise just how much I had forgotten since I saw them originally & how many little clues there are throughout the series leading up to the climax. In this series Harold Saxon is mentioned briefly right from episode One.
In this series Martha Jones has joined the Dr as his companion. I have to say that she is my least favourite companion and seeing them again has not changed my opinion. As a character I find Martha a bit bland. She has a lot to live up to coming after Billie Piper who, after my initial misgivings made a great companion in Rose. Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) who has the Christmas special before this series and becomes the new companion afterwards, is also a companion with a great deal of character. Poor old Freema Agyeman is sandwiched in the middle & doesn't see her character developed properly. I also got a little sick of Martha being all lovelorn and soppy over the Dr. Note to the writers - we don't watch Dr Who for its romantic elements!
There are some great episodes in this series. I do like The Family with the walking scarecrows. The matron, Joan Redfern asks a very significant question of the Dr - Would these people have died if you hadn't come here? The Shakespeare episode is wonderful with plenty of amusing one liners. Ardal O'Hanlon as a cat has to be seen. It is nice to see Captain Jack and the Face of Boe back. The crowning glory of this series, however, is The Master. John Simm has got to be the best ever Master. He has the expressions and mannerisms which are slightly manic and enough to make you realise that this is a true madman & one who needs to be stepped around very carefully. He is truly wonderful as The Master and it is a great shame that he hasn't come back again and again in the role. Having said that, I do quite like Missy........
This is a series with some very strong episodes but also some weaker ones. Martha does improve as the series progresses but I don't feel she is ever as good as many of the companions, especially Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and Billie Piper as Rose. Despite my misgivings over Martha i ahve enjoyed revisiting this series and am looking forward to progressing onwards.