He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing. ‘The fury of the Time Lord’. And then we discovered why. Why this Doctor, who’d fought with Gods and Demons, why he’d run away from us, and hidden.
He was being kind.
He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains, forged in the heart of a dwarf star.
He tricked my mother into the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy. To be imprisoned there… forever.
He still visits my sister, once a year, every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her, but there she is. Can you see her? He trapped her inside a mirror.
Every mirror. If ever you look at your reflection, and see something move behind you, just for a second. That’s her. That’s always her.
As for me I was suspended in time. And the Doctor put me to work, standing over the fields of England as their protector.
We wanted to live forever.
So the Doctor made sure that we did.
God I hated this whole thing. “Hey Martha, be a doll and be an oppressed, disrespected, and a harassed servant girl for a while so that I can show mercy on these murderers in the most unnecessarily convoluted way ever.” Like he couldn’t have shown mercy on them in some way that didn’t involve him turning human for a bit and being the ultimate dick to Martha? Oh, and look what your little stunt resulted in asshat: way more people dead. Whereas if you had addressed the situation properly in the first place, you could have stopped that.
I don’t blame Ten for this. I blame the writer of these piss-poor, terrible, awful episodes. Paul Cornell made the Doctor completely break his character just so they could do something interesting with a god damn fob watch. Unfuck you Paul Cornell. Unfuck you for these stupid episodes, making the Doctor do something he wouldn’t, and making Martha Jones, who is way more badass a character than you could ever dream of successfully writing for, suffer.
I totally agree with you about the suffering part for Martha. But thinking about it, with the ending and all, I kind of like the way the ending went, in a sense. In some weird twisted way, this WAS the Doctor avenging all of the hardship Martha went through to protect him. An unspoken “You forced my companion Martha to endure like this for me. You will now suffer. FOR ALL ETERNITY. Because nobody fucks with My MARTHA…”