possible admin Andrea’s second application confession.
Yeah because walking the entire Earth on her own so she can organize the entire world to think one thought at one time, while still throwing red herrings for the Master to waste his time with, is the act of a thoroughly dependent woman.
And even before that, Martha spent most of her time as a companion making sure the Doctor didn’t die rather than the other way around.
Dear Lord, this. From the very beginning Martha was figuring stuff out completely on her own and WAS independent.
She delayed the Judoon and figured out the Doctor’s plan to make the plasmavore drink his blood to prove she was an alien. She gave him her last breath and figured out the right way to CPR a two-hearted alien.
She restarted his stopped heart and came up with the final word to defeat the Carrionites.
She did at least half of the work saving herself in Gridlock, figuring out how to get away from the Macra and keeping herself, Cheen and Milo alive.
She figured out what the Doctor needed her to do in the Dalek episodes completely on her own, got back to him and delayed the Daleks to give him time to work on the antennea.
She (and Tish) lured Lazarus away, risking their lives and nearly dying while the Doctor sat there and played the organ. She also got the DNA sample they studied to figure out what they were.
She turned him down, she walked away when he was offering her just to be a passenger. She put her foot down and asked to be respected more than that, and he gave in.
She saved his life again in 42 by freezing the alien and keeping him concious.
SHE SPENT THREE MONTHS TAKING CARE OF HIM. Three months all on her own, taking care of a man who thought she was something less than him. HE RELIED ON HER FOR THREE MONTHS. She got Joan to believe her, she helped convince him to open the watch.
She took care of him for another two or three months in 1969, working and supporting him.
She figured out Yana was a Timelord. And SHE WALKED THE EARTH ALL ALONE FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR HIM. She didn’t have any magic Tardis energy or metacrisis that solved the problem and saved the Earth in fifteen minutes. Just her, and her alone, walking the Earth and telling a story. I can’t think of anything more independent than that.
She did all of this while being compared to a woman she’d never met but was constantly living in the shadow of and being told she wasn’t as good as. (And, btw, when she met that woman, she was happy for her and the Doctor!)
She was independent and competent and from the very beginning. I’m sorry that she’s not Rose Tyler (who I am not bashing, I like her very much), but she is fabulous from minute one. Look past your Rose bias and see series three from Martha’s point of view.