so martha and mickey right a lot of people are like oh they just slapped the black supporting characters together how lame
except that’s not exactly what happened i mean they both were companions who walked away from the doctor because the doctor didn’t need them. they felt unappreciated by the objects of their affections and furthermore they felt they were more important “at home”. so they both wandered off, having become warriors more or less out of necessity - martha was with unit, mickey took up alternate mickey’s place in the resistance and such. and they probably spent most of their lives wanting to talk about the fact that they met an alien, an amazing alien who did amazing things and they did some amazing things at his side but they just. couldn’t do them anymore because it hurt. because the people they were in love with didn’t love them back and then somehow, serendipity threw martha and mickey together and they must have fallen in love so quickly once they talked. can you just imagine mickey telling martha about how in love he was with rose, and how in love with the doctor she was, and martha just nodding and looking up at him in that way she looked up at the doctor sometimes, downing her drink and telling him how terribly smitten with the doctor she was but the memory of that girl was always in the way and she could never, ever have him as more than an ungrateful friend because of her and he just reaches over and takes her hand and tells her he’s grateful for her and how life brought them together AND I’M SORRY IF YOU DON’T THINK MICKEY/MARTHA IS A COOL SHIP YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT IT ENOUGH
(this is to answer the question you posted about why the fandom dislikes Martha Jones—I’m making it a submission because it’s going to be long).
To the whovians who dislike Martha Jones (for being “too whiny”):
Are you kidding me?? Seriously?? It’s Martha freakin badass Jones. The Martha Jones who was always unacknowledged and put down. I mean, she endured racism and sexism and had her heart broken over and over again. And you know what? She even endured racism and sexism from the Doctor. The person she loved and admired. And she still saved his butt.
He never acknowledged her. He used her to feed his own ego. If anything, that’s why the fandom should be more critical of the Doctor’s character, not Martha’s. She didn’t even complain. She still saved the world, and the only recognition she got (and it was well deserved) was when she walked the entire Earth, and then that recognition was taken from her because it was the year that never happened.
She saved millions of people and didn’t even get any acknowledgement for it. And she still didn’t complain. All she did was get out, and it was about time too. At the end of it, the Doctor wasn’t even really sorry that he had hurt her. He was more sorry about the fact that he had lost yet another companion was forced to travel alone.
She was a rebound figure for the Doctor, but she was also an amazing badass character who didn’t deserve to be a rebound.
It’s nice to see a strong female character like her on the show, and it’s even better to see a strong female character who isn’t white on the show. She was badass. Anyone who can’t see that is blind.
I mean, in at least 70% of the episodes of season 3, she was on her own, separated from the Doctor, helping to save the world. Or she was the only one saving the world. And yet, the entire season was more focused on the Doctor’s own suffering and pain.
The writers were really unfair to her character, but she still managed to be badass. Freema Agyeman did an excellent job playing her.
So, if anyone were to ask me who my favorite companion is, I’d automatically answer Martha Jones for the reasons stated above. She’s amazing, strong, independent, beautiful, and overall just badass.
Edit: Thank you. I also think that Martha Jones is fuckin badass and she’s one of my favourite companions, too (Wilf is my favourite favourite).