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Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman

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Freema Agyeman was born 20th March 1979 and today celebrates her 35th birthday.

Of course Freema played Tenth Doctor companion Martha Jones. She was last seen on the show back in 2010 battling a Sontaran in The End of Time, alongside her husband Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke).

Join us in wishing Freema a very happy birthday!

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48 comments
DW_girl
DW_girl

Happy Birthday Freema, who played the most unfairly under-rated companion of Doctor Who! Martha will always be brilliant!

Polyphase
Polyphase

I miss Freema, What a great companion :)

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Happy birthday! My second favourite companion, and probably the most underrated one. I don't understand all the hate Martha gets, she's probably one of the toughest and strongest companions and yet she gets called 'weak' just because she fell in love. Which is silly really, who wouldn't fall in love with the Doctor? It actually means she's stronger because she had strength to 'get out'. 

Anyway, happy birthday! :)


gunslinger19
gunslinger19

happy birthday! most underrated companion i think, and my second favorite :D in all of new who, we've never had a companion more deserving or more capable. with the possible exception of Clara, they've all been people drifting through their lives with little purpose. and the magical doctor coming to save them is probably a dubious message to send to viewers. but you were a great role model for anyone, and extremely relatable. your series was my favorite of the Tennant era, and you performed Martha's character perfectly! hope we get more companions like you soon!

WeepingSilence
WeepingSilence

Happy Birthday! May well be my favourite companion of the RTD era, strong, sexy, mature and very underrated. In fact, Series 3 as a whole is very underrated, even it's most poorly received episodes hold a place in my heart.

TheOncomingSnow
TheOncomingSnow

Lovely woman and a very underrated companion. happy birthday Freema!

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

Happy birthday Martha Jones! You know what? I literally fell in love with you since your first appearance in Smith and Jones. When I watched your episodes, I really wondered how could the Doctor prefer Rose to you. You were far more brilliant, beautiful and nice than her...

Tennantallonsy
Tennantallonsy

Happy birthday Freema! You are still looking as beautiful as ever! Thank you for bringing a great character to life on Doctor Who for all of us to enjoy! :) 


11th's Sonic
11th's Sonic

Bring back Martha and Mickey for the 12th Doctor!

Make the doctor go back to UNIT and meet Martha for Series 9 or late Series 8! It's not too late

for that, is it????

Mr 11
Mr 11

Happy Birthday Freema! You breathed wonderful life and soul into Martha Jones who became one of the most mature and sensible companions to date! Hope you're having a good 'un. :D

SouffleBoy
SouffleBoy

Such love for Freema! You know you're going to do well if they like you so much, they recast you as the main companion! :) Happy Birthday, and I really do hope you return to the show one day, it's been far too long!

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

Happy birthday, Freema! Shame people didn't appreciate you as much as they should.

the_ponds_forever
the_ponds_forever

Happy Birthday, Freema! I loved you in "Survivers"  and Of course in Doctor who! Waiting for the day when Martha Jones/Smith Makes a comeback!

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

Even though none of her episodes really stood out to me, she's an amazing actor and her companion has grown on me a lot. She started out in the shadow of one of the most beloved companions of all time, and she grew to become a strong, independent woman who literally saved the world. And then she did it again in series 4!

Happy birthday, Freema!

MJJ
MJJ

Happy Happy, Freema.

Chris502
Chris502

One of the best companions of the show, and Freema played her brilliantly.

That Awkward Silent
That Awkward Silent

Happy Birthday Freema! Some of the 10/Rose fangirls may hate your guts, but we all love you! Here's to seeing you in the near future with a certain Capaldi! :D





Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Happy 35th birthday Freema. It's all down hill from here.

Martha has always been one if my favourite companions, although I know that many don't share my view. She's certainly my favourite 10th Doctor companion (aside from Wilf if course, but does he really count as a companion). I know a lot of people didn't like her relationship with the Doctor, but I thought it was a great way to move out of the 10/Rose thing. She's definetly one of the most underrated companions of all time. I sinsearly hope we see her and Mr. The-Idiot again in the future.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

Happy birthday Freema! I've always thought she was shorted as a companion!

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

Blimey, can you believe it was 7 years ago that she joined the TARDIS crew?! 



P.S. I think she is a great companion - never understood the hate for her.


Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

Happy Birthday Freema! I still await the day you return to us as Martha Jones-Smith

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

I was watching Human Nature/The Family of Blood the other day, in fact and it struck me just how GOOD she was. I was a bit of a Rose fan, so it took a while for my 9 year-old self to warm to her. But she's such a strong, complex character - a wonderful piece of work by RTD brought to a staggering new level by Freema. Happy birthday, and best of luck in your future career endevours! 





Gustaff
Gustaff

She is so cool. Martha is a 8/10 in my book of companions. If only Rose hadn't ruined Martha's season by constantly reminding fans how much we don't care that she's gone and if 10 had treated Jones just a little better, Martha could easily have been a 9/10.


Reason number 45 of why I dislike Rose.

BLINKANDYOUREDEAD
BLINKANDYOUREDEAD

Happy Birthday to the actress of one of my favorite companions!

sontaran17
sontaran17

Happy Birthday to who used to be my least favourite companion, and after this recent rewatch has become one of my top rating companions of 51 years. An inspirational character and a stunning actress! To Freema!

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

35? Wow... no way... o.O

Happy birthday!

A great companion too. :)

The Finn
The Finn

Happy Birthday! You are truly underrated!

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf


@gunslinger19 Agreed, I (generally) like companions to have reasonably successful lives of their own, it makes the choice to travel with the Doctor less of an automatic one, if they do something they enjoy, as opposed to being in a dead end job and life and desperate to get out. It's a bit of a curio that 10, was least happy with the most intelligent and capable Companion he had :-)


VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

@The Administrator  I actually liked Martha. Although Donna is my favourite New-Who companion, I did think Martha was a good companion. Shame that they made her character want a romantic relationship with the Doctor. I liked how Donna and the Doctor were just friends.

AnthonyMercer
AnthonyMercer

@Notsosmartguy  That's what I was thinking! And that line of thinking brought me to another weird thought - if Doctor Who lasts long enough, there will eventually be an episode where every actor in the episode was born after Doctor Who had already started...

drthomas
drthomas

@Gustaff  i dont understand how that is a good enough reason why youdont like rose. that reason wasnt actually her fault

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Gustaff Moff learnt from this, by giving 11 a long OFF SCREEN period where he parked his TARDIS on a cloud and mourned his losses, so that when Clara came along, he was ready to move on.

By contrast, 10 spent too much of Martha's time on board mourning the loss of Rose, making Martha a bit of a rebound Companion...

floppy_who
floppy_who

@RhonDOH @Deus_Ex_Machina Down hill from 40? I've had more fun in my 40s than I had in my teens, 20s or 30s..! There's something that starts to happen from the age of 30 that no-one really points out until you get there....

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Planet of the Deaf @Gustaff  I mentioned this on another post so forgive me for repeating myself, but I thought having the Doctor mourn the loss of Rose was a good way to distinguish the new show from the classic show.  However, having the "permanent" companion, especially one as strong as Martha, suffer as the rebound character was a mistake.  I think it would have been more interesting to have someone around for the first 3-4 episodes of Series 3 who gets so fed-up with the Doctor's depression and lack of attention, that they tell him off and leave.  That would have opened the door to the Doctor and Martha being on more equal footing.  I mean, that's more or less what was done with Martha, and set the stage for Donna, but it was dragged out for an entire season.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@Planet of the Deaf @Rani Nose @Gustaff  Good points!  Travelling alone would have been great, too, and it would have served as a bookend for when he traveled alone after S4.  It could have made for an interesting meta-arc over S3-4 and the specials.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Rani Nose @Planet of the Deaf@Gustaff The Doctor mourning the loss of a Companion is fine, especially a Doctor with very human emotions like 10.


An alternative would have been having the depressed Doctor travel by himself for the first 2-3 episodes, then get dragged out of his gloom by say Martha. The RTD era seemed to be much more real time than the Moff era, 11 spent an unknown time on his cloud and lived for 100s of years in total, whereas the 10's Doctor life was much the same as his 'TV life' if that makes sense! They could easily have mentioned in the script that 10 had been by himself for a couple of years, to emphasise the mourning period.


10 travelled by himself in the specials, he even turned down would be  companions (such as Lady Christina)