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The Matrimony of Mr and Mrs Smith

Guest contributor Connor Johnston tackles the taboo criticisms regarding the marriage of Martha and Mickey.

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In his final moments the Tenth Doctor decided to look back at all his companions, paying homage to all his friends and acquaintances that help make his era of the show as successful as it was. It was here that the discovered fate of former companions Mickey Smith and Martha Jones sparked a ripple through the fan base as the question was asked -- what justification Russell T Davies had for coupling up the pair, making it the first time in Doctor Who history two companions have “canonically” entered into a romantic relationship. The argument has continued silently over the years with opinions bubbling up to the surface that have been taboo, controversial and in some instances -- where the line separating what’s socially acceptable to say -- racist.

At the conclusion of “Journey’s End” we see Martha and Mickey (along with Jack) exit the TARDIS together, having just met for the first time, walking into the distance. The next time we see the pair is in “The End of Time’s” memory montage. The couple are happily married and on the run from a war hungry Sontaran. Of course I can sympathise with the fact that this drastic and sudden revelation of their relationship came as a shock to all viewers, but to explain the choice to marry the two characters as “racially motivated” is to me, absurd and ridiculous. Throughout this article I plan to shed some light on some of the reasons that the relationship worked and truly pass judgement on if there was actual substance to the decision to pair the pair – While fitting in as many wedding puns as possible. Who wants to begin? “I do.” I hope you will find it very… engaging!

Unrequited Love

mickey-rose-ten-girl-fireplaceWhen it comes to their own personal love lives neither Martha or Mickey have a successful track record, with both of them at some point of their first seasons in the show fulfilling the role of the “lovesick puppy (or tin) dog.” Now of course there is a hell of a lot more to each of the characters than who they fancy, but it’s no secret that after a while both plots of unrequited love began to drag on and on, slightly agitating viewers across the board -- as in both minor and major ways it began to cheapen the great characters. How ironic that the two items of Martha and Mickey’s affections; The Doctor and Rose respectively, would not only find love together, but also lead the two together cultivating to the marriage of the pair. In Mickey’s case I would think it fair to label his Series One character as essentially the whining, jealous boyfriend pining after his teenage girlfriend’s heart. His efforts were unfortunately a waste of time and energy, as it was clear that his affection for Rose were not anywhere close to being returned at the same intensity.

We were nice. We were happy. And then what, you give me a kiss and you run off with him and you make me feel like nothing, Rose. I was nothing.

In Series 2 the character of Mickey improved tremendously, with episodes like “School Reunion” and “Rise of the Cybermen” allowing Noel Clarke to shine. However, as Rose became more interested in the Doctor romantically, it became more and more obvious to viewers that Mickey’s investment in her was a waste of screentime, and alas the cruel realisation that she would never pick him over the Doctor broke his heart and ultimately helped form his decision to stay in Pete’s World instead of continuing to travel in the TARDIS.

martha-tennant-shakespeare-bedFor Martha her affection for the Doctor grew over time yet never reduced her character in the way I feel it did to Mickey. The main reason that Martha’s affections for the Doctor were unrequited was mainly due to the fact that the Doctor himself was in a state of mourning after losing Rose in the previous season. Regardless of whether you ship Rose and the Doctor, one thing that is undeniable is that Rose was such an influential character in his life, logically, the loss of her was going to take a substantial toll on the Time Lord.

The question must be posed that if the timing of Catherine and Freema’s appearances were swapped, could the Doctor have had a more open non-dismissive relationship with Martha -- now out of Rose’s shadow? Who knows, but one positive outcome that did come from Martha’s unrequited love for the Doctor was the incredible personal journey she made throughout the season! Martha became a strong-willed, resilient and relatable role model for young people that ever found themselves in the same position. By being “rejected” by the Doctor, Martha grew from it and moved on with her life following an absolutely sensational run on board the TARDIS (One of my favourite seasons).

Rebound Romances

For both Martha and Mickey, the road to recovery after being rejected by their love interests involved rebound relationships. More similarities in their love lives continue with both rebound relationships proving to be unsuccessful in capturing the passion and romance that was so crucial in their affections for Rose and the Doctor. For Mr Smith this came in the form of Trisha Delany. When it comes to Trisha as a character, there is not much that we can dive into as she never actually appeared onscreen, having only being mentioned in one scene during Series 1’s “Boom Town”. What we do know is that she is the sister of Mickey’s friend Rob Delany and is slightly of a more stocky build than Rose. While not being able to assess much about the character, what we can evaluate is both Rose’s and Mickey’s attitude during the conversation. Throughout the entire fight Mickey seems to be finding reasons to justify his relationship with Trisha. It becomes very clear very quickly that Mickey has no romantic interest in Trisha, and furthermore that the relationship itself is built on the foundations of Mickey’s loneliness and trying to forget his frustrating unconditional love for Rose that he is finding too hard to overcome. Unfortunately for Mickey it would be a few years and 2 universes before he would finally settle down.

Fmartha-tom-last-time-lordsor Martha her rebound relationship was explored more substantially on screen (if only slightly) than her to-be husband’s in the form of Tom Milligan as played by Tom Ellis in the Series 3 finale “Last of the Timelords”. During their short journey together as rebels against the Master, Tom quickly took a liking to Martha Jones and proved to be very loyal to her. In a climactic confrontation Tom tried to protect Martha from the Master -- resulting in what would have been his death if time had not been reversed.

One thing that does tend to bother me when the debate regarding the justification of Mickey and Martha’s marriage is that no one seems to mention that once the time line had been corrected, Martha sought Tom out and although from his perspective he had never experienced the events of the Year That Never Was, with no history and no reasoning -- he and Martha met and entered into a romantic relationship including getting engaged, all in less than 10 Months… Yes “The Last of the Timelords” and “The Sontaran Stratagem” are both set in 2009. Surely this makes less sense than the “Marthy” (Mickey/Martha) relationship that we’re evaluating today?! A relationship that given some further evaluation makes perfect sense?! Anyhow I regress. Ultimately Martha and Tom’s marriage was not meant to be and not unlike Mickey’s relationship had Martha wasting time pining away, struggling to find someone else that she could feel a strong affection for like she had for The Doctor. The two had such similar track records, and this meant they could sympathise with each other perfectly. However their histories weren’t the only thing they had in common…

The Start of Something New…

freema-noel-clarkeReading through the comments, it seems that sometimes as a fan base (myself included) we often unconsciously de-humanise the Doctor’s companions once they begin to travel in the TARDIS. By this I mean that we often forget that these characters that we love and adore have lives that continue off screen. This has become even more evident with the surprise revelations such as; Clara being a teacher – E.g. “So much for continuity, Clara didn’t even go to teacher’s college”, River knowing the Doctors name – E.g. “Well we haven’t yet so it must be happening in Series 8”, and of course to draw some relevance to the article, Martha and Mickey are a married couple – E.g. “They never even had dialog directed to each other onscreen! That makes no sense!”. (Please note the author of the article cannot be held accountable for the whiny voices that you read the sample comments in.)

So how did the relationship begin? While we’ve already established the similarities in the couple’s love life prior to meeting each other, surely it’s the connection they built afterwards that would eventually turn into the marriage of the two? For a companion of the Doctor, returning to ordinary “TARDIS-less” life is always going to be tough, and especially so for Martha Jones recalling the horrific events during the year that never was. For Martha, Mickey would have become a person she could confide in, and someone that had the ability, knowledge and the experience to sympathise and support her as they adapted to life without the Doctor together. It was through their mutual understanding and respect for each other’s lives that is what I believe strengthened the initial connection. The character of Toshiko Sato constantly reminded the audience that the life the characters of the Whoniverse lead leaves little tolerance for an outsider to be involved in a relationship with them.

“Maybe the answer is to go out with someone who knows what you do.”

Now that we’ve settled on the why, the question of “When” this budding romance first took shape must be asked. How long after Journey’s End did Martha and Thomas break up? How long after Journey’s End is the Smiths’ cameo in The End of Time set? This is yet another instance where the fandom is kept in the dark regarding specific details of off screen events. However thanks to “Torchwood: Children of Earth” what we do know is that during the incident of the 456 invasion, Martha Jones was on her honeymoon – however who she had just married is in fact not mentioned. Perhaps the original plan to have both Freema and Noel join the Torchwood team in Season 3 would have dived into the origins of the couple? A plan that was only scrapped due to Freema’s commitments to Law and Order UK. And so the plot thickens….

A Ghetto Get-Together?

freema-noel-clarke-kissUltimately given the evidence and arguments above I believe I can personally say that the accusations of racist motives taking part in the eventual fate of Mr and Mrs Smith is not only an ignorant, poorly constructed argument but is also approaching the levels of being an offensive slur at the Doctor Who production office and Russell T Davies specifically. Frankly it’s more shocking that the question was ever asked because it takes away any credibility RTD has as a writer. Davies is not a racist man – this is shown over and over again by his constant attitude to turn Doctor Who into the accepting and embracing show it is today.

The tale of Mickey Smith and Martha Jones is the Whoniverse greatest love story never told: Searching for their perfect matches across all of time and space and eventually being brought together by the very people they had unrequited love for. Who knows maybe one day their love story will make their way onto our screens… a spin-off titled “Smith and Jones” or “Mr and Mrs Smith”, two freelance agents (occasionally joined by Captain Jack, Gwen and River Song) hunting down alien enemies and foiling their attempts to take over the world.. while juggling the construction of an up-and-coming relationship! I know I’d be interested in seeing the origins of this romance – the first date in particular: A Quick Movie? Dinner and a show? Maybe a simple night in with some PUH-PUH-PUH PIZZA! Either way, spin-off or not I think its safe to conclude that there is substance to a relationship between Martha and Mickey – As a team they work, as a couple they work. They are not the product of a writer’s racist motivations or anything as ludicrous as a “Ghetto Get-Together”.

By the power invested in my by the state of Doctor Who TV, Martha and Mickey, I now pronounce your marriage rightfully and fittingly developed. You may now kiss the bride (or leave a comment – whatever floats your boat).

Step back in time...

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228 comments
GrammyPuter
GrammyPuter

I am dying to see Doctor Who spinoff since we lost Sarah Jane.  This would be interesting. Torchwood with Captain Jack, Gwen, Mickey and Martha (with River dropping in from time to time) would be great fun!

PhotonFromOz
PhotonFromOz

For a very long time I've dreamt of a reboot of Torchwood with Martha & Mickey filling the gap left by the death of Owen & Tosh. 

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

"We often forget that these characters that we love and adore have lives that continue off screen. This has become even more evident with the surprise revelations such as; Clara being a teacher – E.g. “So much for continuity, Clara didn’t even go to teacher’s college”"

Not even mentioning the rest of the article, I love the point you have made here. It's exactly what I feel like I'm telling so many people all the time - Clara wasn't born a nanny, Martha didn't sleep at UNIT HQ, etc. It's just like how we don't just watch Doctor Who - we have jobs and families an education too.







AdriaandeLeeuw
AdriaandeLeeuw

The ONLY problem I can see is that if they were not Human! Martha and Mickey why not? as for marriages there were several afterwards INCLUDING the Doctor, the Doctors Mother in law and Father in law who's wedding he was at before he married their daughter, but whom he had kissed before he met them and before she was born! 

dkap2018
dkap2018

I feel like the author of this article doesn't understand that things can be racially-based/racist without the perpetrator being someone consciously and purposely making it that way.  RTD isn't racist in that he believes a race to be better than another, but he, like everyone, lives in a racist society, and that can manifest itself in the work of even the most innocent artists. Also, what does it say that the only prominent recent companions of color have been in the unrequited love/unappreciated light.... Even that isn't basis for a relationship, thinking that martha was engaged and that was never explained off, and just to shove her with mickey doesn't make too much rational sense other than being a little bit based on race... i dont know, just food for thought. 



Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Firstly, that's an interesting point, about how if Martha and Donna's time's had swapped, would it be different.

Secondly, not much thought really needs to be put into Trisha's character. She was just someone Mickey was going to ask out, before Rose rang her asking for a favour (which she didn't really need, as she just wanted to see him), which triggered Mickey's 'I love Rose' alarm, and so he went to see her. Mickey then saw how meaningless he was to Rose and so decided to make up (for a short while) that he was going out with Trisha, in an understandable attempt to make her jealous. He reveals all a bit later. - I'm not sure exactly what my point was there. I think I'm just clarifying.

Thirdly, I don't think the amount of time it took Martha and Tom to get engaged is something that needs commenting on. That is all perfectly justifiable, as that happens in real life. Different people take relationships at different speeds and so commenting on that does just seem a bit judgemental on real life relationships.

Fourthly, I agree that it is so silly to suggest that their colour is the only thing they could have in common.

Finally, I  think you just have to justify some things like this in your head. When I see that moment, that they are reavealed to be together, I just feel happy and think to myself 'Ah that's nice'. You don't need to see every moment and how things came into place. I find it very comparable to 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' (Spoilers). I don't by the way like the 'Twilight' Saga, but Jacob's final, awkwardly circumstanced, get together with Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee, is one of those things that possibly seems a bit weird at first, but overall serves as a source of happiness for the third wheel of the love triangle.





MikeFalino
MikeFalino

I have always loved their pairing.  I look at it like they went through some serious shit together, and then they went off to protect Earth together.  Few people could possibly understand them as far as their experiences, what they know, and what they've done, so why not end up together?  It's hilarious how having two dark-skinned people marry is somehow a bad thing... as if all TV and movie writers/producers must have "interracial" relationships to prove race doesn't matter.  Maybe they just fell in love... it does happen!





legionofthebeast
legionofthebeast

As your article explains, I never quite understood Martha and Tom's relationship either. It was a bit like confessing to the Silence and forgetting you've ever done so. How do you build a relationship on something only one person can remember. 

legionofthebeast
legionofthebeast

As the photos of Freema and Noel show, they have no problem with it. I love reading their conversations on Twitter. 

SirTrey
SirTrey

One small note...people automatically tend to assume that when someone mentions something or someone might have said/done/written something racist that we're saying they're sitting in a dark corner deviously plotting against those [insert race here] that they've hated for years and can't stand and angrily would hunt down if they had the chance.  Any "ism" can exist in small, subtle, unintended ways without a hint of damaging intent on the creator's part and, like, well, anything else there is a RANGE.

But, as DrWholocked said on this thread, just because this person wasn't actively thinking about this doesn't mean there isn't still an issue to be addressed, an issue inherent to mindsets built up over decades of non-diverse roles in entertainment. It's just that since everyone knows the "isms" are one of those really bad things you don't want to be accused of, there's a kneejerk reaction to ardently defend something/someone you feel for from that because the instant association is with some sort of xenophobic nutjob.


Of course I don't think RTD is a "racist" in the sense of harboring prejudiced thoughts towards another race, there's no evidence from what I've seen of his work or his interviews.  And I don't think he thought in his head to put Mickey and Martha together just because they're black.  But, as a black person myself, it just struck me as a bit...lazy to see the new series' only prominent black characters (or, really, *human* minorities of any sort) end up together with little-to-no background or buildup, especially considering (IMO), she was easily the most under-utitilized, under-written of the companions in all of New Who, with the jury still out on Clara. 

I understand that things happen off screen but it just didn't seem necessary for a 2 minute scene in Ten's finale.  I mean, further on the "it just felt a bit lazy" track, for me Martha's most memorable episode aside from her debut is Human Nature/Family of Blood and, well...she's a maid.  Look, I know it was time-appropriate and that kind of thing has happened before, but it just felt like that was best avoided.

*Full disclosure, I'm from the USA; not really up to historic speed on black history in the UK so I don't know how bad things got/how awkward these connotations are, I'm coming from our perspective over here.*


TL;DR - No, RTD's not a racist, but something he worked on can still be problematic without being evilly prejudiced.  There are issues in general entertainment with regards to race and diversity that still need to be worked on.  And their pairing just felt a bit...lazy.

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

Are RTD or SM racist, sexist, homophobic? I very much doubt it and could easily find evidence to support that they are anything but. However If people are being accused of an 'ism', rather than instantly dismiss it, maybe it should be challenged - not as an excuse to attack the show runners, but to question why some feel there is an issue in the first place. 






The entertainment industry as a whole needs to tackle these issues - why for instance in 2014 is there still so little diversity in the both the production team and the actors on the BBC's flagship show? For casual viewers Mickey as a character was treated poorly, as was Martha's. These famous characters played by well established actors, why are they not regarded in the same class as Amy and Rory?  Yes, they have in common unrequited love, but it wasn't just from the perspective of Rose and the Doctor! 

On a very base level, here we have 2 very underused Black actors in what should have been regarded as iconic roles. What happens? They end up together in the end, with little on screen explanation. There does appear to be a negative pattern, not just in Doctor Who but in most major Tv shows.  I don't believe RTD or SM are to blame at all, as they are just as much 'victims' of the process, there are issues which do need to be addressed. If there is even a slight perception of racism, sexism, ageism or homophobia, there is an increased risk of alienating audiences. If it goes on for long enough, our beloved show may be taken off the air, never to return again. 





Xaven
Xaven

(Applauds) Thank you! Seriously, I was baffled at all the complaints against Martha and Mickey as a couple. I see them as a badass duo.

I'm also glad that you addressed another issue that's been annoying me. Just because something hasn't happened onscreen, doesn't mean it hasn't happened. We don't need to see the Doctor tell River his name. We don't need to see the Twelfth Doctor go back to save Gallifrey. We don't need to see Darillium. In fact, I can guess when Darillium happened.

Thanks to Last Night, we know it was the Eleventh Doctor who took River to Darillium. As the Doctor was just starting out his relationship with her in between Series 6 and Series 7, I would place it during Series 7. I doubt it was in between The Angels Take Manhattan and The Snowmen, as the Doctor was in his depression over the loss of Amy and Rory. The earliest time the event could possibly be, is during the Doctor's search for Clara. It is also the most likely time, as Vastra had to introduce post Library River and Clara to each other, meaning that River has never heard of Clara before then. It thus makes it unlikely that the Doctor was travelling with Clara when it happened.

SteveWillis
SteveWillis

I can now understand the reasonings. But I still think of the scene was a convenient way to include two past companions in one scene as to save on running time. However, it is nice that there is this off-screen narrative that kinda does justify the reasoning. From an Audience perspective, it feels strange that Martha was engaged (and maybe got married), but then broke up with her fiancé and married Micky (which is not a strange thing). It was just an expected surprise. I think by the time of the last series and special, we have sort of subconsciously grew accustomed of off-screen events. Especially since Clara travels with the Doctor one day a week, and The Doctor had numerous off-screen adventures with River in the prison. We are now aware that so much can and has happened off-screen that learning Clara has now completed a PGCE and is now a full-time English teacher is not a shock.                                                                                                                                                                  The bigotry accusation is complete BS. I feel like there are people in the world who explicitly looks for things that feature none-white characters/women or none-heterosexual people and blatantly accuse them of the corresponding bigotry terms. Which is an irony. Accusing RTD of being Racist for marrying off two characters of similar skin colour is being racist. It's probably due to that thing where people tend to project their negative traits onto others. If someone accuses everyone of being untrustworthy, they themselves are very likely untrustworthy. That, but with bigotry.






JLS1138
JLS1138

Allegations of racism....on the INTERNET?!! Well now I've heard everything! Seriously though, I think it made sense for Mickey and Martha to get together because they both had a shared experience in being companions AND in unrequited love thanks to insane circumstances. 











ConnorWhite
ConnorWhite

I feel like putting Martha and Mickey together would be like her final win over Rose. All through her series she wasn't good enough for the Doctor because of Rose, so putting her with Mickey was like she actually won their competitiveness. 



Smaragdkek
Smaragdkek

What the author seems to have forgotten is that Martha and Mickey have nothing in common apart from being black.


Mickey is a car mechanic turned freelancer alien hunter. Although he became much braver in later years and his strategic thinking also must have evolved, his cultural awareness is largely limited to Eastenders.


Martha, on the other hand, is a certified doctor. She went to college (to study medicine, one of the toughest subjects out there), she loves and knows Shakespeare's works, basically she is clearly one of the most objectively smart companions of the Doctor (only River exceeds her, because she is a professor, and Clara comes as close third, as she also has a college degree).


So we have two people here who have nothing to talk about apart from alien stuff. When they go home after a long day of alien hunting, Mickey probably just wants to watch the match in the pub (we know he likes that), while Martha would prefer to see that new Macbeth she has been hearing about that is playing on the Westend. If you have ever been in a relationship or have ever seen somebody else being in a relationship close up, you are going to realise that this is a recipe for failure.


Of course, there is a way to explain it without saying that it is racist (ie. that they were both looking for somebody that travelled with the Doctor - although this suggests an eventual divorce after they realise their mistake), but let's face it, that's not what most people will see. What most people will see is that the only two black companions of the Doctor got together. And that is RTD's fault, unfortunately.


But then again, RTD has never done justice to Martha's character - here we have a beautiful, intelligent woman who is fully aware of how impossible a relationship with the Doctor is, and there she goes and falls in love with him. None of the later companions did that (well, apart from River, but she is a special case) and they were nowhere near as smart as she was.

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Agreed. It has nothing to do with race, they're just two characters that really work well with each other as far as personality goes. I thought it was a very clever match personally! Especially considering they both have had experience with unrequited love in the past.

DrWholocked
DrWholocked

I agree with others when they say the Martha and Mickey relationship seemed too lazy. It almost came across like a lame apology for mistreating their characters during Tennant's reign - Mickey and Martha couldn't be with Rose or the Doctor, so they get to settle for 2nd best - each other. How insulting to them as actors and us as the audience. Arguably the 2 most underused characters in the history of the show, and they both happen to be played by Black actors - and folks are surprised by accusations of racism?


I loved how Martha saved the day and then had the guts to walk out on the Doctor.  What I don't get is why team up Mickey and Martha at the very end with little explanation. People are going to add up the few clues available, and conclude rightly or wrongly that the story development of their relationship was based on their race.  Even their surnames are generic - Smith and Jones. Rose is a Tyler and Doctor Donna the Noble one, but Mickey Smith - not even Michael or Mike, but a child-like 'Mickey' (mouse) name. Insignificant names, to match how their characters were treated.

                                                                                                                                             The writers appeared unable to see past Martha's gender or skin colour, and in their attempt to appear PC, they ended up emphasising the dull, boring, outdated stereotypes so often endured by female and non-White actors. A pity, when they made such a brilliant success of the Captain Jack character. The Martha/Mickey story line highlights the need for a more diverse pool of writing talent in the entertainment industry as a whole, but especially in Doctor Who. Yes, we are a tolerant society, but not an accepting one. Perhaps the Martha/Mickey relationship accurately reflects that sad state.    

I liked RTD as a writer and a show runner, but he left at the right time. I do prefer Moffat's writing style, although I also think he panders to female stereotypical ideas, he at least gave River and Amy strong story lines which respected their characters. I look forward to the relationship development between Clara, Danny and Capaldi's Doctor in the hope that Danny's fate with Clara and in the show is better than Mickey's fate with Rose.

craig33
craig33

They got married. Fine. I watched it. I accepted it. I smiled. I moved on. That's all the thought I put into it. Occasionally I have time on my hands but bloody hell. For people to come up with racist connotations based on that is beyond me.

The Finn
The Finn

Somehow when I read this article I thought of a scene in which M&M are both at home or somewhere, trying to get over their latest boy-/grirlfriend. Then either one picks up the phone and calls the other, they go for a coffee and talk about their respective adventures with the Doctor, they find common ground and so the relationship starts.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I agree. The two of them make sense as a couple because former companions would have good chances of relating with each other due totheir experiences in the Tardis, which would be important for a functional relationship.

Castrovalva
Castrovalva

What a truly fun, enjoyable and well thought out article.  

MaddyKika
MaddyKika

Even though Mickey has improved in Series 2, I think Martha too good for him.

RitchVon1
RitchVon1

I was always a big fan of the Mickey and Martha pairing. Thank you for laying it out so well. I would definitely watch/listen to Mr. & Mrs. Smith: Protectors of Earth. Someone get Nick Briggs on the phone!

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

It just felt like a lazy move to me, pairing off the two remaining lonely characters. They never even bothered to explain where Martha's previous fiance went.

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

We know that they were both meant to appear in Torchwood: Children of Earth, which would have led to the married couple that we saw in "The End of Time". Even though neither of them ended up appearing in COE, RTD kept it in. It's more jarring in that it now comes out of nowhere (unless you read into it, which this article has done so well, but obviously there had to have had been something there, since their relationship *was* going to be expanded on and was the ultimate plan for the two - it's like showing a raw cut of meat and then skipping to the part where it's a steak, without showing the cooking process), but whatever. I mean, by now I've come to the point where I can say that really, I don't much care for RTD's writing, but will admit that, though I have my issues, has was not a stupid or incapable man. He does know how writing works, and I fully believe that Martha and Mickey's relationship would have been developed properly if it had been able. It just lacks the full context, but that was out of RTD's hands.

TheDaleksDaughter
TheDaleksDaughter

Great article! I like how you developed your argumentation. Plus, I completely agree with you.

JakobBoyd
JakobBoyd

Wow, thank you! I never thought of it this way, I was always very dismissive toward this pairing.
I think when writers have sudden revelations like this, viewers can take them the wrong way, fail to piece it together in their heads (To the Moffat critic, this is incorrectly called a 'plot hole') and we're left only with politics. It's a shame, and it's something I'm really against, actually, when people think things like this are bad writing, because it just plainly isn't.
I do think that some development of this relationship would've stopped the criticism happening in the first place, that's not the job of a writer, especially not in Doctor Who.


So, genuinely, thank you for helping me see this more complexly!

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I bet in 30-40 years, these two are going to star in their own Big Finish spin-off.

Ryan Nicholson
Ryan Nicholson

I don't think this was racist just unnecessary like how River and the Doctor was unnecessary, I hope race didn't play a role in Russell's decision or that's just wrong.

Sir James Bond
Sir James Bond

I'd just like to say that I didn't raise an eyebrow, or any other part of my body, when I saw Mickey 'n Martha evade the last threatening Sontaran as a happily married couple. I was just happy to see that two lovely people had found each other.....and in finding each other.....had found love.....with each other. Love, after all, is a very beautiful thing. And so, with that in mind, I'd like you, yes 'you', to reach out and hold the hand of the commenter next to you,.....and just tell them that you love them,.....in a nice way. That's it. And now ask them if they'd be at all interested in hanging around some industrial wasteland while you hunt a psychotic alien dwarf. Just like Martha 'n Mickey, the E.T  P.I's. That's what they should call the inevitable spin-ff show..... 'E.T P.I's'. 

Anyhoo.....in the spirit of 'off screen' companion consummation, I was just wondering what other TARDIS pair off's might have occurred over the years? Leela and Adric (by jimminy she'd make a man of him) Wilf and Vastra? Jack and.....well.....any body. If you have any further suggestions please send them on a postcard to.....

Sir James Bond and Lady Peri  (I can dream). 

The Industrial Wasteland. 

Near The End Of The Episode. 

Cardiff. 

CA3 WN0. 

Thank you!


Whokemon
Whokemon

@Xaven I can't help but think it had to have happened a bit earlier than that (I'm presuming you're referring to his search for Clara post-Snowmen), given that during Snowmen it's established that he has a new TARDIS control room than in Last Night. I'm thinking it had to have been Pre-Angels Take Manhattan (Maybe in transition from Season 6 to 7).

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@SteveWillis  The biggest off screen omission is the break down of Amy and Rory's marriage!

Clara becoming a teacher was a logical development, though 30 seconds of extra exposition would have been nice!


docgirl55
docgirl55

@SteveWillis people accuse RTD of being racist because his work is very unfortunately teemed with problematic issues. Most people don't notice the horrifically offensive racial stereotyping RTD implemented in the first 5 minutes of 'Turn Left', because it probably didn't affect them. And to be honest, I doubt he was aware either - but it doesn't mean that the thing itself can't be interpreted as racist. The thing with Martha and Mickey is unfortunate, and I highly doubt RTD made the decision to put them together based on their race, in fact I'm fairly sure he meant it as a humorous reference to the 'smith and jones' pairing of Martha's first episode. However, just because a writer isn't consciously aware that he's being problematic, doesn't mean he isn't. People accuse him of racism because, very rightly, it's incredibly incredibly important for us to question why a man would put the only two recurring characters of colour on a TV show together despite the fact they've had little to no scenes together on the show. 






Whovianmomof4
Whovianmomof4

There is nothing said ever that two people of extremely different backgrounds can not fall in love, and quickly. This isn't a valid argument in my opinion.

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Malohkeh Happens quite a bit in who but this one didn't bother me, Afterall it makes perfect sense :)

sontaran17
sontaran17

@Malohkeh If the show decided to write the biographies of every supporting character that appeared in only 1 episode we'd never get anywhere. We know they were engaged - we know it wasnt meant to be - there isnt a pressing need to know anything else IMO

sontaran17
sontaran17

@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Sometimes I think that we have to read into things (hence why I wrote this article) we cant always expect to be hand fed a explanation of every little event of a history due to a cameo scene, sometimes we just have to roll with in

PK-S
PK-S

@Sir James Bond What about the silent, sultry chemistry between Nyssa and Adric... we all know it was there..

sontaran17
sontaran17

@Sir James Bond I hope we never get a story with Adric and Leela... then you'll never know if you were right!

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Sir James Bond Leela and Adric Pfft, I suppose he would have come in handy when the Doctor was in trouble. Do as the the Doctor says or I will ciut out Adrics heart.

Unibot
Unibot

@Polyphase @Malohkeh So true. It happened so often in Classic Who. Whenever a female companion was leaving: "oh just marry them off by the end of the story". Some of them were so obviously contrived. I had hoped that if we ever see Susan again (being played a feisty Carole Ann Ford), she'll say (when asked by The Doctor) she left that bloke ("David") after a few weeks after being *ditched* without her permission from grandfather...