THIS IS A WOMAN
God I miss this era.
Too bad Martha ruined it by going all “Why won’t senpai notice me owo?” on the Doctor later on.
What? This is the story where she leaves his arse because she realizes its better for her emotional health. It is not ruined by her fancying him. That part of the story shows her maturity and strength as much as anything else.
Also, the Doctor was kind of an ass to her about that, constantly reminding her she wasn’t as important as Rose. I mean, everyone complains about Martha, but there were some seriously mixed signals between the two of them, and he kind of did expect her to mop up his angst quite a bit.
I think most of the comments comparing Rose and Martha are made the first week after the Doctor and Martha met - when he’d just lost Rose, whom he had spent at least a year or two with, and fallen in love with. And I feel like he was trying to be explicit by saying that she was not there to replace his previous romance. And when he realized she was having romantic feelings for him, he held back with his attachment to her, because he didn’t want her to feel like he reciprocated. And she had made the decision to stay with him long-term, after he repeatedly said she wasn’t replacing Rose, and he took her home, and said the trip was over.
I feel like in terms of leading someone on, he made a decent effort to communicate his feelings early on.
Martha knew she was the rebound. She knew it. She literally says it in ”Gridlock”. But she fancied him, so she went along with it and kept having fun, until it got out of control and fucked up her home life, at which point he took for granted that she’d wanna stay with him, and she just said no and left.
In a way, I think its a really straight forward story of a woman falling for a heartbroken man. They both want different things from each other. And that’s unhealthy. Which they eventually both acknowledge, and that’s what splits them up.
I think I’ve wandered from the point, but whatever, I just like talking about them.