It makes me nine diffrent kinds of uncomfortable, that Roses mother gets her husband back, Donna’s grandpa got fun adventures, Amy got her parents back and Rory’s father gets fun adventures. Martha’s family gets to be slaves.
And everyone calls Martha and her family whiny and annoying when they were subject to racism and SLAVERY.
Martha and her family got SHIT ON the whole season, but we’re supposed to be all sympathetic to TEN’s ass because OH BOO HOO THE MASTER DIED!!! MARTHA HOW COULD YOU LEAVE HIM TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY THAT GOT ENSLAVED YOU ARE SO SELFISH!!!!
This is actually a really good point.
I do like how her mother was concerned for her involvement with the Doctor, which she ought to have been considering his mopping, oblivious behavior. I’m glad she left his ass and found herself in an important, ongoing role involving her protecting the Earth (actively).
I will say that it might have been nice to see more of an awareness of the historical/contemporary relevance of Martha’s family being made slaves to “The Master” if they were going to include it, cause it’s really only going to hit hard with one group of people and I’m not buying “oh, it’s a different context in England/English media”, cause Britain had slavery/racism too (even do now).
Not to mention that the treatment of Martha’s family as characters themselves in comparison to the families of other companions is also rather problematic as well, because at times, the characterization of her family members, especially her mother, fall prey to stereotypes of black people in the media(i.e. the angry black woman trope in Francine’s case, Martha’s father divorcing his wife to hook up with a younger white woman, Tish only being viewed as a sexual object both by Lazarus and the Master, etc).
God why have I never even though about this