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Confirmed: Martha Won’t Be Back for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode

Ladies and gentlemen, we may have reached the event horizon at which concrete plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special have actually been made. By a real person. Probably in England. What this means is, that we no longer have to play the game of “here’s a thing somebody said which may or may not actually shed light on the contents of the special and which old characters will be coming back.”

Which brings me to my point, which is that Freema Agyeman, the actress who played Series 3 companion Martha Jones, says she’s definitely not in the special.

She told Crave:

I’m doing two things for the 50th but nothing to do with being in the drama.

I got misquoted hideously once saying that there are some rumblings going on about being involved in the 50th in terms of the drama. It’s not. It’s in terms of conventions and interviews and things like that, which we’re all doing stuff to promote the 50th. We have to. It’s the Doctor Who family and we want to.

And while I’m sad to see this concrete sign that not all the companions will be returning (Martha’s my second favorite companion after Donna), it does leave this interesting question in my brain. David Tennant is apparently being warned quite closely not to say anything about the special. Last week I thought there was just as likely that he was told not to reveal that he isn’t in the special as that he is. But if Agyeman is free to talk about how she’s not involved…

Maybe Tennant really does know something.

(via Doctor Who TV.)

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  • Jamie Jeans

    The good Doctor Martha Jones is not going to be in this? Really?

    *sigh* Okay, it looks like it’s due to scheduling, but dammit, that sucks. She was easily my favourite and one of the best companions of NuWho ever so this is definitely looking like something I can wait on to see.

    At least Steven Moffat isn’t writing this one.

  • Sarah


  • Anonymous

    Wait, he’s not? Oh my god, I think I might actually watch it.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a damn shame. She’s one of my favorite companions. And if this is really a 50th anniversary celebration she does hold a pretty big significance as the show’s first WOC companion.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, c’mon… Tennant’s in the special. We all know it.

    I mean, didn’t he nag Big Finish until they put him in some of the audio dramas in minor roles, just so he could be part of the franchise? Do you honestly think he wouldn’t just sit outside the door to the writer’s room going “Please? PLEAAAAASE?” until he was written into the script for something like the 50th anniversary special?

  • Sarah

    DAMMIT. If I can’t have Donna due to, ya know, not wanting her mind to collapse on itself, I was hoping for a Martha appearance. Dangit. Well there’s a still a chance of a Mickey Smith cameo. I loved the “tin dog”.

  • Linda Gentile

    Isn’t Dr. Who produced by BBC Wales? Wales isn’t in England.

  • Odette Mohammed

    I really hope there is a way that Donna can be included. She is my favourite companion by far, followed by Martha.

  • Dave Cross

    You’re making the assumption that what people are telling you the truth about their involvement with the 50th anniversary celebrations is true. Hasn’t it already been established that Moffat and crew will happily lie in order to keep their plans secret.

    All this speculation is pointless. We won’t have any concrete information to go on until photos from the filming start to leak out. Or alternatively, we could just wait and be surprised when we see the programmes.

  • Brenda Bursey Hollohan

    Yes, however the BBC office is in London.

  • Andreia Augusto

    I hope Donna is in the episode! And Tennant, Captain Jack and I wouldn’t mind Rose either. Or Donna’s grandfather, I love him!! And I have to admit, I don’t mind Martha not being in the episode, she is not one of my favorites… And I hope sexy River appears too!! =P

  • Kate Edwards

    I love you guys, but lately your emails are a Doctor Who spoiler minefield. I wish you’d tried to hide the spoilers better. You usually do. For some reason not with the 50th anniversary. I’m unsubscribing from the email list until after the 50th anniversary. :(

  • Rich Aldrich

    Well, personally I would like to see a story arc involving all of the doctors still alive both from this series and beyond. Similar to the five doctors episode but with a twist, having the master bringing them all together using regenerations to disguise himself for the doctor. Each episode would feature a doctor with a story arc that puts them in spot in time and space (each arriving in subsequent episodes, perhaps with companions). With the master bringing them together with the intent of taking the doctor completely out of existence. It would culminate in an episode or episodes teaming them all together to thwart the mulitple iterations of the masters plan to eliminate the Doctor from the equation.

  • Rich Aldrich

    I would also definitely use Donna’s inner timelord as part of the story as well. That would be my wish list for the 50th anniversary, an entire story arc featuring all the doctors spread across the season culminating in the mother of all episodes…

  • Kamil Kwaśnik
  • Kamil Kwaśnik

    I think that if the previous doctors return then this will be Matt Smith’s last episode. They’ll be supporting him as he regenerates.