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09 February 2011 @ 09:38 pm
Character manifesto: Martha Jones, Doctor Who  
Fandom: Doctor Who
Character: Martha Jones
Pairings Included in Manifesto: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones/Mickey Smith (brief Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, but that's not the final pairing in any of these stories)

Blurb: Martha is my favorite character of new Doctor Who. She's the one I want most to be like, and the one I'd rather spend time with in real life. But well beyond all of that, she's awesome. She saved the world with words--twice. One of those times she watched our Earth slowly burn and die away as she kept walking and telling her story. And when the person responsible for that death and destruction caught her and was prepared to kill her, she laughed at him.

Did I mention that she saved the world with words?

Martha's time on the show gave us lots of unrequited Martha/Ten content, a seemingly happy engagement to someone else, and an apparently happy marriage to yet another man. All of this seems logical to me because who wouldn't love Martha?! Aside from Ten, that is.

Fic Rec #1: A Life More Ordinary
Pairing: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor
Author: zauberer_sirin
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/42number/39870.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: Fans have written many stories about Martha and the Doctor stuck in 1969. This is a UST-laden version that delves into the psychology of being trapped together in a timeline that doesn't belong to either of them.

Fic Rec #2 Break Us Apart, Bring Us Together
Pairing: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor
Author: nekare
Link: http://nekare.livejournal.com/278711.html
Rating/Warning(s): R for brief sex

Why This Must Be Read: This is the UST and RST version of living in 1969. I love how this story also delves into those not-happily-ever-after moments that Ten and Martha must have had during these months.

Fic Rec #3: Five Times The Doctor And Martha Have Sex In 1969
Pairing: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor
Author: in_the_end
Link: http://magicallaw.livejournal.com/18375.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: 1969 with a completely irreverent tone. The title is deliberately misleading; this has a lot to do with their neighbors' perceptions of what must be going on in Martha and the Doctor's flat.

Fic Rec #4: The Future as Predicted by Richard Nixon
Pairing: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor
Author: king_jane
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/lifeonmartha/1004833.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read: My last 1969 rec. (Um, yes, I might be a bit obsessed with stories from that time period.) This time it's the Doctor's POV; this story gives me some moments of sympathy for him. Also more sexual tension, of which I'm a fan.

Fic Rec #5: Snapshots
Pairing: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor
Author: tirajm
Link: http://tirajm.livejournal.com/1499.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: Season three had the interesting and difficult arc of Martha's unrequited (onscreen, anyway) crush. This short fic addresses some of the highlights of the season and shows Martha's evolving feelings for the Doctor, including her choice to walk away.

The rest of these are for my Whoniverse OTP: Martha Jones and Mickey Smith. There's a serious dearth of Martha/Mickey fic out there, so if you know of any more, feel free to link me!

Look at them! So gorgeous and competent together!

Fic Rec #6: (Alias) Smith and Jones
Pairing: Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Author: doyle_sb4
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/choc_fic/20920.html
Rating/Warning(s): G

Why This Must Be Read: Written well before these two were paired up in canon, I'm amused by the casual way in which the two 'commute' between parallel worlds. Also, first-time kissing is a favorite fanfic trope of mine. (I've written it once myself for this pair).

Fic Rec #7: Irregulars
Pairing: Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Author: lizbee
Link: http://lizbee.dreamwidth.org/1081523.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13

Why This Must Be Read: It's the Whoniverse. A story in which people are forced to get married on an alien planet to save the world is required!

Fic Rec #8: The Sky at Stonehenge
Pairing: Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Author: yahtzee63
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/lifeonmartha/1008404.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: a ficlet that delves into Martha and Mickey having a connection due to their time traveling and that acknowledges some of their differences. Sweet without being cloying.

Fic Rec #9: Where To Next?
Pairing: Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Author: jinxed_wood
Link: http://jinxed-wood.livejournal.com/196355.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: Shows more of Martha being fantastic at whatever job she chooses, acknowledged her relationship with Tom Milligan and gives us some real reasons to root for Mickey Smith. Hurrah!

Fic Rec #10: Gesture of Need
Pairing: Martha Jones/Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Author: plutokitty
Link: http://plutokitty.livejournal.com/26125.html
Rating/Warning(s): G

Why This Must Be Read: Hand-holding! I am such a sucker for this. Nice character vignette about Martha holding hands with these three very different men (man-shaped, anyway) in her life.
Celtic Flicka: Martha Jonesceltic_flicka on February 10th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I just love Martha. I think she got a bad rap simply for being Not Rose, but she's awesome on her own merits. I loved Mickey too, and when they walked away from the Doctor with Captain Jack, I totally started shipping them (just M/M--Jack's on his own) and was delighted when that became canon.
patron saint of neglected female characters: hey Mickey!rose_griffes on February 10th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I was behind on DW episodes for a very long time, but I knew spoilers about the Martha/Mickey relationship well before I got to see it for myself. I understand why a lot of people were miffed in how it seemed to come out of nowhere, but my reaction was HOORAY, they are both fantastic! I share in your delight! :)
Celtic Flicka: Martha Jonesceltic_flicka on February 10th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think it seemed to come out of nowhere only because we hadn't seen the characters in a while, but I found it believable, especially in the brief interaction we saw between them. Both of them were terminally underappreciated by others, but clearly, they each thought the other was pretty awesome.

(And Martha looked hot in her alien-fighter getup. My husband nearly passed out. :) )
gorengal on February 28th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Great recs...I've only read a couple of these, so I'm looking forward to going through the list. (But not until I finish my Donna Noble manifesto. *koff*)

Thanks for the Martha love!
dreamingjewel on March 2nd, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Martha is awesome!
plutoplutokitty on March 9th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Martha!!! She is my favorite, and yes--saving the world with words, she's just that amazing. I enjoy 1969 fics as well and there are lots here I haven't read--I look forward to catching up. Also, thank you so much for including Gesture of Need on your list!
harder, harder, hardest; i am the artist: dr who -- martha/ten -- brilliantradiantbaby on March 9th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the Martha-love! She is definitely my favorite as well. :)