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Bayana Davis

Bayana is a writer and content creator born and raised in Oakland, California. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Black Girls Create and cohost of the #WizardTeam podcast. She is a fierce advocate of critical fandom, the increased representation of Black women in media, time travel, dragons, and avoiding the AI apocalypse. You can generally find her fangirling and agonizing about writing on Twitter at @yanawroteit.

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  1. taiey
    09/26/2015 @ 2:15 PM

    Huh? They were totally invested in Clara, right from the start.

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    • Bayana Davis
      09/28/2015 @ 5:52 AM

      It’s definitely open to interpretation! To me it felt like Clara had to get out from under Amy’s shadow when she was initially introduced (even with her being in the Dalek episode at the beginning of 7). Once she was paired with Capaldi, I feel like she felt less connected to Amy and the Doctor’s feelings for Amy and Rory.

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  2. DizzyChickStar
    03/31/2016 @ 11:40 PM

    I love Martha too and Rose and Donna*; while I love Rory, Amy was only palatable to me in child form…but I digress. Though I mourned the loss of Rose, it helped that Martha was really nothing like her, save the stars in her eyes for the Doctor. I also love love love the hero treatment she gets walking the Earth and spreading the tale of the Doctor and respect her lone journey in the face of all that racism when the Doctor hid his memory. I used to watch her and Ten with the biggest smile. *I know he’s part time at best and smarmy as heck, but I also have mad love for Captain Jack. Good article; I do imagine both viewers and writers become attached.

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  3. Ember Rey
    07/20/2019 @ 9:28 PM

    Interesting post, it was very enjoyable to read! It’s refreshing to see unbiased discussion of companions since, of course, everyone has those they love and those they don’t care much for. I agree about Martha—she is one of my top companions because, as you pointed out, she was sure of herself and self-confident WITHOUT the Doctor in her life. Rose and Donna, on the other hand, looked to him to make their lives more interesting. And thus, it was Martha who had the wherewithal and strength to walk away from the Doctor in order to take care of her family and pave her own life. I adore her for that.

    Not gonna lie, I’m still lowkey bitter at the writers for doing Martha so wrong. Even though the Doctor was mourning Rose, they didn’t have to cage Martha in Rose’s shadow like they did. In The Family of Blood arch, I honestly was so frustrated that despite Martha taking care of "human" Doctor for three months, living as a maid being ridiculed for the color of her skin, etc., the Doctor never even appreciated her. He wrote about Rose in his journal, but couldn’t even make mention of Martha. Then he turned and asked Redfern to be a companion too after being adamant with Martha that she only would get one trip. Idk, it just seemed like Ten used Martha for convenient companionship rather than really appreciating and valuing her as a companion. And she was one strong, self-efficient and smart companion. I pains me seeing how underappreciated she is, by fans AND the writers but especially by the Doctor himself.

    I’m a newish Whovian, but so far my personal ranking of main New Who companions is:

    1. Clara
    2. Martha
    3. Donna (she used to be higher, but sometimes she comes across as self-righteous, complaining and judgemental, but I still enjoy her and the Doctor’s dynamic together)
    4. Rory
    5. Rose / Amy (very unpopular opinion, but I just don’t vibe too well with these two).

    I don’t know much about Bill yet because I have yet to watch her season, so I won’t be ranking her. Captain Jack is another top fav and honestly, I would’ve LOVED to see him with Eleven/Twelve x Clara, but especially Twelve XD

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