Freema Agyeman was announced as the latest actress to companion
the Doctor in the third series of the revived Doctor Who in July 2006.
Doctor Who fans had already met Freema as Adeola in an episode of
the second series of Doctor Who but, as viewers will know, this character suffered a terrible fate at the hands of the Cybermen.
Executive producer/writer Russell T Davies says: "The
search for a new companion had been underway for some time when I first saw Freema Agyeman, she had come in to audition for
the part of Adeola in series two.
Watching her during filming confirmed what an exciting new talent she was,
so under cover of darkness we called her back in to audition with David for the role of the new companion.
"It was an immediate and sensational combination, and her range,
presence and charm blew us all away.
"David and Freema are terrific together, and we're delighted to
have chosen her to join the Doctor for more adventures in time and space.
Freema is very excited about her new project and says:
"Auditioning with David in secret down in Cardiff was unbelievable,
but I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd actually become the new companion. "Billie rightfully built
up an amazing fan base and she will be missed, but I hope the fans are willing to go on new adventures with me."
Freema's portrayal as Martha Jones has earned her many nominations as Best
Actress at numerous award shows. In 2008 she took the character of Martha over to Doctor Who spin off show Torchwood.
Martha Jones was also back in series 4 of Doctor Who, where we learnt that since leaving the Doctor, Martha had qualified
as a Doctor herself and also worked with Torchwood and UNIT.
Series Three episodes featuring Freema as Martha Jones:
Series Four episodes featuring Freema as Martha Jones: