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Doctor Who's Jo Martin on the Fugitive Doctor's surprise return: 'I'll be hard to get rid of'

The mysteries of the Timeless Child continue to baffle, and Jo Martin continues to be great. 

By Brian Silliman
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Everything is going utterly bonkers on Doctor Who, as the interconnected "Flux" storyline continues to expand. Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is trying to keep it all together, which is no easy task. She already had a full ticket trying to make sense of all of the "Timeless Child" stuff from last season, something that the Fugitive Doctor, played by Jo Martin, was a big part of. 

Martin made a welcome return to the series in the latest episode, "Once Upon, Time," written by Chris Chibnall. As we understand it at present, Martin's Doctor predates William Hartnell's first Doctor. An official video showcases Jo Martin's return to the role, as well as the Doctor's current situation. 

"I'm back," Martin says in the video, before Whittaker chimes in saying that she feels that Martin's Doctor always has a higher status, because Whittaker's Doctor is "kind of chaos." She has been forced "to question a lot of things," as Martin puts it, based on the huge reveals of last season. 

"A lot of the Thirteenth Doctor, what she's trying to achieve, is just to know who the hell she is," Martin says. "She has a strong sense of self, right and wrong, she will not suffer fools gladly, and she feels like she has to be strong all the time, which is a blessing and a curse." 

She also adds that Jodie and the cast are still "delicious" and that she still fit in her costume.

Take a look at the full video here: 

Martin saves the biggest question for last, that question being whether we'll be seeing her again. As she says, "Will you see me again? I mean, what I will say is... I'll be hard to get rid of." 

Our guess is that we will definitely see her again, because everything having to do with the Timeless Child is still nebulous. Martin's Fugitive Doctor (as far as we know) is part of a mysterious contingent of Doctors who worked for "The Division" and all memories of them were wiped away from... themselves. Thus, Doctors 1 through 13 had no memory of them. The Master enlightened Whittaker's Doctor about this last season. 

This may or may not be what actually happened; the Master lies, and the Matrix on Gallifrey is finicky and could have been tampered with. The Fugitive Doctor's time with The Division (some of which is seen in this latest episode) could fit in between Doctors number 2 and 3, as there is some canonical time there that is unaccounted for. 

Or not? Whatever current showrunner Chris Chibnall sets down here could be wiped away with one line when Russell T. Davies eventually returns as showrunner. In the meantime, we'll continue to enjoy Jo Martin every time that she appears. 

Doctor Who: Flux continues every Sunday on BBC America.