Martha Masters (House)

Martha Masters (House)
Martha M. Masters
House character
First appearance "Office Politics" (7.06)
Last appearance "Last Temptation" (7.19)
Created by David Shore
Portrayed by Amber Tamblyn
Nickname(s) Masters
Occupation Medical Student

Martha M. Masters, Ph.D., is a fictional character on the Fox medical drama television series House. Masters is portrayed by American actress Amber Tamblyn.



After graduating from high school at the age of 15, Martha Masters obtained doctorate degrees in both applied math and art history. In the episode "Office Politics", Dr. Lisa Cuddy hires Masters, a medical student, for the position on Dr. House's diagnostic team left vacant by Thirteen. House once described Masters' personality as having "nervous, anxious energy" when describing the list of candidates Taub had to pick from when being re-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In the episode "Family Practice", House threatens to have Masters thrown out of medical school if she tells Cuddy or her mother's physician about switching her medication. Despite this, she informs both groups and still retains her job.

In the seventh season, Martha mentions that her father is (or was) Classics chair at Columbia University. He fell in love with a female student nineteen years younger than he was. Martha came from the eventual marriage.


Masters appears to be rather reserved and awkward to her colleagues, easily showing intimidation around them. She possesses a strong moral compass and does not feel the need to lie to Dr. Cuddy or her patients, which frequently ends up with her coming to odds with Dr. House over it, with one such instance almost costing her career (House threatens to ruin her if she came forward with information best left unsaid). Though she feels the need to always tell her patients the truth, this does not always go over well with them and often results in backfiring. Over time, however, she warms to the other doctors and begins to manifest an untrusting nature with their patients, though she still retains her morality.

Conception and creation

Martha Masters was based on a real-life friend of the actress portraying her, who also happens to be in medical school.[1] Her friend's name, Martha Meredith Masters, would be used for the fictional portrayal.[2] The real life counterpart gave Fox Network her consent for the character.[2]


External links

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