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Published on August 22nd, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Sally Sparrow Tops List

Carey Mulligan’s Sally Sparrow (Blink, 2007) has topped a Den of Geek list for the best Doctor Who companion that never was.

The unusual list – which features Tom Chadbon’s Duggan from City of Death and Lynda "with a y" from Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways – celebrates the great might have beens in Doctor Who.

Pretty Carey Mulligan – described in 2007 by Steven Moffat as "one to watch" – is easily the best of the bunch, despite appearances from Sara Griffith’s Ray in Delta and the Bannermen (1987) and Isobel Watkins from 1969′s The Invasion – a reference that draw’s an interesting observation:

Ironically the Troughton era presented many a feminist role in the supporting cast yet the companions of the time (especially Victoria) were some of the most notable screamers in the series history. Despite a forthright rebuke of the Brigadier’s chauvinism, Isobel is ultimately seen as merely company for Zoë whilst the Doctor and Jamie investigate Vaughan.

Nice legs though.

Oops.

Stick the kettle on, love.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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