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.
Stick the kettle on, love.