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Carey Mulligan on Sally Sparrow and ‘Doctor Who’

I’m not at all surprised by the Oscar buzz Carey Mulligan is getting for her astonishingly rich performance in An Education. Because I saw her in the multi-award-winning (Hugo, BAFTA, etc.) Doctor Who episode “Blink,” in which she is so entirely captivating that she makes us forget that David Tennant barely appears in it at all.

I had the chance to speak with Mulligan recently at a press event for An Education, and I couldn’t resist asking her about “Blink” and the possibility of returning to the show for a Sally Sparrow encore.

MAJ: If Steven Moffat asked, would you go back and be Sally again?

CM: [laughs] I’d have to change my hair.

as Sally Sparrow, left, and as herself today

I loved doing it. It was about two weeks of just running around screaming at things. Yeah, if he asked me back, I’d go back.

MAJ: I think fans would really be happy to see you come back…

CM: Aw, that’s nice. It was great fun, completely different from anything I’d done before.

MAJ: It was tough because it was an episode without the Doctor, and you completely carried it. I think that was the thing that stunned fans the most.

CM: But then your friends aren’t too impressed. I tell them, “I’m doing Doctor Who!” and they gasp, “What’s David Tennant like?” And you go, “I dunno, he was nice for a day.”

[I’ll have more on Mulligan on ‘An Education’ soon.]

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