SallySparrow

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SallySparrow

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MainActor:

CareyMulligan

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SallySparrowwasaphotographerfromLondonwhohadindirectlyassistedTheTenthDoctor,andsheencounteredtheWeepingAngels.

Sallyhadaninterestin”urbanexploration”(thehobbyofenteringabandonedbuildingstotakephotographs)whichledhertoexploreWesterDrumlinsonenight.Whiletakingphotographs,shefoundstrangemessagesaddressedtoherleftbysomeonecalledTheDoctor.Shewenttoherclosefriend,KathyNightingale,foradvice;thishadledhertomeetKathy’sbrotherLarryNightingaleforthefirsttime.Onasecondvisittothehouse(withKathythistime),SallybrieflymetMalcolmWainwright,whoclaimedtobeKathy’sgrandson.Baffled,SallywenttoaskKathyforanexplanation,onlytofindthatshehadvanished.MalcolmgaveSallyapacketoflettersandphotographsfromhisgrandmother.Sallyreadtheletter,inwhichKathyaskedSallytotellherbrotherLarrythatKathylovedhim.SallywenttotheDVDstorewhereLarryworked,andtoldhimthathissisterhadgone”onatrip”whenshehadactuallybeentransportedtoHullin1920bytheWeepingAngels.Shethensawamysteriousmanonascreenthatseemedtoreplytowhatshesaid.LarryexplainedthatthismanwasonseventeencompletelyunrelatedDVDs,almostlikean”easteregg”andthengaveSallyalistoftheDVDs.

SallyhadalsometBillyShipton,apoliceofficer,andheaskedherout.BillywassentbytheWeepingAngelsbackto1969andwasgiveninstructionsfromTheDoctortotellSallyanimportantinstruction:”Lookatthelist”.Shesatwithhimonhislastnightoflife,inahospital,asBillyhadsaidthatthatwouldbethelastdaythatSallyandhemet.

Afterward,SallylookedatthelistofseventeenDVDs,andrealisedtheirconnection:theywereallseventeenDVDsthatsheowned;themessagesontheDVDsweremeantforher.ShecalledLarryandtoldhimtomeetheratWesterDrumlins.TheyfoundtheWeepingAngelsandwerewarnedbyTheDoctornottoblink,becausetheAngelsmovedwhentheywerenotseen.OnoneoftheDVDs,TheDoctortoldSallyabouttheWeepingAngels.SallyandLarryfoundandtrappedtheWeepingAngelsandreturnedTheDoctor’sTARDIStoTheDoctorandMarthaJones.

Overthenextyear,SallyandLarrytookoverthevideostoreLarryhadbeenworkingwithandconverteditintoausedbook-and-DVDstore.WhileLarrywantedtopursuearelationship,Sallyremaineddistantasshecompileddetailednotesofherexperiences.Sometimelater,shemetTheDoctorandMarthainpersonanddeliveredherimportantpackageofinformation.OnlythendidshefinallyallowherselftopursuearelationshipwithLarry.(Blink)

PERSONALITY

SallySparrowwasaphotographerwhohadlikedtostudythepast.Shesaidshelikedoldthingsbecausetheymadeherfeel”sad”albeitinagoodway.SallywascompassionateandstayedbyBilly’sbeduntilhediedinordertocomforthim.ShewasalsobraveandalthoughshedidpanicwhentheWeepingAngelssurroundedherandLarry,shestillmanagedtoreturntheTARDIStoTheDoctor.AfterherencounterwiththeAngels,SallywasquitedistantwithLarry,possiblybecauseshewasafraidoflosinghimlikeshehadlostKathyandBillybutsheeventuallyreturnedhisromanticfeelingsaftermeetingTheDoctorinpersonforthefirsttime.
Shewasintelligent:SallywasabletofigureoutthattheeventsshehadexperiencedhadnotyethappenedinTheDoctor’stimelineshowingthatshehadalogicalmind.

BEHINDTHESCENES

BlinkwriterStevenMoffathadoriginallycreatedthecharacterofSallySparrowforhisshortstoryWhatIDidonMyChristmasHolidaysbySallySparrowinTheDoctorWhoAnnual2006.ThisNinthDoctoradventuredepictedSallyasayounggirlwhocommunicateswithTheDoctorviapre-recordedmessages,muchasinBlink.TheimpliedsettingofthefirststoryandSallySparrow’sageinitmakesithardtoreconcilethecharactersasthesame.Intheshortstory,Sallygrowsuptobecomeaspy.
SallyservesasimilarfunctiontoMarcCoryinMissiontotheUnknownandEltonPopeinLove&Monsters,inthatsheisaone-offguestcharacterwhoservesastheprotagonistofthestory.
TherewasaplaninonedrafttohavethebookandDVDshoprunbySallyandLarrytobecrushedbyaDalekshipinTheStolenEarth,butthisscenewasn’tevenfilmed.

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