In the latest Radio Times magazine, the longtime Doctor Who showrunner discusses his final episode, the Christmas special Twice Upon A Time.
During the conversation Steven talks about the show’s knack for spotting young talent, such as Andrew Garfield, Matt Smith, Olivia Coleman – and Carey Mulligan.
Carey, who starred as Sally Sparrow in the popular episode Blink in 2007, went on to act in such films as Drive, The Great Gatsby and Suffragette.
But Steven thinks that Carey wouldn’t even remember being in the show as he doesn’t think she was a particularly big fan of the series.
‘Oh my God, Carey Mulligan!’ he said. ‘It’s funny but Blink, I say immodestly, is a very famous episode of television and yet Carey Mulligan, who was the star of it, I’m almost certain wouldn’t even remember being in Doctor Who.
‘I don’t think she was much of a fan, or anything.’
He also revealed that producers were so taken with her, they asked her to be the next companion – but, not being a fan, you can probably guess her answer: ‘They liked her so much, they said, “Do you want to be the next companion?” but she said no. God, she was amazing.’
He also spoke about having Olivia Colman on the show in 2010, ‘a heartbeat before she became a goddess’: ‘She was already regarded as a genuinely great actress but within a year of that she was the darling of the nation.’
Steven also spoke about his last episode, saying the Christmas special was going to be somewhat more uplifting than last year’s, with more humour – and also addressing the fact the next Doctor is a woman.
‘We got to a very dark and angst-y place at the end of the last series. This is Christmas Day so we’re not going to have an hour of two suicidal Doctors. That’s not appropriate for Christmas Day or Doctor Who.
‘There’s a tradition of the Doctors being funny when they get together. When Doctors meet, it’s a laugh. And I suppose at the back of my mind I’ve known for ages the next Doctor was going to be a woman – although I didn’t know which woman – so I was thinking, “Why does he subconsciously make that choice?”… maybe it’s time to be a bit more progressive.’
Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi for the next series of Doctor Who.
Doctor Who: Twice upon a Time will air on BBC1 on Christmas Day.
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