Songbirds

The Songbirds are Sally Sparrow and Larry Nightingale, two one-off appearance characters from the (new) “Doctor Who”, specifically the episode “Blink” (S03E10).

The episode itself is a very fun ride, despite there not being a whole lot of actual Doctor in it. Sally is a charming heroine, and Larry is a delightful sidekick. Lots of fans prefer Sally to be a companion to the Doctor…but I appreciate the idea that Sally can find a regular man to be challenging enough. Because God knows they can be.

The stories surrounding the Songbirds are simple ones, focused on the mysteries of relationships, lovers, friends, and – eventually – children. In many ways, Sally and Larry give me the chance to have that perfectly imperfect family life, where the adventure is about becoming adults and parents, and children are just another mystery to solve. Their stories are no more fantastic than yours or mine. But, they do have their charm.

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