Mary Poppins was a fictional character dating back to 20th century earth. In a series of books and an iconic musical film of the 1960s, she was a magical nanny who arrived to help families in need. The film was something the Eleventh Doctor wondered — in the midst of a discussion about his fitness as a babysitter — if the twelve-and-a-half-year-old Kazran Sardick had seen. The Doctor stopped himself before fully comparing himself to Mary Poppins, saying that the analogy would have been "rubbish". (TV: A Christmas Carol)
When the Eleventh Doctor gathered magician props from the TARDIS, he placed them all in a large carpet bag which was bigger on the inside than the outside, saying he was glad he got it back from Mary Poppins. (PROSE: Magic of the Angels) Tanya Adeola compared a bag with a large assortments of various useful things to Mary Poppins handbag. (PROSE: The Stone House)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Though the Doctor never specifically called Mary Poppins a film, a common sense reading of the scene would indicate he was talking about the film — largely because of the line, "Have you ever seen Mary Poppins?" The fact several other sources also refer to Mary Poppins as a film, the one-off reference to Mary in Magic of the Angels would appear more likely to be a joke than an actual indication that she exists in the Whoniverse.
- Missy's appearance is based upon that of the Julie Andrews version of Mary Poppins. In the stage directions from the script of TV: Deep Breath, Missy was physically described thus; "She's dressed a little like Mary Poppins." Furthermore, Missy imitates the style of Mary's arrival (floating down from the sky using an umbrella) in TV: Death in Heaven.