Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Fifty Years in Time and Space 18 - Sex and the Doctor
The pictures were taken in 1977 for Glamour Illustrated magazine and caused uproar when they were first published. Although Kate had left the show - alongside Jon Pertwee's third Doctor she played companion Jo Grant from 1971 to 1973 - the tabloids were outraged that a former star of a children's TV show would appear nude and not only that but seductively straddling a Dalek.
Jon Pertwee upon hearing about the pics commented - 'Typical Katy!'
'I did it for a laugh. The magazine wanted a nude shoot and adding the Dalek was my idea.' Katy Manning.
Haha. Katy played Jo unashamedly as the archetypal Doctor Who companion – sexy, brave, selfless and thoroughly terrified of the monsters!"
Tom Spilsbury Doctor Who Magazine editor
“As a lad, Jo Grant was the first girl I ever wished I knew, wished I could call my friend and wished I could have mad adventures with. As an adult, I met Katy Manning, she is my friend and we have had a lot of mad adventures. What more could a Doctor Who fan ask for?”
Gary Russell former Doctor Who/The Sarah Jane Adventures script editor
“Be still the ice-canos of my heart! Katy Manning as Jo Grant practically my childhood and I still can’t watch the end of the wonderful Green Death without dissolving into tears.”
Mark Gatiss writer and actor