Katy Manning Chats

Coovering everything from her new play Me & Jezebel to Iris Wildthyme and Big Finish, Katy Manning – AKA Jo Grant, companion to Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor – has lent her opinion on future Doctor Who star Matt Smith during a recent interview with Digital Spy.

While finding it difficult to work on anything Doctor Who related without Pertwee, Manning nevetheless remakrs that working with current Doctor David Tennant is something else she would find difficult, although for quite different reasons.

As well as her explanation of the fascinating premise behind Me & Jezebel however she has this to say on Matt Smith:

"First of all, I think somebody who is lesser known is a fabulous idea. What we forget is that Patrick Troughton wasn’t really well known. Tom Baker, hello? I think it’s a great idea because it gives you a wonderful canvas to accept the truth of this man. Plus, why does he have to be old?

This guy, to me, has this gothic feel. Jon had that ethereal quality – he could be 2000 years old but you could also see the young one in him. I’m just using him as an example. I think it’s a fabulous idea to have somebody of this age who has that darker side. I’m very excited."

Katy Manning quite evidently makes some good points there…

You can catch Katy as Hollywood legend Bette Davis in Me & Jezebel at the New End Theatre, London, from April 14th to May 2nd, 2009 – and read more on it here.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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