All right, Whovians, time to play a guessing game. Which performer is THE hot ticket in the Whoniverse right now? Is it Matt Smith? Nope. Karen Gillan? Nuh-uh. David Tennant? Not quite.
Betcha can’t guess: it’s Katy Manning.
“What,” you ask, “the lass who played Jo Grant, the Doctor’s companion from forty years ago?”
Yep. Didn’t see that coming, did ya?
Gotta hand it to her though… for someone who was famous for a
Dalek picture role she played all the way back in the 70s, she sure is staying active in her career and in the Whoniverse. For one thing, she was in Death of the Doctor, the third story in the most recent run of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and she’s got a movie coming out in 2012 called The Haunting of Harry Payne. Right now she’s starring in a stage production called Death By Fatal Murder (anyone suddenly reminded of The Curse of Fatal Death?), a spoof on Agatha-Christie-esque whodunits, as a rather bizarre woman named Blodwyn Morgan, a part that she learned after receiving the script just two weeks prior to opening night!
It’s implied in a review of the play at Sarah-Jane.tv that Manning’s lack of time for practice doesn’t show at all in Death By Fatal Murder:
Katy Manning’s performance was always going to be the thing I adored the most, and I have to say that she didn’t disappoint. She has this fantastic ability to effortlessly change her voice to suit any character she’s playing in an instant.
Sarah-Jane.tv also has a list of times and locations for this travelling show, which runs until November. Head over there and check it out, because Katy Manning may be coming to a stage near you!
Of course, there’s still another way you can see the Jo Grant actress live and in person… at a convention! Or in a pub! Heck, you could go all out and meet her at a convention in a pub! You have a chance to do just that if you’re able to be at the Lass O’Gowrie in Manchester on July 3rd for Vworp 4, where Manning joins such Who legends as Andrew Cartmel, Bob Baker, and the YouTube sensation that is the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre!
This is the page to visit for information on attending Vworp 4… and believe us, you don’t want to miss it!