HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO JO GRANT KATY MANNING

BACK IN THE REVITALISATION OF JON PERTWEE’S DOCTOR WHO, HE WANTED A TYPICAL COMPANION WHO WOULD SCREAM AND ASK QUESTIONS AND SO ENTERED JO GRANT. AT HER AUDITION KATY WAS SO CLUMSY AND TALKATIVE THAT SHE INSTANTLY IMPRESSED THE PRODUCERS.

JO, WANTED TO BE A SPY WAS GIVEN THE JOB OF THE DOCTOR’S COMPANION, SOMETHING THE TIME LORD AT FIRST RESISTED BUT JO WOULD BECOME THE 70S EQUIVALENT OF ROSE TYLER. JO FEATURED IN MANY CLASSIC STORIES AS SHE BATTLED OGRONS, DALEKS, AUTONS, AXONS AND THE MASTER. SHE WAS SCATTY, BRAVE AND COULD SCREAM FOR IRELAND AND SHE GENUINELY LOVED THE DOCTOR, AFRAID OF HIS LEAVING HER AT THE END OF THE THREE DOCTORS WHEN HE REGAINED HOS TIME TRAVEL ABILITY. BUT HE WASN’T GOING ANYWHERE WITHOUT HER AND WHEN SHE LEFT AT THE END OF THE GREEN DEATH, IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST POIGNANT MOMENTS IN THE PROGRAMME’S HISTORY. SHE WAS MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND HAS FEATURED AS BOTH IRIS WILDTHYME AND JO IN THE BIG FINISH AUDIO SERIES. BUT SHE FAMOUSLY RETURNED IN THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES IN THE DEATH OF THE DOCTOR.

ALONGSIDE SARAH JANE AND THE 11TH DOCTOR, SHE FINALLY FOUND THE ANSWERS SHE WAS LOOKING IN AN EMOTIONAL TALK WITH MATT SMITH’S DOCTOR WHEN HE REVEALED HE HAD GONE BACK AND CHECKED UP ON HER LIFE AFTER SHE LEFT HIM. JO HAD 7 CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND TRAVELLED THE WORLD BATTLING FOR THE PLANET WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTESTS. SHE WAS A S SCATTY AND LOVEABLE AS EVER.

I MET KATY AT A PANOPTICON CONVENTION A FEW YEARS BACK AND LET ME TELL YOU SHE DOESN’T ACT. KATY MANNING IS JO GRANT. SHE IS AS SASSY, SEXY, CHATTY, FRIENDLY, EXCITABLE AND LOVEABLE AS JO IS. SHE IS THE NEXT FIRST LADY AFTER SARAH JANE AND WE ALL LOVE HER.

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