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Jo Grant to make a comeback with the 11th Doctor on SJA
Press Office has announced that The Sarah Jane Adventures
will have two special guests when it returns for a fourth series this
autumn. In a special two-part story written by Russell T Davies,
Matt Smith will appear as the Doctor, and Katy Manning
will guest as the Doctor's former companion Jo Grant. Manning starred
in Doctor Who opposite the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, from 1971
to 1973. Manning has recorded audio adventures for Big Finish
Productions, but this will be the first time she has played Jo Grant on
television in thirty-seven years.
The press release includes reactions from Elisabeth Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane Smith, Manning, and Sarah Jane Adventures executive producer Nikki Wilson:
Katy Manning, who recently returned to live in the UK again, adds: "Playing Jo Grant again is something I never really considered. I was gob-smacked when they told me and I am over the moon. What an incredible little treat. I come home and this is one of the first things that happens."
Executive producer Nikki Wilson says: "We are absolutely thrilled to be introducing Sarah Jane and the gang to both The Eleventh Doctor and Jo Grant, and to have a script penned by Russell T Davies is the icing on the cake!
"Viewers are in for a real treat, with an action-packed story full of Russell's usual wit and warmth, which takes the gang inside a secret base beneath Snowdon and introduces brand-new vulture aliens, the mysterious Shansheeth. All this, plus a trip to an alien planet – a first for The Sarah Jane Adventures."