Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508 is a special issue looking back to the show’s grooviest decade, the 1970’s.
In this special issue, DWM brought together Jo Grant actress Katy Manning with one of her biggest fans, Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss. Mark remembers the first time he saw Katy on screen in her début adventure, 1971’s Terror of the Autons…
Mark: “I remember it as if it were yesterday. I have very, very particular memories of those first few stories. I was so frightened of that little troll doll –”
Katy: “It’s still pretty ghastly. (Shudders) It had pointed teeth, and the way it walked –”
Mark: “I was four years old. Your early memories tend to be either something amazing, or something very traumatic. Usually traumatic.”
Katy: “But it was an extraordinary episode. I loved it as an introduction, because Jo was quite different. She was just ordinary, really. She had no special talents. You watch Jo, literally straight out of school, saying, ‘I didn’t say I passed,’ [in response to the Doctor’s ‘I thought you took an A-level in Science?’] – which I thought was a great line to give anybody!”
Mark: “It’s absolutely true to say that everybody has their Doctor and their time, and I just can’t remember there not being a time when Jon and Katy were it for me. I revisit them often, especially in trouble times – or on wintery afternoons. Like I did the other day. ‘Ooh, I think I might have a glass of sherry and a mince pie, and watch Planet of the Daleks, because it’ll make me feel good.’ I know I sound like I’m about a hundred years old –”
Katy: “Leave that to me. (Laughs) But she was very young, Jo, which was so lucky, because I got to grow up. The writers were very clever. They saw I was growing up, so Jo grew up with me.”
Mark: “And I grew up with Jo.”
You can read the full interview inside the new magazine…
Doctor Who Magazine 508 is on sale from Thursday 12 January, price £5.99.