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Katy Manning relating her experiences with Jon Pertwee in "Doctor Who: A New Dimension" in 2005

Katy Manning (born 14th October 1949 in Guildford, Surrey, England, UK) played companion Jo Grant in Doctor Who beginning with "Terror of the Autons" and ending with "The Green Death." She has also provided the voice for Iris Wildthyme in several of the Big Finish Productions audio dramas, and made many theatre appearances. She now lives in Australia. She is famously short-sighted.

A famous story regarding Manning's short-sightedness is often related about "Terror of the Autons," her first Doctor Who story. Manning had not informed anyone of her limited vision and the script called for her and Jon Pertwee to run across a field. Manning ran straight into a tree and knocked herself unconscious. From then on, whenever a story called for the Doctor and Jo to run across quarries or down corridors, Jon Pertwee could be seen leading Manning by the hand.

She played the part of Jo from 1971 to 1973 alongside Jon Pertwee's Doctor. Manning struck up an immediate rapport with her co-stars, Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and Roger Delgado (The Master). Fans of Doctor Who often refer to these characters as the UNIT family (UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) being the fictional United Nations squad that the Doctor worked for) and Katy has very fond memories of this period of her life.

In 1975 she married Raynor Burton, but that marriage lasted only two months. She gave birth to twins in 1978 with Dean Harris.

In 1977 she posed naked with an original Dalek prop for the pornographic magazine Girl Illustrated. She laughed the furore off, stating "You'd have to pretty well put me under a microscope to see anything!" Upon being informed of the photos Jon Pertwee was quoted as saying "Typical Katy!"

Katy Manning appeared on stage in Australia when she appeared in the play Run For Your Wife, during (1987-1988), and the production toured the country. Other members of the cast in the production were Jack Smethurst, David McCallum and Eric Sykes. Manning also appeared as herself in the documentary "Where on Earth is Katy Manning ... Because She'd Really Like to Know!"

Katy's connection with "Doctor Who" has continued in recent years; she is also the voice of the Time Lady Iris Wildthyme in several of the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Audio Dramas and the same company's dedicated Iris audio dramas.

In 2009, she contributed an introduction to the short story collection Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus from Obverse Books.

She has also reprised the role of Jo Grant for Big Finish's The Companion Chronicles series.

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