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article imageKaty Manning, Peter Capaldi in classic Jon Pertwee-era pose

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 30, 2014 in Entertainment
“Doctor Who” actors Peter Capaldi and Katy Manning have recreated a classic image from the 1970s era of the show, posing together on the TARDIS set during filming of this year’s eagerly anticipated Christmas special.
The original photograph (see below) shows Jon Pertwee as the Doctor with Manning as his companion, Jo Grant, the part she played in the long-running science-fiction television drama series from 1971 to 1973.
In the new photograph (above), Manning is posing with the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, as played by Peter Capaldi, currently in his first full season since taking over from Matt Smith in last year’s Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.
Publicising the meeting, Manning posted a number of comments and photographs — including the one in question (see above) — to her Twitter account.
Quickly, one eagle-eyed fan made the comparison between the two images, accompanying them with the message: “@ManningOfficial WOW #DoctorWho #PeterCapaldi #katymanning #johnpertwee”
Then and now
Then and now
BBc / Soufflé / Katy Manning / Twitter
As highlighted by Radio Times, the “dramatic pose in front of the Tardis console echoed one from her tenure alongside third Doctor Jon Pertwee – right down to the Time Lord’s red-lined coat.”
Equally quick off the mark, Doctor Who and Sherlock actor, writer and producer Mark Gatiss tweeted of the image, “Be still the bubbling icecanoes of my heart! This makes me impossibly happy.”
Katy Manning is in the TARDIS
Referring to being on the permanent TARDIS set, Manning wrote in one of her tweets: “I had a wonder visit to a familiar place that always smells the same !”
Other pictures uploaded to her Twitter feed included one of herself with Capaldi and her friend, Big Finish Doctor Who writer/producer Scott Handcock.
Later, the 68-year-old tweeted, “Had a little sneaky look at what I know is going to be the best Xmas DW special !!”
Capaldi is currently filming that, as-yet-untitled, Doctor Who Christmas special; his first, but the tenth such outing for the show since its full-time return to TV screens in 2005 — the nine previous ones having starred David Tennant (five) and Matt Smith (four), respectively.
This isn’t the first time Manning has been involved in recreating a classic image from Doctor Who’s now 51-year-old past. In 2010, she posed with her immediate successor as the Doctor’s companion — the late Elisabeth Sladen — for a photograph that mirrored one from 1972. It showed the Third and Second Doctors (as played by, respectively, Pertwee and Patrick Troughton) standing back to back, and was taken to publicise the Doctor Who 10th-anniversary serial, The Three Doctors.
Almost 40 years later, Sladen and Manning stood in a similar fashion, to promote Jo’s appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures. Together with Jo’s grandson, Santiago Jones (Finn Jones), she and Sarah joined forces in a bid to help the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) in Death to the Doctor, a two-part serial written by Russell T Davies (Banana).
After leaving Doctor Who in 1973, in the five-part serial The Green Death — known fondly as “The One with the Giant Maggots” — Manning emigrated to Australia, with her children, twins Georgina and Jonathan. Other notable Doctor Who serials Manning appeared in included Terror of the Autons.
She now lives in London, having returned to the UK in 2009, and has since appeared on stage throughout Britain.
As well as playing the Welsh busybody and clairvoyant Blodwyn Morgan, in Peter Gordon’s stage play Death by Fatal Murder, Manning has toured with her celebrated one-woman show, Me and Jezebel — including performing it at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival — which is based on a true story, from 1985, in which the Hollywood actor Bette Davis invited herself to a fan’s house for the night … only to stay there for a whole month!
In November 2013, Manning appeared on Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty and in one of the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary specials — The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, which was written and directed by Peter Davison, the actor who played the Fifth Doctor between 1981 and 1984.
Earlier this year, Manning returned to the Edinburgh Fringe; this time with Susan Penhaligon, in the play Keeping up with the Joans.
Who-wise, she has both returned as Jo Grant and created another character (fellow time-traveller Iris Wildthyme) for a number of adventures in the ongoing range of Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish. As for the TV series itself, she’s made no secret of the fact that she would be happy to return.
However, according to Radio Times, Manning’s latest visit to Cardiff was not to film for Doctor Who — something many fans of a certain age would dearly like to see — but for an appearance she’s making in Casualty, the BBC medical drama series that moved its production there from Bristol in 2013.
Season 8 of Doctor Who, meanwhile, has just reached midway through its 12-episode run, with The Caretaker, which received its first UK broadcast on Saturday, September 27. The next adventure, Kill the Moon, by Peter Harness (Da Vinci’s Demons) has its premiere on Saturday, October 4, and sees the Doctor (Capaldi) and his current companions, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) and Courtney Woods (Ellis George) travel to the Moon, which is under threat from destruction!
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