Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor in the early 1970s, has said that “people” (and for that, we’re reading “former companions”) will be coming back for some upcoming spin-offs. And that might just include Jo!
At a BFI screening of the classic adventures, The Sea Devils, Manning was asked about the future of the character and of the franchise; she replied:
“There will be spin-offs, there will be people returning – I do know that. I think Granny Jo […] is a glorious character now – this woman with all these children, championing the world… and the thought of this extraordinary old lady of 77…
“I think it’d be lovely if she just occasionally comes in for a very good reason. They’ll bring lots of people back but I hope that Great Granny Jo gets just a little kind of nod here and there.”
Jo made a cameo appearance in Jodie Whittaker’s swansong as the Thirteenth Doctor, The Power of the Doctor, assembling alongside other former companions like Sophie Aldred as Ace, Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien, and William Russell as Ian Chesterton.
And new showrunner, Russell T Davies has confirmed that there will be Doctor Who spin-offs coming soon, as the next step for the brand. So might a companion-centric show, a la the much-missed The Sarah Jane Adventures (which Katy Manning also appeared in, opposite Elisabeth Sladen as the lead and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor), be in the works? Our money is on Ace coming back at least.
A Doctor Who Confidential series, taking us behind the scenes, is pretty likely too.
Either way, it looks like we will see some former companions of the Doctor return for some new adventures in the future, and we can’t wait…