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April 19th, 2010 67 comments

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Matt Smith/Katy Manning in SJA

Matt Smith/Katy Manning to appear in Sarah Jane Adventures!

From The BBC Press office…

Sarah Jane Smith is reunited with another of The Doctor’s former companions, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), in a new series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, set to air on CBBC this autumn. They’ll be joined by The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), in a special edition of the show penned by executive producer Russell T Davies.

jo grant

The two episodes will see The Doctor and his two former time-travelling partners caught up in an alien-busting adventure that will entertain Doctor Who fans of all ages.

Elisabeth Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane comments: “It’s a fantastic script and I can’t wait to work with another Doctor and hope Matt has fun with us. I’ve known Katy for ages and I am delighted to be working with her. I last met her in LA but this time we will be in Cardiff. LA was good but Cardiff is better.”

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.”

Featuring the usual mixture of thrills, laughs and scares, the fourth series promises fun with enemies old and new, including the terrors of the Nightmare Man and a dangerous journey back into history.

A galaxy of guest stars are lined up to appear in the series and include Laila Rouass (Primeval, Footballers Wives) and Cheryl Campbell (Pennies From Heaven), whilst David Bradley (Argus Filch in Harry Potter) will provide the voice of the Shansheeth.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is executive produced by Nikki Wilson and Russell T Davies and produced by Brian Minchin.

Writers on the fourth series include Phil Ford (also co-producer), Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman. The Sarah Jane Adventures is a BBC Cymru Wales/Children’s BBC production.

Source BBC Press office



  • brian reid

    November 18th, 2011 - 2:21am

    I was the only real doctor to appear on Dr Who- Dr who and the sea devils 1971. I was MO of HMS Reclaim and was conscripted to appear briefly in episode 5 of Dr Who and the sea devils.The ship was on a brief sea trial at the time and the BBC under Michael Briant came out for 4 days. I was the bloke who spotted the sea monsters surfacing with a pair of binoculars. The cast was the authentic Jon ertwee, Roger delgado , Katy manning and others. It was a masterpiece of organisation and everyone was very impressed. So!- There was one more doctor than everyone thinks. every time the series was shown again I got a shower of phone calls from people saying “I’ve just seen you on television” both from australia and the UK. I was recognised here in Townsville and invited to give a public talk on Dr Who with photos of the ship, the cast and crew- which seemed to enthrall a packed auditorium in the Aitkenvale public library.


    December 14th, 2010 - 7:35pm

    sja is cool and drwho

  • commander stark

    August 11th, 2010 - 3:01pm

    ive heard that amy pond might be on her honey moon with rory and clyde and rani are ment to be in this two part with the doctor and jo grant

  • de379

    August 5th, 2010 - 7:21pm

    wasent born till 2002 cant remember her so it will be good to see her in sja im a big fan of sja but the problem is amy rani rory clyde are not in it lukes gonna leave for uni gonna miss him but who knows what this new girls like

  • Matthew Seed

    July 13th, 2010 - 8:09pm

    Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures are both my favourite things in the whole wide world. I dont really know much about Joe Grant but Matt Smith and Elizabeth are both fantasic. My favourite Sja character at the moment is Rani and Rory is my favourite doctor who character. I miss Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith but its always nice to see knew people like Amy and Rory.

  • The Doctor

    July 2nd, 2010 - 3:31pm

    hurray finaly brillian exciting sooooooo cool jo grant is my fav assistant woooohooo

  • natasha

    July 1st, 2010 - 1:50pm

    I like the docters fredns and the matt is cool

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