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April 19th, 2010 67 comments

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



    April 19th, 2010 - 9:45pm

    Good to see Katy making a return to the dr who universe, i met her a few months back she’s a lovely lady

  • Alfie

    April 19th, 2010 - 9:12pm

    I want Amy to stay for longer :'(

  • dr what

    April 19th, 2010 - 8:20pm

    its going to be good for the 11th dr to see jo again and sarah to see the 11th dr yas

  • Ood Sigma

    April 19th, 2010 - 8:06pm

    Perhaps there will be a classic monster in this as well

  • the 1st doctor

    April 19th, 2010 - 7:54pm

    Series six of Doctor who has been comfirmed and Matt Smith will still star as the Doctor but still know sound about Karen Gillan starring in it as Amy.

  • liam

    April 19th, 2010 - 7:21pm

    i want amy pond in sarah jane advture not jo giant
    amy was good becues he help the doctor

  • gary

    April 19th, 2010 - 7:08pm


  • gary

    April 19th, 2010 - 7:07pm

    Jo Grant is my FAVOURITE COMPANION so i cant wait:-) :-:-D) 🙂 🙂 😀
    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • The Phantom Menace

    April 19th, 2010 - 6:31pm

    This is quite extraordinary news – Brilliant

  • TC

    April 19th, 2010 - 6:25pm

    Firs the Brig, then Ten, and Eleven AND Jo Grant. I am most definitely looking forward to seeing Sarah and Jo together and how they’ll react to the new Doctor.

  • booboo

    April 19th, 2010 - 6:24pm

    No idea at this stage.

  • andres

    April 19th, 2010 - 6:16pm

    Will haren gillian be apering in this special???????

  • booboo

    April 19th, 2010 - 5:32pm

    May be Amy,s on Honeymoon, or just having a break.

  • harley davies

    April 19th, 2010 - 5:32pm

    I love jo grant, elizebeth slanden, matt smith and are luke,rani,and clyde it it to and what about amy pond ilove amy pond will she be in series 6 of doctor who i hope so i love her and how long will matt smith stay in doctor who

  • The Great One

    April 19th, 2010 - 5:31pm

    Best news i have read in ages and what’s really really nice is virtually everything i have read on Jo grants return is overwhelmingly positive.

  • someone

    April 19th, 2010 - 5:30pm

    what bout amy pond?

  • someone

    April 19th, 2010 - 5:28pm

    i thought this was a rumour when i first read the first line, but resource is 100% valid. WOW!!!

  • King Ninja

    April 19th, 2010 - 5:11pm


  • T.D.

    April 19th, 2010 - 3:36pm

    Jo Grant is back, i really cant believe this awesome news.

  • Callum Metcalfe

    April 19th, 2010 - 3:35pm

    Maybe Amy has gone to see Rory

  • dalek master007

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:50pm

    omg! jo grant is back….
    so excited now to know one of my fav companions will meet my other fav sarah jane . The eleventh doctor whoop whoop 🙂 love him but where is amy pond?

  • bananna man

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:45pm

    errrm i amy pond is going to be in the next series o doctor who(series 6) how is the doctor goin to appearing i amy pond is the irst person to meet him in this new orm……………………………….bring karen gillian in aswell plz 😛

  • Mr Smith

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:42pm

    This is brilliant news, Sarah Jane meets the 11th Doctor and jo Grant

  • Todd Toddy

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:37pm

    The eleventh doctor 😛 yay!
    Sarah Jane Smith 😛 yay!
    Jo Grant 😛 yay!
    Amy Pond:( where are you??? :'(

  • Tommy

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:36pm

    may be it could have been the test ride

  • Aaron Rb

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:32pm

    So excited now…….Matt smith,Elizabeth Sladen and Katy Manning sounds like a gd compination…
    one question…where’s karen gillain as Amy pond??????????

  • Tommy

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:32pm

    Ya Ya Ya…

    I’v only know of Jo Grant/Katy Manning four a shourt time but i just love what i have see of hear and just can not wait to see how it will all plan out…

  • Blackthunder

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:24pm

    I say just: Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😀

  • WHO 1

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:14pm

    Wow this has come out of the Blue, cant wait for this, Jo grant coming back whoever would have thought.

  • Sja fan

    April 19th, 2010 - 2:04pm

    Best new i have heard in along time

    Jo grant is coming back

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