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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.

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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


67 comments

  • ian carruthers

    June 28th, 2010 - 6:01pm

    kate manning WOW she;s never changed still WOW

  • IWasBored!

    June 5th, 2010 - 10:10pm

    Can anyone tell me if Karen Gillan will be in these episodes? We already know that she will be in series 6 (good for her!) so she should be.

    P.S. Go to “City of the Daleks Trailer and Walkthrough” because I need help with City of the Daleks!

  • SJA FAN!!!! Actually, like Lis since 3 so yeh :D

    May 10th, 2010 - 9:05pm

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dr who

    May 2nd, 2010 - 4:53pm

    beware the pandorica will open silence will fall

  • Juddon PLatoon

    May 1st, 2010 - 8:55pm

    I met Katy today she was lovely she held my hand and everything

  • dr who

    April 30th, 2010 - 7:35pm

    got 11th doctor crash set today it awesome

  • weeping angel

    April 30th, 2010 - 4:28pm

    liz and katy is going to be good and please no trickster he is getting boring

  • Anonymous

    April 29th, 2010 - 9:18pm

    although jon pertwee is my favourite doctor, he sadly died the year i was born (14 years ago) so he couldnt come bacK for this Sja episode

  • weeping angel

    April 29th, 2010 - 6:26pm

    katy and liz ep sounds cool with matt smith

  • Juddon PLatoon

    April 29th, 2010 - 5:45pm

    This is going to be awesome because Katy and Liz are going to be a great double act and Matt Smith will love being involved

  • weepingangel

    April 28th, 2010 - 6:16pm

    the trickster will not be in dr who amys choice because he is only in sja

  • weepingangel

    April 28th, 2010 - 6:14pm

    the trickster might return or the weeping angels

  • Carl_lovin_doctorwho_fan

    April 26th, 2010 - 6:35pm

    “The End of Time” might have been the end of time for all the new companions but (and this is aimed at “General Staal”) Sarah Jane wasent a new companion, she travelled with the 3rd and 4th Doctor’s so she should so meet the 11th doctor, would be good if all the others could to like but we cant have everything, how exciting that Jo Grant is coming back, so didnt see that one coming, it will be Nissa and Tegen next, love it!!!!

  • dr who fan and sja fan

    April 25th, 2010 - 5:16pm

    wow how amazing i can’t belive the dr will be starring in sja but i do not know who katy manning because she was a compainion a long time a go.
    i miss david tennant and billie piper in dr who but still watch the new dr who over and over again cause crazy about it! only problem is i like karen gillin she is mega cool and she is so funny but were will she be hopefully wedding or hunimoon otherwise i will be upset!so please put karen gillin in it or make her stay as the companion because she desevers to. go sarah jane smith (elizabeth sladen) by the way my first name is sarah and my second name is jane so its sarah jane!

  • General Staal

    April 25th, 2010 - 2:35am

    Waittt so did the end of time mean nothing :S, i thought they were clearing out all the recurring compainions and end of time was the last time, goodbye, w.e, :S

  • The Whofan101

    April 23rd, 2010 - 10:42pm

    The only way this could of been better (but sadly will never be) would be if the doctor was Jon Pertwee

  • CG

    April 23rd, 2010 - 8:46pm

    Cannot wait to see how RTD writes the 11th Doctor. I think he will show Moffat a thing or two!

  • king gerbil

    April 23rd, 2010 - 9:24am

    i really like jo and no.11 can’t wait for the ep.
    WARNING SPOILERS:bbc has commisioned a second dr who series featuring matt smith and karen gillan head writer steven moffat sos if i spoiled it

  • The 12th Doctor

    April 21st, 2010 - 6:45pm

    I mean an hour long episode ,

  • The 12th Doctor

    April 21st, 2010 - 6:45pm

    The 11th Doctor And Jo appear in The Same episode , plus The weeping angels will appear !!!!! And one episode is an sequal to the hand of fear and to top it all of androvax , the trickster and the slitheen are supposed to be returning.Theres also an hour lone episode 😀

  • RTyler95

    April 21st, 2010 - 5:45pm

    I can’t wait! I was really excited when David Tennant was on SJA last year and I wondered if they’d bring the Doctor in again. I wonder where Amy is going to be? I wonder if she’s going to leave at the end of this season…

  • 11 dr rules

    April 21st, 2010 - 11:01am

    CCCCOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL

    BRILLIANT!

  • mechas8n

    April 21st, 2010 - 3:29am

    Looking forward to that

  • Charlie

    April 20th, 2010 - 8:13pm

    Can’t wait for the series to start, but which who monster will appear in this series?

  • booboo

    April 20th, 2010 - 8:07pm

    Where are you going to meet her? we met here at the launch party in London. she was so enthusiastic.

  • Juddon PLatoon

    April 20th, 2010 - 7:51pm

    I can’t wait to meet Jo Grant in a weeks time well a bit more!
    But I can’t wait till Sarah Jane and Jo are working together!

  • jacob

    April 20th, 2010 - 7:39pm

    where luke mr smith k-9 rani and cylde coz it says that it is only The Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith and Jo Grant

  • Irish eejit

    April 20th, 2010 - 7:16am

    I’m happy that jo grant is back, but where’s amy. Getting married?!?!?

  • third doctor

    April 19th, 2010 - 11:37pm

    i think it’s brillant that jo grant is coming back to our screens since she left the third doctor. it’s going to be great with katy manning and elisabeth sladen working together but i’m not happy that matt smith is going to play the doctor why cant it be david tennant or christopher eccleston instead.

  • JamesFrank

    April 19th, 2010 - 10:33pm

    im actually most excited about another episode of RTD’s. I really miss him on DW 🙁

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