Katy Part 2
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Doctor Who actress Katy Manning answers YOUR questions ahead of St George’s Hall show
And despite what you may have heard – she wasn’t Liza Minelli’s bridesmaid..!
AHEAD of Katy Manning’s appearance at St George’s Hall tomorrow evening, the former Doctor Who actress kindly agreed to answer questions from readers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, due to the sci-fi series’ universal appeal, questions came in from around the world.
Katy, who played Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee’s Doctor from 1971 to 1973, will be sharing more stories from her life and career in the hall’s Concert Room tomorrow evening at 7.30pm. The recollections below are the perfect taster for what to expect. Thanks again to everyone who submitted a question – we’re just sorry we couldn’t include them all.
Kate Hughes from Birkenhead asks: “Liverpool is a very musical city. Have you ever sung professionally?
Katy says: “If I sang to you in my real voice I would sound like Janis Joplin on a bottle of Brasso but I do so many different voices that I have sung as little kids and little animals.
“I once sang for an animated series as a six-year-old child. My character was the grandson and my boyfriend was doing the voice of the grandfather!
“The thing is, I know so many great singers that I realise it’s important to stick to what I can do. I wrote a play called Not a Well Woman, it’s a one-woman show which involved me doing 26 different voices, there is some singing in that. They’re all talking to each other and I’m switching from a Greek accent to an African accent and every other accent you can think of.
“I had to write a rap for it so I wrote the filthiest one you could think of and performed it as a gangster rapper – but as I said, I know so many great singers, my partner is a very respected singer, so I choose to listen instead.”
Liam Leaves from Portmsouth asks: “Excluding Jon Pertwee, what is your favourite costume of any of the Doctors – and why?”
Katy says: “I very much like what Peter Capaldi wears. It has that very tiny tinge of what Jon wore.
“I had my picture taken with him and he was very keen to get the pose right, the pointing finger that Jon used to do and he asked me how he always got that hint of red lining to show so I did what I always used to do back in the day, I put my arm around him and pulled the jacket back slightly so it was always on show.
“Also if you watch The Green Death (Katy’s final story as a regular in the series, broadcast in 1973), you will see that Jo is wearing cricket trousers at one point – so I did that in Doctor Who before Peter Davison did!
“I would say though that all the costumes have been exactly right for each actor playing the part.”
Tyson Ferland from San Franciso asks: “It was fantastic to see you in the Sarah Jane Adventures (the CBBC Doctor Who spin-off starring the late Mossley Hill actress Elisabeth Sladen). Would you be interested in returning to the character of Jo Grant again in Doctor Who or another spinoff?”
Katy says: “Being on Sarah Jane was an extraordinary thing to do and I loved Elisabeth, she was absolutely extraordinary and we were very good friends.
“She was the quintessential Doctor Who girl and she lived it to the full and she always had the greatest love and respect for it. The way Russell T Davies (the man behind the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 and the creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures) brought me back, I was absolutely gobsmacked, I never thought that would happen.
“As for coming back now, I think Jo would be in the old person’s home today, so possibly not!”
Amanda Telfer from Glasgow asks: “If you had the chance to travel with any of the new series Doctors – who would you choose and why?”
Katy says: “Well, I travelled with Matt Smith in the Sarah Jane Adventures and that was really good so I will have to give Matt a mention but trulyl, the answer is that I have loved them all.
“They are all absolutely wonderful actors who have each given their own take on this absolutely wonderful character. And it is one character, it is all one person so I am not going to pick and choose. I’ve worked with William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton (in The Three Doctors, the show’s 10th anniversary story in 1973) and on audio (a series of CDs telling new Doctor Who adventures and featuring former actors from the series have been released regularly since 1999) I’ve worked with Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy – and today I was recording with Tom Baker, so I’m a bit of a Doctor groupie really!”
James Simmonds from Mossley Hill asks: “When you were living in Australia, were you ever tempted to appear in any of the Aussie shows that we get in the UK, such as Neighbours or Home and Away?”
Katy says: “I was asked to appear in one of them once, it was Home and Away – but I couldn’t do it as I was working on something else.
“But my partner in Australia, he was the very first person to sing the theme tune to Neighbours [Katy treats us to a quick, beautiful burst of the song at this point]. His name is Barry Crocker and he was the first man to sing it. That was my Bazza!
“I have to be honest, these aren’t shows that I’ve followed much myself as I have travelled around so often. My life is stored in plastic bags all over the place, I’m really a bag lady!”
Kerryn Smith from Wavertree asks: “I understand you were a bridesmaid at Liza Minelli’s wedding to David Gest. What are your memories of the day?”
Katy says: “I wasn’t! That’s wrong. I went to school with Liza and grew up with her and she is one of 12 godparents to my children. That meant I also grew up around Judy (Garland, Minelli’s mother) so I have always been surrounded by absolutely love music. It’s when you are around singers like that that you know to stick to what you do best.
“I couldn’t make it to the wedding as I was working so I sent her an email. I said. ‘I can’t make this one, see you at the next one!’ I don’t think it went down too well with David!
“But as I said, Liza was godmother at my children’s Christening and she ended up organising the whole thing. I thought you just took the kids down to the library and had them stamped but she said, ‘No, Manning, you have a party!’ and she arranged it all. All sorts of people were turning up, Lionel Blair was there, Derek Nimmo, they had to stop me answering the door in the end so I could enjoy my own party.”
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