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Mark Gatiss meets MISS GRANT!

For this 1970s-themed edition, we thought it would be fun to bring Jo Grant actress Katy Manning together with one of her biggest fans, writer and actor Mark Gatiss. So we did. This is what happened…

For this 1970s-themed edition, we thought it would be fun to bring Jo Grant actress Katy Manning together with one of her biggest fans, writer and actor Mark Gatiss. So we did. This is what happened…

Week starts with a photoshoot with one of my most favourite actors! Who? All will be revealed, I promise,’ tweets Katy Manning – Jo Jones (née Grant) herself – one crisp Monday morning in December. She is on her way to a South-East

London photo studio, where she’ll meet scriptwriter, author, actor, co-showrunner – with Steven Moffat – of BBC One’s Sherlock, friend, fan, and all-round gentleman Mark Gatiss. The plan is to pair these Doctor Who icons for their first ever joint photoshoot and interview, exclusively for DWM.

By the time I arrive, a few minutes after Katy, she has fallen in love already – with Tommy, who’s half Jack Russell, half Cavalier. He’s a rescue dog, who belongs to our photographer, Simon. “Isn’t he divine?” says Katy. “What an adorable dog!” Katy has homed lots of rescue dogs over the years. Now she wants to take Tommy home, too. Or at least involve him in the shoot. “You could tell Mark he doesn’t have to show up, because I’ve got Tommy!” One day, I hope to find someone who looks at me the way Katy looks at Tommy. “If you ask me what I’m wearing, I’m wearing a dog.”

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When Mark arrives – “Well, hello!” – he digs Tommy, too, though not quite as much as Katy, because that would be impossible.

“You,” says Katy, diverting her eyes from Tommy for a moment, “always look so incredibly elegant, Mark –”

“Ha! Well, I get it all from Jon Pertwee,” he beams.

“– whereas you could put me head to toe in Chanel,” she says, “and I’d still have biro on me. I’m one of those women.”

“You never look less than radiant,” Mark insists.

The shoot is for DWM’s 1970s-themed issue, so I’ve brought with me some TV Action comics, as nothing screams ‘early 70s’ like TV Action. “Wow, very retro,” exclaims Katy, leafing through Issue 59. It has Pertwee and the Daleks on the cover. “Am I going into flashback? How far do you wanna go?! You’ve got to remember, I’m 70 years old, darling.”

“I can’t believe it,” says Mark, “and I won’t believe it.”

“There are people who would, literally, kill for these comics,” she points out.

Mark is one of them. He is smitten. “Oh God,” he says, “they’re beautiful!” I revise my previous aspiration: one day I hope to find someone who looks at me the way Mark Gatiss looks at old issues of TV Action. “That one’s my favourite,” he says, eyeing up the front page of Issue 94, on which the Third Doctor is sitting bolt upright in bed, holding his head and going “AAGH!” (“I’ve been on Earth too long,” he explains in the next panel. “I’m beginning to dream.”)

“Mark loves the Pertwee look, doesn’t he?” smiles Katy.

“I have one of Jon’s original jackets at home,” he reveals. “The one from Planet of the Daleks [1973]. I bought it at auction. I just thought, ‘Must… have,’ and then I thought, ‘Well… what do I do with it now?’ But his chest is so big!”

“It was massive,” confirms Katy. “It was absolutely enormous, his diaphragm, which is why he stood like this a lot –” she demonstrates, a straight back and puffed-up chest “– and all those beautiful frilly shirts had to be handmade. Everything had to be made for Jon. He was very, very particular about his clothes. We used to choose the materials together. Every outfit. We did everything together.”

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1970s special! Contents include: an extensive interview with writer Terrance Dicks; actor and writer Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) remember the 70s; Gary Gillatt takes a nostalgic look at everything that was happening in the world of Doctor Who in November 1977; a feature by Jonathan Morris asks whether the 1970s really were the 'golden years' for Doctor Who; a new comic strip adventure for the Twelfth Doctor and Jess – Doorway to Hell part one, by Mark Wright, with art by Staz Johnson; the Fact of Fiction examines 1976's The Brain of Morbius; previews; TV and audio reviews; news; the Watcher's column; prize-winning competitions; PLUS 20 bonus pages, paying homage to the 1970s comic Countdown, and reprinting the Third Doctor adventure *Sub Zero;