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In the early 1970s rookie UNIT agent Jo Grant was bang on trend, says actress Katy Manning.

When Jo Grant first walks into the Doctor’s laboratory at UNIT, she immediately wrecks an experiment. The Doctor is horrified to discover that she’s his new assistant. But she’s also an agent qualified in cryptology, safe breaking and explosives – all that, and trendy too.

“I’m wearing Biba in that scene,” says Katy Manning. “I was already strongly with them, way before Doctor Who.”

Barbara Hulanicki’s fashion store Biba opened on Kensington’s Abingdon Road in 1964. “In what had been this old chemist’s shop,” says Katy. “They were desperate to find tiny people to model their clothes, which I was. My sister was a model and she told them I’d do it. I wasn’t out of my teens.”

In 1965, Biba opened a larger store on Kensington High Street and was still doing roaring trade in bright, fun clothes when Katy joined Doctor Who.

“That kind of floor-length maxi had just come in at the time,” she says of her initial outfit. “It was one of the hottest things from Biba just then.” Was it what she herself wore? “No, it’s what I chose for the character of Jo. She had to be a teen of her moment – I thought she was about 19 or so. But she also had this new job and was trying to look smart. The choker I made, and the rings and boots were mine.”

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Few television programmes make the same production demands as Doctor Who. With such diverse settings as distant points in Earth’s history and alien civilisations in the far future, the series has always stretched the ingenuity – and resources – of its talented costume designers. This unprecedented magazine features numerous rare and previously unpublished illustrations showing how the look of a Doctor Who episode evolves from sketch to screen, plus exclusive interviews with many of those designers including: • Alexandra Tynan (costume designer in the 1960s who created the look of the Cybermen) • Barbara Lane (the designer of Azal, Alpha Centauri, the Axons and more – this is her first interview in over 40 years) • Lee Bender (designer and owner of Bus Stop, a boutique which supplied outfits for Sarah Jane Smith) • June Hudson (designer of the Fourth Doctor’s final outfit and many elegant costumes for Romana) • Colin Lavers (designer of the Fifth Doctor’s costume) • Amy Roberts (designer of Anthony Ainley’s Master) • Lucinda Wright (designer of Christopher Eccleston’s series as the Ninth Doctor) • Howard Burden (designer of the Twelfth Doctor’s costume) • Ray Holman (designer of the Eleventh and Thirteenth Doctor’s costumes, and Doctor Who’s current costume designer) Plus, the stars who wore the designers’ creations in Doctor Who look back at their characters’ clothes: • Anneke Wills (Polly) • Katy Manning (Jo Grant) • Sophie Aldred (Ace) • Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) • Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint)