Companion reign – 1971 – 73
“I’m not the tea lady!” [to the Doctor] – Terror Of The Autons
Fluffy and nice girly girl companion.
Jo Grant (Katy Manning) was brought in following Liz Shaw’s departure to fill in as the Doctor’s assistant in Terror Of The Autons – 1971.
Introduced as an audience explanation device, to breakdown the more Sci-Fi elements of the plot by asking the simple questions and demanding the simple answers.
She was a very different character from her predecessor; Liz Shaw – she was younger, easier going and very much in awe of the Doctor. She did not have the Scientific Academic background that Liz Shaw did. Jo was a ‘Civil’ contractor – working for UNIT.
Her main role was to basically fetch the Doctor cups of teas and test tubes. She was clumsy and out of place to begin with but after a time grew on the Doctor.
She was flowery and ditzy but could be headstrong and bold, especially if it was around environmental concerns – her main passion.
She was however, lucky enough to be around when the Third Doctor got the ability back to time travel and accompanied him on many journeys. She also had the misfortune to have run in’s with The Master, The Sea Devils and The Daleks.
She stayed with the Third Doctor for 3 Seasons, before leaving in the Environmental shocker The Green Death, after finding love with an Environmental Professor and left, much to the Third Doctor’s sadness.
Jo’s last act was to return – by post to the Doctor, the blue Metabelis 3 crystal he had given her as a parting gift. It was this act, which ultimately set into motion the events leading to the Third Doctor’s downfall and eventual regeneration.