My pal Jill the Otter just got back from Gallifrey 1, the gloriously geeky DOCTOR WHO convention in California, and she snagged me autographed photos of two of my favorites among the Doctor's many companions. First is Frazier Hines, who played Jamie McCrimmon, a smart and adaptable Scots Highlander from 1746 and one of the longest-serving companions (1966-1969 and three return appearances in 1984, 1985, and in archival footage in 1984).
Jamie is hands-down my favorite male to travel in the TARDIS and I keep hoping the makers of the current series will bring him back as his older self, simply because I would love to see him again.
Next up is Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant from 1971-1973.
Jo was one of the series' first female characters who was not the standard damsel in distress and she was always right there in the thick of things with John Pertwee's Doctor (my favorite of the entire lot). Long described as fun and kind of kooky, Manning apparently lived up to her reputation when Jill met her, and Jill claims she was both sweet and very funny. When I asked Jill to snag me the autographs from Gallifrey 1, I specifically asked for the now-infamous tasteful-but-completely-absurd shots of a nude (save for boots) Katy Manning draping herself all over a Dalek, provided she had those for sale.
From the info I've managed to garner, Manning posed for a series of these for a British men's magazine right after she left the show and unfortunately none were to be had at the con, but when Jill asked her about it, the sixty-year-old Manning reportedly smiled a huge grin and said in her charming accent, "Ooh, that one was rather naughty!" My kind of gal!