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February 7th, 2013 6 comments

J.N.T. – The Life and Scandalous Times

jn-t-life-1JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner

Released May 2013

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JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner tells the story of the most controversial figure in the history of Doctor Who.

For more than a decade, John Nathan-Turner, or “JN-T” as he was often known, was in charge of every major artistic and practical decision affecting the world’s longest-running science fiction programme.

Richard Marson brings his dramatic, farcical, sometimes scandalous, often moving story to life with the benefit of his own inside knowledge and the fruits of over 100 revealing interviews with key friends and colleagues, those John loved to those from whom he became estranged. The author has also had access to all of Nathan-Turner’s surviving archive of paperwork and photos, many of which appear here for the very first time.

“Completely addictive – scurrilous, fascinating, hilarious and naughty…” Sophie Aldred (Ace)

“Really well written, lively, vivid and magnificently researched. It brings it all back and also tells me things I didn’t know.”Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who script editor 1987–89)

“Quite wonderful on many, many levels. Gripping, fascinating, appalling – and, by the end, truly moving. Immaculate research makes the whole utterly trustworthy. A very good and very well written book.”
David Reid (BBC head of drama series and serials, 1981–83)


“Reading it has been like travelling back in time myself. You’ve really brought John back to life, as complex and unpredictable as I remember him.” Kate Easteal (John’s secretary, 1986–88)

“Some of the revelations are painful (but) we find this very rounded, well written and honest.”Fiona Cumming and Ian Fraser

Categorised under: Autobiographies and biographies, Books


  • Joethewhovian

    May 12th, 2013 - 8:58am

    In the newspapers didnt it say jnt was ___ually abusing people

  • Miwk Publishing Ltd

    February 20th, 2013 - 7:37pm

    Hello, hello!

    The limited edition hardback has just a few copies remaining for those who’d like to order one. Limited to 100 signed and numbered copies.

    Also – why is this tagged as Mad Norweigan Press?!

    • booboo

      February 20th, 2013 - 7:39pm

      changed it, i think it get left over from a different draft

  • Lawson

    February 7th, 2013 - 11:11pm

    i think JNT was one of the best producers next to Verity and Barry

  • The Monitor

    February 7th, 2013 - 5:44pm

    I think Hinchcliffe’s contribution was just awesome, and teamed with Holmes, they were one of the best double acts in 1970s television.

    JN-T was different. We had extravagance, top named actors, merchandise, diversity. None of us would be here now writing this without his impact on merchandise. However, JN-T era was blessed with poor decisions too such as too many companions and undisciplined writers.

    I prefer the JN-T era to anything since by far, but the decade prior was more consistent.

  • Anonymous

    February 7th, 2013 - 4:12pm

    The JNT eria is my favorate eria. I don’t know why but for me his run on doctor who is the best he brought up the five doctors, attack of the cybrrmen, the two doctots, ressurection,revolation, and remembetance of the daleks and not for getting the caves of androzarni. What did stevan moffat give us the terrible asylum of the daleks


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