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January 27th, 2022 4 comments

The John Nathan Turner Production Diary 1979-1990

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Written by Richard Molesworth. Introduction by Andrew Cartmel

In this fascinating account of one of Doctor Who‘s most turbulent periods, noted researcher Richard Molesworth presents an unprecedentedly detailed record of producer John Nathan-Turner’s day-to-day activities on the show.

Drawing on unique archive documents, the book tell the full story of how one of the most divisive figures in Doctor Who‘s history steered it through the entire decade of the 1980s, revealing the key decisions that shaped its development and affording an invaluable insight into how the production office responded to the many controversies that dogged it during that period.

An unmissable treat for all fans of classic Doctor Who!

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  • Popplewick

    January 27th, 2022 - 2:58pm

    The main thing I remember about JNT was him claiming Robert Powell was ‘short’ when we suggested he should take over as Colins replacement at a covention decades ago. Then he chose Sylvester. Oh well we tried.

  • Rory

    January 27th, 2022 - 11:51am

    This is an instant buy for me. I have a special fondness for the JNT era as I grew up on 5, 6, and 7. Wiped is a fascinating read, so I’m certain this will be just as engaging.

    • Mark Moxham

      January 28th, 2022 - 10:14am

      Agreed. This is a no-brainer.
      I worked at the BBC in the late 80s, and met JNT in his red office. He had a huge presence, slightly intimidating but also a generous man with his time. I found Richard Marsden’s book fascinating, and so look forward to reading this – TV Centre was a great place to be, a hive of creativity and madness, and reading more about the minutiae of what went on from a producer’s perspective will be fascinating.

  • Fledershrew

    January 27th, 2022 - 9:46am

    Would be very interested to check this book out – it seems quite timely. JNT had such an influence on the Doctor Who show of my childhood…I’ve enjoyed reading “Script Doctor”, about Andrew Cartmel’s time on Who – it’s definitely given me a new appreciation of some of Sylvester McCoy’s stories, too.


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