Peter Bryant Obituary

We’ve learned via Outpost Gallifrey and the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site that Peter Bryant, former producer of Doctor Who, has recently died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Born in 1923, Bryant enjoyed a varied career, beginning as an actor, and taking in roles such as BBC Radio announcer, scriptwriter and Head of the Drama Script Unit. Following a transfer to television, Bryant was working on Doctor Who as Associate Producer for the Patrick Troughton serials The Faceless Ones and The Evil of the Daleks, as well as script editor on the same Dalek story and also The Ice Warriors and The Enemy of the World. On top of that, Bryant was also employed as series Producer on Tomb of the Cybermen and took the position on a permanent basis later in th 1968 season from The Web of fear through to the 1969 story The Space Pirates – Patrick Troughton’s penultimate adventure. Bryant was also Producer on the series "Special Project Air" and "Paul Temple", both in 1969. In his later years he worked as an Actors’ and Writers’ Agent.

What is most telling about his Doctor Who credits is that he was involved with the show during the period we now know as the "Monster Era". Other BBC staff were of course involved in this period, however Bryant’s contribution seems to be more notable due to the influence he had across the multitude of roles he performed during his short time with the show.

Peter Bryant, more so than anyone involved behind the scenes since Verity Lambert in the series formative years, was responsible for the shape of Doctor Who that we now know as the series classic era’s. It was this model that the series reverted to in the post-UNIT era, a model that saw the TARDIS land anywhere, anytime and encounter horrors from "the darkest corners of the Universe".

Without Peter Bryant, Doctor Who would not be what it is today. His wife, daughter and two grandchildren survive him; they have the deepest sympathies of all us at Kasterborous, and indeed all of our readers.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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