Doctor Who News Former Doctor Who chief John Nathan-Turner with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker

Published on September 25th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Scandalous Times!

J.N.T. The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner – a biography by former DWM writer and producer/director of the fantastic Tales from Television Centre documentary, Richard Marson, seeks to tell the ‘true story’ behind the man who for over a decade was responsible for every creative and artistic decision affecting Doctor Who.

Former Doctor Who chief John Nathan-Turner with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker

Former Doctor Who chief John Nathan-Turner with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker

As revealed in the Doctor Who Online podcast interview with Ian Levine, Richard Marson is currently penning the book with the aim of shedding some light on the ignominious period where the show was cancelled.

However, anyone who listened to Levine’s comments regarding J.N.T in either parts of the podcast need not worry as Richard has promised a balanced account of the man himself – from his early years through to his time at the helm of Doctor Who – something that his own memoirs only touched upon in reflection.

Drawing on over 80 interviews with key friends and colleagues, from stars to secretaries, his childhood best friend to his personnel officer, those he loved and those from whom he became estranged – the book will also feature previously unreleased archive of John’s paperwork and photos, as well as BBC archival material and video and audio archive from a range of private sources.

J.N.T. The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner will be released in April 2013 and published in two versions: a standard paperback (£13.99) and a limited edition hardback (£26.99), the latter of which will only be available direct from Fantom Publishing.

Limited to only 250 copies – each copy is individually numbered and signed by the author – with exclusive colour photos, and an exclusive cover designed by June Hudson.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




2 Responses to Scandalous Times!

  1. BOJAY says:

    That’s going to be an interesting read. JNT definitely made some mistakes and missteps, but he did not deserve being eviscerated the way he was. I believe he loved the show, and did what he thought was right and best for and by it. Nobody can be perfect………

  2. francis cave says:

    I was quite concerned when Ian mentioned the book in that podcast as he made it sound like a hatchet job on JNT but I am much relieved now.

    We all know that he wasn’t perfect but for some of us he was the one constant in Dr Who as we grew up watching it and I am very interesting in reading his story warts and all..

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