The PodKast John Nathan-Turner, Doctor Who producer from 1980-1989

Published on October 12th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The John Nathan-Turner PodKast

We’ve been talking about doing this podKast for literally months, but thanks to the end of Series 7 we’ve finally got around to dedicating a podKast to arguably Doctor Who‘s most divisive producer, John Nathan-Turner!

Starting with his first series in charge and making reference to his success as a production unit manager, we look at how Doctor Who changed during his stewardship, how the BBC changed and we also consider whether the series had really “had its day” as the BBC regularly indicated in the 1990s.

Don’t forget to look out for this week’s “Previously on next week’s podKast” sentence, in which a timey-wimey occurrence means that a stray phrase was captured and placed at the end of last week’s podKast. Confused? You will be…

You can listen to our weekly podKast in three ways:

  1. Use the player in the top right of each page on Kasterborous.
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  3. Third, you can take advantage of the RSS feed to subscribe to the podKast for your media player, and also find us on iTunes!

Have fun, dear listener, and enjoy!


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About the Author


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+.

5 Responses to The John Nathan-Turner PodKast

  1. avatar docwhom says:

    Brian hits the nail on the head about the idea that what children really want is for their heroes to hate being with each other. I think what ended the show was that it stopped being written for children, which is strange considering how childish much of the plotting and characterisation remained.

    Let’s get some hard science into the show? My arse, Bidmead! You’re not writing for college student geeks.

    At the end of the day, I reckon that those Hawaiian shirts ought to have been enough to stop JNT getting the job. Hawaiian shirts in British weather can only have been an affectation. Just as you only ever see Michael Grade interviewed with an enormous cigar in his hand – does he smoke 24 hours a day or does he ensure that he has a cigar when there’s a camera being pointed at him because he sees it as his brand? That’s appearance over substance – like costumes instead of clothes and question marks on bloody shirt collars.

  2. avatar docwhom says:

    P.S. Kasterborous scores over so many other podcasts in employing contributors with wildly varying accents. Nothing quote as irritating in a podcast as a group of people whose voices you can’t tell apart.

    • By ‘eck, lad, that’s reet nice of you to say so, ‘appen. ;)

  3. avatar docwhom says:

    Such lovely American vernacular, Brian, but does Christian know that you’re logged in with his password?

  4. avatar Doc Whom says:

    In this whole thread, the only person who’s suggested that the crew should hate each other is JNT 30 years ago.

    Brian was criticising JNT for thinking that what children really want is for their heroes to hate being with each other, not agreeing with him. So I was saying that he’d hit the nail on the head by pointing out how bobbins JNT’s idea was.

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