ICARUS – DR. WHO – JOHN NATHAN-TURNER: IN CHARGE OF THE SHOW

The Autumn edition of ICARUS includes an article from me on JOHN NATHAN-TURNER (aka JNT) who – with 5 planets in Leo (showbusiness) – was the longest-running Producer of DR. WHO, throughout the 1980s. Where fandom was concerned, he was as big a star as any of the Doctors he cast.

In the early 80s, JNT was brought in to do new things with the series. He was supported by the BBC and received warmly by the fans.

In the late 80s, new figures at the BBC put DR. WHO on ice for various reasons unconfined to content – and the narrative of an ailing show became a self-fulfilling prophecy (Sun/Saturn/Pluto square Jupiter).

JNT’s stated ambition to become Controller BBC1 came to nought and his story has a tragic end, in 2002, before the programme’s renaissance.

Yet his input as promoter overseas, encouraging a burgeoning fandom, laid the seeds of the global brand the series would become (Mars & Uranus in Gemini). Certainly, all subsequent producer/showrunners (Segal, Davies, Moffat) have implemented JNT’s accessible media-savvy approach.

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