JN-T JN T Free Author Richard Marson Polishdarling.co.uk Richard Marson S Book, JN T The Life And Scandalous Times Of John Nathan Turner, Tells The Story Of The Most Controversial Figure In The History Of Doctor Who.For Than A Decade, John Nathan Turner, Or JN T As He Was Often Known, Was In Charge Of Every Major Artistic And Practical Decision Affecting The World S Longest Running Science Fiction Programme Richard Marson Brings His Dramatic, Farcical, Sometimes Scandalous, Often Moving Story To Life With The Benefit Of His Own Inside Knowledge And The Fruits Of Over 100 Revealing Interviews With Key Friends And Colleagues, Those John Loved To Those From Whom He Became Estranged The Author Has Also Had Access To All Of Nathan Turner S Surviving Archive Of Paperwork And Photos, Many Of Which Appear Here For The Very First Time. Astounding stuff Someone needs to make a film or tv series out of this. Definitely fascinating Indeed, a quote on the back cover by David Reid sums it up quite well Gripping, fascinating, appalling and, by the end, truly moving I didn t enjoy how it was told, a never ending stream of quotes It may add to its authenticity, but it doesn t make for a satisfying style Bu
A wonderfully researched and written book that just so happens to be ridiculously depressing in places And I should know depressing I ve read the novelization of Home Alone 2 Jack the Voord need not apply. Well researched biog from an insider Showed the many facets of JN T, good and bad to an ultimately sad demise Defined by Dr Who when this shouldn t have been the case. Could not put this down It is a masterfully compiled biography and spectacularly entertaining not only because of its larger than life subject but because it evokes an entire era of showbiz and television The BBC may be a efficient place these days with its new corporate mentality though W1A rather calls that assumption into question , but this book made me nostalgic for the creative anarchy of the past, and which resulted in the kind of television I grew up watching.This included Doctor Who, in what turned out to be its dying years Now that my juvenile enthusiasm for the Sylvester McCoy era has given way to a slightly objective appreciation of that era, I am able to appreciate the real strengths of JN T s approach, as well as the weaknesses the last two series broadcast remain some of the strongest episodes made for the series, and this book makes it clear quite what an achievement this was given how much the odds were stacked against all involved JN T s ability to stretch a budget, his eye for publicity and his passion for the show are what enabled him to keep Doctor Who alive for so long,
Hmm This is a book, realistically, that belongs between the three and four star ratings I m prepared to be generous just because of the sheer depth of research Richard Marson has done, finding dozens of friends and colleagues to interview, and because I did finish the book with the sense of an improved understanding of John Turner the man, which is what I went in wanting.While I can t say anything I learned is overly surprising than 20 years in fandom has left me with a general sense of Turner that appears accurate Marson s book goes some way to changing him from a series of personality quirks and into a human being I say some way because the job isn t really complete With few frank letters or interviews from Turner himself, nor his life long partner Gary Downie, there s a certain arm s distance ness that still applies even with so many participants So I m left to wonder is this rather sad book accurately depicting a somewhat sad, unfulfilled life, or is some of that simply down to the way it is portrayed A major pro
Absolutely brilliant An essential read for anyone with an interest in Doctor Who or the state of the BBC in the 70s and 80s. is no controversial figure in the history of Doctor Who than John Nathan Turner, the show s producer for the last 11 years years of its first run And, apart from the man himself, there can surely be few better qualified to write about it than Richard Marson, who cut his teeth as a teenage correspondent for Doctor Who Magazine and then went into television production himself On the strength of this I went out and bought Marson s biography of Verity Lambert.It s a very good biography, portraying its central character warts and all, through his own interviews, interviews with others at the time, interviews with his co workers and friends and lovers specially for the biography Peter Davison comes across as a particularly thoughtful commentator on Nathan Turner, Doctor Who and what was really going on , and the copious documentary evidence that is available from various sources It s difficult to imagine anyone doing a better job or indeed wanting to.As in his own memoirs, JN T comes across as a gifted but flawed character He was addicted to spectacle and activity rather than plot, characterisation or reflection without really trusting them sufficiently he relied too much on his script editors, the longest serving of whom, Eric Saward, savagely and viciously turned on him He was usually drunk by the afternoon and often bad tempered perhaps not unconnected Some blame must attach to
Richard Marson s biography of Doctor Who producer Jon Nathan Turner was compelling yet awful, like a nerdy version of Heat magazine Turner was a complex person, in a committed relationship for most of his adult life, yet he and his partner were quite open about sexually exploiting fans In the case of the partner, this included attempts at outright sexual assault, including one on the author Turner s tenure was the most turbulent time in Doctor Who s history, some of which was caused by circumstances beyond his control Other parts you know, there s a reason why Russell T Davies never engaged with fandom, and why Steven Moffat should never have tried Twitter Doctor Who fandom can be toxic, and if you have the ego it takes to survive in the entertainment industry, you re going to wind up being equally toxic back And not just to the fans there s a really ugly account of J