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  1. Timothy Timothy says:

    Astounding stuff Someone needs to make a film or tv series out of this

  2. James Lark James Lark says:

    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 uestion but this book made me nostalgic for the creative anarchy of the past and which resulted in the kind of television I grew up watchingThis 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 uite 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 and there seems little doubt now that it would have been ditched much sooner but for his continued involvementNot that the book shies away from passing judgement on his failures The Colin Baker era comes under particular scrutiny artistic judgements heaped on top of each other collide head on with personal disputes and fandom at its ugliest Ironically a producer whose first move was to take Doctor Who in a serious less pantomimey direction ended up briefly turning it into of a pantomime than it ever was before Mind you given the extent of the antagonism and fallings out behind the scenes it's amazing anything even reached the screen Even scurrilous are the much publicised stories of the predatory sexual activities of John and his partner It is not always comfortable reading but it's ever bit as compelling as a slow motion motorway pile upYou might imagine John Nathan Turner wouldn't come out of the whole thing terribly well In fact others fare much worse Jonathan Powell epitomises a bunch of pathetic BBC department heads unable to understand the appeal of Doctor Who but too cowardly to do anything about it 'we didn't know what to do with it' moans Powell in defence of continuing to let Doctor Who run on the same kind of budget per episode given to Eastenders and Marson allows the grotesue figures who populated Who fandom to pretty much condemn themselvesJohn Nathan Turner on the other hand seems to have commanded plenty of genuine respect and affection and in some ways the warts and all approach succeeds in explaining exactly why What it also makes this is a story with a heartbreaking trajectory an ambitious young producer drained of his potential by an organisation who at best didn't care at worst conspired to bring him down It would be nice to think that couldn't happen any at the BBC but some things don't changeHistory in any case has shown just how unimaginative that BBC management were and the book points out how much 21st century Doctor Who owes to JN T both in style and commercial sense The whole thing is a fitting tribute to a man who could have achieved so much yet achieved a great deal all the sameIt is also an absolutely stonking read

  3. Nicholas Whyte Nicholas Whyte says:

    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 ualified 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 LambertIt'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 toAs 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 the BBC hierarchy who could find nobody else to take on Doctor Who and could find no other use for him leaving both to slowly spiral into declineMarson's forensic analysis of what actually happened during the Great Cancellation Crisis of 1986 is surely going to be the classic account; he recounts what happened in the last week of February 1985 almost hour by hour JN T stuck at a convention in America as the story raced out of control behind him He also has a decently brief but clear account of the circumstances of Patrick Troughton's demise And the story of JN T's decline into ill health and early death at 54 on 1 May 2002 is a very sad one of talent misdirected and eventually wastedMost of this book will only be really interesting to Who fans because Doctor Who took up most of JN T's career he was hired by the BBC in 1968 and worked on Doctor Who almost continuously from 1977 until he was fired in 1990 But I think there are some wider lessons as well about the shift of BBC internal culture leaving some people behind who were not ready for change about the interactions between show runners and fans and about the ways in which creativity can be a curse to individual creators

  4. Ray Ray says:

    Definitely fascinating Indeed a uote on the back cover by David Reid sums it up uite well Gripping fascinating appalling and by the end truly moving I didn't enjoy how it was told a never ending stream of uotes It may add to its authenticity but it doesn't make for a satisfying style But overall it is an utterly compelling read And for all his faults JN T doesn't come out of it half as bad as his greatest critics Ian Levine and the frankly repugnant Gary Leigh

  5. Ben Baker Ben Baker says:

    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

  6. Amanda Amanda says:

    If you are a classic Doctor Who fan buy and read this book If you're a fan of new Who buy and read this book None of us would be here without JN T and creaky old Whovians like me and 12 year olds who are just now finding the show owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for keeping the show alive in the 1980's His tireless US publicity work on PBS and the US con circuit laid the groundwork for the current show's success He is no saint of course and Marson takes pains to show him fairly warts and all This book is a clearly written thoughtful and painstakingly researched biography Recommended

  7. Denis Southall Denis Southall says:

    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

  8. Sinead Sinead says:

    Absolutely riveting essential reading for all Dr Who fans out there Brilliantly researched with many lovely colour photos I would love to see this made into a film

  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    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 wantingWhile 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 uirks 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 problem I think is to be found in Marson's writing style Roughly the first half of the book Turner's youth early career and ascendancy as the producer of Doctor Who is written in a very awkward manner with Marson layering uotes on top of each other one after another sometimes for page after page Having been trained in both journalistic and scholarly writing I can only say this violates most of the fundamental rules I was taught you don't leave uotes out there to flail on their own You comment on them and even paraphrase or summarize them to bring cohesion to your writing Marson seems to have a problem doing that and some of the points his uotes make seem labored or even unnecessary as a result For the first 150 pages I found myself wishing desperately for a trained editorThen with the sudden arrival of the infamous Hanky Panky chapter the style changes Suddenly perhaps because he actually has a goal he's writing toward Marson's biographical abilities take a huge step up That becomes a trend for the rest of the book when there's a specific event or process to discuss the 1985 cancellation and revivification the stress behind Trial season the final cancellation in 1989 JN T's last year in Spain Marson the biographer simply assumes a greater command of his text However it can't be denied that most of the relevant material is pretty depressing I can't decide then whether Turner's life itself is one of sadness or whether the biographer can really only pull out and emphasize those events beyond the others One way or another it feels a little skewed And yes Marson's casual interjections about his own career are infreuent enough to seem out of place whenever they occur in the bookWas it worth the read? Yes although my opinion of JN T hasn't changed much I am a little blown away by the extent to which the BBC overlooked sexual misconduct though in these post Jimmy Savile days even that's less shocking than it would have been five years ago This isn't a book that leaves one with a very pleasant frame of mind but it does help to bring some humanity to an oft parodied figure in a notoriously catty cult fandom For that alone perhaps the book is worthwhile

  10. Mark Mark says:

    Absolutely brilliant An essential read for anyone with an interest in Doctor Who or the state of the BBC in the 70s and 80s

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JN T [Read] ➳ JN T By Richard Marson – Larringtonlifecoaching.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 WhoFor than a decade John Nathan Turner or “J 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 WhoFor 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 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.

  • Paperback
  • 380 pages
  • JN T
  • Richard Marson
  • English
  • 13 September 2014