10 comments on “JN-T

  1. Made some good decisons, made some bad decisions. Personally, his exterminate all Jews policy wasn’t to my tast- oh hang on that’s the wrong one.

  2. That’s a really nice piece. Have to agree with you about Davison. He became the Doctor when I was 8 and it was his time as the Doctor that cemented my love of the show.

  3. Really good read. One other factor in the season 18/19 that made a massive contribution to our generation of fans – the fact that JN-T agreed to “The Five Faces of Doctor Who”. That for me was the big catalyst.

  4. Excellent site, very useful, thanks a lot.

    But on this one, I’d have to disagree.

    Wow- a appreciation of the scorpion on the back of the frog.

    In everything he touched, he brought a dim-witted, lazy, childish sensibility akin to the awful ‘Rentaghost’ that destroyed the credibility of the show. Every piece of casting was woefully poor. Davidson was the best of a dismal branch. Slightly dull and bland, he only ever came alive in ‘Earthshock’ and ‘The Caves of Androzoni’ (which was so brilliantly written – he stated that had more scripts been of that quality, he would have stayed). All the companions are annoying to some extent, one dimensional and insufferable. What seemed like a breath of fresh air at the time after the disaster of the Williams era, the new 1980s titles and theme are now far more dated and of their era than any of the ’60s or ’70s intros. To have got rid of the one thing that was truly timeless and endlessly fascinating was a sign, in retrospect of the times to come.

    The lack of humour you cite, wasn’t due to the daft nature of the stories, meglomaniac cactus tries to take over the universe, nor a lament for the Williams era buffonery, but the razor sharp wit – with it’s echoes of Wilde, Shaw and even a Billy Wilder, suggesting a mind infinitely charged and alive in Sherlock Holmes strata of improvistional thought.

    I’m not beleagured by an idea of nostalgia influencing my loves, if it was a turkey then and I was too young to see it, I’d say so. How can one honestly introduce a friend to something they love when it’s such a tatty and childish horror. I can appreciate ‘An Unearthy Child’ though most Hartnells are over long and not self-contained enough. Of the surviving Troughtons, the single remaining episode of ‘The Web of Fear’ suggests something darkly magical. Others are very poor. The Pertwee era has some delightful stories and image, though again plagued by over-stretch on a limited budget and over padded serials. He was the Dr I grew up with.

    Only the magnificence of the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era has stood the test of time. Each season getting progressively finer, until their final season, in which each of the stories has something to commend and even the ones that don’t work too well – ‘The face of Evil’ – has a line or a scene of a new character of interest, that could be extracted into documentary and stir interest. It was his era that standardised the seasons into four-parter and closed off with six-parter. The knocked the idea of monsters on the head and had super-villians. He era brought in Chris Boucher, Robert Banks Stewart and used Bob Holmes to the utmost, it had Geoffrey Burgon doing the music with Dudley. Unlike JNT, his ego wasn’t threatened by a production crew and a group of creative artist and craftspeople who may have known more about the show that he did. His last season had ‘The Deadly Assasin’, ‘The Robots of Death’, and ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ as absolute masterpieces. A hit rate of three out of six stories. There are echoes of all the diversity of the established arts as a lineage for stirring the production of new stories, echoes of Asimov, Conan Doyle, Universal horror films and the relatively more modern ‘The Manchurian Candidate’.

    JNT had a decade to impose his personality on the show. And he did; ghastly costumes, whiny and obnoxious companions, uninteresting and bland panto stories, day-glo colours, woeful monsters, a dim-witted childish sensibility, publicity over content and a general sense of no one in control and a descent into cellotaped cardboard for production values. The idea that budgets were getting slashed is an excuse for over-reaching stupidity. Hinchcliffe saw the same things in his time and got rid of costly monster costumes. His era represented him; a man of infinite bad taste, a culturally dim-witted, artistically retarded and personally insecure man child hopelessly out of his depth. The Ed Wood of producers. And what he did to those who loved the SF of the Hinchcliffe era – which matched ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘Quatermass and the Pit’, ‘Out of the Unknown’ and ‘Edge of Darkness’ – which was lauded by the critics in the media and in SF circles by Michael Moorecock, Harlan Ellison, ect, ect……was that it was so awful – like having the nadir of the Star Trek segment ‘Spock’s Brain’ perpetually foisted on us season upon season that it made it long term fans embarrassed and shamed. And there is really nothing worse. Another negative is that it devalued the show in the long run. It’s one thing to have a poor Graham Williams era of only three years and quite another to have a whole decade stack up huge amounts of episodes that would put of future fans if they catch it at the wrong juncture of it’s repeated runs. Even Star Trek only had a really lamentable third season. Nor did JNT ever come close to accidently doing that one debatable classic, such as ‘City of Death’, Holmes brilliant finale for Davidson having that god-awful Magna panto-thingy. He should have been sacked or the show cancelled along time before the end. All the whilst JNT regaled dwindling crowds at the bar and avoided scrutiny by critics. It was the era, after Williams, akin to getting rid of Nero and finding a tenacious Caligula with his tentacles wrapped around the show.

    So to be fair to JNT, he didn’t live in the same world as Hinchliffe, he lived in another universe. He would have been better suited to something like ‘Teletubbies’.

    • I might have taken this response more seriously, if the poster had known how to the name of the fifth person to play the Doctor.

  5. I apologise for the intelligence of my comments, I forgot that you are a fan of JNT.

    Anyway, what an idiotic response! Because of 4am early morning – contacts chucked away misspelling, you are unable to articulate anything in defence of one of the silliest comments I’ve come across concerning the original show (that JNT was the best of producers and the…). You may take note that your sentence above is grammatically incorrect, missing the word ‘spell’.

    Didn’t mean to pierce a thin skin.


    • That wasn’t me. I’m difbrook, not Haunted Bathroom. I haven’t managed to respond to your comments yet, but thank you for taking the time to read and respond. I will say for now though that I’m not a fan of JN-T as such, just someone who is trying to see the good in what he did as well as the bad. It’s all too easy to be swamped in negativity if you’re a Who fan. Thanks again for commenting – Haunted Bathroom will doubtless be along presently to respond.

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