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Who's behind the Doctor? (1985)

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IN 1968 a young Sussex man joined the B.B.C., and his first assignment was as junior floor manager for the already-successful science fiction series, "Doctor Who."

The first doctor, William Hartnell, had left and a gnome-like Pats. Troughton was busily stamp* his personality on the character.

Now, 17 years later, "Doctor Who" has the distinction of being the longest-running science fiction series in the world, and that young man, John Nathan-Turner, shares the honours of being its longest-serving producer.

He has put some of his thoughts and experiences on paper in his first book, a large-format paperback called "Doctor Who - The Tardis Inside Out" (Piccadilly Press, £4.95).

It is not one of the fact-and-figure coffee-table books which have flooded the bookshops in recent years, but is more an affectionate tribute to the stars who have made the series what it is.


Each of the six doctors is featured in separate chapters, and Nathan-Turner reminisces about various happenings associated with each performer, talks about his favourite stories, and charts his and the series' progress through the years.

It is a friendly book, and though it shines the author's obvious affection and interest in the ideas and plots, and especially the people — both performers and technicians are involved in making a TV success.

To back up the words, there are a number of line drawings, and a full set of stunning full-colour illustrations of the six doctors by the talented Bournemouth artist, Andrew Skilleter, who has drawn "Doctor Who" for more than 50 magazine covers, and is well known for his posters and other artwork featuring the doctor.

Since the book went to the printers, however, one cloud has appeared on the horizon — the B.B.C made its controversial decision to put the series on ice for a while.

But fans will know that when the Tardis comes out of time-warp and materializes in our space-time continuum, John Nathan-Turner will be aboard her, directing her passengers towards even greater dimensions of success.

Caption: JOHN NATHAN-TURNER ... an affectionate look at a soaraway television success.

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