If only the Witch Queen of ‘Ang ‘Em had still been around to savour the moment. Looks like the exquisite timing (too late for Mrs Whitehouse, just in time for the 50th anniversary) of Richard Marson’s book on JNT is starting to attract media attention. There have been reviews of it here in The Guardian and here in The Mail and another in Private Eye this week (see below). Both concentrating on the book’s more salacious chapters.
I see that we’re being spun the line that it’s typically shallow and cynical of the media to concentrate on what comprises only a single chapter of the book. Maybe if the author had wanted his work to be reviewed as an artistic whole rather than in part, it was unwise of him to give it the title “J.N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner”. If you’re going to try to manipulate sales by drawing attention in the very title to the book’s more salacious chapters, you can hardly cry foul if that’s what media reviews concentrate on. How about calling it “J.N-T: The Life and Times of a Doctor Who Producer”?