John Nathan-Turner died on Wednesday May 1, 2002
, at Brighton
's Hove Hospital
following a "short illness" (terminally short).
Known to his fans as JNT, Nathan-Turner was the longest-serving producer of the sci-fi
series Doctor Who
. He was 54.
He began working on the programme as a floor assistant in 1969 when Patrick Troughton
was the second Doctor
, and became producer at the end of Tom Baker
's reign as the fourth incarnation of the Time Lord
Mr Nathan-Turner produced a total of 130 episodes of the show and was responsible for casting Peter Davison
, Colin Baker
and Sylvester McCoy
as the fifth, sixth and seventh Doctors.
He also produced All Creatures Great and Small
, and Nicholas Nickleby