Coming Soon: Totally Tasteless – The Life of John Nathan-Turner

After suffering some unwanted and unjustified press coverage during its originally release, Miwk Publishing will be releasing Totally Tasteless: The of Life John Nathan-Turner, Richard Marson’s biography of Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner, this December.

Richard Marson brings his dramatic, farcical, sometimes scandalous, often moving story of ‘JN-T’ – the man behind every important artistic decision in Doctor Who from 1980 to 1989 – to life with the benefit of his own inside knowledge and the fruits of over 100 revealing interviews with key friends and colleagues, those John loved to those from whom he became estranged.

Marson said of the book:

“I think that anyone who has read the book will have gained a much deeper understanding of the pressures John was under and the singularly unfair hand he was dealt in the last 15 years of his life. It’s powerfully tragic but also reveals John’s many qualities”.


This new edition includes an additional chapter chronicling the fraught run up to publication and the subsequent media storm using Richard’s diaries, emails and social media interactions to establish a timeline of media interest.

Marson explains:

“Rather than just reprint the original, we felt that there was an opportunity to add some context and detail about the extraordinary reaction which greeted the initial publication. It was fascinating to revisit.”

The book has been re-titled – The original title was JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner – to Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan-Turner and is in a new, larger format with some additional images from John’s archive.

This new edition also comes with a cover by Target cover artist Andrew Skilleter which is as bold and colourful as John Nathan-Turner himself.


For Miwk, this reissue was an opportunity to do things differently. After inheriting the book from another publisher and with an advertised release date looming, some of the decisions – including the original title of the book – were rushed.

Marson agrees:

“The original title was unhelpful and only came about because the original publishers didn’t like any of my alternatives. Totally Tasteless was one of my first and preferred suggestions; it is camp, tongue in cheek and I think John would have approved!”

The new chapter covers this period and the whole creative process from inception in 2010 to publication in 2013 and beyond.

Marson adds:

“I think it will provide comprehensive answers to anyone curious about the thinking behind the book, the challenges of putting it together and the controversy around its first appearance. Hopefully it’s entertaining too – I’d forgotten much of it!

You can pre-order Totally Tasteless: The of Life John Nathan-Turner by Richard Marson from Miwk Publishing now for £14.99 for release in December 2016.