Downie died on 19 January 2006, having survived Nathan-Turner who died in 2002. Gary Downie shared a home with Nathan-Turner in Saltdean, Brighton. Downie was the author of the mid 1980s book The Doctor Who Cookbook. Many Doctor Who celebrities donated recipes to the volume including Ian Marter and Lalla Ward.
In Richard Marson's book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (2013) Marson alleges Downie sexually assaulted him, and details other accusations of inappropriate behaviour by Nathan-Turner and Downie, during the former's period as the series' producer.
Gary Downie was a production manager on many 1980s episodes of the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, and partner of its producer John Nathan-Turner. Gary Downie shared a home with Nathan-Turner in Saltdean, Brighton. Downie died on 19 January 2006, having survived Nathan-Turner who died in 2002. Downie spoke, in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, of his time with Nathan-Turner.
John Nathan-Turner (born John Turner, 12 August 1947 – 1 May 2002) was the ninth producer of the long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, from 1980 until it was effectively cancelled in 1989. He is to date the longest-serving Doctor Who producer.
Nathan-Turner was in poor health in the last year of his life. He contracted an infection and died of liver failure just over a year before the announcement by the BBC that the show would be revived, with new episodes to air beginning in 2005. Openly gay, Nathan-Turner was survived by his long-term partner, Gary Downie, a production manager on Doctor Who. Downie died on 19 January 2006. Downie spoke, in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, of his time with Nathan-Turner.
Nathan-Turner lived for many years in London with a home also in Saltdean, Brighton.
Richard Marson's book, The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (2013), alleges inappropriate sexual behavior on Nathan-Turner's part. It claims Nathan-Turner and his partner, Gary Downie, were preying on male teenage fans during his period as producer of the series. The age of consent for gay males at the time was 21 in the UK.
The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner by Richard Marson
Publisher: Miwk Publishing Ltd (May 31, 2013)
Amazon: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner
For more than a decade, John Nathan-Turner, or JN-T as he was more often known, was in charge of every major artistic and practical decision affecting the world's longest-running science fiction programme, Doctor Who. Richard Marson brings his dramatic, farcical, sometimes scandalous, and often moving story 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 and those from whom he became estranged. The author has also had access to all of Nathan-Turner's surviving archive of paperwork and photos, many of which appear here for the first time.
381 pp. Color and b&w illustrations.
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