“Ce n’est pas plane pour moi” – Eric Saward as Doctor Who Script . the programme’s situation by having the Doctor on trial by his own race. Is the original Robert Holmes script for Episode 14 of ‘Trial of a died before he finished writing the story so Eric Saward finished it off and as. The part Trial of a Timelord took place because the BBC’s first the fractious relationship between JN-T and script editor Eric Saward.

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He is best known as the script editor on the BBC television series Doctor Who from untilfor which he also wrote several stories. His career as a scriptwriter began with drama for radio while he was working as a teacher.

Eric Saward – Wikipedia

Later he was able to cross into full-time writing. Tria was approached by then Doctor Who script editor Christopher H. Bidmead to submit some ideas to the series on the strength of a recommendation from the senior drama script editor at BBC Radio.

He received a commission to write the story The Visitation. This in tfial led to his appointment as script editor on the recommendation of Antony Rootwho had briefly replaced Bidmead. In addition to his role as script editor, Saward also wrote the television stories EarthshockResurrection of the Daleks [1] and Revelation of the Daleks.

“Ce n’est pas plane pour moi” – Eric Saward as Doctor Who Script Editor

He has claimed in interviews that he also performed uncredited writing duties, over and above that normally expected of a script editor, on The AwakeningThe Twin DilemmaAttack of the Cybermen and The Trial of a Time Lordamongst others. Not all of these claims have been substantiated by other sources. Saward’s other Who writings include the short story Birth of a Renegade in the special magazine published by Radio Times at the time of The Five Doctorsthe 20th Anniversary Special’ and Starlog Press in the United States and the radio play Slipback which was broadcast on Radio 4.


His two Dalek stories remain the only stories from the classic Doctor Who series from -never novelized, while Earthshock was novelised by Ian Marter.

Saward aroused controversy in because many of the stories of Colin Baker ‘s first season in the role contained numerous scenes of graphic violence and darker themes, which many commentators felt was inappropriate scrupt a programme aimed at a family audience the season featured acid baths, hangings, cell mutation experiments, executions by laser, cannibalism, poisonings, stabbings, suffocation by cyanide and a man having his hands crushed.

Unlike the criticism of violence levelled against the series by Mary Whitehouse erjc the Philip Hinchcliffe era, disapproval this time came from members of the general public and some Doctor Who fans, as well as Whitehouse. BBC 1 controller Michael Grade publicly criticised the violence featured in Colin Baker’s first season and claimed it was one of his reasons for putting the series on an month hiatus from until Saward defended these scenes, claiming they were intended to be dramatic and intended to warn audiences against real-world violence.

Saward had a sometimes strained relationship with Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turnerwhich gave rise to occasional tensions behind the scenes. Saward often objected to Nathan-Turner’s insistence on hiring inexperienced Doctor Who writers, which led to Saward having to work hard, not always successfully, on unsuitable scripts submitted by inexperienced writers.

Saward was eventually able to bring veteran writer Robert Holmes back to the series and they became friends before his death. He had disagreed with Nathan-Turner’s casting of Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and, following the hiatus, problems peaked during the production of The Trial of a Time Lord in the middle of when he resigned as script editor before the completion of production.


Nevertheless, Saward’s erif with the show continued and in scripr s he wrote linking narration for Doctor Who audio releases of missing episodes. More recently he has appeared in interviews on DVDs of his serials. In his personal life, Saward lived in the Netherlands for three years where he was briefly married. He also had a relationship with fellow writer Paula Woolsey for a number of years.

He has two daughters named Natasha and Marielle. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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