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In 1989 the BBC killed off #DoctorWho. The corporation said the series was being 'rested'; the fans suspected it was dead as an Adric. But then an unlikely saviour emerged to carry #DrWho through the wilderness years.

This is the story of the Virgin New Adventures...
Both Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell, BBC Directors in the 1980s, disliked #DoctorWho. They felt it was outdated, violent and cheap-looking. Ratings were awful, exacerbated by terrible scheduling. Relations with producer John Nathan-Turner had also hit rock bottom.
Grade had already paused the series in 1985, and insisted Colin Baker leave the show in 1987. By 1989, with Nathan-Turner ready to leave and script editor Andrew Cartmel already gone, Jonathan Powell pulled the plug on the whole thing.
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