Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Pip Madeley Guest

    Default RIP Johnny Byrne (1935-2008)

    Sad news - Johnny Byrne died yesterday. He wrote three Doctor Who stories during the 80s (The Keeper of Traken, Arc of Infinity & Warriors of the Deep) and worked on other shows including Space: 1999 and All Creatures Great And Small.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    Posts
    17,646

    Default

    Poor old Johnny Byrne. RIP.
    Pity. I have no understanding of the word. It is not registered in my vocabulary bank. EXTERMINATE!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Torquay
    Posts
    4,613

    Default

    Oh dear - that's a shame! I enjoyed his stories (Warriors notwithstanding) and also his contributions to the DVD releases.

    RIP Johnny.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Bracknell, Berks
    Posts
    29,179

    Default

    Oh my. That's very sad news, especially as he;d seemed so well and full of life on the DVD releases and the recent Cult of All Creatures.

    RIP Johnny.

    Si xx

    I've just got my handcuffs and my truncheon and that's enough.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Sawbridgeworth
    Posts
    25,126

    Default

    I didn't like any of his stories in Doctor Who, but he was at the very least a prolific and well-respected author, and will always be a significant part of the Whoniverse, having created favourite icons like Nyssa, The Myrka and the Ergon.

    Rest in peace.

    Si.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Zummerzet
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    One Day, I shall come back, Yes, I shall come back,
    Until them, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties, Just go forward in all your beliefs,
    and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Valhalla.
    Posts
    15,389

    Default

    I like his stories even if I'm not keen on their on-screen realisations, (yes Warriors, I'm looking at you!).

    Always a shame to hear of these things.

    R.I.P Johnny.

  8. #8
    Captain Tancredi Guest

    Default

    I'm very fond of the autograph he put in my copy of the 'Warriors' novelisation. Quoting from memory, it's something like "To Ian, to sign a copy of a book about 'Warriors', a story which promised greatly but disappointed for a number of reasons. Best wishes, Johnny Byrne".

    While I don't think his scripts are exactly in the top rank (and some appear to have needed a fair bit of rewriting by all accounts), they're certainly well-constructed, especially when you consider that every time he was asked to include elements from the series' mythology in his stories (not to mention an "oh, can you stick Amsterdam in there too, Johnny? Ta.". As it happens I've been watching 'Warriors' this week, and while the weaknesses in the execution are there for all to see, on paper it's a solid base-under-siege story and a good one for Peter Davison too- the Doctor is vulnerable, fallible and continually having to weigh individual human and Silurian lives against the extinction of the human race.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Loughton
    Posts
    11,322

    Default

    The Keeper Of Traken is one of my favourites, so this is very sad to hear.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Sawbridgeworth
    Posts
    25,126

    Default

    We might have to cook Kipper of Traken tomorrow in honour.

    Si.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Wokingham
    Posts
    7,947

    Default

    yet another one of the Doctor Who community sadly dies ..

    R I P

Similar Threads

  1. Film 2008/09
    By Ralph in forum Film and Television
    Replies: 392
    Last Post: 16th Jul 2009, 1:30 AM
  2. Eurovision 2008
    By P-Bal in forum Music
    Replies: 245
    Last Post: 4th Jun 2008, 8:59 PM
  3. Johnny Depp Daughter "seriously ill"
    By Si Hunt in forum Film and Television
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 28th Mar 2007, 11:24 PM
  4. Johnny Cash
    By Carol Baynes in forum Music
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 6th Feb 2007, 5:09 PM