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Sophie Aldred recalls how John Nathan-Turner changed her life – and, after a bumpy start, became one of her closest friends.

‘‘It’s extraordinary, really”, says Sophie Aldred, reflecting on her enduring and – on the surface, at least – unlikely friendship with John Nathan-Turner. “You probably couldn’t get two more opposite people. I didn’t drink, I didn’t smoke, I didn’t particularly party that hard, but somehow… I guess opposites attract.”

Not at first, they didn’t. By her own admission, Sophie got offto a rocky start with her producer when she joined the TARDIS as the incendiary, bovverbooted teenage misfit Ace. “I don’t think he understood me very well, initially”, she says. “I’d been to Manchester University, I was quite political, I had hairy armpits… I was quite feisty, I guess. I don’t think he got me at all. He was much more ‘eyes and teeth’ – Kate O’Mara, Joan Collins, Bonnie Langford… I don’t think I fitted into his idea of what a woman was, really.”

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THE JOHN NATHAN-TURNER LEGACY A new perspective on Doctor Who’s longest-serving producer, featuring previously unseen images from his own scrapbooks! Highlights of this issue include: • Former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel describes working with John Nathan-Turner. • Sophie Aldred explains how JNT changed her life. • Stephen Cranford on what it was like to know JNT as a friend. • Writer Philip Martin and actor Nabil Shaban reveal Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor. • Composer Richard Hartley on recreating his score for 1986’s ‘Mindwarp’. • An investigation into the deepest mysteries of regeneration. • Your at-a-glance guide to Doctor Who’s post-regeneration stories. • An interview with the creators of the new VR game The Edge of Time. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2017 story Knock Knock. • DWM’s verdict on Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23. • Part One of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!