In 1987, Andrew Cartmel took over as Script Editor of Doctor Who,
and immediately began to plan how to revitalise a tv series which some
in the higher echelons of the BBC thought of as moribund and ripe for a
With one script already commissioned before he replaced Eric Saward
in the role, the very first televised adventure in Cartmel’s now
legendary Masterplan was Paradise Towers, written by newcomer Stephen Wyatt.
At various times, Paradise Towers has been described at the
story which introduced camp into the show, the source of swimming pool
phobia, and the first step back from the brink for the series in terms
of quality story telling. Obviously, no matter how good it – and the
stories which followed – were, it wasn’t able to prevent the 1989
cancellation, but it’s a story in such high, and ever increasing,
regard, that 2021 has seen the launch of a successful comic series, with
audios and a Black Archive to follow soon.
And later this year, Obverse will present a further set of tales set
in the Towers, fully licensed from, and with a new story by, Paradise Towers creator, Stephen Wyatt.
Join our writers in a trip to Kroagnon’s great masterpiece…