I’ve just learned that Michael Grade hates Doctor Who so much that when he came back to the BBC in 2004 as Chairman, he had Director General Mark Thompson actually ask Jane Tranter (at the time Controller of Drama Commissioning and one of the people responsible for making New Who happen) if they could stop production.
If you didn’t think every Who fan ever should hate this man before, you had better now
I had to source check this, and it turns out that Jane Tranter defied Grade and deliberately lied about audience research to stop him from pulling the plug again.
So Doctor Who fans ought to celebrate Jane Tranter as one of the people who stuck her neck out to save Doctor Who:
Finding that article (while looking for info on Tranter) is actually what led me to hunt down the DWM :D It’s a really fascinating article/interview.
It’s unfortunate - Jane Tranter’s contributions to the resurrection of Who are seriously undervalued by fandom, if not often overlooked altogether (same with Lorraine Heggessey and, to a lesser extent, Julie Gardner).