Johnny Byrne

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Original Creator: as Nyssa created by: Logopolis(uncredited); Castrovalva(uncredited); Four To Doomsday(uncredited); Kinda(uncredited); The Visitation(uncredited); Black Orchid(uncredited); Time-Flight(uncredited); Snakedance(uncredited); Mawdryn Undead(uncredited); Terminus(uncredited)
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Johnny Byrne

Born: Wednesday 27th November 1935
Died: Wednesday 2nd April 2008 (age: 72)


Johnny Byrne was an Irish writer and script editor for the BBC. 

In the 1960s he worked as a literary editor, and wrote poetry and short stories which were published in Science Fantasy magazine. His other works include Groupie (1969, co-written with Jenny Fabian), Season Of The Witch (1971), and the scripts for the films Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall (1972), and Rosie Is My Relative (1976). 

In 1986 he took on the role of script editor of the series All Creatures Great and Small based on the books of James Herriot.  He wrote for the vet series One by One . He created the series Noah's Ark and wrote many of the episodes for the two series. He also created the series Heartbeat (loosely based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea) and was the main script writer for 17 series from 1992 to 2007.

Byrne was the most prolific script contributor to the first season of Space: 1999 (1973�75), and was initially given the assignment of story consultant for the second season (1976�77).

In 1981 he made his first contribution to Doctor Who with s The Keeper of Traken (1981), which resurrected the character of the Master. For the same story, Byrne created the character of Nyssa, who later became one of the Doctor's companions.

His second story, Arc of Infinity (1983), featured the areturn of Omega, who had previously appeared in The Three Doctors. His last screened story was Warriors of the Deep (1984) which brought back the Silurians and the Sea Devils. 

He wrote the script for a Doctor Who movie in 1990, but due to a legal dispute between the BBC and the film production company, his script went unused.