Sauron was obsessed with being as dark and edgy as possible and got the show cancelled by being so fucking xXxHARDCORExXx. "Edgy" here defined as "Look at these men with guns, aren't they just so cool? Imagine if one of them betrayed the other, that would be awesome. Oh, and the Doctor does fuck-all and can barely keep himself and his companions alive." This theme only worked in The Caves Of Andro-zany, notably written by an actually good writer who had actually lived an edgy, dark, serious life.
IRL Drama Edit
Saward was (apparently) always trying to get the classic writers back again but JNT didn't want any "old farts" writing for the show anymore, especially not old farts who ruined JNT's headcanon. Saward managed to get Terrance Dicks for The Five Doctors and later Robert Holmes for Androzani. Saward and Holmes became friendly and worked on The Trial of a Time Lord arc together. Holmes fell ill and died while writing his final Doctor Who story The Ultimate Foe leaving Saward to complete the final episode based on his outline.
The original ending was a massive cliffhanger and JNT wanted to change it. Saward felt it was disrespectful to Holmes (well the guy had just fucking died) so he quit the show and pulled the episode. JNT hired Pip and Jane Baker at the last minute who wrote an entirely different
pile of steaming shit final episode in three days. It now had a happy ending plus it featured some bullshit about Peri getting married to Brian Blessed instead of dying horribly like she did in Mindwarp.
I quite liked his episodes. Fuck Eric Saward in his fat fucking ass.
Admittedly, the more involved JNT and Ian Levine were involved in his episodes (I'm shitting you not about Ian Levine, he was something of a story consultant), the more the episodes sucked, suggesting that some of the idiotic qualities of these episodes were not Eric Saward's fault.
- After quitting the show, Saward gave an infamous interview to Starburst magazine where he spilled the beans on JNT.
- Eric Saward seems to believe that the Meddling Monk is the Master and the War Chief is not, even though the only canonical thing that prevents the War Chief from being the Master is that it seems to be implied that the Doctor was the War Chief's upper-classman, or senpai, whereas the Master was implied to have been the Doctor's senpai, but by contrast, the belief that the Monk could be the Master has so many problems that Big Finish writers said "fuck it" and made him a separate character.
- Saward’s favorite snack is a chocolate hobnob.