John Lucarotti

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John Lucarotti
BornJohn Vincent Lucarotti
20 May 1926
Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK
Died20 November 1994 (aged 68)
Paris, France

John Vincent Lucarotti[1] (20 May 1926 – 20 November 1994)[1] was a British screenwriter.


Lucarotti began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, writing on over 200 various scripts for them as well as for Canadian television.[1] He then moved back to England where he had a prolific career. He created the television series Operation Patch (later novelised), The Ravelled Thread, and The Panther's Leap. He wrote six episodes for The Avengers (one episode however was a rewrite of a script by Gerald Verner), thirty-two episodes for The Troubleshooters and contributed fifteen episodes to the BBC's Doctor Who in the 1960s, the three serials: Marco Polo, The Aztecs and The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve.[1]

He subsequently novelised his scripts for Target Books.[1] He contributed a script for what ultimately became the 1975 serial The Ark in Space, but it was rewritten by script editor Robert Holmes and Lucarotti received no on-screen credit.[1]


Lucarotti died in Paris on 20 November 1994 at age 68 of spinal cancer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ainsworth, John, ed. (2016). "Doctor Who - The Complete History". Vol. 2 no. 32. London, UK: Hachette Partworks. pp. 82–83. ISSN 2057-6048.

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