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The strange thing about television is that it doesn't *tell* you everything. It *shows* you everything about life for nothing, but the true mysteries remain. Perhaps it's in the nature of television. Just waves in space.
~ Thomas Jerome Newton

Thomas Jerome Newton is the main protagonist/anti-hero of the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, its 1976 film adaptation and its 1987 television adaptation (though in the latter, his name was changed to John Dory) and is a main character in its 2022 TV series.

He is portrayed by the late David Bowie in the 1976 film, Lewis Smith in the 1987 television adaptation and Bill Nighy (who also portrayed Grandsanta) in the 2022 series.


Thomas is an alien who travels to Earth and arrives in New Mexico in order to take water from it in order to save his home planet, which is suffering from a catastrophic drought. He starts a brief relationship with a woman named Betty Jo (Mary-Lou in the 1976 film and Eva Milton in the 1987 adaptation). He is later arrested and detained by the government who put him in a luxury prison. They later experiment on Thomas and at one point, X-Ray his eyes, which causes his contact lenses (which are part of his human disguise) to fuse with his own eyes.

Years later, Thomas discovers that his prison is derelict and escapes. With his wife and children on his home planet now dead, Thomas remains on Earth and creates a recording with alien messages which he hopes will broadcast on radio and his planet.