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Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) was the writer of a number of backup features for Doctor Who Magazine during the earlier phase of his career. He left the title alongside fellow writer Steve Moore (no relation), after Steve Moore heard from group editor Paul Neary that DWM editor Alan McKenzie was taking one of his strips without his knowledge. (McKenzie has denied ever doing so) Steve Moore has said this was "a wonderful gesture of support that was remarkable for someone at that early a stage in their career". 
He was later regarded as the most acclaimed comic book writer of all time and[source needed] profoundly influenced late 1980s Doctor Who era Script Editor Andrew Cartmel, who asked him to submit story ideas to him. Scenes from Moore's The Ballad of Halo Jones had an influence on the Doctor Who stories Paradise Towers, Dragonfire and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy as Cartmel had shown Ballad to script writers as an example of the style of story he wanted to, in part, emulate. [source needed]