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|Main jobs:||Writer, script editor|
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Terrance Dicks, whom fans have long affectionately called "Uncle Terry", script edited the Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee eras of Doctor Who and wrote many Doctor Who episodes, novels and novelisations.
Terrance Dicks began his long association with Doctor Who in 1968, when he joined the production team during the Second Doctor story The Invasion. He soon began writing scripts for the series. His first notable work was The War Games, an epic, ten-episode collaboration with Malcolm Hulke.
Dicks served as script editor through the Jon Pertwee era. He handed the reins to Robert Holmes with the coming of Tom Baker. Dicks continued to supply scripts for the series under his name and pseudonyms, specifically "Robin Bland" which was used when too many changes were made to his script for The Brain of Morbius.
At roughly the same time, he submitted what would become State of Decay to the Doctor Who production office. It remained unproduced for several years as the BBC had recently produced a new version of Dracula. His final script for televised Doctor Who was for the twentieth anniversary story The Five Doctors.
In 1973, Dicks, along with other writers from the TV series, were commissioned by Target Books to write novelisations adapting TV episodes. Over the next two decades, Dicks became the most prolific author of the line. He was editor of the range at one point. In later years, when Target adopted the policy of commissioning the original teleplay writers to novelise their works, Dicks became the "go-to guy" when the original teleplay writer was deceased, unable or unwilling to adapt their work in book form.
The Target Books line was retired in the early 1990s. Dicks wrote original novels for virtually every line of Doctor Who fiction, with notable exceptions being Virgin Missing Adventures, Telos Publishing, Big Finish Productions' Bernice Summerfield series of books and the current hardcover series of BBC Books novels, although he has written two entries in the Quick Reads novella series.
He also co-wrote The Making of Doctor Who, the first non-fiction book about the series.
In 2007, after a hiatus of seventeen years, Dicks returned to writing episode novelisations by adapting Invasion of the Bane for a new series of novelisations based upon The Sarah Jane Adventures, published by Penguin Character Books.
Although most closely associated with Doctor Who, Dicks has also worked on other projects, such as a mid-1970s series of novels featuring the adventures of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Dicks has written novels and novelisations featuring every incarnation of the Doctor except the Ninth Doctor. In terms of novelisations, discounting the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, for whom novelisations have not been commissioned, the only Doctor era not receiving the Dicks treatment at some point was the Seventh Doctor (discounting the special case of Shakedown, a partial novelisation of the independent film Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans, which Dicks adapted for the Virgin New Adventures, expanding the story to include the Seventh Doctor).
He also contributed to the charity reference book Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who.
Contributions to the Doctor Who universe Edit
Major characters and concepts created in a Terrance Dicks script or substantially developed by him as script editor include the Time Lords (in The War Games, co-written with Malcolm Hulke), as well as the Master played by Roger Delgado. More minor creations include the Rutans, the War Lord, the Death Zone and Morbius.
Selected credits Edit
Doctor Who Edit
- The War Games (with Malcolm Hulke)
- The Brain of Morbius (re-written substantially by script editor Robert Holmes and credited to the pseudonym Robin Bland)
- Horror of Fang Rock
- State of Decay
- The Five Doctors
Virgin New Adventures Edit
- Timewyrm: Exodus
- Blood Harvest
- Shakedown - (technically an expanded upon novelisation of his Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans)
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures Edit
BBC Past Doctor Adventures Edit
BBC Tenth Doctor Adventures Edit
Quick Reads Edit
Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures Edit
Target novelisations Edit
- Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
- Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks
- Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
- Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
- Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons
- Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders
- The Three Doctors
- Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster
- Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks
- The Revenge of the Cybermen
- Doctor Who and the Web of Fear
- Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks
- Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars
- Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters
- Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth
- Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos
- Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius
- Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil
- Doctor Who and the Mutants
- Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin
- Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang
- Doctor Who and the Face of Evil
- Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock
- Doctor Who and the Time Warrior
- Death to the Daleks
- Doctor Who and the Android Invasion
- Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear
- Doctor Who and the Invisible Enemy
- Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl
- Doctor Who and the Robots of Death
- Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks
- Doctor Who and the Underworld
- Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time
- Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood
- Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara
- Doctor Who and the Power of Kroll
- Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor
- Doctor Who and the Nightmare of Eden
- Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon
- Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon
- Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child
- Doctor Who and the State of Decay
- Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken
- Doctor Who and the Sunmakers
- Four to Doomsday
- Arc of Infinity
- The Five Doctors
- Warriors of the Deep
- The Caves of Androzani
- The Mind of Evil
- The Krotons
- The Time Monster
- The Seeds of Death
- The Faceless Ones
- The Ambassadors of Death
- The Mysterious Planet
- The Wheel in Space
- The Smugglers
- Planet of Giants
- The Space Pirates
Junior Doctor Who Edit
The Sarah Jane Adventures novelisations Edit
- (first edition co-written with Malcolm Hulke; second edition updated and revised by Terrance Dicks alone)
Stage plays Edit
Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories Edit
Big Finish Sarah Jane Smith audio stories Edit
Contributions to the mythos Edit
Major characters and concepts created for or debuting in a Terrance Dicks script include:
- The War Lords
- The Time Lords (first named)
- Gallifrey (not mentioned by name)
- The Fourth Doctor
- Harry Sullivan
- Sisterhood of Karn
- The Rutans
- The Great Vampires
- The Game of Rassilon and the Death Zone.
- Raston Warrior Robot
- Time Scoop
- Eye of Orion
- Internet Movie Database at the