Terrance Dicks, a beloved author who ceaselessly contributed to the world of Doctor Who, has died at the age of 84. According to The Agency, Dicks handed away on Thursday, August 29th, after a brief sickness.
Dicks acquired his begin within the writing world after being discharged from the armed forces, sending radio play scripts to the BBC in between working as an promoting copywriter. Alongside Malcolm Hulke, he ended up co-writing a number of episodes of the action-adventure collection The Avengers. Dicks was introduced on to Doctor Who as an assistant script editor in 1968, and was promoted to move script editor that following yr.
While contributed to and re-wrote earlier Who serials, his first co-writing credit score on the present was the long-lasting 10-part serial The War Games, which was the primary to introduce the idea of Time Lords.
Dicks went on to jot down a prolific variety of Who episodes, together with Robot (the primary episode involving Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor), The Brains of Morbius, Horror of Fang Rock, and State of Decay. His closing episode for the present was the 20th-anniversary particular The Five Doctors.
Dicks additionally wrote a number of stage performs and audio dramas centered round Who, and prominently labored on over 60 of the Who tie-in novels revealed by Target Books. He went on to contribute to Virgin Publishing’s Who novels, which had been revealed after the collection was first canceled in 1989. His most up-to-date novels concerned David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.
“I’ve always said that the reason for its success is its variety.” Dicks mentioned in a 2013 interview with The Register. “The show constantly undergoes change, whether major or minor – getting a new Doctor, the changing companions – and if it’s working it just carries you along. It evolves like a living thing, in fact, but the continuity and the central thread of the show is the Doctor, who is always the Doctor, with the same characteristics and attitudes, ideals and morals.”
Outside of the world of Doctor Who, Dicks’ tv work contains Crossroads, Moonbase 3, and Sunday Classics. He additionally was a prolific youngsters’s guide creator. Dicks is survived by his spouse Elsa and his three youngsters.
Our ideas exit to Dicks’ household, buddies, and followers.