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Terrance Dicks 1935-2019

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Terrance Dicks – Doctor Who script editor, writer and author of over 60 Target novelisations – has died at the age of 84.

The announcement came from Dicks’ agency on Monday 2 September, following his death on 29 August. There have been countless tributes from fans, friends and colleagues, including a statement from current Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.

“The lights of Doctor Who are dimmer tonight, with the passing of Terrance Dicks”, Chibnall wrote. “He was one of the greatest contributors to Doctor Who’s history, on screen and o As writer and script editor, he was responsible for some of the show’s greatest moments and iconic creations. As the most proli­ c and brilliant adaptor of Doctor Who stories into Target novels, he was responsible for a range of books that taught a generation of children, myself included, how pleasurable and accessible and thrilling reading could be.

Doctor Who was lucky to have his talents. He will always be a legend of the show. Everyone working on Doctor Who sends his family and friends our love and condolences at this di. cult time.”

Dicks began his television career in the 1960s, writing for shows such The Avengers and Crossroads. In 1968 he joined the Doctor Who production team as script editor, eventually overseeing more than 150 episodes. Alongside producer Barry Letts, he created a new nemesis for the Doctor, the Master, who made his debut in 1971’s Terror of the Autons.

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