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Shortly before we went to press, the sad news reached us that Terrance Dicks had died at the age of 84. Our inbox has been flooded with your tributes to the beloved writer and script editor.

UNCLE TERRANCE

►JEREMY BENTHAM EMAIL ‘Uncle Terrance’ is with us no more. Farewell then to one of the absolute greats of Doctor Who, whose novelisations ignited so many imaginations all around the world.

In answer to one of his children asking, after one mega-Doctor Who convention, if their father was famous, Terrance modestly responded along the lines of, “Yes, I suppose I am, but only among a small segment of the population.”

I can’t help but feel that segment will prove to be so much greater in number and greater in its sincere appreciation than even he could conceive. The light of Terrance Dicks’ many contributions to Doctor Who will never fade so long as that loyal fan base continues to celebrate its roots and origins.

►BRIAN MINCHIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, DOCTOR WHO, 2013-17) EMAIL As script editor and producer we’d sometimes say to writers not to drown in the detail of a five-page outline. Capture the excitement of the back of a Target novel – the rest will follow! Of course I realise now we were saying “Be more like Terrance Dicks.” The clarity! The sense of adventure! His books and writing brought so much to so many, me included, and carried the show into so many hearts. It’s an amazing achievement. I think Doctor Who was lucky to have a writer like Terrance Dicks. He put all his craft into this bonkers, lovely show, and he wrote it in a way that everyone else could love it too.

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