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IMPOSTOR

A long-lost ITV production from 1962 offers tantalising clues about some of the most influential episodes in Doctor Who’s history.
The cover illustration from the July 1962 edition of New Worlds Science Fiction magazine. Out of This World host Boris Karloff is pictured in Carter’s laboratory set, alongside the city dome model. An article inside the magazine claimed that “Everyone at [ABC’s] Teddington Studios from Sydney Newman down is enthusiastic over this experiment.”
Writer Terry Nation with one of his famous creations in 1964.

Scriptwriter Terry Nation is rightly recognised as one of television’s great innovators for his contributions not just to Doctor Who (for which he invented the Daleks) but also to many other series. His best work displays a genuinely fertile imagination, but we must also acknowledge the fact that part of his genius lay in his choice of inspiration – and in his ability to revisit and repurpose his own earlier work.

Many of Nation’s literary influences are plain, with HG Wells’ most famous works feeding very obviously into his earliest Doctor Who scripts. Nation’s first Dalek serial, The Mutants (aka The Daleks, 1963-64), draws on The Time Machine (as, inevitably, several other Doctor Who stories do). Similarly, it’s easy to draw parallels between his script for The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) and The War of the Worlds. Other influences can be found in the pulp reading matter of his boyhood and the films he watched while growing up. As for Nation’s ability to recycle his own material, this tendency can be seen in several of his scripts, perhaps most notably Planet of the Daleks (1973), which reprises several scenarios from his 1960s Dalek tales.

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Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself. This lavish publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive features, including a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.