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In this previously unpublished interview, Terrance Dicks recalls highlights of his working life away from the Doctor Who television series and novelisations.
Terrance Dicks on location for The Time Warrior in 1973.
The lead characters of Moonbase 3 (1973): Dr Michel Lebrun (Ralph Bates), Dr Helen Smith (Fiona Gaunt), Dr David Caulder (Donald Houston) and Tom Hill (Barry Lowe).

The recent passing of Terrance Dicks has not only robbed us of Doctor Who’s longest serving script editor but also the man who secured the success of the Target novelisations, books that are currently enjoying a nostalgic resurgence in popularity.

Over the years many an interview with Terrance has touched upon his other life – whether as an advertising copywriter, or as scriptwriter of Crossroads, The Avengers and Space: 1999. He also co-devised and script edited Moonbase 3 with producer Barry Letts, a partnership that continued on numerous BBC ‘classic serial’ adaptations. Terrance was a bestselling children’s author, too. All of this was often alluded to but rarely talked about in any detail. In 2016 I met up with Terrance at his favourite Chinese restaurant in Hampstead to discuss various aspects of this ‘other life’. As he said to me in an email confirming our meeting: “Wonderful, I look forward to it. No one ever asks me about the other stuff!”

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY! The celebratory issue comes with: • A 32-PAGE SUPPLEMENT featuring an index of DWM and its sister publications, from 1979 to the present day. • A DOWNLOAD CODE for 11 complete hour-long audio adventures from Big Finish. Other highlights of this issue include: • Exclusive interviews with showrunners Chris Chibnall, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. • Doctor Who Weekly’s founding editor Dez Skinn and its original features writer Jeremy Bentham reunite to discuss the magazine’s earliest days. • Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell pays tribute to his friend and mentor Terrance Dicks. • A previously unpublished interview with Terrance Dicks, in which he remembers his working life away from Doctor Who. • Highlights from the original, unpublished manuscript of The Eight Doctors, Terrance’s first commission for BBC Books’ range of original Doctor Who novels. • Professional Doctor Who fiction writers select highlights of Terrance’s Target novelisations and other books. • A look back at how readers’ views of Doctor Who episodes, as expressed in DWM’s Season Survey results, have evolved over the last four decades. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1979 story The Creature from the Pit. • A fiendishly difficult quiz, all about the first 40 years of Doctor Who Magazine. • Part Two of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • Audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more! PLEASE NOTE: THIS DIGITAL MAGAZINE DOES NOT COME WITH THE DVD AVAILABLE WITH PHYSICAL COPIES OF DWM 544