Terrence Dicks has died after a short illness. The writer and former Doctor Who Script Editor’s agent confirmed this sad news earlier today.
Known as one of the original Doctor Who screenwriters. Terence Dicks did so much more than just write for Doctor Who. In fact, he transcended the series and authored novels based on the episodes as well as a number of original ‘Doctor Who’ stories, the last of which titled ‘Save Yourself’ will be out next month as part of the BBC Books’ Doctor Who: The Target Storybook.
Held in high regard by fans. Terrance Dicks writing has been of massive inspiration to all who follows him and he will be hugely missed by all.
Niel Gaiman, who penned a couple of Doctor Who episodes took to Twitter and said: “I remember reading his and Malcolm Hulke’s book THE MAKING OF DOCTOR WHO when I was eleven or twelve, and deciding then that I would one day write an episode of Doctor Who, because they had shown me how. RIP Terrance Dicks.”
Dicks was the writer and script editor on over 35 Doctor Who episodes between 1968 and 1983. These stories included the 20th Aniversary Five Doctors story, which is still much loved and watched to this day by Doctor Who fans worldwide. The story would reunite the first five actors to play the timelord.
Between 1968 and 1974 the writer penned over 150 Doctor Who installments, which would cover both Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee eras of the series, but it would be the work he did on the Pertwee installments that would win him much fan regard given that Pertwee’s era of the series revitalized the show, which had been in the doldrums towards the end of Patrick Troughton’s run.
Aside from his work on Doctor Who. Dicks also penned a number of episodes for iconic 1960s and 70s series such as The Avengers, Space 1999 and BBC Televisions Moonbase 3.
Writer James Moran wrote: “TerranceDicks was involved with so many episodes and novelisations of Doctor Who, I think he was actually a Time Lord himself.
“So he’s not dead, he’s just regenerated. One of the people most responsible for my childhood (and continuing childhood) love of the show. RIP.”
While attending a small convention a number of years back. I was fortunate enough to meet Terrence Dicks and found him to be an extremely enthusiastic, warm and humble man, who obviously loved Doctor Who and his time writing for the show.
We at SciFiPulse are deeply saddened by the loss of this leading light in the Doctor Who community but know in our hearts that he will live on through his many stories and episodes of the series.