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Terry Nation (1930–1997)

Before becoming a film scriptwriter, Terry Nation was a prolific writer of UK television scripts in both the action and science fiction genres. His scripts are noted for their depth, i.e. they usually have many sub-plots as well as the main plot. As a writer on the BBC's Doctor Who (1963) series, he created the Daleks, the mechanical monsters who ... See full bio »

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Doctor Who
Doctor Who Writer
(1963-1979)
Blake's 7
Blake's 7 Writer
(1978-1981)
Doctor Who
Doctor Who Writer
(2005-2016)
And Soon the Darkness
(1970)

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  Blake's 7 (TV Series) (pre-production)
  Doctor Who (TV Series) (characters: "Daleks" - 13 episodes, 2006 - 2016) (character: "The Daleks" - 4 episodes, 2005 - 2012) (characters: Daleks - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (characters: "Daleks" and "Davros" - 1 episode, 2015) (character "The Daleks" - 1 episode, 2007)
- Friend from the Future (2016) ... (characters: "Daleks")
- Hell Bent (2015) ... (characters: "Daleks")
- The Witch's Familiar (2015) ... (characters: "Daleks")
- The Magician's Apprentice (2015) ... (characters: "Daleks" and "Davros")
- Into the Dalek (2014) ... (characters: "Daleks")
 2010 And Soon the Darkness (1970 film "And Soon the Darkness")
  Survivors (TV Series) (novel "Survivors" - 12 episodes, 2008 - 2010) (original series - 6 episodes, 2010) (series - 6 episodes, 2008)
- Episode #2.6 (2010) ... (novel "Survivors") / (original series - uncredited)
- Episode #2.5 (2010) ... (novel "Survivors") / (original series - uncredited)
- Episode #2.4 (2010) ... (novel "Survivors") / (original series - uncredited)
- Episode #2.3 (2010) ... (novel "Survivors") / (original series - uncredited)
- Episode #2.2 (2010) ... (novel "Survivors") / (original series - uncredited)
 2010 Ian Levine: Mission to the Unknown (Video short)
 2006 Ashens (TV Series) (characters: The Daleks - 1 episode)
- Cybermen Call Centre (2006) ... (characters: The Daleks)
 1998 TV Offal (TV Series) (creator: The Daleks - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... (creator)
 1993 'Doctor Who': Daleks - The Early Years (Video documentary) (archive footage)
 1989 A Fine Romance (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Tomas Crown Affair (1989) ... (writer)
 1986 A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Movie)
 1985 MacGyver (TV Series) (opening gambit written by - 3 episodes)
- Target MacGyver (1985) ... (opening gambit written by)
- Thief of Budapest (1985) ... (opening gambit written by)
- The Golden Triangle (1985) ... (opening gambit written by)
  Blake's 7 (TV Series) (creator - 52 episodes, 1978 - 1981) (written by - 19 episodes, 1978 - 1980)
- Blake (1981) ... (creator)
- Warlord (1981) ... (creator)
- Orbit (1981) ... (creator)
- Gold (1981) ... (creator)
- Sand (1981) ... (creator)
  Doctor Who (TV Series) (written by - 52 episodes, 1963 - 1975) (from an idea by - 6 episodes, 1965 - 1966) (by - 4 episodes, 1979) (Daleks created by - 4 episodes, 1966) (Daleks originated by - 3 episodes, 1972) (characters: "Daleks" - 1 episode, 1972)
- The Android Invasion: Part Four (1975) ... (written by)
 1978 Blake's 7: The Beginning (Video)
  Survivors (TV Series) (creator - 38 episodes, 1975 - 1977) (written by - 7 episodes, 1975)
- Power (1977) ... (creator)
- Long Live the King (1977) ... (creator)
- The Last Laugh (1977) ... (creator)
- The Enemy (1977) ... (creator)
- Sparks (1977) ... (creator)
 1974 Thriller (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Color Him Dead (1974) ... (writer)
 1973-1974 The Protectors (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- A Pocketful of Posies (1974) ... (writer)
- Route 27 (1974) ... (writer)
- Baubles, Bangles and Beads (1973) ... (writer)
- Bagman (1973) ... (writer)
 1973 The House in Nightmare Park (original screenplay)
 1971-1972 The Persuaders! (TV Series) (screenplay - 7 episodes)
- A Death in the Family (1972) ... (screenplay)
- Five Miles to Midnight (1972) ... (screenplay)
- Someone Waiting (1971) ... (screenplay)
- A Home of One's Own (1971) ... (screenplay)
- Someone Like Me (1971) ... (screenplay)
 1970 And Soon the Darkness (original story) / (screenplay)
 1968-1969 The Avengers (TV Series) (teleplay - 6 episodes)
- Take-Over (1969) ... (teleplay)
- Thingumajig (1969) ... (teleplay)
- Take Me to Your Leader (1969) ... (teleplay)
- Legacy of Death (1968) ... (teleplay)
- Noon-Doomsday (1968) ... (teleplay)
 1969 Department S (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Man in the Elegant Room (1969) ... (writer)
- A Cellar Full of Silence (1969) ... (writer)
 1968-1969 The Champions (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Body Snatchers (1969) ... (writer)
- The Fanatics (1968) ... (writer)
  The Saint (TV Series) (screenplay by - 10 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (screenplay - 4 episodes, 1968)
- Where the Money Is (1968) ... (screenplay)
- The Time to Die (1968) ... (screenplay)
- The Desperate Diplomat (1968) ... (screenplay)
- Invitation to Danger (1968) ... (screenplay)
- The Man Who Could Not Die (1965) ... (screenplay by)
  The Baron (TV Series) (screenplay - 10 episodes, 1966 - 1967) (screenplay by - 7 episodes, 1966 - 1967)
- Countdown (1967) ... (screenplay)
- The Man Outside (1967) ... (screenplay)
- Roundabout (1967) ... (screenplay)
- So Dark the Night (1967) ... (screenplay by)
- Night of the Hunter (1967) ... (screenplay)
 1966 Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (from the B.B.C. television serial)
 1965 The Man in a Looking Glass (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 1965 Out of the Unknown (TV Series) (dramatisation - 1 episode)
- The Fox and the Forest (1965) ... (dramatisation)
 1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks (based on the B.B.C. television serial)
  Story Parade (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1964) (dramatized by - 1 episode, 1964)
- The Caves of Steel (1964) ... (writer)
- A Kiss Before Dying (1964) ... (dramatized by)
 1963 Hancock (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Writer (1963) ... (writer)
- The Night Out (1963) ... (writer)
- The Assistant (1963) ... (writer)
 1962 No Hiding Place (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Run for the Sea (1962) ... (writer)
 1962 Out of This World (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Immigrant (1962) ... (writer)
- Botany Bay (1962) ... (writer)
- Impostor (1962) ... (writer)
 1961 What a Whopper (screenplay)
 1959-1960 The Jimmy Logan Show (TV Series) (script - 8 episodes)
- Episode #2.8 (1960) ... (script)
- Episode #2.7 (1960) ... (script)
- Episode #2.6 (1960) ... (script)
- Episode #2.5 (1960) ... (script)
- Episode #2.4 (1960) ... (script)
 1960 And the Same to You (additional material)
 1959 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1959 Hi, Summer! (TV Series) (script - 14 episodes)
- Episode #1.14 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #1.13 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #1.12 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #1.11 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #1.10 (1959) ... (script)
 1958-1959 The Ted Ray Show (TV Series) (script - 7 episodes)
- Episode #6.4 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #6.3 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #6.2 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #6.1 (1959) ... (script)
- Episode #5.3 (1958) ... (script)
 1957 Friday the 13th (TV Movie)
 1956 The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus, issued by St Michael (Marks & Spencers), edited by Terry Nation.

Publicity Listings:

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the success of the Daleks] I suppose it's the fact that it is totally non-humanoid. It has no arms or legs, no facial distinctions, so it's not something that's a man dressed up. See more »

Trivia:

He had a daughter called Rebecca. See more »

Trademark:

Writing fantasies with dystopian themes, such as Doctor Who: The Dead Planet (1963), Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975), Survivors (1975) and Blake's 7 (1978).

Star Sign:

Leo

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