Terry Nation (1930–1997)

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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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Known For

Doctor Who Writer
(1963-1979)
The Avengers Writer
(1968-1969)
Blake's 7 Writer
(1978-1981)
Department S Writer
(1969)

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  Blake's 7 (TV Series) (pre-production)
  Doctor Who (TV Series) (characters: "Daleks" - 11 episodes, 2006 - 2022) (Daleks created by - 5 episodes, 2012 - 2017) (characters: Daleks - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (character: "The Daleks" - 3 episodes, 2005) ("Daleks" created by - 2 episodes, 2015) (characters created by: "Daleks" - 1 episode, 2021) ("Daleks" & "Davros" created by - 1 episode, 2015) (character "The Daleks" - 1 episode, 2007)
- Eve of the Daleks (2022) ... (characters: "Daleks")
- Flux: Chapter Six - The Vanquishers (2021) ... (characters: "Daleks")
- Flux: Chapter Three - Once, Upon Time (2021) ... (characters created by: "Daleks")
- Revolution of the Daleks (2021) ... (characters: "Daleks")
- Resolution (2019) ... (characters: "Daleks")
 2021 Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks (TV Mini Series) (Dalek stories created by - 5 episodes)
- Episode 7 (2021) ... (Dalek stories created by)
- Episode 6 (2021) ... (Dalek stories created by)
- Episode 5 (2021) ... (Dalek stories created by)
- Episode 2 (2021) ... (Dalek stories created by)
- Episode 1 (2021) ... (Dalek stories created by)
 2019 Doctor Who: Mission to the Unknown (TV Special) (character created by: The Daleks)
  Robin's Comedy Show (TV Series) (creator: Daleks - 1 episode, 2019) (characters: Daleks - 1 episode, 2016)
- Escaping Hell's Wrath (2019) ... (creator)
- Top 10 Things I Do Not Want In The Future (2016) ... (characters: Daleks - uncredited)
 2015 Lego Dimensions (Video Game) (character created by: Dalek)
 2010 Mission to the Unknown (Video short)
 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)
 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)
 1992 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) (teleplay by)
 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)
- Route 27 (1974) ... (writer)
- A Pocketful of Posies (1973) ... (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)
- Someone Waiting (1971) ... (screenplay)
- A Home of One's Own (1971) ... (screenplay)
- Someone Like Me (1971) ... (screenplay)
- Chain of Events (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)
- A Cellar Full of Silence (1969) ... (writer)
- The Man in the Elegant Room (1969) ... (writer)
 1964-1968 The Saint (TV Series) (screenplay - 14 episodes)
- 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)
 1968 The Champions (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Fanatics (1968) ... (writer)
- The Body Snatchers (1968) ... (writer)
 1966-1967 The Baron (TV Series) (screenplay - 17 episodes)
- Countdown (1967) ... (screenplay)
- The Man Outside (1967) ... (screenplay)
- Roundabout (1967) ... (screenplay)
- Night of the Hunter (1967) ... (screenplay)
- The Island (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)
 1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Uncle Selwyn (1964)
  Hancock (TV Series) (1 episode, 1963) (writer - 3 episodes, 1963)
- The Writer (1963) ... (writer)
- The Reporter (1963)
- 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)
 1960 And the Same to You (additional material)
 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)
 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:

1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | See more »

Spouse:

Kate Nation
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Personal Quote:

I was, for that short time, the most famous writer on television... There was stuff coming to my house saying, 'Dalek Man - London'. See more »

Trivia:

He claimed that he based the Daleks on the SS and the Nazis. This was made particularly clear in what many consider his best script for the series, Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975), in which the character of Davros made his debut as a Hitlerian megalomaniac willing to commit genocide and supported by a deputy, Nyder, who is eerily reminiscent of Heinrich Himmler. 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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