Writer and producer behind a string of television classicsLouis Marks
, who has died aged 82, was a writer for some of British television's most popular series and the producer of acclaimed single plays and a six-part adaptation in 1994 of George Eliot
. Marks also scripted four Doctor Who
adventures, including The Day of the Daleks (1972), with Jon Pertwee
as the Doctor, which introduced the Ogrons as the footsoldiers of the daleks. A scholar of the Italian Renaissance, he transported the fourth incarnation of the Time Lord, played by Tom Baker
, to 15th-century Italy for the 1976 adventure The Masque of Mandragora. His script drew on influences such as a Machiavellian comedy, a book-burning priest and the musical surnames Rossini and Scarlatti.
Marks was born in Golders Green, north London, the son of a Jewish jeweller. After attending Christ's college, East Finchley, he read history at Balliol College, Oxford. He then