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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Doctor Who Writer
(1963-1979)
The Avengers Writer
(1968-1969)
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(1985)
Blake's 7 Writer
(1978-1981)

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  Blake's 7 (TV Series) (pre-production)
 2019 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)
  Doctor Who (TV Series) (characters: "Daleks" - 12 episodes, 2006 - 2016) (characters: Daleks - 4 episodes, 2008 - 2017) (character: "The Daleks" - 4 episodes, 2005 - 2012) (characters: "Daleks" and "Davros" - 1 episode, 2015) (character "The Daleks" - 1 episode, 2007)
- The Pilot (2017) ... (characters: Daleks)
- 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")
 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)
 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)
- 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)
- 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)
 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)
 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)
 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)
 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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Other Works:

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

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Personal Quote:

Survivors (1975) has its roots in the future, as it were, but it's not science-fiction. It's not going into the realms of the impossible; it's skating very close to the possible. See more »

Trivia:

Before his involvement in the development of Doctor Who (1963), Nation had been a comedian and a script writer for Tony Hancock on his ITV series Hancock (1963). He would recall that it was his split with the comic which prompted him to pen his first Dalek saga. 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:

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