History Creator / TerranceDicks

2nd Mar '18 4:15:53 PM moloch
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Outside his period as Script Editor, Terrance Dicks co-wrote "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" with Malcolm Hulke. By himself, he wrote "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock Horror of Fang Rock]]", ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]'', and ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]''. He wrote an early version of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]", but [[AlanSmithee asked for his name to be removed]] from the story because of the extent to which the scripts were rewritten for budgetary reasons by his friend (and then-current Script Editor) Creator/RobertHolmes.

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Outside his period as Script Editor, Terrance Dicks co-wrote "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" with Malcolm Hulke.Creator/MalcolmHulke. By himself, he wrote "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock Horror of Fang Rock]]", ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]'', and ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]''. He wrote an early version of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]", but [[AlanSmithee asked for his name to be removed]] from the story because of the extent to which the scripts were rewritten for budgetary reasons by his friend (and then-current Script Editor) Creator/RobertHolmes.
22nd Feb '18 1:35:18 AM jormis29
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Other oddments in the ''Who'' franchise include the stage plays ''Doctor Who and Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday'' and ''The Ultimate Adventure'', and their audio adaptations, the novelisation of ''Invasion of the Bane'' (the inaugural episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''), and, with MalcolmHulke, the first-ever ''Doctor Who'' nonfiction book, ''The Making of Doctor Who'', as well as a few other nonfiction ''Who'' works. He also recorded many, many [[DVDCommentary DVD Commentaries]] and documentary appearances.

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Other oddments in the ''Who'' franchise include the stage plays ''Doctor Who and Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday'' and ''The Ultimate Adventure'', and their audio adaptations, the novelisation of ''Invasion of the Bane'' (the inaugural episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''), and, with MalcolmHulke, Creator/MalcolmHulke, the first-ever ''Doctor Who'' nonfiction book, ''The Making of Doctor Who'', as well as a few other nonfiction ''Who'' works. He also recorded many, many [[DVDCommentary DVD Commentaries]] and documentary appearances.
3rd Feb '18 11:33:11 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* LighterAndSofter: His ''Series/DoctorWho'' novelizations (arguably intended for a younger audience than the show) tended to downplay the darker and more adult moments.

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* LighterAndSofter: His ''Series/DoctorWho'' novelizations (arguably intended for a younger audience than the show) tended to downplay the darker and more adult moments. He also made a few "junior" novelisations which took this further.
28th Jan '18 3:24:30 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* ThoseTwoGuys: Fans tend to see him and Barry Letts as this. He himself considers Letts to have been his best friend.
16th Jan '18 4:08:47 PM costanton11
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* CreatorThumbprint: "A wheezing and groaning sound..." "The mysterious traveler in time and space known only as the Doctor..." "Capacious pockets..." ""A pleasant, open face" to describe PeterDavison's Doctor. (The other Doctors have their own stock descriptors.) So ubiquitous that ''SFX'' magazine sponsored a [[http://www.gamesradar.com/doctor-who-e2809cwrite-like-terrance-dickse2809d-compo-results/ "Write Like Terrance Dicks" competition]] with him as judge in order to come up with a description for the MattSmith version.

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* CreatorThumbprint: "A wheezing and groaning sound..." "The mysterious traveler in time and space known only as the Doctor..." "Capacious pockets..." ""A pleasant, open face" to describe PeterDavison's Creator/PeterDavison's Doctor. (The other Doctors have their own stock descriptors.) So ubiquitous that ''SFX'' magazine sponsored a [[http://www.gamesradar.com/doctor-who-e2809cwrite-like-terrance-dickse2809d-compo-results/ "Write Like Terrance Dicks" competition]] with him as judge in order to come up with a description for the MattSmith Creator/MattSmith version.
7th Aug '17 5:00:29 PM ClintEastwood
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Outside his period as Script Editor, Terrance Dicks co-wrote "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames}} The War Games]" with Malcolm Hulke. By himself, he wrote "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot}} Robot]]", "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock}} Horror of Fang Rock]]", ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay}} State of Decay]]'', and ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors}} The Five Doctors]]''. He wrote an early version of "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} The Brain of Morbius]]", but [[AlanSmithee asked for his name to be removed]] from the story because of the extent to which the scripts were rewritten for budgetary reasons by his friend (and then-current Script Editor) Creator/RobertHolmes.

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Outside his period as Script Editor, Terrance Dicks co-wrote "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]" Games]]" with Malcolm Hulke. By himself, he wrote "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock Horror of Fang Rock]]", ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay}} ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]'', and ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors}} ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]''. He wrote an early version of "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius]]", but [[AlanSmithee asked for his name to be removed]] from the story because of the extent to which the scripts were rewritten for budgetary reasons by his friend (and then-current Script Editor) Creator/RobertHolmes.
28th Jul '17 11:05:36 AM ClintEastwood
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* AlanSmithee: He took his name off "The Brain of Morbius" because the final script bore very little comparison to his original version. When Bob Holmes asked him what pen name he wanted he suggested, "some bland pseudonym". The story was credited to Robin Bland, which [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Terry found hilarious]].



* BeigeProse

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* BeigeProseAuthorCatchphrase: He has many, commonly subject to AffectionateParody:
** "The mysterious traveller in time and space known only as the Doctor...", "A wheezing, groaning sound" (as a descriptor of the TARDIS sound effect), as well as stock descriptions of individual Doctors. (He did not, however, come up with the equally famous and much-referenced chapter title "Escape To Danger", which first appears as Part 3 of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]" by Bill Strutton.)
** One of his stock Doctor descriptions is Fifth's "pleasant open face", which ''The Complete(ly Useless) Doctor Who Encyclopedia'' considers a disturbing disfigurement that thankfully wasn't present on screen.
** He also had stock descriptions for each recurring alien menace. The Ice Warriors, for instance, were "a once proud race."
** One novelization had 'hum of power' appear three times in two pages. That phrase, and 'bench packed with complex electronic equipment' appeared so often that he must have been taking them off the scripts.
* BeigeProse: In the Target novelisations.


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* SelfPlagiarism: When writing for the novel ranges, he tended to recycle stories he wrote for the TV series. In one case (the novel ''World Game'') he literally cuts and pastes large sections from a previous novel.
28th Jul '17 10:47:24 AM ClintEastwood
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Outside his period as Script Editor, Terrance Dicks co-wrote ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames}} The War Games]]'' with Malcolm Hulke. By himself, he wrote ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot}} Robot]]'', ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock}} Horror of Fang Rock]]'', ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay}} State of Decay]]'', and ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors}} The Five Doctors]]''. He wrote an early version of ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} The Brain of Morbius]]'', but [[AlanSmithee asked for his name to be removed]] from the story because of the extent to which the scripts were rewritten for budgetary reasons by his friend (and then-current Script Editor) Creator/RobertHolmes.

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Outside his period as Script Editor, Terrance Dicks co-wrote ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames}} "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames}} The War Games]]'' Games]" with Malcolm Hulke. By himself, he wrote ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot}} Robot]]'', ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock}} "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot}} Robot]]", "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock}} Horror of Fang Rock]]'', Rock]]", ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay}} State of Decay]]'', and ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors}} The Five Doctors]]''. He wrote an early version of ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius}} The Brain of Morbius]]'', Morbius]]", but [[AlanSmithee asked for his name to be removed]] from the story because of the extent to which the scripts were rewritten for budgetary reasons by his friend (and then-current Script Editor) Creator/RobertHolmes.



After leaving ''Series/DoctorWho'', Dicks and Letts created an [[DarkerAndEdgier extremely grim]] hard science fiction BBC show, ''Series/MoonbaseThree''. The series did not last long. He then worked on many adaptations of classic novels and other literature for the Beeb. His early pre-''Who'' TV work included episodes of ''[[{{Series/TheAvengers}} The Avengers]]'' and ''Series/{{Crossroads}}''.

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After leaving ''Series/DoctorWho'', Dicks and Letts created an [[DarkerAndEdgier extremely grim]] hard science fiction BBC show, ''Series/MoonbaseThree''. The series did not last long. He then worked on many adaptations of classic novels and other literature for the Beeb. His early pre-''Who'' TV work included episodes of ''[[{{Series/TheAvengers}} The Avengers]]'' ''Series/TheAvengers'' and ''Series/{{Crossroads}}''.



* BeigeProse



* BeigeProse
* DarkerAndGrittier: With the arrival of the New Adventures, series, he adjusted his style accordingly.

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* BeigeProse
* DarkerAndGrittier:
DarkerAndEdgier: With the arrival of the New Adventures, ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'', series, he adjusted his style accordingly.



* LighterAndFluffier: His ''Series/DoctorWho'' novelizations (arguably intended for a younger audience than the show) tended to downplay the darker and more adult moments.
* MoneyDearBoy: One of the world's most shamelessly charming public practitioners.

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* LighterAndFluffier: LighterAndSofter: His ''Series/DoctorWho'' novelizations (arguably intended for a younger audience than the show) tended to downplay the darker and more adult moments.
* MoneyDearBoy: One of the world's most shamelessly charming public practitioners.practitioners.
* VerbalTic: In interviews, he often ends a sentence with "you see".
27th Jun '17 3:41:47 AM JackG
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* KidDetective: ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' series, about a kid who's a ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' fan who [[YouMeddlingKids with the aid of his friends]] solve crimes.

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* KidDetective: ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' series, about a kid who's a teenage ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' fan who [[YouMeddlingKids with the aid of his friends]] solve crimes.
27th Jun '17 3:02:56 AM JackG
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* KidDetective: ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' series, about a kid who's a ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' fan who [[YouMeddlingKids with the aid of his friends]] solve crimes.
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