Terrance Dicks (born 1935) is probably the closest thing the ''Series/DoctorWho'' franchise had to a single behind-the-scenes "public face" during the classic series run, and has been involved with the show for a longer period of time than anyone, ever. He was hired as assistant script editor in 1968 through the recommendation of his friend and fellow writer Creator/MalcolmHulke. Dicks became full script editor in 1969. He and Barry Letts, the producer, had creative control of the show for all five seasons in which Creator/JonPertwee played the Doctor. The equally legendary Creator/RobertHolmes (a very different kind of writer though equally notable in ''Who'' terms) took over from him.

Although he was not credited as a writer on any of these stories, Dicks made heavy contributions to the scripts during his era and presided over (or at the very least allowed to happen) the creation of the core mythology of the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}. He co-created the Time Lords and their non-intervention policy and the Doctor's enemy the Master. Even though UNIT did not originate with him (but did first appear in a story he script edited), he nurtured the concept along and presided over the promotion of the Brigadier from guest star to series regular.

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.

His most visible contribution to the franchise, however, was his involvement with Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations for Target Books from 1973 to the end of the original TV show. He personally wrote over sixty of the novelisations and acted as an unofficial head writer and administrator for the series.

During the "Wilderness Years" following the series' cancellation in 1989, Dicks wrote thirteen original novels in all the different prose sections of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. Among the most significant were the second Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Timewyrm: Exodus'', and the first Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Eight Doctors''.

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.

Oldschool fans still sometimes demand that he be invited to write a TV story again.

Outside his work for ''Series/DoctorWho'', he wrote well over a hundred original books for children, mainly in the crime, adventure, and FunnyAnimal genres.

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'' and ''Series/{{Crossroads}}''.

!!Known For:

* 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]].
* AuthorAppeal: In his [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] work, continuity, continuity, continuity.
* AuthorCatchphrase: 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.
* 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 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 Creator/MattSmith version.
** See also [[http://www.fivehundredeyes.co.uk/one/terrance.htm this page]], which lets you write like Dicks with just a few die rolls.
* DarkerAndEdgier: With the arrival of the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'', series, he adjusted his style accordingly.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: He has a bit of a lisp. Hence his fan nickname of "Cuddly Uncle Tewwy"
* FleetingDemographicRule: Known for his rule that, in an age before home video or frequent multi-channel repeats, no story should expect the audience to remember another story that happened more than three years previously.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: His works in the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' (the later ones particularly) began to see a lot of scenes wherein the main female characters would be threatened with rape by the bad guys.
* KidDetective: ''The Baker Street Irregulars'' series, about a teenage ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' fan who [[YouMeddlingKids with the aid of his friends]] solve crimes.
* 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.
* 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.
* VerbalTic: In interviews, he often ends a sentence with "you see".