A British writer and producer (1930-1997), born in Wales.
He created two very well-known UK shows.
- Blake's 7. He wrote every episode of the first series, but his role was reduced until he did not write anything for the fourth and final series.
- Survivors. An After the End show, about the aftermath of a massive plague. Nation only worked on the first season, before leaving due to creative differences with the producer, Terence Dudley (who would also work on Doctor Who). He also wrote a novel adaptation, which forms the basis for the 2008 reimagining.
His most famous creation, though, was the Daleks. He came up with the concept and wrote the original Dalek story for Doctor Who, while Raymond Cusick devised the iconic design. Contributing in a huge way to the show's longevity, Nation was asked to write several other stories over the years, mostly featuring the Daleks. Got greedy in his later years and wrote stories whining about his taxes, and barred the BBC from publishing books about the Daleks that weren't written (or ghostwritten) by him. Even after his death, his estate held up the BBC and nearly scuttled the eponymous Dalek episode of the revived series.
This author provides examples of:
- Crapsack World/Dystopia: His science-fiction stories all take place in these sorts of worlds/universes/governments.
- Creator Thumbprint:
- Characters named Tarrant.
- Snarking. Lots of snarking.
- Plagues and biological warfare. Most notably in Survivors but also used in many of his Doctor Who stories and at times in Blake's 7.
- Evolution imagined as a teleological force with predictable goals.
- Man Eating Plants and jungle warfare.
- narrative padding-out where a lot of screentime is spent on an attempted escape from captivity that is foiled at the last minute. A very specific type of
- Twisted Ankle:Terrance Dicks: He had a habit of falling into patterns. There were a lot of recurrent themes: people planting bombs, and being chased and spraining an ankle. In Terry's scripts, people were always spraining their ankles at moments of crisis.