It is a sad day for Doctor Who fans as Terrance Dicks, who played a vital role in building the foundation of the long standing BBC series, has passed away.
Terrance Dicks was 84-years-old at the time of his death.
He was a writer for the BBC sci-fi series from the 1960s till the 1980s. He was also a script editor from 1968 to 1974. Terrance Dicks even penned several Doctor Who books.
One of his most well-known contributes to the BBC series was the 20th anniversary special titled The Five Doctors.
Dicks worked closely with producer Barry Letts. They worked together on stage plays. They also worked together on the audio drama Comeback.
While he was a legend in the Doctor Who universe, his credits extended far beyond it. He also worked on the Soap opera Crossroads, the BBC sci-fi drama Moonbase 3.
He kicked off his television writing career by writing scripts for the chilling supernatural series The Avengers.
— BBC Entertainment (@BBCNewsEnts) September 2, 2019
Celebrities and Doctor Who fans react to the passing of Terrance Dicks
Current show runner of sci-fi series, Chris Chibnall, penned a statement regarding Dicks’ passing. The statement was published on the official BBC show’s website:
The lights of Doctor Who are dimmer tonight, with the passing of Terrance Dicks. He was one of the greatest contributors to Doctor Who’s history, on screen and off. As writer and script editor, he was responsible for some of the show’s greatest moments and iconic creations. As the most prolific and brilliant adaptor of Doctor Who stories into Target novels, he was responsible for a range of books that taught a generation of children, myself included, how pleasurable and accessible and thrilling reading could be. Doctor Who was lucky to have his talents. He will always be a legend of the show. Everyone working on Doctor Who sends his family and friends our love and condolences at this difficult time.
Mark Gatiss, who is also a member of the Doctor Who universe, took to Twitter to pay respects to the late writer.
Very hard to express what Terrance Dicks meant to a whole generation. A brilliant TV professional, a funny and generous soul. Most of all, though, an inspirational writer who took so many of us on unforgettable journeys into space and time. Bless you, Terrance.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) September 2, 2019
Colin Baker, who played the sixth incarnation of the Doctor, also took to Twitter to express his sorrows.
No. Not Terrance Dicks! I have so many memories of laughing with him and expected many more. We’ve lost one of the towering talents of Dr Who today.
— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) September 2, 2019
Author Jenny Colgan, who is also a writer with the Doctor Who universe, thanked Dicks for encouraging children all around the world for developing a love for reading.
Terrance Dicks helped more children (especially boys) develop a lifelong love of reading than almost anyone else who's ever lived. I don't think he even got an OBE.
— Jenny Colgan (@jennycolgan) September 2, 2019
Terrance Dicks is survived by his three children and his wife. Rest in peace, our thoughts are with your family during this tragic time.
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