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Blake 7's creator Terry Nation's Biography

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Bio: Terry Nation was born in Cardiff (Caerdydd) the capital city of Wales on the 8th August 1930. Nation initially worked in comedy, entering the industry in 1955 after an incident in which Spike Milligan bought a sketch that he had written because he thought that Nation appeared hungry. During the 1950s, Nation worked with John Junkin and Johnny Speight for writers' agency Associated London Scripts, where he collaborated on hundreds of radio plays for comedians such as Terry Scott, Eric Sykes, Harry Worth and Frankie Howerd.

His career break came in 1962, when he was commissioned to write material for radio star & TV Tony Hancock – first for Hancock's unsuccessful series broadcast on Associated Television in 1963, and then his stage show. Although Nation accompanied Hancock as his chief screenwriter on tour in 1963, Hancock would regularly neglect Nation's scripts in favour of recycling his old material. Following an argument over this, Hancock fired Nation.


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Terry Nation, father of British Sci -Fi.



Doctor Who and beyond: Prior to this, Nation had declined an offer from scriptwriter David Whitaker to write for a new science-fiction programme that was entering production at the BBC, Whitaker had been impressed by a script that Nation had written for the ABC anthology series Out of this World. Now unemployed, and with a young family to support, Nation contacted Whitaker and accepted the offer, writing the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks (also known as The Mutants and The Dead Planet). The serial introduced the eponymous extraterrestrial villains that would quickly become the series' most popular and enduring monsters, and resulted in a major merchandising success for the BBC.

Having risen in the public consciousness, Nation went on to contribute further scripts to Doctor Who. In 1965, Nation and Dennis Spooner co-wrote the 12-part serial "The Daleks Master Plan", after which Nation, who still held the copyright to the Daleks, attempted to launch a Dalek spin-off TV series in the United States. Various other Dalek tie-in material appeared, including comic strips in the children's weekly TV Century 21 and annuals, such material was frequently credited to Nation, even when written by others. Nation also wrote two non-Dalek scripts for Doctor Who, The Keys of Marinus in 1964, which introduced the Voord and The Android Invasion in 1975, which introduced the Kraal. During this time.

Trivia: Terry, besides being a script writer co writing stories such as The Daleks Master Plan (1965), he wrote "Keys to Marinus" (1964), "Android Invasion" (1975), he was most famed being the creator and inspiration to one of Doctor Who's most feared foes, the Daleks, and even though he never actually built the Daleks ( that was Ray Cusack, BBC prop designer) he was the father of the concept & conceiver. Terry also wrote the 1975 post apocalyptic TV series Survivors and the classic Blake 7 series.

Trivia: Terry Nation as the Creator of the Daleks estate own the rights to the Daleks. He devised the concept, movement and mechanical voice of the Daleks, and although the design has changed over the years from 1963 to present, the initial concept, shape and characteristics are all his.


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Terry, besides Sci-Fi wrote scripts for commercial TV, and contributing scripts to series such as The Avengers, The Baron, The Champions, Department S, The Persuaders! and The Saint. In 1980, Nation moved to Los Angeles, where he developed programme ideas and worked for various production studios. Little of his work from this time was as successful as that of his earlier period in Britain. He penned scripts for the TV series MacGyver and A Fine Romance.

Trivia: Did you know Terry Nation co produced the classic 1973 Frankie Howerd comedy horror "The House on Nightmare Park."

Untimely Death: Nation suffered from poor health in his final years, and died from emphysema in Los Angeles on 9th March 1997 aged only 66 yrs. Shortly before his death, he had been collaborating with friend & actor Paul Darrow ( Played character Kerr Avon in Blake 7 series) on another attempt to revive the Blake 7 franchise.
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