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i) births and deaths

8th August 1930: birth of Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, writer of The Daleks (1963-64), The Keys of Marinus (1964), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Chase (1965), Mission to the Unknown (1965), The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66, with Dennis Spooner who always claimed to have done most of the work), Planet of the Daleks (1973), Death to the Daleks (1974), Genesis of the Daleks (1975), The Android Invasion (1976) and Destiny of the Daleks (1979), as well as the Peter Cushing films Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966). Not to mention Blake's 7. A couple of years ago, a woman who I had just hired to work in my office spotted that I was a Doctor Who fan, and told me that she had grown up close to Nation in Kent, and had actualy played with the "real" Daleks as a child. If she had put that on her application letter, we could have skipped the rest of the interviewing process. (She has long since gone on to greater things.)

ii) broadcast anniversaries

8th August 1964: broadcast of "A Land of Fear", first episode of the story we now call The Reign of Terror. The Tardis lands in a quiet wood and the Doctor relents slightly from kicking Ian and Barbara off the Tardis; the team goes off to explore and enter an abandoned farmhouse. They realise that they have landed in Revolutionary France; the Doctor is knocked unconscious and the other three are captured by revolutionary militia, who set the building on fire as they leave, the Doctor trapped inside...

8th August 1985: broadcast of episodes 3 and 4 of Slipback on BBC radio. Peri lands safely on a pair of detectives, with whom she bickers for the next two episodes. Meanwhile the Doctor bickers with the computer for two episodes. And Eric Saward still thinks he is Douglas Adams.


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Aug. 8th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
"Wishes". "Wishes" he is Douglas Adams! Even Saward couldn't have been that self-deluding...
Aug. 8th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
About Time tries to give the impression that Donald Tosh was the true genius behind The Dalek Masterplan. And that Robert Holmes had a big hand in Genesis of the Daleks. I feel like they're a bit harsh on Nation. He wasn't a genius, particularly when it came to dialogue, but I don't know of anyone who disputes that he actually wrote Blake's Seven or Survivors and those are both good, solid, high-quality pulp; there's no reason to think he couldn't have written Genesis on his own.
Aug. 8th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's not Wood and Miles' story, it's Tosh's story, repeated in a recent DWM interview, that Nation gave him a handful of pages for the Daleks' Master Plan and he had to get on with it. The truth no doubt lies somewhere in between.

Holmes was a great one for messing with other people's scripts in general, so I would not be surprised to believe the lore about Genesis. To me the most convincing detail is that Nation's other 1970s Who stories - Death to the Daleks, The Android Invasion, Destiny of the Daleks - are on any measure inferior to Genesis, so surely some other factor must have been at work.
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