Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks

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The Daleks are one of the most iconic and fearsome creations in television history. Since their first appearance in 1963, they have simultaneously fascinated and terrified generations of children, their instant success ensuring, and sometimes eclipsing, that of Doctor Who. They sprang from the imagination of Terry Nation, a failed stand-up comic who became one of the most prolific writers for television that Britian ever produced. Survivors, his vision of a post-apocalyptic England, so haunted audiences in the ...

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Overview

The Daleks are one of the most iconic and fearsome creations in television history. Since their first appearance in 1963, they have simultaneously fascinated and terrified generations of children, their instant success ensuring, and sometimes eclipsing, that of Doctor Who. They sprang from the imagination of Terry Nation, a failed stand-up comic who became one of the most prolific writers for television that Britian ever produced. Survivors, his vision of a post-apocalyptic England, so haunted audiences in the Seventies that the BBC revived it over thirty years on, and Blake’s 7, constantly rumored for return, endures as a cult sci-fi classic. But it is for his genocidal pepperpots that Nation is most often remembered, and on the 50th anniversary of their creation they continue to top the Saturday-night ratings. Yet while the Daleks brought him notoriety and riches, Nation played a much wider role in British broadcasting’s golden age. He wrote for Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd and an increasingly troubled Tony Hancock, and as one of the key figures behind the adventure series of the Sixties – including The Avengers, The Saint and The Persuaders! – he turned the pulp classics of his boyhood into a major British export. In The Man Who Invented the Daleks, acclaimed cultural historian Alwyn W. Turner, explores the curious and contested origins of Doctor Who's greatest villains, and sheds light on a strange world of ambitious young writers, producers and performers without whom British culture today would look very different.

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"Four Out of Five Stars" - SCIFI MAFIA

"this is a book that no Doctor Who or television fan should be without." - SCIFIPULSE


"Perhaps the most fascinating revelation in Alwyn W. Turner’s Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks is the fact that Nation churned out all of the seven episodes which comprised the original Dalek tale in just one week. In doing so, he ensured the establishment of not only his own personal fortune and career, but also managed to quickly establish the Doctor Who series as a whole." - TARDISTOPIA.NET


"Doctor Who fans must get this book. It also has top-notch insight into writing." - REVOLUTION SCIENCE FICTION

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781310410
  • Publisher: Aurum Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ALWYN W. TURNER is the author of Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s and the ebook Things Can Only Get Bitter: The Lost Generation of 1992, both published by Aurum. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise, My Generation and 'Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks?. He is currently writing 'A Classless Society, a history of Britain in the 1990s'.

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