Blogtor Who is deeply saddened to report on the death of Doctor Who writing legend, Terrance Dicks.
The death has been confirmed today of Terrance Dicks, one of the true giants of Doctor Who. He was 84. Dicks wrote or script edited a gargantuan 175 episodes of Doctor Who between 1968 and 1983. He also wrote almost eighty Doctor Who books, from novelizations of existing stories in the iconic Target range, original novels and the famous and beloved non-fiction book The Making of Doctor Who will Malcolm Hulke. Widely credited as the man who coined the phrase ‘never cruel or cowardly’ to describe the Doctor, few if any other writer to have worked on the show has done more to influence the character’s evolution.
Many of Dicks’ colleagues and fans have been expressing their grief and admiration on Twitter.
The news was first reported by BBC Entertainment journalist Lizo Mzimba, who called Dicks “one of the great Doctor Who storytellers” and “a huge part of so many of our childhoods.”
Terribly sad news – writer Terrance Dicks has died at the age of 84, his agency has confirmed. One of the great Doctor Who storytellers, not just for the TV show, but so many fantastic novelisations too. And much more. A huge part of so many of our childhoods #RIPTerranceDicks pic.twitter.com/VwOMCBdp4A
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) September 2, 2019
Fellow Doctor Who writers also paid tribute, with Paul Cornell described Dicks as “such a wonderful, loveable man. He meant the world to me. He informed all my work. He always will.” While Pete McTighe saluted “the man who encouraged me to read and taught me how thrilling a well-told story could be.”
Terrance. I don’t know where to begin. He was such a wonderful, loveable man. He meant the world to me. He informed all my work. He always will. Much more to come.
— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) September 2, 2019
Farewell #TerranceDicks – the man who encouraged me to read and taught me how thrilling a well-told story could be ❤️
— Pete McTighe (@PeteMcTighe) September 2, 2019
Terrance Dicks’ final Doctor Who work was, appropriately enough, a new short story for Doctor Who: The Target Storybook. Its now posthemeus release will be next month, on October 24th.