Terry Nation

Terry Nation


8/8/1930, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK



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Terry Nation was one of Britain's most successful television screenwriter in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the creator of the of the Daleks, the most popular villains on the British cult science-fiction series Doctor Who, and he also created his own science-fiction shows, Blake's 7 and Survivors.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Terry Nation had two children, Rebecca and Joel, with his wife Kate.

    • To this day, Terry Nation is frequently wrongly credited as the creator of Doctor Who.

    • Terry Nation's most popular creation, the Daleks, have their own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary and made it onto a UK postage stamp.

    • Terry Nation has worked on many BBC radio shows, most notably the comedy series "The Goon Show".

    • Terry Nation sold the idea for his science-fiction TV series Blake's 7 as "Robin Hood in space".

    • Terry Nation modeled his most famous characters, the Daleks, after the Nazis, describing them as "the unhearing, unthinking, blanked-out face of authority that will destroy you because it wants to destroy you."

    • Due to disagreements with producer Terence Dudley over the direction of Survivors, Terry Nation left his own show after the first series.

    • In 1976 Terry Nation wrote the children's book "Rebecca's World: Journey to the Forbidden Planet" for his daughter Rebecca.

    • After leaving school, Terry Nation briefly worked as traveling salesman for his father's furniture factory.

    • Terry Nation got married on March 29, 1958, in London.

    • One of Terry's favourite TV series was The Avengers, for which he wrote six episodes between 1968 and 1969.

    • Terry Nation initially declined the offer to write one of the first stories for the BBC TV series Doctor Who, because it was classed as children's television, but he needed the money and accepted eventually. Doctor Who was Nation's breakthrough as a writer.

    • Terry started his career writing jokes. He wrote scripts for Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, Frankie Howerd, and many other comic stars.

    • Terry and his family moved from the UK to Los Angeles in 1979.

    • Terry Nation wrote all thirteen episodes of the first series of Blake's 7.

    • Terry Nation was a close friend of Paul Darrow, who played Avon Kerr on his science-fiction TV series Blake's 7.

  • Quotes

    • (about his unsuccessful auditions as a stand-up comedian):
      Terry Nation: Somebody told me, "The jokes are very good; it's you who's not funny" - that was hurtful, but then I figured I had to make a living.

    • (In a 1992 interview, on modern society and technology)
      Terry Nation: If I had to make an axe I wouldn't know how take the ore from the ground, turn it into iron and make an axe head. So in a way I, who live in an era where we've landed men on the Moon, am actually more primitive than stone-age man.