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Terrance Dicks (1935–2019)

Author of Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks

256+ Works 21,134 Members 255 Reviews 4 Favorited

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Works by Terrance Dicks

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983) 390 copies
The Deadly Assassin (1977) 273 copies
Doctor Who: Kinda (1983) 269 copies
The Eight Doctors (1997) — Author — 267 copies
Players (1999) 256 copies
Doctor Who: Arc of Infinity (1983) 256 copies
Made of Steel (2007) 248 copies
Timewyrm: Exodus (1991) 247 copies
Doctor Who and the Mutants (1977) 243 copies
Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (1983) 237 copies
Blood Harvest (1994) — Author — 237 copies
Doctor Who: Snakedance (1984) 237 copies
Doctor Who: Inferno (1984) 225 copies
Doctor Who and the Sunmakers (1982) 209 copies
Doctor Who: Meglos (1983) 209 copies
Shakedown (1995) — Author — 203 copies
Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil (1985) 200 copies
Doctor Who: The Krotons (1985) 196 copies
Doctor Who: The Time Monster (1985) 188 copies
The Making of Doctor Who (1972) — Author — 170 copies
Revenge of the Judoon (2008) 167 copies
Doctor Who: The Smugglers (1988) 159 copies
Endgame (2000) — Author — 159 copies
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones (1987) — Author — 158 copies
Catastrophea (1998) — Author — 145 copies
World Game (2005) 129 copies
Deadly Reunion (2003) — Author — 120 copies
Doctor Who: Warmonger (2002) 110 copies
Doctor Who: The Target Storybook (2019) — Author — 69 copies
Mean Streets (1997) — Author — 68 copies
Teacher's Pet (1990) 61 copies
Doctor Who: The Scripts, Tom Baker 1974/5 (2001) — Author "Introduction" and "Robot" — 61 copies
The Doctor Who Monster Book (1975) 52 copies
Doctor Who: Horror of Fang Rock [TV serial] (1977) — Writer — 47 copies
Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius [TV serial] (2008) — Writer; Writer — 40 copies
Doctor Who: Robot [TV serial] (2007) — Writer — 35 copies
Invasion of the Bane (2007) 30 copies
Sarah Jane Smith: Comeback (2002) 30 copies
The Dæmons and The Time Monster (1989) — Author — 29 copies
The Seeds of Doom and The Deadly Assassin (1989) — Author — 24 copies
Doctor Who Yearbook 1994 (1993) 22 copies
The Ultimate Adventure (2008) — Author — 20 copies
Seven Keys to Doomsday (2008) 15 copies
A Riot of Irish Writers (1992) 14 copies
Star Quest - Spacejack (1979) 14 copies
Enter T.R. (1985) 13 copies
Sally Ann on Her Own (1989) 11 copies
Star Quest - Roboworld (1979) 11 copies
Star Quest (2004) 11 copies
The Easter Island Incident (1999) 10 copies
T.R. Goes to School (1986) 9 copies
T.R.'s Day Out (1986) 8 copies
Cry Vampire! (Jugglers) (1981) 8 copies
Terrorsaur! (1981) 7 copies
Sam, the Detective (1999) 7 copies
Nurse Sally Ann (1994) 6 copies
T.R.'s Hallowe'en (1988) 5 copies
The Inca Alien Incident (2001) 5 copies
The Wollagong Incident (1996) 5 copies
T.R. Bear at the zoo (1992) 4 copies
La Fiesta de la escuela (1996) 4 copies
Knightschool (1992) 4 copies
Wereboy! (1982) 3 copies
Jonathan's Ghost Omnibus (1997) 3 copies
Max and the Quiz Kids (1992) 3 copies
Nazi Dagger Incident (2001) 3 copies
Mindgame Saga 2 copies
Sagen om pengeafpresserne (1981) 2 copies
Esi-isän aaveen tapaus (1981) 2 copies
Kampf um die Erde (1981) 2 copies
Europe United (1991) 2 copies
Jonathan's Ghost (1991) 2 copies
Meet the MacMagics (1990) 2 copies
L'attaque du cybervirus (1996) 2 copies
Scary Stories (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Fallet med bankrånet (1983) 1 copy
T.R. Afloat (1986) 1 copy
The picnic (1988) 1 copy
The great march West (1976) 1 copy
War of the Witches (1983) 1 copy
Marvin's monster (1982) 1 copy
T.R.'s festival (1989) 1 copy
Jeu supreme (1998) 1 copy
Vicky's victory (1985) 1 copy

Associated Works

Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters (1974) — Introduction, some editions — 358 copies
The Discontinuity Guide (1995) — Foreword, some editions — 225 copies
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors [1983 TV episode] (1983) — Screenwriter — 91 copies
Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury (2004) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Target Book: A History of the Target Doctor Who Books (2007) — Introduction — 48 copies
Beyond the Stars (Tales of Adventure in Time and Space) (1983) — Contributor — 45 copies
Wiped! Doctor Who's Missing Episodes (2010) — Introduction — 37 copies
A Life of Surprises (2005) — Contributor — 24 copies
Doctor Who: The Boxset (2008) — Contributor — 23 copies
Talkback, Volume Two: The Seventies (2006) — Interviewee — 13 copies
Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS, Volume One (2004) — Contributor — 11 copies
Talkback, Volume One: The Sixties (2006) — Interviewee — 11 copies
Doctor Who: The Krotons (BBC Audio Collection) (2008) — Script editor, some editions — 6 copies
Bernice Summerfield: Treasury (2015) — Contributor — 4 copies
In●Vision: State of Decay (1994) — Contributor "Two script editors, one story" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Five Doctors (1997) — Contributor "The Eight Doctors" and "Perfect Dicks-ion" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Season 18 Overview (1994) — Contributor "Borderlines" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Brain of Morbius (1989) — Contributor "Bland stand" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Whose Doctor Who (1990) — Contributor "text, lies, and videotape" — 2 copies
In●Vision: Horror of Fang Rock (1990) — Contributor "The Script Mutations" — 2 copies
In●Vision: UNIT Special (1988) — Contributor "Soldiering On" — 2 copies
In●Vision: The Ark in Space (1988) — Contributor — 2 copies
In●Vision: Robot (1988) — Contributor — 2 copies
Roger Delgado ~ A Tribute (1987) — "You could almost say that the part of the Master was created for him" — 1 copy
Doctor Who: The Collection [2007] (2007) — Contributor — 1 copy
Doctor Who — An Adventure in Space & Time: The Krotons (1984) — Contributor "Holmes for Hire" — 1 copy

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This is not one of the better novelisations of a Doctor Who TV story, but is a workmanlike adaptation of what was anyway a fairly pedestrian story, usually regarded as the weakest of the early Cyberman stories, though though there are some colourful human characters among the Wheel's personnel. The Cybermen's plot is very convoluted and also requires suspiciously ready acceptance of unlikely coincidences by the Wheel's crew. The story is also noteworthy for the first appearance of companion Zoe.
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john257hopper | 3 other reviews | Nov 25, 2023 |
I am celebrating the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who by reading a couple of novelisations of classic TV stories from the pen of the late, great Terrance Dicks. This is a novelisation of the second ever Dalek story, first broadcast in late 1964 after the show had been on for a year. It is also the last story for the Doctor's first companion and grand-daughter Susan. The plot is dramatic and there is room for a bit more expansiveness on characters' motivations and the descriptions of the extensive devastation of a London conquered and largely destroyed by the Daleks. Terrance just had a gift for telling a proper story without pretension or bashing the reader over the head with his views, and this is always very enjoyable.… (more)
 
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john257hopper | 2 other reviews | Nov 24, 2023 |
An eminently readable, but also very ordinary, Target adventure. I don't want to besmirch Terrance Dicks' name in any way, or the excellent legacy he left of inspiring a generation of children to read - indeed, I would still very gladly put this book in a ten year old's hand. However, I also know that Dicks wrote other, far more exciting Target novels. This one is starting to indicate the direction of his books in the late '70s, which he wrote at too great a speed for a lot of the more interesting detail he had worked into earlier volumes. In particular, it suffers in comparison to its "prequel," the earlier Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen, which is a wonderfully atmospheric book.

Having said that, there are still some nice little touches and tweaks to this one, including an extended meeting between the Doctor and Col. Lethbridge-Stewart that never happened on screen, and the quiet rewriting of an anti-Semitic stereotype and muffling of a Welsh one. Pound for pound the TV serial is simply better, especially as there's no real way for Dicks to replicate Douglas Camfield's well-directed action sequences (and he doesn't really try) - but it's still a very likeable book, and as I said, one I'd be happy to hand to a budding Doctor Who fan.
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saroz | 5 other reviews | Sep 16, 2023 |
Utterly charming. An easy guide through the most popular dinosaurs (and a little bit beyond), presented via the cheerful persona of Tom Baker’s Doctor. I’d have loved this as a kid and I’m mystified we didn’t get anything similar during the show’s 21st century heyday (someone must have pitched it).

Also always takes me aback when I’m reminded that as late as the 1970s (when this book was written) there was still no consensus on what killed off the dinosaurs.
 
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m_k_m | 1 other review | Sep 13, 2023 |

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Barry Letts Author, Producer
Robert Holmes Author "The Ark in Space", Writer
Steve Cole Author, Editor
Terry Nation Author "Genesis of the Daleks"
Gerry Davis Author "Revenge of the Cybermen"
Bob Baker Co-Author "The Sontaran Experiment"
Dave Martin Co-Author "The Sontaran Experiment"
Ian Marter Author, Actor
Bel Mooney Contributor
Julia Jarman Contributor
Julia Bertagna Contributor
Vivian French Contributor
Robert Swindells Contributor
Malorie Blackman Contributor
Tom Baker Actor
Colin Baker Narrator, Author
Gary Russell Introduction, Contributor
Jason Haigh-Ellery Foreword, Director
Susie Day Author
Anthony Dry Cover artist
Mike Collins Illustrator
Martin J. Wiggins Author "Appendix B"
Andrew Pixley Contributing Editor and additional text
Derek Carlyle Narrator
Noel Sullivan Narrator
Claire Huckle Narrator
David Banks Narrator
Nadine Cox Narrator
Andrew Miller Contributor
Philip Martin Contributor
Paul Leonard Contributor
Paul McGann Narrator
Jon Pertwee Narrator
Peter Davison Narrator
Peter Anghelides Contributor
Harlan Ellison Introduction, Contributor
Chris Achilleos Illustrator
Bill Donohoe Cover artist
Michael Moorcock Introduction
Jon Culshaw Narrator
Russell T. Davies Introduction
Stephen Baxter Introduction
Alan Willow Illustrator
Gary Leigh Foreword
Peter Elson Cover artist
John Lisco Cover designer
Gary Viskupic Cover artist
Fred Gambino Cover artist

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Works
256
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Members
21,134
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Rating
3.2
Reviews
255
ISBNs
681
Languages
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Favorited
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