Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks (with nods to Raymond Cusick who designed them and of course Davros himself) for Doctor Who as well as the creator of the popular British sci-fi series, Blake's 7 would had been 81 years old today (well, now yesterday (8th of August) by the time you are reading this unless you are in Hawaii for the next hour or two). Of course his credits extend further than Doctor Who and Blake's 7. There was The Survivors, and episodes of various televsion series he contributed to both in the UK and US during the course of his career.
We lost him all too soon at the age of 66 in 1997. It was about ten years (give or take) before then when I had an opportunity to sit down with him and interview him. Unfortunately, the audio of that interview has slipped through a time vortex or a crack in space. Hopefully it is re-materialize at some point. I don't even have any photographs to share from that time. Perhaps like so many other cast and crew that I was meeting at that time I assumed there will always be the next time if I didn't get a photo that time. Sadly, there was no next time in my case with Terry Nation.
My memories of Terry Nation is that he was very open about his work. You could tell he enjoyed having the opportunity to speak about it. There was certain intensity about him. He would be quick to correct you if presented with information that didn't jive with what he knew to be the case. Not in a rude a way, by any means.
The original voice of the Daleks Roy Skelton has passed away at the age of 79 after suffering a stroke.
He was also know for providing the voices to the British ITV kids Programme "Rainbow" where his voice talents were used for the Puppets Zippy and George.
A short bio follows taken from "The Manchester Evening News"
Late last night/early this morning the Doctor Who restoration team dropped a teaser on Twitter, for an announcement on Saturday. By the looks of it there are going to be more "Special Editions" and by the style of writing another Dalek one at that. see the trailer below and decide for yourself.
Forbidden Planet has announced the first of the Wave 2 of figures for Doctor Who Series 5.
They include the Dalek Progenitor Guardian (pictured left), Prisoner Zero, A smiler, The Son from the Vampires in Venice and an Roman Auton. See here for details and to pre-order.
More news coming out concerning the 2011 Doctor Who series (or set of series as it is now) is that we may get a reprieve from the Daleks stories. This according to what executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat hinted at the Edinburgh TV Festival:
"Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the Who showrunner admitted that there are currently no plans for the famous aliens to reappear, although work on the 2011 series is not yet complete.
"Safest it gets, around me."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 195
Running Time: 1:13:53
Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks reviewed live over the net with live feedback (part 2 of 2). (If you haven't seen Victory of the Daleks yet, wait until you have before listening).
"Listen to me, just listen! The Daleks have no conscience, no mercy, no pity. They are my oldest and deadliest enemy. You cannot trust them."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 194
Running Time: 1:13:27
Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks reviewed live over the net with live feedback (part 1 of 2). (If you haven't seen Victory of the Daleks yet, wait until you have before listening).
The Title of the first of the New Doctor Who Adventure Games for Mac or PC has been anounced as,
City of the Daleks, and will be Available as a free Download from the BBC on 5th June 2010, to that point Phil Ford the Writer had this to say.
From BBC America - Doctor Who: Cast & Crew Interview: The Daleks
Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger talk about the Doctors mortal enemy and why the Daleks continue to menace the galaxies.