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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.
Doctor Who crew and cast at the Paley Center for Media in April 2010. We were there covering the event for Doctor Who: Podshock.
(L-R) Executive Producers Beth Willis and Piers Wenger, Matt Smith (11th Doctor), Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat, and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond).
Photo by Louis Trapani
Executive Producer and Lead Writer for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat writes in the BBC TV Blog about The Return of the Weeping Angels (The Time of Angels). He says, "Good Doctor Who monsters have to come back - it's a rule. But my feeling is that you always have to bring back a monster and do something different with it."
The 60-minute pilot scheduled for this spring on BBC3 is a medical horror drama set in one of the UK's top teaching hospitals, St Timothy's. It is home of the country's most promising trainee doctors, but beneath its veneer of medical normality lies a secret network of dangerous experiments pushing back the boundaries of science with potentially horrifying consequences.
It stars Claire Foy as Hannah Carter whose mother was a consultant at the hospital before she died suddenly a year prior. Taking a year off teetering on the edge with grief, she's back to resume her training. Hannah remains fragile, so when she starts glimpsing strange events in the hospital and unsettling behavior from her ex-boyfriend and star surgeon Nick played by Stephen Campbell Moore, she's unsure what to believe.
Hannah puts her sanity on the line, ignoring the pleas around her to uncover the truth of the hospital.
As we reported in a @Podshock tweet over the last weekend, writer Neil Gaiman has finally confirmed his involvement in writing an upcoming story for Doctor Who. In a message sent to the SFX Weekender convention this past weekend accepting being awarded 'Best Comic' at the SFX Awards, he acknowledge that he is writing an episode for next year's series of Doctor Who (Series 32, Matt Smith's series 2).
There has been much talk and speculation about him writing for the series, but up until now, it hadn't been confirmed.
Now that the end time has come for David Tennant as the Doctor, or rather, The End of Time, there is a new Doctor in the house, or rather TARDIS… Welcome, Matt Smith.
It is not only a change of Doctors, but with Steven Moffat taking the helm of the series as the new executive producer and lead writer, it is a whole new era for Doctor Who. Expect changes across the board to reflect it.
We have already seen the new logo(s) for the series, the new Doctor debuted in the most recent special, The End of Time, Part 2. Doctor Who Monthly magazine is sporting an updated look, and we expect the same with the BBC Doctor Who website soon as well.
You can currently listen to Night Waves: Sacred Monsters (BBC Radio 3) which features new Doctor Who Executive Producer and Head Writer, Steven Moffat. He talks about his work on the series, Matt Smith as the new Doctor, and what we are about to see in the upcoming series.
Listen here: BBC iPlayer - Night Waves - Sacred Monsters
Richard Curtis, known to most for creating the popular Blackadder series starring Rowan Atkinson and for romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral has told The Sun that he will be writing a story for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).
Curtis, aged 52, revealed, "There will be a monster. And a famous historical figure will battle the monster." He can not reveal much more.
Some of speculated that the historical figure could be none other than Sir Edmund Blackadder himself. Though this is just speculation.