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The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation
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The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation [Kindle Edition]

Alwyn Turner
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‘The book can’t be faulted. Doctor Who wonks will lap it up’ - Roger Lewis

(Daily Mail)

‘Well-researched and down-to-earth... Turner, who takes pleasure seriously, is an excellent cultural critic’


‘There are few British SF writers more deserving of appraisal than Terry Nation … so it’s pleasing that accomplished author Alwyn W. Turner has taken up the task… compelling biography’


‘An incisive social history of British TV’s golden age’

(The Word)

'An utter delight... an excellent summation of Terry Nation's amazing and influential career'

(Doctor Who Magazine)

‘Alwyn W. Turner’s book tells the entire fascinating and immersive story … the author has done a remarkable job with this book and fans of TV and Dr Who will much enjoy it… Well worth purchasing’


‘Packed with informed opinion and analysis of all Nation’s work, Turner’s book is pretty much essential reading not only for anyone with an interest in Doctor Who and its most famous monstrous creations but also anyone interested in the history of British TV. Very highly recommended’


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Terry Nation was one of the most successful writers for television to come out of Britain. Survivors, the show that was his vision of a post-apocalyptic England, so haunted audiences in the 1970s that the BBC revived it over thirty years on. Blake's 7 endures as a cult sci-fi classic and his most fearsome creations, the Daleks, ensured - and at times, eclipsed - the success of Doctor Who. Almost half a century after their first appearance, new additions to Dalek mythology continue to top the Saturday-night TV ratings.

But while his genocidal pepper pots brought him notoriety and riches, Nation played a much wider role in British broadcasting's golden age. As part of the legendary Associated London Scripts, he wrote for Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd and an increasingly troubled Tony Hancock, and was one of the key figures behind The Avengers, The Saint and The Persuaders!

Now, The Man Who Invented the Daleks explores Nation's work's curious and contested origins, and sheds light on a strange world of ambitious young writers, producers and performers without whom British culture today would look very different.

About the Author

ALWYN W TURNER is the author of Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s, Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s and the ebook Things Can Only Get Bitter: The Lost Generation of 1992, all published by Aurum. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise and My Generation. He is currently writing A Classless Society, a history of Britain in the 1990s.

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