Doctor Who scriptwriter Terrance Dicks dies aged 84

Terrance Dicks, one of the original Doctor Who writers has sadly passed away at ag 84. 

Tributes have been pouring in for the writer from the likes of Robert Webb, Edgar Wright, Colin Baker, and many more.

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The death of the talented writer was confirmed in a tragic tweet which set fans to flood in a frenzy of tributes and story sharing.

“BREAKING NEWS… just received comms that legendary #DoctorWho writer, Terrance Dicks has died. Genuinely gutted. An incredibly talented man who we had the pleasure of interviewing over the years. He also regularly took part in Q&As on the DWO Forums. He will be sorely missed!”, the tweet read. 

Known to fans as ‘Uncle Terrance’, he began working on the BBC show Doctor Who in 1968. As a script-writer he edited the Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee eras of the hit series. On top of this, Dicks wrote many Doctor Who episodes and even a number of spin-off novels. Dicks also wrote a number of children’s books. He also worked as a scriptwriter for shows including ITV’s The Avengers and produced BBC adaptions of literary classics such as Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Vanity Fair.

Tributes for Dicks have been pouring in over social media from fans and fellow writers alike. Baby Driver writer Edgar Wright said: “Terrance Dicks. Who would the Doctor be without him? RIP.”

Colin Baker, who played the sixth Doctor on television, wrote: “No. Not Terrance Dicks! I have so many memories of laughing with him and expected many more. We’ve lost one of the towering talents of Dr Who today.”

“Lots of writers and devoted readers saying this today and I feel the same as Bob. It would be only a mild exaggeration to say that Terrance Dicks taught me to read,” said Peep Show actor Robert Webb, replying to a tweet by Bob Fischer.

Eddie Robson, who has written many Doctor Who spin-offs, wrote: “Oh, gutted to hear Terrance Dicks has died. An absolute titan of TV writing and children’s fiction. He possibly did more to shape Doctor Who than anyone else, which is amazing considering it had already been running for nearly five years by the time he came aboard.”

Dicks will be remembered for his incredible talent, as well as his contributions to the world of science fiction.