About the Author
Terry Nation became interested in the theater after leaving school,
writing and appearing in plays for his local theatrical society. In
the early 1950s, he left home and moved to London, where he
attempted to launch a career in stand-up comedy. However, he soon
found that he lacked performing skills, and hearing that a local
agency was looking for comedy scriptwriters he decided to take his
material to them. Associated London Scripts liked his work, and
hired him to write a 13-week comedy radio show called All My Eye
And Kitty Blewitt. This launched his writing career, and
throughout the 1950s he produced over 200 scripts for comedians
such as Terry Scott, Eric Sykes, Harry Worth, and Frankie Howerd.
His TV breakthrough came in 1963, when he wrote several episodes
for Tony Hancock's ITV series Hancock. The same year, he was
asked to write the second serial for a newly-launched BBC science
fiction series, Doctor Who, and the Daleks were born. He
went on to write several more Dalek stories for Doctor Who,
including 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth' (1964), The Chase' (1965),
'The Daleks' Master Plan' (with Dennis Spooner, 1965-1966) and
'Genesis of the Daleks' (1975), and also penned two non-Dalek
episodes, 'The Keys of Marinus' (1964) and 'The Android Invasion'
(1979). As well as Doctor Who, Terry Nation's TV work also
includes The Saint, Department S, The Persuaders and The
Avengers. He also created two other sci-fi cult hits.
Survivors began as a novel, published in 1970. It was
televised five years later and ran for three series between 1975
and 1977, and a 2008 remake was broadcast by the BBC in 2008.
Blake's 7, described by Nation as 'Robin Hood in
space', ran for four series from 1978-1981. It was an
international success, and continues to have a huge fan following
today. Terry Nation died in LA in 1997.