Really sad to hear of the passing of Doctor Who writer and script editor Terrance Dicks. A man who, to me, was as quintessential to the fabric and heart of the Time Lord saga as anyone. It was also this man, Terrance Dicks, who gave me the passion to read. Especially grateful to him as I’ve always struggled with dyslexia, reading as a pre-teen was difficult. Luckily Tom Baker stomping around with his big scarf and jelly babies fighting all manner of monsters through time and space, at home, or even far off in an unknown galaxy had caught this young Mikey’s attention. I wanted more!
So every weekend in the early 80s I’d set off to the Poole Arndale Shopping Center with my pocket money. Head straight up the escalator to the second floor of Tesco’s. Find the book section and start pulling out all the Dr Who novels. The decision was always extremely difficult at first. All the covers were amazing. It wasn’t long before I realised that the Terrance Dicks stories were the ones I’d always pick.
Don’t get me wrong, off course I loved all the other writers. I still have 60 plus Doctor Who books in the cupboard featuring all the other great writers but it was always the Terrance Dicks one’s that became my big favourites. Like The Three Doctors and later The Five Doctors. The Day Of The Daleks and the classic Dalek Invasion Of Earth. I adored them all. I’m still not the greatest reader today but in those early pre-teen years of my life I would work my way through all those exciting Time Lord stories and loved every single second of excitement. And for that I have nothing but thanks and admiration for Terrance Dicks.
Here’s a few from my Terrance collection.
There’s a few more I can’t find just now like The Loch Ness Monster and the very first debut episode book adaptation An Unearthly Child. Plus one set in an old lighthouse called The Horror Of Fang Rock which scared the bejesus out me.. So many fond memories. Rest in peace Terrance Dicks.
Do you have a favorite memory of an author you loved in your youth? If you wish, let me know. Thanks for reading. All the best.