Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Man Who Invented The Daleks (audio)

Fantom Films have announced that Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented The Daleks, the biography of the writer by Alwyn W. Turner, is being released this month on audio, narrated by David Troughton:

Terry Nation - The Man Who Invented The Daleks (Credit: Fantom Films)Terry Nation - The Man Who Invented The Daleks
The Biography
Written by Alwyn W. Turner
Narrated by David Troughton

The Daleks are one of the most iconic and fearsome creations in television history. Since their first appearance in 1963, they have simultaneously fascinated and terrified generations of children, their instant success ensuring, and sometimes eclipsing, that of Doctor Who.

They sprang from the imagination of Terry Nation, a failed stand-up comic who became one of the most prolific writers for television that Britain has ever produced. Survivors, his vision of a post-apocalyptic England, so haunted audiences in the Seventies that the BBC revived it over thirty years on, and Blake’s 7, constantly rumoured for return, endures as a cult sci-fi classic. But it is for his genocidal pepperpots that Nation is most often remembered, and on the 50th anniversary of their creation they continue to top the Saturday-night ratings.

Yet while the Daleks brought him notoriety and riches, Nation played a much wider role in British broadcasting’s golden age. He wrote for Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd and an increasingly troubled Tony Hancock, and as one of the key figures behind the adventure series of the Sixties – including The Avengers, The Saint and The Persuaders! – he turned the pulp classics of his boyhood into a major British export.

In The Man Who Invented the Daleks, acclaimed cultural historian Alwyn W. Turner, explores the curious and contested origins of Doctor Who's greatest villains, and sheds light on a strange world of ambitious young writers, producers and performers without whom British culture today would look very different.

Competition

Doctor Who News is able to offer three UK readers a copy of the audio, courtesy of Fantom. In order to be in with a chance to win answer the following question:
Reader David Troughton is attending which forthcoming Fantom Films event in 2014?
Send your answer to comp-terrynation@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "DAL-LEK", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. This competition is only open to residents of the United Kingdom, and the closing date is 31st October 2013.