A spate of drafts covered this one over, so although less topical now than it would have been at the time, it is with great sadness that I write about the recent passing away of one of the icons of Doctor Who literature.
A prolific writer of a plethora of books, for many he was best known for his work on Doctor Who, for which he novelised sixty-seven of the TV scripts. Dicks did more than just write the books, he was script editor of the television show, as well as writing and producing. His stories and direction added some subtle slants to the series with social and political stories.
For all the memories of the show – and there are many – it is to the books that I fondly remember getting out of the library, repeatedly. Looking through the Target covers, I picked out Doctor Who and the Daleks, The Three Doctors, and The web of Fear. Two of which were written by Dicks, as well as Meglos which I picked up in a book sale for the bargain sum of 20p.
Now having amassed a complete (I think) set of the novels, it seems fitting to pick one to read soon. There is plenty to choose from so I will probably pick a random title and post something in due course.