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Terry Nation
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    (August 8, 1930-March 9, 1997)
    Best known for creating the evil robot Daleks on ‘Doctor Who (1963)’
    Created the TV series ‘Blakes 7 (1978)’
    Wrote scripts for ‘The Goon Show (circa 1959),’ ‘Doctor Who (1963-1979),’ ‘The Avengers (1969),’ ‘Survivors (1975),’ ‘Blakes 7 (1978-1979)’ and ‘MacGyver (1985-1986)’
    He was a heavy smoker.
    He began his show biz career as a stand-up comic, but failed.
    He was best known for creating ‘Doctor Who’s’ Daleks (psychotic robot trash cans that shriek ‘EXTERMINATE!’ in irritating voices).
    He often implied that he created ‘Doctor Who,’ which is untrue.
    He made the BBC pay him exorbitant fees to use the characters he created for them years before.
    He tried to turn the Daleks into an American TV show, but nobody wanted it.
    Some ‘Doctor Who’ fans consider him a terrible writer.
    He described himself as ‘a hack.’
    He was known for his professionalism.
    He wrote comedy scripts for Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan on ‘The Goon Show.’
    In the 1960’s, his Daleks became so popular in Britain that it was called ‘Dalekmania.’
    The Daleks were sometimes mocked on ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’
    He created the cult series ‘Blakes 7’ and wrote for ‘The Avengers.’
    He scripted several episodes of ‘MacGyver.’
    He wrote children’s books.

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