'Doctor Who' Writer Terrance Dicks Passes Away at 84

Among the first to pay tribute to the late author, writer Neil Gaiman claims he would never have written for the sci-fi series if it wasn't for the former's encouragement.

AceShowbiz - Author and "Doctor Who" writer Terrance Dicks has died at the age of 84.

Dicks worked as script editor on more than 150 episodes of the sci-fi show and also wrote many, while also creating a series of "Doctor Who" novels for the Target Books imprint.

Sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman was among the first to pay tribute to the author, insisting he would never have written for "Doctor Who" if it wasn't for Dicks' encouragement, while fellow "Doctor Who" writer Mark Gatiss called the late author "a brilliant TV professional (and) a funny and generous soul."

Mark Gatiss Pays Tribute to 'Doctor Who' Writer Terrance Dicks

Born in London in 1935, Dicks became part of the "Doctor Who" team while Patrick Troughton was portraying the time traveller on TV in the late 1960s. Dicks also worked on British TV hits "The Avengers" and "The Diary of Anne Frank".

He co-created one of "Doctor Who"'s most feared villains, "The Master".

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