The Man Who Invented the Daleks


'As a biographer, Turner seems as energetic and amiable as his subject ... Nation is brilliantly contextualised ... highly enjoyable.' – Andrew Martin, Financial Times

'It is an utter delight that the work of such an important British television writer as Terry Nation is documented so lovingly and so thoroughly and in such an accessible manner ... massively readable ... an excellent summation of Terry Nation's amazing and influential career.' – Andrew Pixley, Doctor Who Magazine

'It's a book SFX readers should love ... this compelling biography.' – Russell Lewin, SFX

'Well-researched and down-to-earth ... Turner, who takes pleasure seriously, is an excellent cultural critic.' – Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

'As an account of a career, the book can't be faulted. Doctor Who wonks will lap it up.' – Roger Lewis, Daily Mail Book of the Week

'Written with both wit and wonder ... this is a wonderful book, not just the details of one man's life and career, but a splendid rollercoaster ride through some of the best TV series since, well, since the invention of the television.' – David Crozier, Ham & High

'In this spectacular biography, Alwyn Turner shapes Nation's extraordinary career into a wonderfully rich account of British popular culture since the war. Carefully researched and beautifully written ... this is a splendidly entertaining journey into the stranger corners of the modern British imagination. I loved it.' – Dominic Sandbrook

'Absorbing, detailed and intricately researched ... essential reading not only for anyone with an interest in Doctor Who but also for anyone interested in the history of British TV.' – Paul Mount, Starburst, 9/10

'This thoroughly researched biography also functions as an incisive social history of British TV's golden age and the roots of adventure fiction.' – Paul Whitelaw, The Word

'His life as a storyteller and his legacy as a mythmaker animates this history of pulp screen classics.' – Iain Finlayson, The Times

'Fascinating.' – Choice magazine

'From classic '60s spy capers to Hancock, it's a window into a world long gone.' – Mark Elliott, Time Out

'An engaging read.' – Welsh Country

‘Recommended reading for any fan of what was, without a shadow of a doubt, the golden age of British television.’ – Alan Stevens, Celestial Toyroom


‘One of the best books concerned both with Doctor Who, and British television in general, published for many years. I heartily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in either Terry Nation or television production from 1960 to 1980.’ – Darren Allen, Doctor Who News

‘This is definitely recommended. Usually I get so bored with "behind the scenes" books. Most often it’s about boring actors talking about outtakes or opening fetes, or about amusing stunts or explosions that went wrong etc etc. But this book is all about the writing, and where all those amazing stories started out.’ – Paul Magrs

Doctor Who fans always approach a book like this assuming they'll know more than a non-specialist researcher, but not only has Turner really done his homework, with every Who-related moment portrayed in the proper context, but he's unearthed several gems that I'd never heard about ... The Man Who Invented the Daleks is a fascinating read for anyone interested in how television works, and the life of a working writer, and I heartily recommend it.’ – Paul Cornell

‘A fantastic book ... Not only does it give you anything you’d want to know about Terry, it also paints a backdrop for the times he worked in ... This book really changed my viewpoint of Terry Nation.’ – Trevor, The Doctor Who Podcast

‘It's brilliant. I would certainly recommend it.’ – Christian Cawley, Doctor Who Podkast - Kasterborous

‘A really good fun read, crammed full of facts but told in such a way that you'll turn the page ... Not only a great enjoyable read, but also a fantastic resource for information. Two thumbs up.’ – Dave Keep, DWO WhoCast

‘This is good stuff ... Pick it up as part of media history as much as anything else, as well as confirmation that telly really was better in those days, and a chance to view old Who stories in a whole new way.’ – Artilleryman, The Anorak Zone

‘The author has done a remarkable job with this book and fans of TV and Doctor Who will much enjoy it.’ – Scott Weller, Kool TV, 4.5/5

‘It's a fantastic book ... I missed my bus stop three times reading this book, because I was so engrossed.’ – Kerensa Bryant, The Geekend, Radio Reverb

‘Turner has done something far more interesting here than merely tell the story of Nation’s life. He uses that life as a lens for examining a fascinating transitional time in British broadcasting history — when radio was beginning to be superseded by television, the medium’s storytelling potential was first being tapped in a serious way, the BBC monopoly was broken and the old roomful-of-writers approach was giving way to a new breed of auteur-driven drama.’ – Jack Feerick, Kirkus Reviews

‘Turner’s book is immensely readable ... It will delight and enthral enthusiasts of the golden age of British television’ – Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus

‘Engaging, wide-ranging and persuasive ... likely to become the reference work’ – Rich Cross, Survivors: A World Away

'Turner tells an interesting tale and acts as an engaging guide.' – Andrew Allen, Cultbox

‘I learned a lot from this book, and it’s a great survey of Nation’s career and the industry he was working in, and despite the title it’s about his whole career, not the bits you already know about. Well worth a look.’ – Lance Parkin

‘Questo ottimo volume ... copre tutta la sua vita ed è scritto in maniera molto fresca e lineare, senza momenti noiosi ... [questo] libro, che consiglio caldamente a tutti.’ – Doctor

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