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Today In DOCTOR WHO History: August 29th

C'est un autre jour dans l'histoire de Doctor Who...

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August 29th
Welcome to our daily round up of all things Who and you've arrived at the perfect time as old Firsty is off on a Bank Holiday booze cruise to France. Mind you, you don't wanna mess with him after he's had a tipple, they don't call him The Tyrant of France for nothing you know?

In fact, they don't call him that at all! That's actually the title for part 4 of the pure historical adventure The Reign Of Terror, which was broadcast on this day in 1964 at 5:15pm to an audience of 6.4 million viewers.

The third part of the mini-adventure Pond Life. was released onto the BBC's red button service on this day in 2012. You can view all five episodes here.

This isn't exactly something we tend to comment upon in this daily feature, only for a few notable exceptions, one of which happened on this day.

One of the most prolific and important contributors to Doctor Who, Terrance Dicks passed away on August 29th 2019 at the age of 84.

First joining the Doctor Who production team in 1968, and taking on the role of Script Editor shortly after that, Dicks first Doctor Who writing credit came when he and Malcolm Hulke co-wrote the 10-part serial The War Games, which introduced the concept of the Time Lords.

In 1972, Dicks embarked on a parallel career as an author with the publication of his first book, The Making of Doctor Who (a history of the production of the TV series, also co-written with Hulke). He also began his association with Target Books, contributing heavily to their series of novelisations of the Doctor Who TV serials by writing more than 60 of the titles published by the company.


After stepping down as Doctor Who script editor, Dicks continued his association with the show, writing four scripts for Tom Baker's Doctor and the twentieth anniversary adventure The Five Doctors. Truth be told, he never really left Doctor Who. Responsible for so many things we consider as Doctor Who lore, his presence will always be felt.

His final Doctor Who story, titled Save Yourself, was published after his death in October 2019.

He is a talent sorely missed.

Join us again tomorrow for another round-up of the episodes broadcast, the spin-offs, the special events, the birthday's celebrated and anything else of note that went down on this day in Doctor Who history.

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