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The fake Dalek script story

March 9th, 2009 (07:33 pm)

Way way back, I think in a DWM in the 170s, about 1991, towards the end of John Freeman's reign as editor, an article which I think was by paulcornell2 first alerted a wider world to the story of the fake Dalek script, allegedly an episode of Terry Nation's unmade Dalek series from the 1960s. Peter Anghelides tells all at his blog.

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Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)

*nods* That found its way into the Doctor Who Book of Lists, because one of its co-writers was involved.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
McGann

Weren't those co-writers Anghelides and Richards anyway? I never bought or read the book, I confess...

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
anonymous

Richards, not Anghelides, I think. Possibly one or two of the other co-writers (Howe and Walker).

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)

Justin Richards and Andrew Martin.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Zen

Thanks! Is this the book which claims that Harold Pinter was in The Abominable Snowmen?

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
two sexyback

As David Baron, playing Ralpachan, yes.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
Troughton

It would be nice to be able to believe it, but it seems proven now that Pinter had passed the stage name on to another actor, alas.

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
we're all mad here

Interesting. Which begs the question, who was this other actor who took on such a mantle?

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)

Is this the book which claims that Harold Pinter was in The Abominable Snowmen?

Yes.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
dalek

That's a good story. Before I clicked through to it I wondered if it would feature a character called "Cal Tarrant". Apparently Tarrant, but the blog doesn't specify a first name. Do you happen to know...?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)

I don't! And why Cal..?

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
dalek

Sorry - that was a little obscure. Cal Tarrant was the galactic president in the stories of about the Anti-Dalek Force in the 1970s Dalek Annuals.


Little known fact: Terry Nation helped create Tiswas and named many of the show's characters. Sally James was have been called Cally James except that Nation lost an argument, but he got his way with the name of the lead character.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 9th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)

I never really got into the Dalek annuals, I confess.

I remember Tiswas before Sally James was ever involved....

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Toenails

I've got the 1977 and 1978 ones. They're better than most 1970s annuals.

Wrexham was in Granadaland, and we didn't get Tiswas until 1979 (one of the last regions to get it I think).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)

I first saw Tiswas in 1975/1976 when living in Nottingham in ATV territory (though friends up the hill were watching Yorkshire...) but after moving back to the north-east at the end of 1976, found that ITV Saturday mornings were the preserve of first Lyn's Look In and then Saturday Shake-Up (ancestors of networked non-Saturday series Razzmatazz and The Tube). Tyne Tees didn't take Tiswas until the final series in 1981/1982.