20 Doctor Who Stories That Are Based On Real Science

Sometimes Doctor Who plays fast and loose with science. (Just like Star Trek and Star Wars.) But this show was created, in part, to teach science to children, and its producers used to subscribe to New Scientist. Here are 20 Doctor Who stories which are based on real scientific ideas. » 11/05/14 11:40am 11/05/14 11:40am

Terry Nation's Recurring Nightmare That Helped Inspire The Daleks

The Daleks have been Doctor Who's most unstoppable villains for pretty much the show's entire run — but what drives them? What are they a metaphor for? On one level, they're clearly a version of the Nazis, created by people who lived through World War II. But their creator had another metaphor in mind. » 11/05/14 3:44am 11/05/14 3:44am

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Started Out Writing…

When you write about other worlds and strange discoveries, you need a quick wit. And an ear for clever dialogue, that keeps the story buzzing along. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of science fiction and fantasy's greatest creators started out in comedy, including sitcoms. » 3/21/13 12:56pm 3/21/13 12:56pm

R.I.P. Ray Cusick, the designer who helped make the Daleks terrifying

Doctor Who writer Terry Nation conceived of the Doctor's perennial foe, the extermination-happy Daleks, but it was BBC designer Ray Cusick who created their pepperpot look. Now another bright light has fallen from the Doctor's sky as the BBC reports that Cusick passed away Thursday due to heart failure. » 2/23/13 5:00pm 2/23/13 5:00pm

Blake's 7 Reboot Coming to U.S. Television?

The British show Blake's 7 is one of those TV series that has a small cult following — but a huge impact on the history of science fiction television, with its morally gray, arc-based storytelling influencing a whole generation of creators. There's been talk of a new Blake's 7 series, either a reboot or a sequel… » 7/25/12 4:20pm 7/25/12 4:20pm

Could The Survivors Cure Your Doctor Who Withdrawal?

Going into Doctor Who » 11/05/08 1:24pm 11/05/08 1:24pm withdrawal yet? With the BBC's time-traveling soap opera pretty much taking a year off, and spin-off show also doing a shorter season, you're going to need an acceptable substitute. So it may be worth looking into , the remake of a classic show by Dalek co-creator Terry Nation — and featuring…

All Hail Terry Nation, Yesterday's SciFi Creator Of The Future

You may not know it right now, but we're about to enter the Second Age of Terry Nation. Last week's announcement that Nation's classic series Blake's 7 is going to be remade in a Battlestar Galactica-esque fashion following on from last year's announcement that Nation's other series, Survivors, is also about to be… » 4/30/08 7:30am 4/30/08 7:30am

How To Get Into Rebel Space Opera Blake's 7

You've heard great things about Blake's 7, that edgier 1970s show from some of the makers of Doctor Who. You've heard it features darker, more complex characters, and it's like a warped mirror held up to Star Trek's utopian future — instead of the human Federation being this amazing force for peace and justice in the… » 4/18/08 12:46pm 4/18/08 12:46pm