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Writer GERRY DAVIS

Gerry Davis
Born 23 February 1930 - Died 31 August 1991

Gerry Davis was a British television writer, best known for his contributions to the science-fiction genre. He also wrote for the soap operas Coronation Street United!, and of course Doomwatch between 1970 and 1971.

"Doomwatch is not science fiction, we go to great lengths to check our scientific facts."

Davis was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, "It is a staggering coincidence that many of the programmes we put out turn into reality a few days later. Of course we do our research in scientific journals but that does not explain everything."

From 1966 until the following year he was the script editor on the popular BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who,with the original Doctor William Hartnell and was fundamentaly involved in the regeneration process when the second actor to play the doctor Patrick Troughton replaced William Hartnell. In The Tomb of the Cybermen (2 September 1967 - 23 September 1967) this story saw the first appearance of the Cybermats. Gerry Davis created them as part of a Cybermen merchandising scheme, but toy companies were not interested.

Gerry Davis co-created the popular cybernetic monsters the Cybermen, generally regarded as one of Doctor Who’s greatest monsters. His fellow co-creator of these creatures was the programme's unofficial scientific adviser Dr. Kit Pedler. 

Davis briefly returned to writing Doctor Who, penning the original script for Revenge of the Cybermen, (19 April 1975 - 10 May 1975) and this was the first time the Cybermen's weakness to gold was mentioned. The transmitted version of the story was heavily rewritten by the then script-editor Robert Holmes. Gerry Davis was very unhappy the final story. The Vogans were added to his original script and the budget for the story was extremely limited.

He also adapted several of his Doctor Who scripts into novels for Target Books.

With Kit Pedler, he wrote the science-fiction novels Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters (1971), Brainrack (1974) and The Dynostar Menace (1975).

In the 1980’s Davis worked in America both in television and on feature films such as The Final Countdown (1980). In late 1989 he and Terry Nation made a joint but unsuccessful bid to take over production of Doctor Who and reformat the series mainly for the American market.