Gerry Davis (born February 23, 1930 in London ; died August 31, 1991 in Venice , California ) was a British screenplay and science fiction writer. He worked extensively with Kit Pedler , particularly on numerous episodes of the British SF television series Doctor Who .
Live and act
Together with Pedler, Davis was story editor in seasons 4 to 6 of Doctor Who (1966-1968, Second Doctor ), where they introduce the Cybermen in the story arc The Tenth Planet , a genre of Doctor Who opponents that has since been used again and again . He also conceived the series Doomwatch together with Pedler , for which he also wrote scripts that deal with various ecological dangers and catastrophes, including climate change .
From 1971 Davies began writing science fiction novels with Pedler. The first of these novels, Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater (1971, German as Die Plastikfresser ), was developed from the first Doomwatch episode, in which a microorganism developed to break down plastic is released from a laboratory and now begins to eat plastic in an uncontrolled manner , with disastrous results. The following novels are similarly dystopian and catastrophic: in Brainrack (1974) errors at the human-computer interface lead to a nuclear reactor meltdown , Doomwatch: The World in Danger (1975) brings together three series episodes for a fix-up and in The Dynostar Menace (1975) threatens to run a fusion reactor on the Dynostar space station out of control and destroy the earth's ozone layer .
After the Doomwatch novels, Davies wrote five more novel versions of the Doctor Who episodes and, in the series of Doctor Who scripts, he wrote The Tomb of the Cybermen script with Pedler .
Davies died in 1991 at the age of 61.
- Doctor Who (novel versions)
- 14 Doctor Who and the Cybermen (1974)
- 62 Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet (1976)
- 66 Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen (1978)
- 90 The Highlanders (1984)
- 111 The Celestial Toymaker (1986, with Alison Bingeman)
- The Tomb of the Cybermen (1989, with Kit Pedler)
- Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater (1971, with Kit Pedler)
Brainrack (1974, with Kit Pedler)
- German: brain plague. Heyne SF&F # 3474, 1976, ISBN 3-453-30369-5 .
- Doomwatch: The World in Danger (1975, with Kit Pedler)
The Dynostar Menace (1975, with Kit Pedler)
- English: The Dynostar Threat. Heyne SF&F # 3635, 1979, ISBN 3-453-30547-7 .
For the series Doctor Who Davis was at 62 episodes Story Editor , the series Doomwatch was designed by Davis with Pedler, and Davies was here with 11 episodes and story editor.
- Doctor Who (TV series, screenplay)
- 1966: The Celestial Toyroom
- 1966: The Tenth Planet
- 1967: The Highlanders
- 1967: The Tomb of the Cybermen
- 1975: Revenge of the Cybermen
- Doomwatch (TV series, screenplay)
- 1999: Doomwatch: Winter Angel (TV movie)
- 1970: Hear No Evil
- 1970: Survival Code
- 1960 Coronation Street (TV series)
- 1965 199 Park Lane (TV series)
- 1966 United! (TV series, 12 episodes)
- 1968 The First Lady (TV series, 2 episodes)
- 1973 Anything Can Happen ( short documentary film)
- 1976 The Bionic Woman (TV series)
- 1979 Vega $ (TV series, 2 episodes)
- 1980 The Final Countdown (feature film)
- 1987 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV series)
- 1989 Deadly Nightmares (TV series, 1 episode)
- Hans Joachim Alpers , Werner Fuchs , Ronald M. Hahn : Reclam's science fiction guide. Reclam, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-15-010312-6 , p. 320.
- Hans Joachim Alpers, Werner Fuchs, Ronald M. Hahn, Wolfgang Jeschke : Lexicon of Science Fiction Literature. Heyne, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-453-02453-2 , p. 364.
- John Clute : Davis, Gerry. In: John Clute, Peter Nicholls : The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction . 3rd edition (online edition), version dated April 4, 2017.
- Noelle Watson, Paul E. Schellinger: Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers. St. James Press, Chicago 1991, ISBN 1-55862-111-3 , pp. 189 f., 617 f.
- Gerry Davis in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Gerry Davis in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (English)
- Works by and about Gerry Davis at Open Library
- Gerry Davis in Fantastic Fiction (English)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British screenplay and science fiction writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 23, 1930|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||London|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 31, 1991|
|Place of death||Venice , California|