Describe the Doctor

Without a shadow of a doubt the world of Who would be a lesser place without punchy, no-nonsense prose of Terrance Dicks.

Doctor Who competitionAs well as serving as Script Editor during the Pertwee years under legendary producer Barry Letts, Dicks also wrote more Who Target novelisations than any other writer with his stock phrases and straightforward descriptions such as “A groaning, wheezing sound” for the TARDIS passing into Who folklore.

So SFX and BBC Books have decided to pay homage to the great man with a competition giving Who fans the chance to immortalise their own Dicks style description of the Eleventh Doctor in an upcoming Who novel.

The contest will be run via Twitter throughout June and will be judged by the great man himself.

To get your grey matter going here are a few of Dicks own descriptions of previous Doctors:

The First Doctor was, “a crotchety old man in a frock coat with long flowing white hair”

The Second Doctor had, “baggy check trousers and a mop of untidy black hair”

The Third Doctor had, “a shock of white hair, a hawk-like nose and an old/young face”

The Fourth Doctor was, “a curly-haired man in a battered, broad-brimmed hat and an incredibly long scarf” with “a casual bohemian elegance”

The Fifth Doctor had, “a slight, fair-haired figure with a pleasant, open face”

So what best captures the Eleventh Doctor? The bowtie, the dextrous fingers, the tweed jacket, the chin?

All you need to do is hop onto Twitter and message @SFXmagazine with your entry and make sure to include #SFXWHO at the end. You’ve got until the end of June to write a 119 character masterpiece of Dicks brevity.

(Via SFX)


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