Is a Blue Plaque for Terry Nation Likely?

The Llandaff Society is hoping to celebrate the life of Dalek creator, Terry Nation, with a blue plaque on the home he grew up in Cardiff.

The man himself, Dalek creator Terry Nation

The man himself, Dalek creator Terry Nation

As reported by Wales Online, the group are hoping to get the blue plaque put on his childhood home in time for the 50th anniversary on November 23rd.

The society’s chairman, Geoff Barton-Greenwood, said:

“At the moment we are seeking permission from the owner of the house and, in addition, we want the BBC to take an interest in this, and possibly get one of the main characters from the Doctor Who series to do the unveiling.”

Geoff, who would love for Matt Smith to unveil the plaque, is waiting for the BBC’s head of drama publicity to get in touch with him.

Terry Nation lived in 113 Fairwater Grove West for the first 20 years of his life and was a schoolboy at Canton High School before going off to make his fortune in London, and subsequently in Hollywood as a scriptwriter.

Terry also came up with cult sci-fi shows Blake’s 7 and Survivors, and worked on The Avengers, The Baron, The Persuaders!, The Champions, Department S, and The Saint.

Geoff added:

“If you look at the duration of the Doctor Who series, over a 50 year period, and the fact that the Daleks appeared in the second series and have been there ever since as the arch enemy of the doctor, there must be something about them that has made them iconic to young people.

My grandson has vast images of them on his walls. It has made a big impression on him. Just like it did on his father, who is now 41.”

It is hoped Cadw will provide half the funding for the memorial, which would be made either from ceramic or aluminium.

There is no official blue plaque scheme in Wales but there is a civic initiative scheme run by the Welsh Government agency.

A BBC spokeswoman said:

“Terry Nation was a fantastic writer and we would be happy to support this recognition of his creative talent.”

We reckon all Doctor Who fans will be thrilled to see the plaque in place – so fingers crossed!


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