Published on March 26th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds
Genesis of the Lawsuit
There have been a few developments in the case of Steve Clark, the man who claims to have created the character of Davros, and plans to bring high court proceedings against the BBC for failing to acknowledge his authorship of the character.
The evidence – an original sketch from 1972 that Mr Clark used to enter a competition to design a new monster for Doctor Who in TV Action magazine – shows an image of the ‘half man, half dalek’ concept and does bear a resemblance to Davros.
The sketch is apparently a draft of the final image that a 13 year old Clark coloured in felt tip and sent off to the magazine.
Three years later, the teenage Clark was given the shock of his life when his apparent creation appear in the seminal Genesis of the Daleks:
“I just couldn’t believe it – I was so proud my character was in Doctor Who but, I suppose, angry and a bit upset as I had created him and hadn’t been acknowledged. All I want now is the recognition.”
Clark’s lawyer recognises that the whole case hinges on that drawingÂ and the Intellectual Property diagram:
“I look at Steve’s original drawing and the BBC’s Davros character and there are certainly a number of substantial similarities…If they have used the drawing, then it’s only fair that they acknowledge it.”
So far the BBC have asked for a 28 day extension to proceedings while they prepare for the case (standard practice, not a sign of guilt) and the Nation estate are currentlyÂ digging throughÂ the archives from that period with the case not set to begin until at least May.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.