Doctor Who News Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks

Published on January 4th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett


After a year off, we’re delighted to announce that the Vworp convention is back and once again defying convention by taking place in the wonderful surroundings of The Lass O’Gowrie pub in Manchester!

Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks

Terrance Dicks, right, will be one of the guests at Vworp 5: Writercon

Taking place on Sunday, March 24th, this fifth annual ‘pubcon’ follows a string of successful conventions in the past whose guests have included Rob Shearman, Sophie Aldred, Dez Skinn, Katy Manning, Bob Baker and Peter Ware. This year proves to be no exception and guests that have already confirmed to appear include the legendary Terrance Dicks who was not only the assistant script editor and script editor for Doctor Who from 1968 until 1974 but was also the writer of many classic stories including The War Games, Robot, The Horror of Fang Rock and The Five Doctors. Dicks has also contributed to many of the Doctor Who novels over the last thirty years writing for various Doctors up to the tenth.

Also confirmed so far is the enigma that is Keith Temple. His writing credits include Emmerdale, Casualty, Children’s Ward and 2008’s Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Ood. He has also contributed to the official Doctor Who website.

More guests are to be announced and since a challenge is always appreciated, you can suggest some of your own guests to see if they can be persuaded to appear!

Writercon, as it will henceforth be known, will be a broad look at works and ideas from all of the different writing styles over the last fifty years of Doctor Who and will contain Q&A sessions, clips, workshops and a few more surprises along the way.

Tickets are a steal at only £19.00 per person and will be available shortly via To find out more about the The Lass O’ Gowrie pub and how to get there visit .

For a cosy atmosphere, an opportunity to talk about all things Doctor Who and the chance to meet some legends, get your ticket as soon as you can!

(As ever, real world events and professional commitments can result in changes to the lineup, so remember to check back over the coming months for more updates!)


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

3 Responses to Vworp 5: WRITERCON!

  1. Hi Meredith, hoping to get along as I have been watching DW since 1963 (although I did go AWOL in the Colin Baker years). I have become interested in the history of the show in recent years and am currently doing a bit of research on Malcolm Hulke after I found a copy in our collection of a pamphlet he wrote for Unity Theatre (a left-wing theatre group) in the early 60s. He was member of the Communist party, probably in the 50s, and wrote for radio and TV as well as Target books. He wrote with Terrance Dicks for the Avengers and Dr Who as well as a book on writing Dr Who. Still lots of gaps but I would be happy to send you ac opy of what I have found out. kind regards Michael Herbert, Working Class Movement Library, salford my email address is, by the way

  2. avatar KEITH TEMPLE says:

    Dear Meredith, so I’m an enigma? Really? Don’t know whether to be flattered or insulted!? For the record tho, I’ve never ever written for Children’s Ward. Does that make me more or less of an enigma? All the best. KT

  3. Hi Keith

    In fairness to Mez, your Wikipedia page doesn’t make it entirely clear on what capacity you worked on Children’s Ward.

    Regardless, Mez has since been strapped, Captain Jack-style, to a Faraday Cage and is receiving 40 lashes for each incorrect fact he has sneaked under the radar on Kasterborous…

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