An early script editor and writer on Doctor Who
, he was in many ways Terry Nation's co-writer in shaping the earliest concepts of the Daleks. He became the writer Nation entrusted with the Daleks on Doctor Who
in the mid-late 1960s, while Nation himself tried to shop his property to other venues—notably film and American TV—after "Dalekmania" gripped Britain in 1964 and 1965. Whitaker, indeed, was responsible for writing all Dalek material in the Second Doctor's era.
He took his knowledge of the Daleks to comics around the same time, creating "The Dalek Chronicles". It was, until he left the series and Nation was forced back into writing for Doctor Who, the seminal work on the origins of the Daleks. Nation, however, utterly contradicted Whitaker with the televised "Genesis of the Daleks".
This led directly into there being two major ideas about how the Daleks came to be. Nation's, which involved a scientist named Davros, won out and is generally accepted as the definitive version. But there are still adherents to the first telling of the origin, as provided in comics by Whitaker.
The new series has yet to weigh in on the matter, but so far all we've seen is an Emperor Dalek, which falls more into line with the Whitaker side of the argument.
Date of Birth: 1928
Birthplace: Knebworth, England, United Kingdom
Date of death: 4 Februrary 1980
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