Gerry Davis (screenwriter)

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Gerry Davis
Born Gerald Davis
(1930-02-23)23 February 1930
Died 31 August 1991(1991-08-31) (aged 61)
Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation writer

Gerry Davis (23 February 1930 – 31 August 1991) was a British television writer, best known for his contributions to the science-fiction genre. He also wrote for the soap operas Coronation Street and United!.

From 1966 until the following year Davis was the story editor of the popular BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who, for which he created the character Jamie McCrimmon and co-created the popular cybernetic monsters known as the Cybermen, who continue to make appearances in the show, having been revived in the new run. His fellow co-creator of these creatures was the programme's unofficial scientific adviser Dr. Kit Pedler.[1] Following their work on Doctor Who the pair teamed up in 1970 to create the science-fiction programme Doomwatch.[2] Doomwatch ran for three seasons on BBC One from 1970 to 1972 and spawned a novel written by Davis and Pedler, a subsequent cinema film and a 1999 revival on Channel 5.

Davis briefly returned to writing Doctor Who in 1975, penning the original script for Revenge of the Cybermen,[3] though the transmitted version was heavily rewritten by then script-editor Robert Holmes.[4] Davis also adapted several of his scripts into novelisations for Target Books' Doctor Who imprint. With Kit Pedler he wrote the science-fiction novels Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters (1971), expanded from their script for the first episode of Doomwatch; Brainrack (1974); and The Dynostar Menace (1975).[5]

In the 1980s Davis worked in America both in television and on feature films such as The Final Countdown (1980). In late 1989 he and Terry Nation made a joint but unsuccessful bid to take over production of Doctor Who and reformat the series mainly for the American market. Gerry Davis died on 31 August 1991.

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
Coronation Street
  • Unknown episodes (1960)
199 Park Lane
  • Unknown episodes (1965)
  • Unknown episodes (1965)
Doctor Who

11 episodes (1966-1967, 1975):

The First Lady
  • "Past Indefinite" (1968)
  • "Print and Be Damned" (1968)
  • 24 episodes (co-written with Kit Pedler, 1970–1971)
Anything Can Happen
  • Documentary short (1973)
  • "Demand and Supply" (1979)
  • "Red Handed" (1979)
The Final Countdown N/A
The Hitchhiker
  • "Pawns" (1989)
USA Network


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