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David Whitaker (Born 1928 in Knebworth, England - Died 4th February 1980 in Australia) helped create Doctor Who and served as the series' first script editor, beginning with An Unearthly Child and ending with The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

He also wrote a number of Doctor Who serials, including The Power of the Daleks and The Evil of the Daleks, the former being the debut of the Second Doctor . Other Dalek work included writing the Dalek comic strip in TV Century 21, and the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks.

In 1964, Whitaker was commissioned by publishers Frederick Muller to write two novels based on the series. These two were Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (an adaptation of the series' first Dalek story, The Daleks, by Terry Nation; later republished as Doctor Who and the Daleks) and Doctor Who and the Crusaders (an adaptation of his own serial, The Crusade). These were originally published by Armada Paperbacks for the kingly price of 2'6. In 1973 they were reprinted by Target Books and, along with a third novel by Bill Strutton, became the core of the long-running and popular series of Doctor Who novels.

Whitaker also co-wrote, with Nation, two books of Daleks-related stories published around the same time as his novelisations: The Dalek Book and The Dalek Outer Space Book.

In 1980, Whitaker was commissioned to write a novelisation of The Enemy of the World, but died before completion. In 1994, a previously unpublished short story, Rennigan's Record, was published in DWM Issue 200.

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