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Dave Martin (screenwriter)

David Ralph Martin (1 January 1935 – 30 March 2007)[1] was an accomplished television and film writer. He was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England and attended Handsworth Grammar School.

David Martin
Born (1935-01-01)1 January 1935
Handsworth, Birmingham, England
Died 30 March 2007(2007-03-30) (aged 72)
Bridport, Dorset, England
Cause of death Lung Cancer
Occupation writer
Spouse(s) Celia Constanduros (1967-2007; his death)

David contributed numerous scripts for the Doctor Who television series between 1971 and 1979 including:

For all of these, Martin collaborated with Bob Baker. Together they were nicknamed "The Bristol Boys" by the Doctor Who production teams with whom they worked.

Baker and Martin's most notable contributions to the Doctor Who mythos were probably the robot computer K-9 (created for The Invisible Enemy) and the renegade Time Lord Omega (created for The Three Doctors, Doctor Who's tenth anniversary story).

They also worked together on the 1975 children's science fantasy television serial Sky and Into the Labyrinth.

In 1986, he wrote the Doctor Who Make Your Own Adventure book Search for the Doctor.

At the beginning of 2007 Martin, a smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer; he died of the disease in March.[2] He is survived by his wife Celia (née Constanduros, born 1944),[3] their children, Leo and Thea, and his daughter, Anna, from his first marriage.


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