Davros battle of Dalek 'creator' Steve Clark
Davros, the evil creator of the Daleks, may be used to battling
the Doctor, but now he faces his newest enemy - 53-year-old Steve
The lifelong Doctor Who fan is suing the BBC for alleged breach
of copyright - claiming he created the evil scientist from Skaro,
not dear old Auntie.
The father-of-three, from Calland in Brabourne Lees, began
proceedings at the High Court in London last year, having failed to
come to an amicable solution with the Beeb. The case is currently
He is now looking for anyone who went to Duncan Bowen school in
Stanhope in the 1970s, and still has notebooks with a sample of
teacher David Tidy's handwriting.
It is hoped his original sketch, which had comments written on
it by Mr Tidy, could prove validity to his claims.
Mr Clark said: "Unfortunately the samples we have are
inconclusive, according to the handwriting expert.
"We just need as much hard evidence as possible to help with the
case as the BBC keep digging their heels in."
Steve Clark's image of
In 1972, Steve entered a competition to create a new villain for
the Doctor in TV Action magazine. The winner scooped a 17-inch
Rediffusion colour television.
He didn't win, but three years later the character he says he
designed appeared on television in the story Genesis of the
"I just couldn't believe it," said Steve. "I was so proud my
character was in Doctor Who but, I suppose, angry and a bit upset
as I had created him and hadn't been acknowledged."
A BBC spokesman said: "These proceedings are ongoing and the BBC
and BBC WorldWide are defending the claim.
"Davros was created by Terry Nation and the BBC."
If you can help Mr Clark, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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