Gary Russell

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Gary Russell
Gary Russell
Born (1963-09-18) September 18, 1963 (age 51)
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Occupation Writer, actor

Gary Russell (born 18 September 1963 in Maidenhead, Berkshire) is a freelance writer and former child actor. As a writer, he is best known for his work in connection with the television series Doctor Who and its spin-offs in other media. As an actor he is best known for playing Dick Kirrin in the British 1978 television series The Famous Five.


Russell's on-screen acting career ranged from leading roles in the BBC's adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Phoenix and the Carpet and ITV's adaptations of Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels (as Dick) to a very minor walk-on part in the James Bond film Octopussy.[citation needed]

He was editor of Doctor Who Magazine between 1992 and 1995. He was the producer for the Doctor Who licensed audio drama tie-ins at Big Finish Productions from its inception in 1998 until July 2006, when he stepped down[1] to work for BBC Wales on Doctor Who and Torchwood.[2] He has written a number of Doctor Who spin-off novels and in 2000 co-wrote with executive producer Philip Segal the book Doctor Who: Regeneration (HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-710591-6), the making-of book of the 1996 Doctor Who television movie, as well as the TV movie's novelisation in 1996.

He wrote The Art of The Lord of the Rings, which was also published as three separate books (one for each film), and contributed to Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic with Andy Serkis. His behind-the-scenes book Doctor Who: The Inside Story was published in October 2006, coinciding with his joining the Doctor Who production team. His most recent reference work was also for Doctor Who; published in 2007 by BBC Books, The Doctor Who Encyclopedia is a guide to the current Doctor Who series (2005–present). In 2007, he directed the animated mini series "The Infinite Quest", which tied in with the 2007 television series of Doctor Who.

As of 2011–12, having left BBC Wales, he has returned to Big Finish to produce the Bernice Summerfield audios and the Gallifrey audios.[3]


Selected bibliography[edit]


IDW Doctor Who comic book[edit]

At the 2007 San Diego Comic Con, IDW Publishing announced their intention to publish a new series of Doctor Who comics, which will follow the adventures of the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones. The first six issues of this series, later collected as Agent Provocateur, were scripted by Russell and published in early 2008. The next run was handled by Tony Lee, as Russell informally retired from writing original Doctor Who fiction during the rest of his duration at BBC Wales.[4]



  1. ^ "All Change at Big Finish". 9 July 2006. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Bride on Time!". Doctor Who Magazine (373). 2006-09-13 cover date.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  4. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (27 July 2007). "CCI: IDW STANDS FOR "IT'S DOCTOR WHO"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

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Preceded by
John Freeman
Doctor Who Magazine Editor
Succeeded by
Gary Gillatt