Richard Dinnick (born 22 January 1968) is a British writer, who has written for many media including TV, novels, audio dramas, short stories and comic strips. He is the winner of the BBC Writersroom "Get a Squiggle On" opportunity to create a new show and to write for CBeebies, which received over 400 entries. He recently served as a judge for the Children's BAFTA Awards.
He works primarily in children's media but has written for the science-fiction, fantasy and thriller genres, too. He has written for several SF franchises including Doctor Who, Stargate, Sapphire & Steel and Space: 1889. Dinnick has been a guest at many Writing events (including the London Screenwriters' Festival) and Doctor Who conventions (such as Gallifrey One).
He is a member of the Writers' Guild and is represented by Alison Finch at JFL Agency.
Following his winning entry in the BBC Writersroom competition, Dinnick's idea Elf Stackers has been entered into the commissioning process and he is now writing for the CBeebies show Tree Fu Tom as well as development projects and other shows. In 2013 he was as a judge on the drama panel for the Children's BAFTA Awards.
- Moshi Monsters TV series
- Unannounced CBeebies In-House Project
- Tree Fu Tom, Series 4
- Unannounced CBBC pilot
Dinnick is now working on a web series for Capital City Entertainment, Light & Shadows.
Dinnick has written two novels:
- Doctor Who: The Underwater War (BBC/Penguin, 2011)
- Moshi Monsters: Super Moshi Missions (Mind Candy/Sunbird, 2012)
- Short Trips: The Solar System - "Neptune" (Big Finish, 2005)
- Bernice Summerfield: Present Danger - "Past Caring" (Big Finish, 2010)
- "Braking Point" for Stargate Magazine (Titan, 2010)
- Encounters of Sherlock Holmes - "The Adventure of the Swaddled Railwayman" (Titan, 2012)
- Twisted Histories' - "Flaming Sword" (Snow Books, 2013)
He has written scripts for several different franchises, largely for Big Finish Productions:
- Space: 1889: The Lunar Inheritance (with Andy Frankham-Allen) (2005)
- Sapphire & Steel: The Surest Poison (2005)
- Bernice Summerfield: Dead Man's Switch (with John Dorney) (2010)
- Doctor Who - Short Trips - Volume 4: "A Star is Born" (2011)
- Doctor Who - Recorded Time and Other Stories#Paradoxicide - "Paradoxicide" (2011)
- Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles (adaptation) (2011)
- Sherlock Holmes - The Tangled Skein (adaptation) (2012)
- Doctor Who - The Wanderer (2012)
- Doctor Who - The Rings of Ikiria (2012)
- Stargate: Duplicity (2012)
Dinnick has contributed to two Doctor Who comics/graphic novels:
- Doctor Who Adventures - "The Lunar Tyk" (issue #191, November 2010)
- Doctor Who Special 2012 - Time Fraud (IDW, September 2012)
According to Dinnick's website, his first original graphic novel will be published in 2013.
Dinnick has written a number of non-fiction works:
- The Internet Atlas (Parkgate, 2000)
- A History of the Internet (Pocket Essentials, 2002)
- The Big Finish Companion: Volume I (Big Finish, 2011)
- Moshi Monsters: The Official Collectable Figures Guide (Penguin, 2012)
- Doctor Who: The Official Anniversary Sticker Book (Penguin, 2013)
- Doctor Who - TARDIS (Running Press, 2013)
- Doctor Who - Dalek (Running Press, 2013)
- Doctor Who - Cyberman (Running Press, 2013)
- Doctor Who - Sonic Screwdriver (Running Press, 2014)
- The Big Finish Companion: Volume II (Big Finish, 2013)
Dinnick started his writing career on the local newspaper Esher News and Mail in 1986. He then specialised in business journalism, working on publications such as Director (the magazine published by the Institute of Directors) and Real Business as part of their editorial teams.
In the late 1990s, he moved to Internet Magazine. During this time he appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes as well as newspapers and industry web sites talking about internet-related matters. He was also shortlisted for the PPA's PTC New Journalist of the Year Award in 1999.
- Wood, Greg (26 August 1999). "Racing: Courses dig deep for Internet gold". The Independent (London).
- "Internet as propaganda weapon". BBC News. 7 April 1999.
- Interview with Dinnick at the Web Developers' Journal: http://www.webdevelopersjournal.com/developers/richard_dinnick.html
- Dinnick wrote a column for Net Imperative: http://www.netimperative.com/news/2001/06/18/The_Dinnick_Room_Heres
- Dinnick authored the consultation document "Quality Framework for UK Government Website Design: Usability issues for government websites": http://www.umic.pt/images/stories/publicacoes/quality_framework_uk.pdf