Gary Russell

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Gary Russell
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Born (1963-09-18) 18 September 1963 (age 53)
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Author, comic book writer, script editor, former actor
Years active 1976–present

Gary Russell (born 18 September 1963 in Maidenhead, Berkshire) is a British freelance writer, producer 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 included leading roles in the BBC's adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Phoenix and the Carpet as Cyril, ITV's adaptations of Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels (as Dick) and the BBC's Look & Read school's series, playing Lord Edward Dark in Dark Towers. He also spent seasons performing with Prospect Theatre Company and the Royal National Theatre.

He has written guide books, under the pseydonum Warren Martyn, to Frasier and The Simpsons for Virgin Publishing. 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 as a Script Editor on Doctor Who The Sarah Jane Adventures 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 a series of The Art of The Lord of the Rings, one per film, plus a fourth featuring material that couldn't be fitted into the individual volumes, and contributed to Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic with Andy Serkis. He also wrote the behind-the-scenes book on the making of the Matthew Warchus directed 2007 stage musical version of The Lord of the Rings. 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), which has been regularly updated (most recently in 2012) and published both in hardback and via an app. He also wrote a similar encyclopedia for Torchwood and The Torchwood Archive, a semi-fictional guide to the show. He also co-produced and directed the animated mini series "The Infinite Quest" and "Dreamland", which tied in with the current television series of Doctor Who as well as a series of award-winning animated online games also based on the show.

In 2011, having left BBC Wales, he briefly returned to Big Finish to produce the Bernice Summerfield and Gallifrey audios,[3] before moving to Australia and becoming the Executive Producer at animation company Planet 55 Studios. There he has overseen the development and production of a new children's sci-fi cartoon, Prisoner Zero, series for ABC Television.[4]


Film and TV[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976-77 The Phoenix and the Carpet Cyril
1978-79 The Famous Five Dick Kirrin
1981 Look and Read: Dark Towers Lord Edward Dark
1982 A Shocking Accident School Captain Short film
1982 Schoolgirl Chums Stephen


Year Title Role Notes
1975 A Month in the Country Kolya[5] Prospect Theatre Company
1980-81 The Browning Version/Harlequinade Taplow/Halbidere Royal National Theatre, London/Baltimore

Audio dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Doctor Who: The Marian Conspiracy John Wilson Also directed by
Doctor Who: Red Dawn Razzburr Also directed by
Bernice Summerfield: Dragons' Wrath Mappin Gilder
2001 Doctor Who: Dust Breeding Jay Binks Also directed by
2002 Doctor Who: Spare Parts Philpott/ Nurse Also directed by
2003 Doctor Who: Nekromanteia Thesanius
Doctor Who: Master Whispering Voices Also directed by



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. He has also written a number of Torchwood strips for Titan Publishing.


Year Title Notes
1994 Doctor Who: Legacy Series: Virgin New Adventures
1995 Doctor Who: Invasion of the Cat-People Series: Virgin Missing Adventures
1996 Doctor Who: The Scales of Injustice Series: Virgin Missing Adventures
Doctor Who: The Novel of the Film Novelization
1997 The New Adventures: Deadfall Series: Virgin New Adventures
Doctor Who: Business Unusual Series: Past Doctor Adventures
1998 Doctor Who: Placebo Effect Series: Eighth Doctor Adventures
1999 Doctor Who: Divided Loyalties Series: Past Doctor Adventures
2001 Doctor Who: Instruments of Darkness Series: Past Doctor Adventures
2005 Doctor Who: Spiral Scratch Series: Past Doctor Adventures
2007 The Sarah Jane Adventures: Warriors of Kudlak Novelization
2008 Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos Series: New Series Adventures
Torchwood: The Twilight Streets
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Lost Boy Novelization
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Last Sontaran Novelization
2010 Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase Series: New Series Adventures
The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor Novelization
2012 Doctor Who: Horror of the Space Snakes Collected in the book Doctor Who Book 5: Monstrous Missions[6]
2014 Bernice Summerfield: Adorable Illusion
2015 Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation Series: New Series Adventures
Short fiction
Year Title Published in
1998 "Missing, Part One: Business as Usual" Doctor Who: More Short Trips
"64 Carlysle Street" Doctor Who: More Short Trips
2000 "Countdown to TV Action" Doctor Who: Short Trips and Sidesteps
2003 "A Boy’s Tale" Doctor Who - Short Trips: Companions
2004 "Repercussions..." Doctor Who - Short Trips: Repercussions
2006 "Echoes" Doctor Who - Short Trips: The Centenarian
2007 "The Report" Doctor Who - Short Trips: Snapshots
"Do You Dream in Colour" Doctor Who - Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas
Non-fiction and reference books
Year Title Notes
2001 Doctor Who: Regeneration With Philip Segal
2004 The Art of The Lord of the Rings
2006 Doctor Who: The Inside Story


  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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  5. ^ Turgenev, Ivan (1980). A Month in the Country - Issue 2 of Monash Nineteenth-century drama series. Dramatists Play Service Inc. p. 7. ISBN 9780822207726. 
  6. ^ "Doctor Who Book 5: Monstrous Missions". 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 

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