William Gallagher (writer)

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William Gallagher
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William Gallagher at PoWWoW Litfest 2012
Nationality British
  • Writer
  • Journalist

William Gallagher is a British writer and journalist. He has written Doctor Who audio plays for the Big Finish range, the stage play Manhattenhenge (2008–2009) and the Rhubarb Radio series Attachment (2009). His book on Alan Plater's The Beiderbecke Affair was published by the British Film Institute and Palgrave Macmillan on 28 September 2012.

On publication of the book, he released an Author Video[1] about the writing of it and a series of Beiderbecke podcasts: video interviews and audio commentaries for selected episodes of the Beiderbecke saga.

From 2005-2010 he wrote and presented UK DVD Review, a podcast[2] that peaked in the top 25 of all iTunes podcasts in all categories worldwide (BBC News reports[3]).

He has written for publications including The Independent, The Los Angeles Times.[4] His journalism appears in Radio Times magazine and website, plus BBC News Online.

In March 2011 he announced on his 'Self Distract' blog that he was writing a four-part Doctor Who audio for Big Finish which is called Wirrn Isle.[5] It was released in March 2012 and starred Colin Baker.

In February 2013 his third Big Finish story, Doctor Who: Spaceport Fear, was released. The two-hour radio comedy drama stars Colin Baker as the Doctor and Bonnie Langford as Mel with guest star Ronald Pickup. A fourth, Doctor Who: Scavenger is due in March 2014.[citation needed]

Since December 2014, Gallagher has written app reviews and other features on MacNN.com.

Writing Credits[edit]

Production/Title Company/Broadcaster Notes/Dates
Doctor Who: Scavenger[6] Big Finish Scriptwriter, full-cast audio drama, 2014
Self Distract: from Doctor Who fan to Radio Times and Big Finish Dark Ride Publishing Writer, book 2013
The Blank Screen Dark Ride Publishing Writer, book 2013
Radio Times: Cover Story Radio Times
ISBN 978-0956752383
Co-writer, book 2013
Fat Priests Birmingham Rep Short play, 2013
Doctor Who: Spaceport Fear Big Finish
ISBN 978-1781780527
Scriptwriter, full-cast audio drama, 2013
BFI Television Classics: The Beiderbecke Affair British Film Institute
ISBN 978-1844574698
Writer, book 2012
Doctor Who: Wirrn Isle Big Finish
ISBN 978-1844356065
Scriptwriter, full-cast audio drama, 2012
Doctor Who: The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories Big Finish
ISBN 978-1844355389
Scriptwriter, full-cast audio drama, 2010
UK DVD Review[7] Dark Ride Productions Review podcast, 2005–10
Attachment Rhubarb Radio/iTunes Scriptwriter, radio series, 2009
Manhattenhenge Carriageworks Theatre Scriptwriter, stage play, 2008/9
Harvest Festival, PI Carriageworks Theatre Scriptwriter, stage play, 2008/9
Innocence Swan Playwright's Festival Scriptwriter, stage play, 2008
Time and the Conway Twitty Appreciation Society Birmingham Hippodrome Scriptwriter, stage play, 2007
Crossroads ITV Scriptwriter, 2001
EastEnders BBC website Scriptwriter, online fiction, 1999
Casualty BBC website Scriptwriter, online fiction, 1999

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result
2011 AAA Screenplay Contest (United States) Wasps TV pilot Honourable Mention
2008 Red Planet Prize Wasps TV pilot finalist
2008 Swan Playwrights Award Innocence One-Act Thriller Won


  1. ^ "The Beiderbecke Affair". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Entertainment | Moyles show tops UK podcast chart". BBC News. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  4. ^ "WIRED WORLD; Cell can name that tune in". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2004-09-26. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  5. ^ William Gallagher (2011-03-17). "William Gallagher: Self Distract: I've been keeping something from you". Williamgallagher.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  6. ^ "184. Scavenger - Doctor Who - Main Range - Big Finish". Big Finish. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  7. ^ "podcast". www.williamgallagher.com. Retrieved 2012-07-02.

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