After a ten-year career as a young actor, Gary Russell moved into other aspects of the industry, working as a runner/assistant director/AFM, as well as spending a period of time in press and publicity and brand management for the BBC. As a freelance writer he has written for a number of national magazines and periodicals such as Radio Times, Mojo and Time Out. For Marvel UK he served as an Editor and then Group Editor in both magazine and comic book departments, before moving on to work for gaming magazines and TV soap magazines. Over the years he has written a number of Doctor Who prose novels, comic books and computer games as well as a hefty list of nonfiction books about the show, plus some non-Doctor Who publications as well, including the New York Times bestselling The Art of The Lord of The Rings movie tie-in books. In 1997 Gary helped establish Big Finish Productions Ltd, for which he was the Executive Producer for eight years, overseeing all audio drama and book publishing programming; script-editing, producing and directing over 200 hours of original audio drama. He rejoined the BBC as a Script Editor at BBC Wales Drama, where he stayed for nearly 6 years, working on Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Wizards vs Aliens. For BBC Wales he also produced and directed a number of Doctor Who animation and on-line game projects before relocating to New South Wales, Australia, to be the Executive Producer on a 26-part ABC-Me childrens’ animated series, from Planet 55 Studios, called Prisoner Zero.

He has now returned to the UK after three years in Aus, reunited with his bizarre collection of books, comics, action figures, Converse hi-tops, a ridiculous amount of CDs and DVDs and therefore a lot of dust. He is allergic to onion and terrified of cows. Heaven knows why…