Gary Russell wins The Terrance Dicks Award For Writers

Doctor Who author, comics editor and writer and audio and TV producer Gary Russell was announced as the inaugural recipient of The Terrance Dicks Award For Writers last weekend, at a ceremony at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society‘s convention The Capitol Five, in front of a packed house at the Crowne Plaza, London-Gatwick.

Gary received the award, a statue of The Master crafted by Gary Glover of Mooncrest Models, from Terrance’s wife Elsa. 

Gary Russell is presented with the inaugural Terrance Dicks Award for writers by Elsa Dicks. Photo courtesy the Doctor Who Appreciation Society
Gary Russell is presented with the inaugural Terrance Dicks Award for writers by Elsa Dicks. Photo courtesy the Doctor Who Appreciation Society

“I cannot believe it,” he said on Twitter, after the ceremony.

“To be the recipient of this inaugural award is an honour,” he also commented, “a pleasure and a scary responsibility I could never have expected.

“Terrance was an inspiration, a mentor and above all, a good friend. Thank you to the DWAS and the Elsa and the boys for this amazing award.” 

Gary Russell is a lifelong fan of Doctor Who, and has been involved in almost every avenue of Doctor Who media, from the TV series, to comics, books, to Doctor Who Magazine editor and of course, the Big Finish audio adventures, as writer, producer and director, setting up Big Finish Productions in 1997, with Jason Haigh-Ellery

After producing over 100 different releases, he left the company and moved to Cardiff to begin working on Doctor Who itself, as a script editor, and did the same job on Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. After what he describes as a three-year exile to Australia, producing Prisoner Zero (an animated sci fi series most recently shown on Netflix) he returned to Cardiff in 2016 and since then has been overseeing the turning of old Doctor Who soundtracks into new animated adventures.

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society was founded in 1976 and is the oldest Doctor Who fan club in the world. You can find them online at

• In Memoriam: Colin Brake pays tribute to fellow Script Editor Terrance Dicks

• In Memoriam: Doctor Who Script Editor and Novelist Terrance Dicks by Tim Robins

• In Review: The Essential Terrance Dicks – review by Russell Cook

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GARY RUSSELL Part 1 – The Early Years // Doctor Who : The Sirens of Audio Episode 48

GARY RUSSELL Part 2 | Being the B.O.S.S. at Big Finish // Doctor Who: The Sirens of Audio Episode 52
GARY RUSSELL Part 3 – “I Want Chris Chibnall’s Job” // Doctor Who : The Sirens of Audio Episode 58

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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