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Nev Fountain, born Steven John Fountain (born 12 August 1969)[1], is an English writer, best known for his comedy work with writing partner Tom Jamieson on the radio and television programme Dead Ringers.[2]

Nev Fountain
Steven John Fountain

(1969-08-12) August 12, 1969 (age 50)
Partner(s)Nicola Bryant

Early lifeEdit

A native of Stamford, Fountain attended the University of Warwick.


While working at a series of odd jobs in London, Fountain wrote a few fringe plays, including one called My Grandmother Is a Time Lord, produced in 1995. In the same year, he began writing sketches for the radio programme Week Ending. It was while working on Week Ending that he met Tom Jamieson, with whom he has written most of his subsequent radio and television work.

Fountain and Jamieson contributed to many radio and television comedy programmes, including Have I Got News for You, 2DTV, The News Quiz, Loose Ends and Big Impression. Their most notable work, however, has been for Dead Ringers in which Fountain occasionally makes cameo appearances. The pair are also responsible for the historical comedy Elephants to Catch Eels and wrote "Txt Mssg Rcvd", a 2005 episode of the BBC Three anthology series Twisted Tales.

Private EyeEdit

Fountain is also a staff writer on Private Eye magazine.[3]

Doctor WhoEdit

Fountain is a fan of Doctor Who, and has contributed to several audio dramas based on the programme. His first licensed Doctor Who work was as script editor on the webcast Death Comes to Time. He has also written several Doctor Who audio plays for Big Finish Productions, including Omega, The Kingmaker, and Peri and the Piscon Paradox. In addition, he wrote the narration script for the DVD documentary "The Last Chance Saloon" about the casting of Sylvester McCoy in the role in 1987. He appears occasionally as a host or MC at Doctor Who conventions.


Fountain is also a novelist, and has written three humorous detective books and one serious thriller. The detective books, collectively titled 'The Mervyn Stone Mysteries' were published by Big Finish in 2010 and recount the exploits of an ex-script editor of science fiction television series called 'Vixens from the Void'. Mervyn Stone encounters murders wherever he goes, whether it be a sci-fi convention (Geek Tragedy), the recording of a DVD commentary (DVD Extras Include: Murder) or the revival of the aforesaid television series (Cursed Among Sequels).

The serious thriller is called 'Painkiller', published by Sphere, and recounts the story of Monica Wood, a woman suffering from chronic neuropathic pain who discovers her own suicide note in a drawer - but she cannot remember writing it.

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Shalford, Surrey.


Mervyn Stone MysteriesEdit

  • Geek Tragedy (2010)
  • DVD Extras Include: Murder (2010)
  • Cursed Among Sequels (2010)

Painkiller (Thriller) published by Sphere (2016)


Doctor WhoEdit

  • Omega (August 2003)
  • The Kingmaker (April 2006)
  • The Companion Chronicles: ‘Peri and the Piscon Paradox’ (January 2011)
  • Destiny of the Doctor: 'Trouble in Paradise' (June 2013)
  • Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories: 'The Curious Incident of the Doctor in the Night-Time' (July 2014)
  • The Widow's Assassin (October 2014)[4]
  • The Diary of River Song Series 03: 'The Lady in the Lake' (January 2018)[5]

Bernice SummerfieldEdit

  • The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: 'The Revolution' (June 2014) [6]


  • Bad Faith (February 2014)[7]

The Confessions of Dorian GrayEdit

  • The Immortal Game (August 2013)[8]

Dark ShadowsEdit

  • The Eternal Actress (May 2012)[9]
  • The Darkest Shadow (June 2014)

The Mervyn Stone MysteriesEdit

  • The Axeman Cometh (June 2013)


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ "Interview: Nev Fountain, writer of new BBC Three comedy". BBC. 12 January 2005. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Tom Jamieson & Nev Fountain | United Agents". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "192. Doctor Who: The Widow's Assassin - Doctor Who - The Monthly Adventures - Big Finish". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ "3. The Diary of River Song Series 03 - The Diary of River Song - Big Finish". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  6. ^ "1. Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 01 - Doctor Who - The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield - Big Finish". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ "1. Vienna Series 01 - Vienna - Big Finish". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ "2.4. The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Immortal Game - The Confessions of Dorian Gray - Big Finish". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  9. ^ "25. Dark Shadows: The Eternal Actress - Dark Shadows - Dramatised Readings - Big Finish". Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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