Richard Dinnick (born 22 January 1968) is a British screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer and audio playwright. He is a frequent guest at writing events (including the London Screenwriters' Festival) and such Doctor Who conventions as Gallifrey One as well as San Diego Comic Con.
|Occupation||Screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer, audio playwright|
|Known for||Thunderbirds Are Go!|
Dinnick started his writing career on the local newspaper Esher News and Mail in 1986. He then specialised in business journalism, working on publications such as Director (the magazine published by the Institute of Directors) and Real Business as part of their editorial teams.
In the late 1990s, he moved to Internet Magazine. During this time he appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes as well as newspapers and industry web sites talking about internet-related matters. He was also shortlisted for the PPA's PTC New Journalist of the Year Award in 1999.
Dinnick is the winner of the 2012 BBC Writersroom opportunity to create a new show and to write for TV on the BBC and went on to write for the CBeebies TV shows Tree Fu Tom and Go Jetters - amongst others - as well as Mind Candy's new Moshi Monsters TV show. He was one of six finalists in a 2014 BBC Academy opportunity to workshop a script for Waterloo Road. In 2015 Dinnick became Head Writer on the new Disney TV show Eena Meena Deeka and in-development action adventure show Captain Extraordinary. He was also a BAFTA Judge for Children's Drama and produced a session for the 2014 Children's Media Conference.
He is writing on the third series of Thunderbirds Are Go! for ITV/Amazon Studios and is developing several ideas for TV. These include the fantasy dramaNever After, primetime crime drama Murder of Crows, workplace drama No Kidding, and The Last Horseman, an urban fantasy series. He is working on a web series for Capital City Entertainment, Light & Shadows (a.k.a.Dead Good). He also has a prime time TV crime drama in development with Chrysalis Vision, named "Surface Tension".
Dinnick has written prose, scripts and comics for such media properties including MGM's Stargate and the BBC's Doctor Who. He has the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, including The Hound of the Baskervilles, for CD release. "The Underwater War" appeared in the tie-in Doctor Who: Alien Adventures, published by BBC Children's Books in 2010. He has since gone on to write books and short stories for Penguin UK, Titan Publishing, Black Library, Running Press and Snow Books. BBC Books published his tie-in collectionDoctor Who Myths & Legends in June 2017 and he is contributing to the Missy themed anthology - also from BBC Books - entitled 'The Missy Chronicles' to be published in 2018. He is also writing the foreword and contributing a story to the forthcoming anthology about Doctor Who Character, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, called Lineage from Candy Jar Books.
He has also written comics for IDW, BBC Magazines and is currently the writer on Titan Comics Twelfth Doctor line of comics. An original graphic novel - Rob - has also been announced to be published in 2018 by Legendary Entertainment and Line Webtoon alongside titles by Jessica Chobot and John Barrowman.
He has written scripts for several different franchises, largely for Big Finish Productions:
- Lost in Space - Countdown to Danger - volume #1: "Secrets" (Legendary Entertainment, December 2018 )
- Lost in Space - Countdown to Danger - volumes #2: "Quality Time" (Legendary Entertainment, May 2019)
- Lost in Space - Countdown to Danger - volumes #3: TBA (Legendary Entertainment, July 2019)
- "Doctor Who: The 13th Doctor" - Volume #0 (Titan Comics, September 2018) - The Many Lives of Doctor Who
- "Rob" - issues #1 - #6 (Legendary Entertainment/Line Webtoon - TBA) - TBA
- "Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor" - issue #3.10 - #3.13 (Titan Comics, December 2017 - February 2018) - A Confusion of Angels
- "Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor" - issue #3.9 (Titan Comics, November 2017) - The Great Shopping Bill
- "Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor" - San Diego Comic Con Exclusive (Titan Comics, July 2017) - The Last Action Figure
- "Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor" - issues #3.5 - #3.8 (Titan Comics, July - September 2017) - The Wolves of Winter featuring the first run for new series companion Bill, and the Ice Warriors.
- Doctor Who Special 2012 - Time Fraud (IDW, September 2012)
- Doctor Who Adventures - "The Lunar Tyk" (issue #191, November 2010)
According to his website he is also writing several unannounced comic book projects for publishers that are yet to be confirmed.
Dinnick has written a number of non-fiction works:
- The Internet Atlas (Parkgate, 2000)
- A History of the Internet (Pocket Essentials, 2002)
- The Big Finish Companion: Volume I (Big Finish, 2011)
- Moshi Monsters: The Official Collectable Figures Guide (Penguin, 2012)
- Doctor Who: The Official Anniversary Sticker Book (Penguin, 2013)
- Doctor Who - TARDIS (Running Press, 2013)
- Doctor Who - Dalek (Running Press, 2013)
- Doctor Who - Cyberman (Running Press, 2013)
- Doctor Who - Sonic Screwdriver (Running Press, 2014)
- Doctor Who - K9 (Running Press, 2015)
- Doctor Who - Weeping Angel (Running Press, 2015)
- Doctor Who - Adipose (Running Press, 2016)
- "Doctor Who - Supreme Dalek" (Running Press, 2016)
- The Big Finish Companion: Volume II (Big Finish, 2013)
Honours & awardsEdit
- Wood, Greg (26 August 1999). "Racing: Courses dig deep for Internet gold". The Independent. London.
- "Internet as propaganda weapon". BBC News. 7 April 1999.
- Interview with Dinnick at the Web Developers' Journal
- Dinnick wrote a column for Net Imperative
- Dinnick authored the consultation document "Quality Framework for UK Government Website Design: Usability issues for government websites"