Gareth John Pritchard Roberts
(born 1968) is a British television screenwriter
, best known for his work related to the science-fiction television series Doctor Who
. He has also worked on various comedy series and soap operas
Roberts studied drama at college and has also worked as a clerk at the Court of Appeal.
During the 1990s, Roberts was associated with the popular range of Doctor Who spin-off novels
published by Virgin Books
. He contributed several novels to both their New Adventures
and Missing Adventures
ranges of Doctor Who
fiction. He also wrote some Cracker
novelisations for Virgin.
He continued to be associated with Doctor Who in the 2000s, penning several feature articles and comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine, co-writing audio plays and short stories based on the series with Clayton Hickman for Big Finish Productions, and in 2005 writing another Doctor Who novel, Only Human, based on the characters from the new series launched that year, for BBC Books' New Series Adventures range. A further novel, I am a Dalek, was released in 2006 and featured the Tenth Doctor. I am a Dalek is part of a Government "Quick Reads initiative". He also co-wrote The New Gods with Rebecca Levene, the first Tomorrow People audio drama for Big Finish.
On December 25 2005 a special 'interactive' mini-episode of Doctor Who written by Roberts, Attack of the Graske, was broadcast, and can now be accessed on the BBC website (only available to UK Broadband Users). Roberts also wrote a series of "TARDISODEs", short videos available online and via mobile phones promoting the 2006 series of Doctor Who.
He has thus far written two full episodes of Doctor Who, "The Shakespeare Code" for the 2007 series and "The Unicorn and the Wasp" for the 2008 series.
Roberts also co-wrote, with Russell T Davies, "Invasion of the Bane", the pilot episode of the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures. He wrote two two-part stories for the full series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which began broadcasting in the autumn of 2007.
Roberts will co write with Davies again for one of the 2009 specials of Doctor Who.
Roberts has worked on some of the most popular British soap operas, including Channel 4
's now-defunct Brookside
as a scriptwriter (1999-2003), and as a story associate on ITV
's Coronation Street
in 1997. In 1998 he worked as a script editor
on ITV's other long-running soap, Emmerdale
, moving across to write several episodes himself the following year.
In comedy, Roberts has worked in collaboration with The Fast Show
writer and performer Charlie Higson
on the sitcom Swiss Toni
, a spin-off
from The Fast Show
. He also collaborated with Higson on scripts for the second series of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
for BBC One
Roberts has also contributed sketches to the Five sketch show Swinging.
- The Highest Science (Doctor Who New Adventure, 1993)
- Tragedy Day (Doctor Who New Adventure, 1994)
- Zamper (Doctor Who New Adventure, 1995)
- The Romance of Crime (Doctor Who Missing Adventure, 1995)
- To be a Somebody (Cracker novelisation, 1996)
- Best Boys (Cracker novelisation, 1996)
- The English Way of Death (Doctor Who Missing Adventure, 1996)
- The Plotters (Doctor Who Missing Adventure, 1996)
- The Well-Mannered War (Doctor Who Missing Adventure, 1997)
- Only Human (Doctor Who New Series Adventure, 2005)
- I am a Dalek (Doctor Who New Series Adventure, 2006)
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