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Goss, James

Entry updated 18 March 2024. Tagged: Author, Theatre, TV.

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(1974-    ) UK author, playwright and producer whose first work of genre interest was a stage adaptation with Arvind Ethan David of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) by Douglas Adams, as Dirk (first performed 1995; 2016). He has long been associated with the Doctor Who franchise, initially as the content producer in charge of the BBC's official show website from 2000 when it was part of their Cult TV site. Goss has also produced Doctor Who web animations and DVD extra features. His first novels were Almost Perfect (2008), Risk Assessment (2009) and First Born (2011), all three being Ties to the Who spinoff series Torchwood (2006-2011). Co-credited with Douglas Adams are three Doctor Who novelizations: City of Death (2015) and The Pirate Planet (2017), based on scripts by Adams, and Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen (2018), based on archive material relating to a storyline that was never produced. Further Doctor Who-related books followed, including nonfiction and Poetry [see Checklist below].

Goss's first non-tie novel is Haterz (2015), a darkly humorous tale of a man who discovers his Near Future vocation: to make the Internet a better place by systematically murdering trolls, purveyors of hate speech and other polluters of online discourse, including those who merely irritate him. [DRL]

James Goss

born 1974



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  • Haterz (Oxford, Oxfordshire: Rebellion Publishing/Solaris, 2015) [pb/Pye Parr]
  • Dirk (London: Samuel French, 2016) [play: adapted with Arvind Ethan David from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) by Douglas Adams: first performed 1995: pb/]



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