Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher (born 13 October 1954) is an English screenwriter and novelist. Gallagher was born in Salford, Greater Manchester.


He has written several novels and television scripts, including for the BBC television series Doctor Who for which he wrote two serials, Warriors' Gate (1981) and Terminus (1983)as well as for the series Rosemary & Thyme and Bugs, for two seasons of which he was script consultant along with Brian Clemens. He adapted his own novel Chimera as a miniseries of the same name shown on ITV and directed the adaptation of Oktober as well as writing the feature-length episode The Kingdom of Bones for the BBC series Murder Rooms.

He also developed and wrote a science-based series for ITV, Eleventh Hour, starring Patrick Stewart as a government science investigator and advisor. The programme was rumoured to be ITV's answer to the new series of Doctor Who, but was more in the tradition of the hard-science thriller. Gallagher's series format was acquired for a US television remake by the CSI trio of CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer and director Danny Cannon. The series aired on CBS and starred Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton.

Life Line, broadcast in 2007, was a two-part supernatural mystery starring Ray Stevenson, Joanne Whalley and Jemima Rooper. Gallagher was later lead writer and story supervisor on NBC's 13-part series Crusoe, screened in 2008/2009, and contributed two episodes to the US version of Eleventh Hour including Medea, the season finale. In 2009 he served as Co-Executive Producer on Bruckheimer's crime show The Forgotten, starring Christian Slater. The Legacy, a two-part story for season 16 of the BBC's Silent Witness, was Best Drama winner in the 2013 European Science TV and New Media Awards. He later wrote episodes of Stan Lee's Lucky Man.



  • The Last Rose of Summer – 1978 (later revised as Dying of Paradise)
  • Saturn Three – 1980 (film novelisation)[1]
  • Silver Dream Racer – 1980 (film novelisation, as John Lydecker)
  • Chimera – 1982
  • Doctor Who: Warriors' Gate – 1982 (as John Lydecker)
  • Dying of Paradise – 1982 (as Stephen Couper)
  • Doctor Who: Terminus – 1983 (as John Lydecker)
  • The Ice Belt – 1983 (as Stephen Couper)
  • The Kids from Fame – 1983 (as Lisa Todd)
  • The Kids from Fame II – 1983 (as Lisa Todd)
  • Follower – 1984
  • Valley of Lights – 1987
  • Oktober – 1988
  • Down River – 1989
  • Rain – 1990
  • The Boat House – 1991
  • Nightmare, With Angel – 1992
  • Red, Red Robin – 1995
  • White Bizango – 2002
  • The Spirit Box – 2005
  • The Painted Bride – 2006
  • The Kingdom of Bones – 2007
  • The Bedlam Detective – 2012
  • The Authentic William James – 2016

Short fiction

  • Out of His Mind – 2004 (collection of short stories, winner of the British Fantasy Award)
  • Plots and Misadventures – 2007 (second collection of short stories)
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The boy who talked to animals
Like clockwork
My repeater 2001 "My repeater". F&SF. 100 (1): 122–136. January 2001.


  • Journeyman: The Art of Chris Moore – 2000

See also


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