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James Goss

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James Goss

Born: 1974 (age: 43)

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James Goss is an award-winning English writer and producer, best known for his work on Doctor Who and Torchwood spin-off media.

He was subsequently voted Number 19 in TV Cream's 2004 poll of Top 50 Media Movers and Shakers.In 2000, Goss was made senior content producer for the BBC and put in charge of the BBC's official Doctor Who website. Originally the site was part of the Cult TV website. Goss slowly expanded the content to include Buffy the Vampire SlayerFarscapeThe Simpsons,24 and Doctor Who.

With the return of Doctor Who in 2005, the Cult site was slowly wound down in order to concentrate solely on the show. Goss moved to BBC Wales to oversee the production of the new show's web site, expanding the contents to include cast and crew interviews, games andspin-off sites based on the broadcast episodes. His aim was to construct a whole world beyond the show that viewers could get further involved in, notably employing graphic designer Lee Binding for front pages and site design, and writer Joseph Lidster for the spin-off sites' fictional content. 

Having produced previous Doctor Who web only animations (such as Scream of the Shalka) and Shada, in 2005 Goss produced the animations of two missing episodes of the The Invasion (Doctor Who). The animation, developed by Cosgrove Hall, was originally intended as web-only content but was later added to the DVD release and went on to be voted best DVD special feature in the 2006 Doctor Who Magazine awards.

In 2006, Goss developed and produced Doctor Who The Infinite Quest, a Doctor Who animation shown on BBC One and CBBC in 2007. He was also producer of the special features for the DVD release.

He has since produced DVD extra features for further 2 Entertain Doctor Who releases, The ChaseThe Keys of MarinusThe Masque of Mandragora, and The Trial Of A Time Lord.

In 2007, he contributed to the Doctor Who short-story collection Short Trips: Snapshots.

His first novel, Almost Perfect, was released in October 2008.

In 2010, Goss' audiobook, Dead Air, read by David Tennant, was voted Audiobook Of The Year.

An audiobook of his yet to be released, first eleventh doctor novel The Hounds of Artemis was given free in the February 19, 2011 issue ofThe Guardian. It is read by Matt Smith and Clare Corbett.

Goss is also well known for his stage play adaptation of the Douglas Adams book Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. It was adapted for performance with fellow student Arvind Ethan David, and has since been staged around the world. In 2006 it won "Best Adaptation" in the 28th LA Weekly Theater Awards.

He wrote the stage play 7 Spies At The Casino, about the making of the 1967 film Casino Royale. It was performed at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2007.

Goss blogged from the Edinburgh Fringe for The Guardian web site in 2007 and wrote a series of guest blogs about archive television for the AOL UK TV web site in 2009-2010.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA