Alan Barnes is a British writer. He began at Doctor Who Magazine as a comic writer, then edited the magazine for a number of years. He wrote the first half of the Eighth Doctor comic strip stories before becoming Assistant Editor under Gary Gillatt (the magazine's editor at the time).
In issue 237 1998 Alan Barnes was credited as 'Assistant Editor'. He continued to hold this possition until issue 271 in November 1998. The following issue he began to share the position of editor with Gary Gillat. By July 2000, with issue 293, Barnes had assumed full duties as sole editor (and was credited as such in the magazine's credits).
Barnes was also editor of the Judge Dredd Magazine from 2001 to 2005.
Barnes created or more precisely "fleshed out" the character of Charley Pollard, who was introduced in Storm Warning. He was given the brief for Storm Warning and in it was the instruction that he had to introduce a companion called 'Charley'.
Orbis, a Big Finish Productions audio drama, was cowritten with Nicholas Briggs. However, Barnes has said he "wrote the script from Nick's very detailed scene breakdown. Which was a fascinating experience like painting, or something. A storyline is a fairly cold, mechanical blueprint of a thing; writing the script is about adding colour, finding ways to bring it to life."
In addition to his audio and comic strip credits, Barnes has also written one television story, The Infinite Quest, originally a thirteen-episode animated story made up of three-and-a-half-minute episodes broadcast as part of Totally Doctor Who.