John Peel
BornJohn Ronald Peel
1954 (age 66–67)
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Pen nameNicholas Adams
Rick North
J.P. Trent
John Vincent
EducationCarlton le Willows Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
GenreScience fiction
Spy fiction
SubjectScience fiction television
Notable worksTimewyrm: Genesys (1991)
Evolution (1994)
War of the Daleks (1997)
Legacy of the Daleks (1998)
Diadem (1997–2012)

John Peel (born 1954) is a British writer, best known for his TV series tie-in novels and novelisations. He has written under several pseudonyms, including "John Vincent" and "Nicholas Adams". He lives in Long Island, New York. While his wife is a US citizen, Peel continues to travel under a British passport.


During the 1980s, Peel wrote a licensed spin-off novel based on the popular 1960s TV series The Avengers, titled Too Many Targets. He is also known for his various books based on Doctor Who, Star Trek and James Bond Jr. (written as "John Vincent").[1]

Doctor Who books

A friend of the television writer Terry Nation, Peel wrote novelisations of several Doctor Who stories for Target Books featuring Nation's Daleks;[1] he is reportedly one of the few writers to have been willing to do so, given the high percentage of the author's fee that Nation's agents demanded for the rights to use the Daleks. For similar reasons, Peel is one of the few novelists to have used the Daleks in full-length, original Doctor Who novels, examples of which include War of the Daleks (1997) and Legacy of the Daleks (1998), written for the BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures range. Neither novel was especially well received by fans of the series, in part due to Peel's re-writing of Dalek history as depicted in the TV series (in particular the destruction of Skaro in the 1988 serial Remembrance of the Daleks), to bring their story more into line with Nation's vision.

With the publication of Timewyrm: Genesys (1991), Peel became the first author to write a full-length Doctor Who novel, featuring the Doctor, not to be based on either a TV or radio script. He had been selected by editor Peter Darvill-Evans to launch the Virgin New Adventures range, to resume the story of the Doctor's travels from where the now-cancelled TV series had left off. He also wrote the Evolution (1994) for their sister range, Missing Adventures (featuring previous Doctors and companions), and also The Gallifrey Chronicles (1991, not to be confused with the Eighth Doctor Adventures book), a compendium of the history of the Doctor's planet, Gallifrey.

Select bibliography

Are You Afraid of the Dark? series

Carmen Sandiego series

All published by Western Publishing.

Diadem series

The first six books were originally published by Apple. After the cancellation of the series by Apple, they were re-printed by Llewellyn Publications between 2004 and 2005. Books seven onwards were published directly by Llewellyn. Also published in French by AdA Éditions, under the title Les mondes de la magie du Diadème.

Doctor Who series

Dragonhome Series

Eerie, Indiana series

James Bond, Jr. series

All published by Puffin Books in 1992 under the pen name "John Vincent".

Shockers series

Published by Grosset & Dunlap.

Star Trek: The Next Generation series

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Young Adult series

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series

Tombstones series

Published by Pocket Books in 1995.

2099 series

Written as "Nicholas Adams"

All published by HarperCollins. "Nicholas Adams" is also the pen name for Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.


Peel has also written a number of Doctor Who comic strips for Doctor Who Monthly: