San Diego Comic Con 2019 Preliminary Schedule

Although provisional and subject to change and addition, here is my public schedule of signings and panels at this years SDCC:

THURSDAY 18th JULY

11am – PANEL – TBC – Room TBC
4pm – 5pm: SIGNING – New Comic – Booth TBC

FRIDAY 19th JULY

11am – 12pm: SIGNING – New Comic – Booth TBC
2pm – 3pm: SIGNING – Doctor Who Books – BBC America booth 4129
4pm – 5pm: SIGNING – New Comic – Booth TBC
6pm – 7pm: PANEL – Legendary Entertainment – Room TBC

SATURDAY 20th JULY

11am -12pm: SIGNING – New Comic – Booth TBC
4pm – 5pm: SIGNING – New Comic – Booth TBC

SUNDAY 21st JULY

10am – 11am: PANEL – Titan Comics – Room TBC
11am -12pm: SIGNING – New Comic – Booth TBC
2pm – 3pm: SIGNING – Doctor Who Books – BBC America booth 4129

More information on booths and locations s it becomes available! 🙂

Two Signing Events Coming up in March

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The Missy Chronicles was officially published by BBC Books on 22nd February and to celebrate its release I will be signing alongside fellow contributing authors at two events: one in London and one in Manchester.

The first will be held on Saturday, 3rd March at London’s Forbidden Planet store between 1pm and 2pm. I will be signing alongside Peter Anghelides, James Goss and Cavan Scott.

You can find details of the signing in the events section of Forbidden Planet’s website.

Peter and I will then be joining another contributor to the anthology, Paul Magrs, at an event to help launch his new novel, The Heart of Mars.

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This will be held on the evening of Thursday, 15th March between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at the Waterstones bookshop in the Arndale Centre, Manchester.

After the signing there will be a discussion about Doctor Who chaired by Matthew Elliot.

You can find details of this event on the Waterstones website.

Hope to see some of you at one or other of the locations. 🙂

My Schedule for the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles

My Guests Sessions at Gallifrey One: The 29 Voyages – the biggest and best Doctor Who convention in the world – has been confirmed and is as follows:

Friday, February 16

12:00pm
Hell Bent:
The universe of Doctor Who is populated by myths and legends from a broad variety of cultures, especially the darker ones. From no less than three explanations for the doom of Atlantis, to demons from yesteryear, be they in the bowels of a planet at the edge of a black hole or buried under the fields of Devil’s End, from ancient vampires sleeping in a pocket of E-Space to modern vampires trolling the canals of Venice, and tales based upon those of ancient Greece, Egypt, Norse gods and even Lovecraft – it all makes for some great television. We’ll look at the impact of mythology, the Underworld, and the dark places of the universe on Doctor Who.
GUESTS: Richard Dinnick • Barbara Hambly
PANELISTS: Nicole Carlson • Clay Dockery • Elizabeth Gunther

1:00pm
Doctor Who Crossover: Red Shirt Edition
Continuing on last year’s panel of our Crossover “Villains Edition”, this year’s theme tackles the epic problem, “Who is the worst possible companion for the Doctor?” Which epic fail of a companion would get the Doctor killed the quickest, get him into the most trouble or just plain annoy him to no end? Could it be a colicky toddler, a crotchety old fussbudget, or even a modern politician? Our panelists will present their case for the character they think will be the best and thus the worst and let the audience decide. Let the games begin!
GUEST: Richard Dinnick
PANELISTS: Mike Ackerman • Lauren Gallo • Ben Paddon

4:00pm
The Past, Present and Future of Doctor Who Fiction
A lively roundtable chat with writers of Doctor Who fiction, in novel, audio and comics form, to discuss what they’ve done, what they have coming up, and the directions the narrative will take in the future.
GUESTS: Peter Anghelides • Jenny Colgan • Richard Dinnick • John Dorney • Matt Fitton • Tony Lee • George Mann • Cavan Scott • Rob Shearman • Mike Tucker

5:00pm
Autographs
Autographs in the Gallifrey One 2018 Autograph Alley.
Richard Dinnick • Simon Fraser • Tony Lee • George Mann • Terry Molloy • Cavan Scott

Saturday, February 17

1:00pm
Autographs (at Titan Comics)
Please note: at this Autograph session, writers and artists will be signing at the Titan Comics booth in the Dealers Room.
GUESTS: Richard Dinnick • Simon Fraser • George Mann • Cavan Scott

2:00pm
The Future of Comics and the Conquest of the Silver Screen
Comics today dominate the media… imagine that! We’ll take a look at the good and the bad surrounding the comic conquest of film and television, and where it might be heading.
GUESTS: Richard Dinnick • Tony Lee • George Mann • Cavan Scott • David Tipton • Scott Tipton • Marv Wolfman

4:00pm
Titan Comics: 2018 Preview
Chris Thompson of Titan Comics joins us along with a panel of special guests (including a surprise or two) to talk about Titan’s current and forthcoming lines of Doctor Who comics and special releases…
GUESTS: Paul Cornell • Richard Dinnick • Simon Fraser • Christopher Jones • George Mann • Jessica Martin • Cavan Scott • Chris Thompson

8:30pm – 11:00pm
The Masquerade of Mandragora 2018
Our Saturday night showcase, hosted by Tony Lee with special guest judge Richard Dinnick. Enjoy a procession of costumes from Doctor Who and the science fiction & fantasy world on our main stage, as costumers display their talents and compete for best-in-show and other awards.
GUEST JUDGE: Richard Dinnick
COMPÈRE: Tony Lee

Sunday, February 18

12:00pm – 1.45pm
The 2018 Bob May Memorial Charity Auction, Benefitting the Pop Culture Hero Coalition
Join Richard Dinnick as the first guest auctioneer at Gallifrey One’s annual charity event. This year, as we’ve announced, the charity auction – as always, named in honor of our dear friend Bob May from Lost in Space – will be benefitting the Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Donations for the auction are always accepted and this year, you can drop off your donations at the first door down the Exhibitor Table hallway!
GUESTS: Richard Dinnick • Chase Masterson

2:00pm
Autographs
Autographs in the Gallifrey One 2018 Autograph Alley.
GUESTS: Jenny Colgan • Richard Dinnick • Simon Fraser • George Mann • Jamie Mathieson • Cavan Scott • Mike Tucker

4:00pm
Kaffeeklatsch with Richard Dinnick and Robert Napton
Kaffeeklatsches are small events with guests and up to 12 fan attendees. Sign-ups are required; online sign-ups will take place prior to the convention (with any slots left available to be filled when the Kaffeeklatsch desk opens at 10am Friday morning). The Kaffeeklatsch desk is located next to Member Services and adjacent to the elevators on the convention floor.
GUESTS: Richard Dinnick • Robert Napton

6:15pm – 7:00pm
Closing Ceremonies
The tears, the sighs, the heartfelt goodbyes… the Board of Directors of Gallifrey One bid you farewell, and request the honor of your presence at our 2019 convention. Come say goodbye to our guests and toast another successful year!
GUESTS: All

If you’re attending Gallifrey One, I hope to see you there at some point over the long weekend. 🙂 

Exclusive Cover revealed for my Gallifrey One convention 12th Doctor Comic

I am delighted to announce that Titan Comics have teamed up with the number one Doctor Who convention on the entire planet – Gallifrey One – to produce an exclusive cover for the event in February.

The cover features the wonderful Matt Lucas (as Nardole) and the inimitable David Bradley (as the First Doctor) alongside the Gallifrey One logo for this year: “The 29 Voyages”.

I will be attending the convention in Los Angeles between the 15th and 18th February and signing the exclusive alongside the stars of the TV show.

IMG_2269Shaun Lyon, the showrunner of the event said: “Pretty damn cool… an exclusive Titan cover for the convention written by a guest Richard Dinnick, featuring our guests on the cover David Bradley and Matt Lucas.”

The comic that bears this awesome new cover is the 12th Doctor #3.12, the penultimate part of both the third year of the book and of my four part story, A Confusion of Angels.

This featuring the Weeping Angels (Blink, Flesh & Stone, The Angels Take Manhattan, etc) squaring up against the Host (Voyage of the Damned).

Regulars: Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, Pearl Mackie’s Bill, Mat Lucas’s Nardole and Michelle Gomez’s Missy are caught in the crossfire…

VIP Screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special

I was privileged enough to be invited to the screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special at the Science Museum on Wednesday night.

I have no intention of posting any spoilers. Suffice to say that it was awesome. I loved it! I honestly think it’s the best Doctor Who episode since Day of the Doctor – and I am a HUGE fan of series 10, Nardole, Missy and – most of all – Bill!

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After all,  I do write their further adventures for Titan’s comics and BBC Books! It is a triumph and sends the 12th Doctor off in grand style. A tear, Richard? Well, yes. But while there’s tears, there’s hope…

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Anyway, here are a few photos from the after show party – a snowy wasteland save for a couple of TARDISes and a console that doubled as the centrepiece for an extensive bar!

But, what stood out for me was the fantastic farewell speech Steven Moffat gave after the screening, during the Q&A. He declared in ebullient mood that DOCTOR WHO is the greatest TV show in the world.

He then proved it:

“How do you measure greatness? Do you measure it by ratings? Do you measure it by reviews? Christ no, of course you don’t…

But there are people who became writers because of Doctor Who. Loads of them. There are people who became artists because of Doctor Who. There are people who became actors because of Doctor Who. Two of them have played the Doctor! There are people, believe it or not, who became scientists because of Doctor Who…

So, never mind the reviews… the ratings. Never mind any of that.

Count the scientists, the musicians, the scholars, the writers, the directors, the actors, who became what they are *because* of this show.

Count the *hearts* that beat a little faster because of Doctor Who.

I do not even know what’s in second place, but without doubt, and by that most important measure, Doctor Who *is* the greatest television show ever made.”

And he’s right. Because one of those people is me. I became a writer because of Doctor Who. And I am sure a number of you reading this became what you are because of Doctor Who.

So, Steven, I salute you.

 

I will be appearing at Bradford Literature Festival

I am thrilled that I have been invited to talk about my new Doctor Who book, Myths & legends at the Bradford Literature Festival on Sunday 2nd July. I will be interviewed on stage by Kate Fox, a stand-up poet and Doctor Who fan!

Here are the even details:

Doctor Who: Legends of the Time Lords
Sunday, 2nd July 2017 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
University of Bradford – Small Hall

“Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears. In this must-see event for all Whovians and fans of myths and legends, Doctor Who writer Richard Dinnick brings the heroes, villains, gods and monsters of the Who-niverse to life.

For thousands of years, epic stories like the tale of princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, or the legend of the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, have been told by Time Lords, absorbed by eager students, and kept alive from generation to generation.

Join us as we explore stories that shed light on the Who-niverse, encounter strange beings from other worlds, and delve deep into space and time to discover the fables of the galaxy. “

First Date of Signing Tour for Doctor Who: Myths & Legends

The wonderful people at BBC Books have been putting together a series of events to tie in with the publication of my forthcoming Doctor Who book, Myths & Legends.

The first of these has now been announced and I can revealI will be at MCM London Comic Con on Sunday 28th May, talking about writing the book and then signing advance copies – a whole month before the official publication date!

If you can, do pop by and say “hello”! 🙂

Here are the full details:

Doctor Who Myths & Legends: Epic Tales from Alien Worlds:
Join author Richard Dinnick as he discusses the creative process for his latest Doctor Who opus, the very first illustrated book of Time Lord mythology, featuring epic tales from the Whoniverse. Doctor Who fans are not going to want to miss this!

· Panellists: Richard Dinnick, Moderator TBC
· Panel Duration: 30 minutes
· Exact Time: 1:45pm – 2:15pm
· Day: Sunday 28th of May
· Lower Platinum Suite – Author signing afterwards – Forbidden Planet Int.

 

I will be attending San Diego Comic Con.

I am very excited to say that I will be attending this years’s San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in July of this year. As well as appearing as part of the Titan team to sign and promote my run on the 12th Doctor’s comic adventures, I am hoping there will be other announcements that can be made there – or in the build up to SDCC.

SDCC is the most famous, most amazing convention on the planet and it has been a goal of mine to go as a guest for a long time. And now I get to live my dream… Did I mention I was excited?

I will also then be back in Los Angeles for a few days, following up on the exciting meetings I had in Feb while I was out there, and moving forwards with new ones.