Narrative Design for new MMO

I have been working as Senior Narrative designer on the new MMORPG, Hyperspace, being developed by Scottish games company Carbon Based Life Forms.

Taking existing lore and expanding upon it, we’ve created new alien species with their distinctive cultures, home planets and even languages. New characters have emerged and tantalising gameplay elements are being added all the time.

This is my 5th foray in to the world of games following on from create-your-own adventure books, Moshi Monsters walk-throughs, work on a Doctor Who VR game, as well as storylines and characters for a Chinese-based episodic mobile game.

This has been a much deeper dive, however, working alongside a team of junior Narratives and I have loved it.

Watch this space for more games work to come…

Final volume of Lost In Space graphic novel coming this December

The final volume of my Lost In Space tie-in series of graphic novels is being published by Simon & Schuster on December 14th. You can find details of the publication on the product page.

The release dqte is important as it links to when the third and final series of the hit Netflix TV show will drop.

This volume also collects all the previous stories with amazing art by Zid and El Garing and features the epic two-part adventure, When Worlds Collide, that sees the classic crew of the 1960s Jupiter meet their modern counterparts in a story that celebrates all eras of Lost in Space! 

I had a blast writing the crossover event story and the art makes it look like the panels are frames of an actual filmed episode with two of everyone (Will, Penny, the Robot, Dr Smith, and the whole crew) in slightly different guises and the return of an old foe from the classic TV show – with my own twist on things…

Not to be missed!

All episodes of ROB are now available to view for free online.

My reimagining of the Robin Hood folklore for Hollywood studio, Legendary Entertainment, is now finished and all episodes are available to view online at Webtoon.

You can find the episodes via ROB’s own landing page on the online digital platform.

There is a limited amount of time ROB will available in this format before before the episodes are taken down and Legendary Comics publish a hard copy of the story in the form of graphic novels.

Enjoy!

ROB is Launched on Webtoon – Upwards of 40k Subscribers Already!

My new IP, ROB – based on the Robin Hood mythology – was launched on Thursday 4th February at 1am GT (Wednesday 3rd at 5pm PT) with Legendary Entertainment dropping the first three chapters on the Webtoon digital platform.

The title has proved a runaway success, with ROB already attracting over 43,000 subscribers and an average rating of 8.9, it is currently at no.19 on the “Fantasy” chart out of the hundreds or even thousands of titles on the site.

You can read ROB for free here on the Webtoon site or download the app to view on your smartphone or tablet. You only have to create an account, which is also free.

New 7th Doctor Comic Announced by Titan

It has been announced at the Gallifrey One Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles that I will be writing for the 7th Doctor this summer as part of a new mini-series.

BBC Worldwide Americas and Titan Comics have announced that the Seventh Doctor is back, in comic form.

This brand-new three-part comic series stars the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy, alongside classic companion Ace, played by Sophie Aldred.

Released in June 2018 with a double-sized first issue, DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR #1, is written by Seventh Doctor script editor Andrew Cartmel, and writer Ben Aaronovitch who wrote the seventh Doctor stories Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield. There will also be a back-up strip written by me and I am thrilled to be working with Jessica Martin who will be providing the artwork,

Jessica played the part of Mags in the 1989 TV story The Greatest Show In The Galaxy. Her character will be the lead in a story entitled AS TIME GOES BY.

The lead story involves an unknown alien intelligence in orbit around the Earth, astronauts under attack, and a terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself at stake. Counter Measures activated. The Seventh Doctor and Ace are slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel return to the TARDIS, on the 30th anniversary of fan-favorite episode Remembrance of the Daleks with The Seventh Doctor comics, and are joined by illustrator Christopher Jones(The Third Doctor) and colorist Marco Lesko (Robotech, The Ninth Doctor) to bring astonishing twists and turns to the lives of the Seventh Doctor, and his companions, with Titan’s new comic series.

The debut issue comes with four variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Alice X. ZhangSimon Myers, and Christopher Jones, and a photo cover by Will Brooks.

 

Cover Reveals for 12th Doctor issue #3.11

The two covers for the second issue of my four-part 12th Doctor story, A Confusion of Angles, have been revealed. The art cover is by Blair Shedd and the photo one by Will Brooks.

There’s also a little synopsis!

“The Doctor and Bill are trapped between two dire opposing forces that should never have been brought together! It’s going to take all their ingenuity to survive, never mind defeat the threat!”

Pre-order the 12th Doctor #3.11 here!

 

Doctor Who 12th Doctor #3.6 Available to Pre-Order

Titan’s third year of 12th Doctor adventures continues with a new story featuring his old enemies, the Ice Warriors and a group of Vikings.

My current story, The Wolves of Winter, kicked off in issue 3.5 (published on 5th July) and now continues in 3.6, which is available for pre-order.

Another twist awaits the Doctor and Bill on an Arctic island in the 9th Century…

Pre-order Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor 3.6

Not caught up? You can buy Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor 3.5

And if you’re ahead of the game – or want to get there! – you can even Pre-order Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor 3.7.

News Round Up – New Covers, Signings and Appearances

It has been so busy lately and so many things have been going on! Here is a rundown of what’s been occurring in my world and what is coming up real soon…

First off, I had a great time at MCM London Comic Con. Thank you to all of you who came along to my talk and got books signed afterwards. It was lovely to see some old faces and meet some new ones, too. Thanks, too, to the lovely Sarah Garnham and Ben McConnell from BBC Books for support and Tess Henderson (As ever) for organising. We had between 70-100 people in the room and another thank you to the brilliant Elisar Cabrera who stepped into provide interviewing and moderating duties.

The covers for the final instalment of my first story in Titan’s 12th Doctor year 3 run have been revealed. And they look magnificent. There’s a wonderful Missy cover (LOVE Missy) by Andy Walker and two great Bill ones (LOVE Bill) by Will Brooks and Claudia Ianniciello:

If you missed me at MCM Comic Con and still want to get your hands on a copy of my BBC Book, Doctor Who: Myths & Legends – BEFORE it is officially released on the 29th June, then you need to pop along to the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 17th June at 1pm when I will be signing the book alongside Steve Tribe who will be signing his Brief History of the Time Lords.

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A couple of the amazing Adrian Salmon’s illustrations for Myths & Legends have been appearing online to tie in with episodes of Doctor Who series 10 with similar content. So far, we’ve seen Missy and a Female Ice Warrior who both appear in the book:

Finally, Bradford Literature Festival (Which I shall be at on the 2nd July) are offering copies of Myths & Legends plus the three novels by Mike Tucker, Cav Scott and Johnny Morris as a prize giveaway. You have to like and share the tweet they made about it to be in with a chance.

Phew. That’s all for now, More very soon!

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. “

Covers for my 12th Doctor Comic from Titan – Issue #3.6

The cover images for the three variant covers for the second instalment of my first 12th Doctor story have been released. Once again, there is a lovely graphic cover from artist and Blair Shedd (right).

But this time he is joined by Arianna Florean (left) who provides an image of the 12th Doctor and Bill and there is also a photo cover featuring two Ice Warriors (who make an appearance in the story, The Wolves of Winter). Will Brooks is responsible for this and very nice they all look!

The issue will be released in August 2017.