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. 🙂

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.

 

I am writing for ITV’s “Robin Of Sherwood” in a new series of audio plays

Anyone who knows me knows I adore Robin Hood. From Errol Flynn and Richard Todd via Disney’s foxy outlaw, John Cleese and Sean Connery all the way to Kevin Costner, Jonas Armstrong and Russell Crowe – I love them all. Hell, I am even writing my own take on the mythos in Rob: Young Robin Hood for Legendary Entertainment (coming later this year).

So I am especially thrilled to announce that I am writing a script for the iconic ITV show, Robin of Sherwood. which is returning with a series of audio plays from production company , Spiteful Puppet.

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The series features the cast from the original TV show with both iterations of the onscreen Robin present and correct. I will be writing one of the stories for Michael Praed’s Robin of Loxley alongside Judi Trott as Marian.

Story details and guest casting news to follow. Watch this space!

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. 🙂 

I am contributing a short story and a foreword to the new Brigadier anthology, “Lineage”!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be contributing not only a short story but also the foreword to the forthcoming Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart anthology, Lineage.

The Brigadier is one of the most loved characters from the worlds of Doctor Who. He has featured alongside almost all the Doctors at one time or another, in one medium or another since his introduction to the show in 1968.

Set around 1603, the story will take a look at the some of the Brigadier’s earliest relatives and the story of how they met…

The gig came about when I saw that the curator’s of the Brigadier’s legacy, Candy Jar books and the estate of Mervyn Haisman (the creator of the character) had delved back into real history to provide a backstory for his lineage, saying on their website:

From its earliest origins with the Clan Stewart in Scotland, and the Lethbridges in Devon, England, the name has a storied past. Historical figures, history makers, military heroes…”

Candy_Jar_Lineage_Cover_UPDATED_webIt just so happens that my 3rd great grandmother was, herself, a Lethbridge from Devon and was the matriarch of my own lineage!

When I told candy Jar of this link they offered me the chance to write the foreword to the book, something I have never done before but I was hugely honoured to do. Then they asked if I was interested in penning a top and tail for the anthology.

I jumped at the chance. Especially as the Brigadier was one of the reasons I joined the army and he made his first appearance on TV a week or so after I was born, so you could say we are time twins… ish.

I alsohad the very great honour of meeting Nick Courtney and interviewing him a few times as well as attending his moving memorial service in London. I have written for the character before, in my Big Finish audio drama, The Rings of Ikiria.

The result is tentatively titled The Soothsayer:

William Stewart and Mary Lethbridge discover that a mysterious stranger is intent on stopping their wedding and diverting the course of history – at any cost! [Set in 1603]

The book will be published later this year.

Pre-order Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage from the Candy Jar website.

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.

 

My First Doctor Who Comic Colection – Coming in 2018

Titan Comics is collecting my three-issue story, The Wolves of Winter into a hardback and softback graphic novel in February 2018. The story features the 12th Doctor and Bill alongside a crew of Vikings and a party of desperate Ice Warriors and a few blasts from the past he wasn’t expecting!

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“In Bill’s first comic adventure, the TARDIS crashes into the heart of a Viking camp! It seems that a terrifying alien force has taken hold over the icy kingdom. As the snow melts, the Doctor realises that he is about to face an unwelcome face from the past…”

Comparisons to the show aside, this is a fantastic comic. Every element – the story, the art, the colors – work together in perfect harmony. – Kabooooom

 

The release will also include my one-shot story, The Great Shopping Bill, which sees Bill find a missing girl in the largest supermarket n the galaxy – the Ubermarket! But not everything is as it seems…

You can pre-order this new collection on Amazon now.

 

New Literary Agent

The team of people looking after me and my work is growing. I am very pleased to announce that global literary rights for my works will now be handled by Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary Agency in the USA.

Moe is a wonderful agent and I am looking forward to working with her on projects in the New Year – starting off with the novelisation of my original IP work, Never After.

You can see the announcement and a short interview from yours truly on the BookEnds website.

The news follows on from my retaining top LA law firm Cohen Gardner LLP as my media law advisors in November, the brilliant new UK TV agent, Emily Smith at The Agency in February and the great Joe Riley at Zero Gravity as my US manager last year.

It is quite an odd – but very exciting – sensation to think I now actually have “people” for that expression: “let’s get your people to talk to my people”…

Onwards and upwards!

Covers revealed for the last part of my 12th Doctor Story, The Hordes of Heaven!

The covers for the final issue in year three of the 12th Doctor story run have been released and they are spectacular! As the title and the blurb might have suggested, this story – The Hordes of Heaven – features the return of the Weeping Angles! And now we can see them on the cover.

So join the 12th Doctor, Bill, Nardole and even Missy for one last trip before the third year draws to a close.

Below are the amazing covers for that issue, due in shops come February . Cover A is by Blair Shedd, Cover B is a photo masterpiece Weeping Angel extravaganza by the brilliant Will Brooks and Cover C is a great Groundhog Day homage by Simon Myers.

 

This is the last in the run for 12 for a while as Titan takes its Doctor Who ranges on hiatus for a few months.

What happens next? You’ll have to wait and see! It’s a cliffhanger…