Verity!: “Feminism is built into the DNA of it”

L-R, Deb Stanish, Erika Ensign and Katrina Griffiths

L-R, Deb Stanish, Erika Ensign and Katrina Griffiths

DWM Yearbook 2016The final selection of extra bits from the DWM 2017 Yearbook (in shops now!). And here’s Deb Stanish, Erika Ensign and Katrina Griffiths from the Verity! podcast.

Full disclosure – I didn’t actually interview the trio together. I spoke, first, to Deb via Skype, then met up with Kat while she was visiting London, and finally Erika, again over Skype. I’m running their answers below in one narrative as each discussion covered similar topics.

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Radio Free Skaro: “Who cares what some dork in his basement says?”

Radio Free Skaro

L-R, Chris Burgess, Steven Schapansky, Warren Frey

DWM Yearbook 2016The DWM 2017 Yearbook is out today. I’ve got a few bits in it, including a feature on Doctor Who podcasting, in which I spoke to the makers of Reality BombVerity! and Radio Free Skaro.

Everyone involved in these endeavours proved to be 1) Charming and 2) Generous with their time – and I took up a lot of it. But, because of my allotted word-count, I had to really compress each interview for publication. Therefore, I’m taking this opportunity to run some ‘unseen’ footage from each here.

More will (hopefully!) be along in the next few days, but we begin with Steven Schapansky, Warren Frey and Chris Burgess from Radio Free Skaro
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Michael Kibble-White, 1939-2016

DM Kibble-White
The following is the final entry in Steve Berry’s Doctor Who book, Behind The Sofa, originally published in 2012, and to which my dad – who died this morning – contributed. If you’re so moved, please support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

(Apologies to Ben Morris, for modifying his work, above)
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Depicting Doctor Who 2001

Doctor Who 2001

Holly and Dan meet the Hickman/Gatiss/Roberts Doctor (Click to enlarge)

DWM #500I was shameless. Absolutely shameless.

I remember ringing Tom Splisbury in the middle of 2015, to gossip about this and that – but in truth the purpose was to make it clear I really wanted to have something in DWM #500. It meant a lot to me. Even then, I didn’t think that something would also include my own illustration… Continue reading

Tom Baker: “There’s always a bloody inquest”

Tom BakerIt’s Tom Baker’s birthday today, and people are joyously sharing Tom stories and interviews online. It’s prompted me to dig out my own Tom transcript, from 14 April, 2014.

Tom had been pressed into service to promote reruns of old Doctor Who episodes on The Horror Channel. After helming an uproarious roundtable (bits of which, I wrote up here), he did some quick one-to-one chats. So, I jumped in, double-banking quotes that could possibly be used in the huge poll that featured in DWM #474 (in the end, I don’t think any appeared) and running past him a Q&A feature for Total TV Guide, pertaining to various ‘firsts’ from his career.

Here, opportunistically, is the full transcript, and note how he off-handedly seems to want to bring the interview to a close. But then carries on in fine form anyway.

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Tom Baker circa 1979

This post has nothing to do with writing for DWM. Instead, it’s just a handy place to lodge this short but rather lovely video which I uploaded to YouTube. It shows Tom Baker circa 1979 (identified by the fact that in a later sequence I’ve cut out, there’s a cab adorned with an advert for 2000 AD featuring the logo the comic used over ’79 and early 1980) in Beaumont Square, East London, 1979. He’s attending a charity event held by the London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children.

There he is, his Tom-ness, surrounded by balloons and admirers, signing autographs. I like it when he spots the camera, does a wave and rubs his nose.

Thanks go to Elaine Penn who passed the footage on to me in the first place.

SFX-ual dealing

"Haw haw! That's wan small zap for man!"
SFX SFXForgive the headline. As you’re about to see, dreadful puns give me pleasure.

A deviation from this blog’s remit, but after writing a piece for Stuart Ian Burns, I was reminded about two comic-strips I scripted for a couple of SFX magazine special editions.

This was circa 2010. I honestly cannot remember how/why these came to be. I am certain I pitched the Whizzer & Chips-style concept, though, because I’m only ever one or two ideas away from that. And I suggested Simon Perrins to draw it (here’s his take on that), because he’d done a few other things for me in the past, but never for any money. So, aside from him ‘getting’ what it was about, I was keen he should  finally be paid for one of my projects. I think he did a terrific job.

Look, I know the whole thing is really just a laboured gag, but it was still hugely fulfilling to see my words realised like this. Particularly with the extra bits of business Simon put in. The first was done in two-colour, British weekly style…

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Starwatch: A further glimpse

DWM #450In this month’s DWM (issue 450!) I’ve written a feature about Starwatch – a proposed TV science-fiction show from the late 1980s that was set to star Jon Pertwee. That clip above – that’s the promo video produced in 1988.

Writing the piece was a labour of love for me. Because of a vague family connection with the project, I’d always been interested in the story of Starwatch, and so a couple of years ago – yes, it’s literally taken me years to get this thing published – I tracked down Chris Leach, Starwatch‘s creator.

Chris was very generous with his time and resources, providing nearly all the imagery that made it into the finished piece (NB. My friend Alistair McGown supplied the scan from Look-in magazine). Of course, there wasn’t room in the issue to print all the visuals, so I thought I’d pop some of them online here. And so…

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