Coming Soon: Penned #2 – Ruins of a Mastermind

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“Everyone has a few skeletons in their closet… and now it’s time to unearth yours”

Penn’s search for answers takes him deep into a subterranean stronghold, buried firmly beneath a hundred years of history. Little does he realise, however, the full extent that the past will come back to haunt him as he traverses through the dark and endless underground labyrinth.

Legend tells of a hidden crypt located in the centre of the maze – but just what does he hope to find inside? Powerful forces dating back to the dawn of time are about to be unearthed, and Penn’s understanding of the world around him may never be the same again…

Expect thrills, chills, and surprising reveals… and maybe even a familiar face or two…

Penned will return later this year in “Ruins of a Mastermind”. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Doctor Who Digest – December 2016

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who, Peter Capaldi News, and David Tennant News from December 2016

News

Happy Birthday to Who? – 16th December: Nicholas Courtney

Happy Birthday to Who? – 29th December: Bernard Cribbins and Julian Bleach

Reviews

Preview: Class – Episode 8 – The Lost

Class – Episode 8 – The Lost

Preview: Doctor Who – The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Doctor Who – The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Features

Top 5 Doctor Who Christmas Specials

Who’s Who in The Return of Doctor Mysterio?

Best of Entertainment 2016

2016

Has it really been a year already?! As we approach the end of 2016, it’s time to look back on the last 366 days. I feel like I say this every December, but it’s hardly been the most vintage of years – in more ways than one this time, considering the amount of controversy and tragedy that’s happened over the last 12 months. Nevertheless, through all the darkness and fear, the world of entertainment has kept on spinning, churning out the odd gem to keep us smiling onward towards (hopefully) better things in 2017.

So, please join me on a trip down memory lane as I pick out my favourite media releases from the year gone by. It’s not all been bad, after all…!

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Review: Doctor Who – The Return of Doctor Mysterio (Christmas 2016)

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Merry Christmas! Doctor Who is finally back on our screens after a year-long hiatus. Steven Moffat’s superhero adventure wraps up witty festive fun in a story that has a lot of brains… literally!

Read my full review for The Return of Doctor Mysterio right now on Blogtor Who!

Ranked: Star Wars Episodes I – VII

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Not so long ago, in a galaxy that’s… well, this one, actually… Star Wars enjoyed a spectacular revival and has reclaimed its place as an entertainment phenomenon. It’s a saga that’s spanned nearly 40 years, with its two-and-a-bit trilogies (so far) now seen and beloved by different generations. Whether it’s the originals, the prequels, or the sequels, it’s the sci-fi series that serves as a multimedia constant and binds the cinematic universe together. But, as we go full-circle and head back towards the beginning (which is actually more the middle, but whatever) in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one question needs to be asked – which Star Wars films are the best?

It’s no secret that the franchise has been through some ups and downs, so to shamelessly cash in on all the Star Wars hype surrounding Rogue One’s release, here’s my personal rankings for all seven of the main series films we’ve seen so far…

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Short Story: Penned #1 – The Nutquacker

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You didn’t think we’d leave it there, did you?!

The Rub-a-Duck Saga seemingly concluded this summer with an exciting fourth chapter, A Quack in Time – but every end is a new beginning. The story closed with Penn wandering the Earth alone in 2076, determined to find the duck and return to his own time… and frankly, that’s too good a premise not to follow up on. While there’s no guarantee we’ll ever get around to making another Rub-a-Duck film, that doesn’t mean the story has to end there. Not if you don’t want it to, anyway.

Introducing “Penned”, a brand new series of short stories telling the tale of Penn’s extraordinary journey. They’re not essential pieces of the Rub-a-Duck puzzle, but instead will serve as snapshots that ‘drop in’ on Penn’s adventures, supplementing the narrative and pushing events further forward. We’re building to something… whether or not we make it there, well, that remains to be seen!

What better place to start though than with a Christmas special – something we’ve been wanting to do with Rub-a-Duck for a long time, but never found an idea that truly worked. Until now! Get your reading goggles at the ready, sit back and relax, and enjoy this unexpected festive treat loosely inspired by Tchaikovsky’s ballet!

On a cold Christmas Eve in Colchester, a young girl called Clara meets a strange man known as “The Nutquacker”. But just where does he come from, and what is his obsession with a magic rubber duck…?

Download: Penned #1 – The Nutquacker (bookfold)

Introducing… Penned!

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Last year, I wrote a short festive story called The Christmas Present, which (if you’ll pardon the pun) went down a treat. So, for the holiday season this year, I planned to write something new – something bigger, something bolder… and something ever so slightly more ambitious than I expected. Over the last few months I’ve been hard at work on a New Year themed short story called “Times Long Past”, but in all honesty I don’t foresee it being finished in time for the intended release of 31st December. I’ll get round to it eventually – maybe we’ll just have to wait until next year comes around instead. However, that doesn’t mean Christmas has to go unnoticed…

Introducing “Penned” – an all-new series of short stories continuing the tale of The Rub-a-Duck Saga. Picking up where A Quack in Time left off, it will push the adventure forward in its own small ways. The first entry – naturally, a Christmas special! – will be arriving tomorrow at 12:22. Be there, and be square…

Come on, you didn’t think we’d leave it there, did you?!

The Rub-a-Duck Saga seemingly concluded this summer with an exciting fourth chapter, A Quack in Time – but every end is a new beginning. The story closed with Penn wandering the Earth alone in 2076, determined to find the duck and return to his own time… and frankly, that’s too good a premise not to follow up on. While there’s no guarantee we’ll ever get around to making another Rub-a-Duck film, that doesn’t mean the story has to end there. Not if you don’t want it to, anyway.

Introducing “Penned”, a brand new series of short stories telling the tale of Penn’s extraordinary journey. They’re not essential pieces of the Rub-a-Duck puzzle, but instead will serve as snapshots that ‘drop in’ on Penn’s adventures, supplementing the narrative and pushing events further forward. We’re building to something… whether or not we make it there, well, that remains to be seen!

What better place to start though than with a Christmas special – something we’ve been wanting to do with Rub-a-Duck for a long time, but never found an idea that truly worked… until now!

Come back tomorrow at 12:22 with your reading goggles at the ready – there’s a very festive treat on its way…!

Short Story: The Christmas Present

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Holidays are here again and it’s the most wonderful time of the year – for everyone except Henry. Still reeling from festive heartache the year before, he is struggling to get into the spirit of the season, even despite his friends’ best efforts to cheer him up. But when a sprightly new face enters his life, tantalisingly wrapped gift in hand, will he be able to stop acting like a Scrooge and accept the Christmas present? Read on, and find out…!

Download: The Christmas Present (PDF, bookfold)

I ho-ho-hope you enjoy this short Yuletide story in the run-up to the big day. This story was originally written for Christmas last year, but in true festive fashion I feel it only appropriate to make it my recurring stalwart of the season. May it bring warmth and joy to new and old readers alike!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Doctor Who Digest – November 2016

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who, Peter Capaldi News, and David Tennant News from November 2016

News

Happy Birthday to Who? – 14th November: Paul McGann

Happy Birthday to Who? – 18th November: Steven Moffat

Happy Birthday to Who? – 28th November: Karen Gillan

Reviews

Preview: Class – Episode 4 – Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart

Class – Episode 4 – Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart

Preview: Class – Episode 5 – Brave-ish Heart

Class – Episode 5 – Brave-ish Heart

Preview: Class – Episode 6 – Detained

Class – Episode 6 – Detained

Preview: Class – Episode 7 – The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

Class – Episode 7 – The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did