Doctor Who – The Ghost Monument – Review (spoiler light) & Opinion

Doctor Who
The Woman Who Fell to Earth


ghost monumentDirector: Mark Tonderai
Writer: Chris Chibnall

The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker
Graham O’Brien: Bradley Walsh
Ryan Sinclair: Tosin Cole
Yasmin Khan: Mandip Gill
Angstrom: Susan Lynch
Epzo: Shaun Dooley
Ilin: Art Malik

First Aired BBC1 Sunday 14th October 2018

The second episode with the new Doctor and it seems fair to say she is still finding her feet. Rightly so, she’s gone through a lot. 

We get to see more of  the Doctor and the new Companions and the dynamics of their relationships. Trust is growing between the Doctor and the Companions.

There are a few spoilers below, do not read further if you haven’t seen the first episode as it spoils the ending of Episode 1. The spoilers for this Episode are light. Continue reading

Where’s Gronk? – by Steve Hargett & Nigel Dobbyn

12548864_10207985497176266_5600495581280333203_n.jpgFirst published in Dogbreath, issue 31.
March 2016

Steve Hargett

Art & Letters:
Nigel Dobbyn

Bolt 01 & Richmond Clements

Gronk created by:
John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

Below is the full version of the story as published in March 2016, sadly that issue of Dogbreath is sold out.

Created as a support character in Strontium Dog for Starlord he became a regular in that story and passed over to 2000AD. Later he became a solo character in his own right.

I pitched the idea to the Editors in November 2014. My pitch was three sentences long, that’s all. Pitches don’t need to be a full blown sales pitch. The Editors knew me, knew I knew the subject matter. So three sentences were enough for them to tell if my story was too similar to any published before – in 2000AD or Dogbreath

A script was written up and sent in. I did a rewrite at the Editors’ request and then they matched my Script to an Artist.

I was, and still am, thrilled that they paired me with Nigel Dobbyn. Nigel drew Gronk in his solo stories for 2000AD.

Being a fan of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra and being paired with Nigel makes this story one of my proudest moments in my Writing career.

Carlos Ezquerra died earlier this month and you can read my thoughts on his passing elsewhere on this Blog.

Below the story itself you can find a link to an article I wrote about it in 2016 around the time of publication. There are sketches from Nigel in that article and I hope anyone reading the story will read that article too. Continue reading

Doctor Who – The Woman Who Fell to Earth – review and opinions

Doctor Who
The Woman Who Fell to Earth


Director: Jamie Childs
Writer: Chris Chibnall

The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker
Graham O’Brien: Bradley Walsh
Ryan Sinclair: Tosin Cole
Yasmin Khan: Mandip Gill
Grace: Sharon D Clarke

First Aired BBC1 Sunday 7th October 2018

I haven’t written about Doctor Who for a while. I decided it is time to write about it and to the obvious first.

Firstly – my childhood is still safe…

Of course it is. some of the most ridiculous statements I have read from ‘fans’ is that a change to the current program somehow affects the past. That’s not even true for a program about time travel.

As a Writer I wouldn’t have changed the Doctor from Male to Female. But as a viewer it wasn’t putting me off. In this article I will tackle both these statements.

So, Jodie Foster is the new Doctor on Doctor Who. The first female to play the part and she’s faced criticism from the announcement of her casting.

We’ve seen the first episode, met her Doctor and met her Assistants. Continue reading

These Savage Shores – Ram V – 10th October 2018


These Savage Shores
Issue 1

Published by Vault Comics

3rd October 2018

Ram V
Sumit Kumar
Vittorio Astone
Aditya Bidikar

Reviewed from free Colour Ashcan

I picked up the Ashcan at Thought Bubble, the Leeds based Comic Convention. I haven’t seen an Ashcan for a while, they used to be much more common and the ‘big two’ used to do them. They were a little smaller than the final print and usually in black and white

This copy was on fairly decent paper and gave the first 8 pages of issue 1.

I first heard about this on Twitter, in August if I recall correctly. My interest was piqued by the idea.

This is a Vampire story but expect something different.

I met Ram at Thought Bubble and had a little chat about this comic. I talked about India and the views, from my perspective, of the British White knowledge of the country. Continue reading

We have lost El Maestro – Carlos Ezquerra 1947-2018

42970346_10218437555631251_1602573119862603776_nCarlos Ezquerra

12 November 1947 – 1 October 2018

Comic Artist

Co-Creator of:
Judge Dredd; Strontium Dog; Major Eazy

It was announced earlier today that Carlos Ezquerra had died, aged 70.

Complications following what had seemed to be a successful operation for Lung Cancer in September 2018. Carlos had an earlier operation in 2010.

A huge name in British Comics having worked on top titles since around 1974, work then in Comics was unaccredited but I know he was working on the Boy’s adventure comic Wizard in those days.

That was the time he moved to Battle Picture Weekly and first worked with John Wagner and Pat Mills. He co-created Major Eazy with Alan Hebden.

Mills went on to create 2000AD for IPC Magazines and he put him together with John Wagner and they created Judge Dredd.

The success of Judge Dredd lead to him co-creating Strontium Dog for Starlord in 1978, again with John Wagner. Continue reading