Scriptwriter and Author

I have been a freelance writer for over twenty years, and am a regular contributor to BBC1's Doctors. I was lead writer on CBBC's Crisis Control and have also worked on Channel Five's Family Affairs. I'm the author of eleven novels and audiobooks, and eight non-fiction books, mostly concerning television in general and Doctor Who in particular. I've also written plays, comic strips, short stories and journalism.

I am represented by JFL Agency Ltd (scripts) and The Marsh Agency (books). Click on Contact Me for more details.

I am a member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, the Royal Television Society and BAFTA.

Latest News

17 April
I can now tell you about my first commission of 2015 - an audiobook for Big Finish's forthcoming First Doctor Companion Chronicles box set. I had the very great pleasure on Monday of hearing the wonderful Carole Ann Ford bring my story to life, under the expert eye of director Lisa Bowerman. A magical experience, and I'm sure the end result will be just as amazing. More details direct from Big Finish here. It's scheduled for release in June.

16 February 2015
Phew. I've just been commissioned to write a TV script - my first in over a year and a half! In that time I've been furiously busy, but sometimes in this life you have precious little to show for your efforts. (One day, when I'm not so busy, I may blog about the subject...) This comes on the back of a non-TV commission earlier in January. It goes without saying, more details (on both) to follow. And I couldn't be happier (and more relieved!).

15 January 2014
My copy of the Bernice Summerfield Missing Persons box set arrived yesterday. It's been a bit delayed, but it's now available to buy from Big Finish. I haven't yet been able to listen to it all, but what I've heard is excellent, and it was lovely writing for Benny again.

31 October
Quick update to say I have another episode of Doctors (my thirteenth!) on next week. 'The Way of the Warrior' stars Kirk Barker and Cameron Jack, and is directed by Rob Rohrer. In due course it will appear on iPlayer via this link.

17 October
I'm chuffed to be able to announce - albeit belatedly! - that various TV guides I worked on with Paul Cornell and Keith Topping are being republished by Gollancz as eBooks. I've even, for some unaccountable reason, started a blog, and written about the news there. Published on 31 October, the eBooks - including The Doctor Who Discontinuity Guide - should be available from the usual suspects.

27 September
'Embarrassing Bodies', my latest episode of Doctors, is on today. It stars Ritu Arya, James Baxter and Jason Broderick, and is directed by Simon Gibney. Oh, and there's some fabulous Billy Bragg music right at the start! I think it's all come out rather well, and if you'd like to have a look, it's available on iPlayer here for about a week.

16 August
The Thirteen anthology, which contains my story 'The Hairstyle of the Devil', read by Arthur Darvill, is released on 24 August by Spokenworld Audio. You can buy it here!