Media Tie-In

Media tie-in writing includes any piece of fiction or non-fiction that is officially licensed for a particular media franchise. This may include films, television, games, comics or books. This is an area of writing that I have been interested in, both as a reader and writer, for a great many years.

It is also possible to write about media properties in an unofficial capacity, usually in the form of review or analysis. These works are not licensed by the franchise owners and are not usually referred to as tie-ins… but I’m including them here anyway.

Licensed Works

Novel: Fear Frequency

Franchise: Lethbridge-Stewart (Doctor Who spinoff)
Fear Frequency, to be published by Candy Jar Books in late 2020.
The Brigadier and his team investigate a television theme that instills fear in all those who listen, a new synthesizer that may actually be a sonic weapon and an aged care facility where strange things are happening.
[Cover: COMING SOON]

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Short Story: Pure History

Franchise: Lethbridge-Stewart (Doctor Who spinoff)
The Havoc Files: The Laughing Gnome, ed: Andy Frankham-Allen, Candy Jar Books, Cardiff, 2019.
Shortlisted for a 2020 SCRIBE award in the “short fiction” category.
Astral projecting back to 1986, Anne Travers finds herself at the University of Melbourne, where a strange student cult is capturing and sacrificing time travellers.

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Short Story: Another Man’s Skin

Franchise: Deadworld
A Tribute Anthology to Deadworld and Comic Publisher Gary Reed, ed: Lori Perkins, Riverdale Avenue Books, USA, 2017.
et within the universe of the zombie apocalypse comic book Dead World, this story features original characters and is about the lengths some people will go to in order to survive.

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Short Story: An Eye For An Eye

Franchise: The X-Files
The X-Files: Secret Agendas, ed: Jonathan Maberry, IDW Publishing, USA, 2016.

ISBN: 9781631407208
Shortlisted for a 2017 SCRIBE award in the “short fiction” category.
Scully and Mulder investigate a strange case of stolen eyeballs.

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Non-Fiction Book: Behind the News Topics: Theatre

Franchise: Behind The News
Behind the News Topics: Theatre, Pearson Rigby (imprint of Pearson Australia), Melb, 2010
ISBN: 9781442512320 (hbk); 9781442512238 (pbk)
This book was written as part of a series of chapter books tied in with the ABC television series Behind The News. It takes a look behind the scenes of a theatrical production, using Melbourne’s St Martins Youth Arts Centre as a case study. Each of the key roles in a production are examined and there are mini interviews with several people who work in the industry.

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Articles: various

Franchise: Behind The News
Behind The News Magazine, Pearson Australia, 2008-2009.
Living in a Digital World (Issue 7) May 2009.
Disaster or Natural Cycle? (Issue 6) March 2009.
The World Wide Wait? (Issue 6) March 2009.
Techno-Home (Issue 5) Oct 2008.

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Short Story: Machine Time

Franchise: Doctor Who
Short Trips: Defining Patterns, ed: Ian Farrington, Big Finish Productions Ltd, UK, 2008.
ISBN: 978-1844352685
Sadly, now out of print. This story is a fourth Doctor adventure in which he encounters a mysterious man slowly being taken over by machines.
This anthology received a very favourable review in Doctor Who Magazine, #394, April 2008. Here’s what it said about “Machine Time”:
“It opens well with Machine Time, a compelling and creepy story of a universe threatened by voracious machines, and where individuals have only the vaguest hint of the results of their actions.”

Unlicensed Works

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Essay: It All Begins With the First Line

Franchise: Doctor Who
You on Target, Ed: Christopher Bryant, Watching Books, UK, 2020.
ISBN: 9798607724061
This book is a collection of essays about the Target range of Doctor Who novelizations, with my essay focusing on Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth.

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Essay: Life is not a dream

Franchise: Star Trek
Outside In Boldly Goes: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic STAR TREK Stories by 117 Writers, ed. Robert Smith?), ed: Robert Smith?, ATB Publishing, USA, 2016.
ISBN: 9780988221031
An essay about the use of songs in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

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Essay: DVD Night

Franchise: Doctor Who
Outside In 2: 125 unique perspectives on 125 modern Doctor Who stories by 125 writers, ed: Robert Smith?, ATB Publishing, USA, 2015.
ISBN: 9780988221024
An essay about the mini-episode “Time Crash” and multi-Doctor stories in general.

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Essay: Crushed by Tripods

Franchise: The Tripods
You and Who Else, ed: JR Southall, Watching Books, UK, 2015.
ISBN: 9781519368249
This is a collection of essays about British science fiction and fantasy television. My essay is about the television adaptation of John Christopher’s The Tripods trilogy of book.

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Essay: That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed

Franchise: Doctor Who
Doctor Who and Race, ed: Lindy Orthea, Intellect Books, UK, 2013.
ISBN: 9781783200368
This book is an academic anthology examining the television series, Doctor Who and its approach to issues of race. My essay is about two classic series Doctor Who stories, “The Mutants” and “The Talons of Weng Chiang”.

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Essay: The Ghost of Doctor’s Past

Franchise: Doctor Who
You and Who: Contact Has Been Made, Vol.2, ed. Christopher Bryant, Miwk Books, USA, 2013.
ISBN: 9781908630360
A personal essay on the radio play “The Ghosts of N-Space” and about my relationship with Doctor Who.

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Essay: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Actors

Franchise: Doctor Who
Outside In: 160 new perspectives on 160 classic Doctor Who stories by 160 writers, ed: Robert Smith?), ATB Publishing, USA, 2012.
ISBN: 9780988221000
An essay about the William Hartnell story “The Reign of Terror”, and the way in which stories of the era often accommodated actors taking holidays.

media tie-in

Essay: Crushed by Tripods

Franchise: The Tripods
You and Who Else, ed: JR Southall, Watching Books, UK, 2015.
ISBN: 9781519368249
This is a collection of essays about British science fiction and fantasy television. My essay is about the television adaptation of John Christopher’s The Tripods trilogy of book.

Doctor Who and Race_a-min

Essay: That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed

Franchise: Doctor Who
Doctor Who and Race, ed: Lindy Orthea, Intellect Books, UK, 2013.
ISBN: 9781783200368
This book is an academic anthology examining the television series, Doctor Who and its approach to issues of race. My essay is about two classic series Doctor Who stories, “The Mutants” and “The Talons of Weng Chiang”.

media tie-in

Essay: The Ghost of Doctor’s Past

Franchise: Doctor Who
You and Who: Contact Has Been Made, Vol.2, ed. Christopher Bryant, Miwk Books, USA, 2013.
ISBN: 9781908630360
A personal essay on the radio play “The Ghosts of N-Space” and about my relationship with Doctor Who.

Outside New Perspective_a-min

Essay: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Actors

Franchise: Doctor Who
Outside In: 160 new perspectives on 160 classic Doctor Who stories by 160 writers, ed: Robert Smith?), ATB Publishing, USA, 2012.
ISBN: 9780988221000
An essay about the William Hartnell story “The Reign of Terror”, and the way in which stories of the era often accommodated actors taking holidays.