Mark Newbold

Fantha Tracks Radio Editor, FanthaTracks.com Editor, Host Of Canon Fodder, Host Of Making Tracks

Mark’s Star Wars journey started at the Cannock ABC cinema back in early 1978 and through weekly Marvel UK Comics, Read-Along-Adventures, Palitoy figures and his imagination he’s continued on the Jedi Path for four decades. In 1982 he wrote his first Star Wars fiction, the short story Quest For Freedom. That spawned the creation alongside Jonathan Hicks of the Setnin sector through 17 audio stories recorded between 1985 and 1987, countless weekly D6 West End Games RPG sessions between 1987 and the present day and almost 200 short stories, novellas and novels.

In 1998, after four years online with a variety of sci-fi sites including The Q-Continuum and FantaWar, Mark and Louis Turfrey launched Wirezone, which changed its name and URL to become lightsabre.co.uk on Monday 28th June 1999. During his decade running Lightsabre alongside Louis, Jonathan, Paul Squire and Jason Brown he conducted well over 140 interviews, oversaw the compilation and development of the fictional setting of the Setnin sector and was co-host with Louis for 17 episodes of the Setnin Radio podcast during 2005 and 2006.

Mark began contributing to Jedi News in 2010, where he was daily content manager and program director for the Jedi News podcast network. He contributed 13,152 pages of content before stepping away on Friday 29th September 2017 after seven years.

On Tuesday 31st October 2017, Mark – along with Matt Booker, Brian Cameron and Dave Tree – launched Fantha Tracks, where he serves as co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of the website, later joined by fifth ‘Gold shirt’ Martin Keeler. Mark is the co-host of Making Tracks alongside co-host Dave Tree and Canon Fodder with Matt Booker and Mark Mulcaster on Fantha Tracks Radio.

Marks first contribution to the Star Wars Insider magazine was in issue 90 from September 2006. His tenure has so far included overseeing the Red Five and My Star Wars! features and contributing to Launch Pad as well as providing interviews and cover articles. To date he has contributed 150 articles.

He has also written canonical material for DeAgostini’s Build The Millennium Falcon partworks magazine, where the Sedapard Cluster was finally made canon. From November 2016 to March 2017 he wrote for Geeky Monkey magazine and in March 2017 had his first article published in issue #187 of Star Trek The Official Magazine. Mark also contributes to StarTrek.com making him the only British writer to write for both the official Star Wars and Star Trek websites and official magazines.

Mark is also a Lead Writer for the world’s longest running sci-fi magazine Starburst and has had a number of cover articles including issue 440, the 40th anniversary issue.

Online articles have also appeared on FHM online, Sequart, Jedinet.com, Dark Horse blog, SFX, The Bearded Trio, TeeKay-421 and other sites as well as regular contributions to the online blog of the UK’s largest free newspaper The Metro with over 180 articles posted.

He was first featured on the official Star Wars website in 2009 with a piece on the premiere of Star Wars: A Musical Journey and since 2013 has been a featured blogger on the official Star Wars site with over 80 articles published. He was one of the very first non-Lucasfilm staff writers to contribute.

Quotes from Marks interviews were also published in J.W. Rinzler’s 2009 release The Making Of Return Of The Jedi, and is mentioned in the bibliography. He was also featured in Jonathan Bowen’s 2007 book Revenge, looking at the build up and reception of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the 2009 5th edition of Geoffrey T. Carlton’s Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book and Craig Stevens 2018 book The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain.

In print, he has had articles and reviews published in Model and Collectors Mart, TV Film Memorabilia Magazine, TeeKay-421 magazine and has written Star Wars film reviews for the Lichfield Mercury and the Birmingham Mail. He has been interviewed by The i, The Irish Times, The Express and Star, The Lichfield Mercury, The Shropshire Star, The Voice and Micromart.

On television he has appeared on BBC News 24, BBC Breakfast News, BBC Talking Movies, Big Centre TV‘s Brummywood Yammywood, Made In Birmingham’s The Lowdown and The Week and Channel 5’s How Star Wars Changed The World as well as the Sky One quiz show The Fanatics, winning the episode on his chosen subject the Star Wars saga. He also appeared on The Weakest Link on BBC 2 and Don’t Sit In The Front Row on Sky One.

In late 2016 he was a guest panellist on the pilot episode of Radio 4’s comedy film panel show Gaby’s Talking Pictures. His specialist subject – Star Wars.

He has also stage hosted at a number of events, including Star Wars Celebration, Destination Star Trek, London Film and Comic Con, Farthest From, ComicCon at Film New Forest and Capital Sci-Fi Con.

He’s also appeared on over 35 different BBC radio stations, many of them multiple times as an expert commentator on the subject of Star Wars, and 39 stations in total.

BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 4*
BBC Radio 5Live*
BBC Radio Berkshire*
BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire*
BBC Radio Cumbria*
BBC Radio Gloucestershire*
BBC Radio Guernsey
BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester*
BBC Radio Jersey
BBC Radio Kent*
BBC Radio Lancashire
BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Leicester
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
BBC Radio London
BBC Radio Merseyside*
BBC Radio Newcastle*
BBC Radio Northampton
BBC Radio Nottingham*
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Scotland*
BBC Radio Sheffield
BBC Radio Shropshire
BBC Radio Somerset
BBC Radio Stoke
BBC Radio Surrey
BBC Radio Sussex
BBC Radio Three Counties Radio*
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio WM*
BBC Radio York
BBC World Service*
BBC World Service Radio USA
BBC World Service Radio Worldwide*
BrumRadio
Free Radio
Virgin Radio Breakfast With Edith Bowman*
Voice of Russia World Service

Mark is a regular guest in the Star Wars podcasting world having appeared on 75 different podcasts to date as either guest or host, many on multiple occasions*:

A Few Good Clones*
A Show To Shake The Stars
Assembly of Geeks
Ausfans*
Big Kev’s Geek Stuff
Blow That Negativity Out Of The Sky
Bombad Radio
Boring Conversation Anyway
Brews And Blasters*
Canon Fodder* (Co-host)
Chicken and Beer
Coffee With Kenobi*
Coruscant Cast
Curto Burns Collectors Cast*
Dark Empire Radio*
Expanded Fandomverse
Fanboys Guide to the Galaxy*
Fandom Awakens Radio*
Fangirls Going Rogue
Far Far Away Radio*
Followers of the Force
Full of Sith*
Full of Sith: Trailer Council
Galactic Escape Pod*
Galactic Fashion*
Galactic Holofeed
Get Your Geek On
Ion Cannon
JogCast*
Making Tracks (Co-host)*
My Star Wars Story
Nerd of Paradise
NOMCAST (Host)*
Now This Is Podcasting
Podcast 66
RADIO 1138 (host)*
Radio Free Endor*
Radio Free Tatooine*
RebelForce Radio*
RebelForce Radio’s Clone Wars: Declassified
Scavenger UK
Scum and Villainy
Setnin Radio (host)*
Skywalking Through Neverland*
Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels
Star Wars 7×7 Podcast
Star Wars Book Report*
Star Wars Bookworms*
Star Wars Collectors Cast*
Star Wars Forum UK podcast
Star Wars In Character
Star Wars Report*
Star Wars Tonight*
Star Wars Underworld
Steele Wars
Take Cover (host)*
Talk Star Wars
Teach Me You Did
TechnoRetro Dads
Thank Book For
The Bald Solo podcast
The Bothan Report*
The Cantina Cast*
The ForceCast*
The Forcecast Clone Wars Roundtable
The Kessel Run
The Sarlacc Pit*
The Vintage Rebellion*
The Wolfpack podcast*
Tosche Station Radio
Toy Run
We Talk Clones*
We Serve Droids
Who Shot First
Wookiee Radio

He has reported from numerous Star Wars focused events in the UK, Europe and North America including:

Binding the Galaxy (2013)
ComicCon at Film New Forest (2019) (Q & A Stage host)
Dinner With The Stars (2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Disney Store Force Friday Event (2015)
Elstree Empire Day (2013)
Empire Day IV (1996)
Empire Day: Dave Prowse (2017)
Fan Days IV (2011)
Fantha Day:
* 1 – Saturday 9th December 2017
* 2 – Saturday 7th April 2018
* 3 – Saturday 4th August 2018
* 4 – Saturday 8th December 2018
Farthest From: The Vintage Star Wars Show:
* 1 – Sunday 23rd September 2012
* 2 – Sunday 2nd December 2012
* 3 – Sunday 24th March 2013
* 5 – Sunday 27th April 2014
* 6 – Sunday 27th July 2014
* 7 – Sunday 14th December 2014
* 8 – Sunday 1st March 2015
* 9 – Sunday 2nd August 2015
* 10 – Sunday 13th December 2015
* 11 – Sunday 24th April 2016
* 12 – Sunday 28th August 2016
* 13 – Sunday 11th December 2016
* 15 – Sunday 6th August 2017
* 16 – Sunday 10th December 2017
* 17 – Sunday 8th April 2018
* 18 – Sunday 5th August 2018
* 19 – Sunday 9th December 2018
* 20 – Saturday 18th May 2019
Force Friday (2015)
Force Friday II (2017)
Go Rogue (2016)
Heroes Of The Empire Red Carpet Premiere (at National Space Center) (2017)
LEGOLAND Windsor Star Wars Event (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018)
London Film and Comic Con: Star Wars Zone (2018, 2019) (Organiser and Star Wars Q & A stage host)
Medicinema Star Wars Charity Dinner and Quiz (2012)
MonCalCon (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
One Man Star Wars Trilogy (2008, 2011)
R2UK 2019: UK R2 Builders (2019)
Rancho Obi-Wan Annual Gala (Guinness World Record Night 2013, Annual Gala 2014, Galaween 2015, 5th Annual Gala 2016, 6th Annual Gala 2017)
Rebel Legion UK Bash (2017, 2018, 2019)
Return of the Garrison at National Space Center (2009, 2013, 2017, 2018)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premiere (at Tate Modern) (2016)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story London Press Screening (2016)
Solo: A Star Wars Story London Press Screening (2018)
Spa Wars (2017)
Star Wars Rebels Season Two Premiere (2015)
Star Wars Rebels Season Three Premiere (2016)
Star Wars Rebels Season Four Premiere (2017)
Star Wars Rebels, Exclusive UK screening of final 3 episodes of Season Three (Disney Hammersmith) (2015)
Star Wars Rebels Season Two Press Conference (2015)
Star Wars Rebels Season Three Press Conference (2016)
Star Wars Rebels Season Four Press Conference (2017)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie Press Screening (2008)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five Premiere (2012)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Press Screening (2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Premiere (2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens After Party (at Tate Britain) (2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Press Conference (2015)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi London Press Screening (2017)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi London Premiere (Royal Albert Hall) (2017)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi London Press Conference (2017)
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D Premiere (2012)
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary screening, Fordingbridge (2019)
Star Wars Family Fun Day (2015)
Star Wars Fan Fun Day (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
StarFest (2007)
Starmania (2010)
Star Wars Celebration:
* London 2007
* Orlando 2012
* Essen 2013
* Anaheim 2015
* London 2016 (podcast stage organiser)
* Orlando 2017
* Chicago 2019 (podcast stage organiser and host)
Toys ‘R’ Us Black Series launch (2013)
Toys ‘R’ Us Summer Madness (2010)
UKG Annual Gala (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
UK Games Expo (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019)
UK Toy Fair (2016)
Wookiee Weekend (2018)
Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars Launch (2012)

He has also reported from a number of other Star Wars and genre related events including:

Autographica (2009)
Birmingham Comics Festival (2017)
Capital Sci-Fi Con (2019) (Stage host)
ComicCon at New Forest (2019)
ClaudiaCon (2011)
Collectormania Birmingham (24, 25, 26, 27)
Collectormania Milton Keynes (2010, 2011)
Destination Star Trek Birmingham (2016, 2018) (Stage Host and Stage Manager)
Destination Star Trek Germany (2018) (Stage Host)
Empire Big Screen (2012)
E.T 20th Anniversary Edition premier (2002)
Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 (2017)
Fordingbridge Film and TV Festival (2009, 2010)
GammaCon (2011)
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Press Screening (2008)
London Film and Comic Con (2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Makers Central (2019)
MCM London Comic Con (2015, 2018)
Megacon Florida (2016)
Memorabilia / MCM Birmingham Comic Con (1994 to 2019)
Michael Giacchino 50th Birthday Concert (2017)
New York Comic Con (2015, 2017, 2018)
New York Toy Fair (2015, 2016, 2017)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark IMAX Press Screening (2012)
SFB Reunion 2, 3, 6, 7
SFBall 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 23, 24
Star Trek Premiere (2009)
Star Trek Insurrection Premier (1998)
Star Trek Into Darkness Premier (2013)
Star Trek: First Contact Royal Premier (1996)
StarHyke Premiere (2009)
The Hulk Premiere (2003)
UK Comic Art Convention UKCAC (1991 – 1996)

Mark is a Friend of the Elstree Base of the Rebel Legion and was inducted at Celebration Europe in Essen 27th July 2013. He was also recognised as a Friend of the Rebellion on 18th April 2015 at Celebration Anaheim and is an Honorary Member of the 501st UK Garrison, inducted at the UKG annual Ball on 22nd November 2014. On 17th July 2016 was made a Friend of the 501st Legion on the Four Clubs One Force Podcast Stage at Celebration Europe 3 in London.

He is married to Ruth and lives in Burntwood, Staffordshire where his Star Wars and sci-fi collection — Echo Base — is housed.

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