Mark Newbold

Fantha Tracks Radio Editor, Editor, 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 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 co-hosted 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. Mark is also the host of Making Tracks alongside co-host Dave Tree on Fantha Tracks Radio.

Marks first contributed to the Star Wars Insider magazine in issue 90 in September 2006. His tenure has included overseeing both 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 136 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 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,, 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 in 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.

He’s also appeared on over 30 different radio stations, many of them multiple times as an expert commentator on the subject of Star Wars.

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.

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 Lincolnshire
BBC Radio London
BBC Radio Merseyside*
BBC Radio Newcastle
BBC Radio Northampton
BBC Radio Nottingham
BBC Radio Scotland*
BBC Radio Shropshire
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*
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 73 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
Big Kev’s Geek Stuff
Blow That Negativity Out Of The Sky
Bombad Radio
Boring Conversation Anyway
Brews And Blasters*
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
Making Tracks (Host)
My Star Wars Story
Nerd of Paradise
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 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)
Collectormania Birmingham (2017, 2018)
Collectormania Milton Keynes (2010, 2011)
Dinner With The Stars (2014, 2016, 2018)
Disney Store Force Friday Event (2015)
Elstree Empire Day (2013)
Empire Big Screen (2012)
Empire Day IV (1996)
Empire Day: Dave Prowse (2017)
Fan Days IV (2011)
Fantha Day 1, 2, 3, 4 (2017, 2018)
Farthest From 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Force Friday (2015)
Force Friday II (2017)
Fordingbridge Film and TV Festival (2009, 2010)
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)
Medicinema Star Wars Charity Dinner and Quiz (2012)
One Man Star Wars Trilogy (2008, 2011)
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 15th Anniversary Bash (2017)
Rebel Legion bash (2018)
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 Family Fun Day (2015)
Star Wars Fan Fun Day (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
StarFest (2007)
Starmania (2010)
Star Wars Celebration (London 2007, Orlando 2012, Essen 2013, Anaheim 2015, London 2016 (organised podcast stage), Orlando 2017)
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)
UK Toy Fair (2016)
Wookiee Weekend (2018)
Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars Launch (2012)

He has also reported from a number of non-Star Wars events including:

Autographica (2009)
Birmingham Comics Festival (2017)
ClaudiaCon (2011)
Destination Star Trek (2016, 2018) (Stage Host and Stage Manager)
Destination Star Trek Germany (2018) (Stage Host)
E.T 20th Anniversary Edition premier (2002)
Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 (2017)
GammaCon (2011)
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Press Screening (2008)
London Film and Comic Con (2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
MCM London Comic Con (2015, 2018)
Megacon Florida (2016)
Memorabilia / MCM Birmingham Comic Con (1994 to 2018)
Michael Giacchino 50th Birthday Concert (2017)
MonCalCon (2015, 2016, 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’s annual Ball on 22nd November 2014. On 17th July 2016 was made a Friend of the 501st Legion at Celebration Europe in London.

He is married to Ruth and lives in Burntwood, Staffordshire where his 35,000+ piece Star Wars and sci-fi collection — Echo Base — is housed.

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