- Has collected fossils since his childhood.
- Spent his gap year traveling around Europe.
- Met the other members of the League of Gentlemen comedy troupe while attending Bretton Hall during the 1980s, though they didn't band together as such until 1995.
- A lifetime fan of Doctor Who, he's penned several Who novels and even more Who episodes.
- Has also authored quite a few non-Who novels, plus a biography of English film director James Whale.