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lethbridgestewart_02In conjunction with Fantom Films, Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the second in the new series of audiobooks of the Lethbridge-Stewart has now been released.

The Schizoid Earth is written by David A McIntee and read by Terry Molloy.

Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east, but things didn’t quite go according to plan. On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.

Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?

Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

All pre-orders have now been dispatched. The seven disc unabridged audio CD is available priced £18.99 and also on Download priced £13.99. The next two titles will be released in July 2016. You can subscribe direct from Fantom for only £60 for all four releases – saving over £15!

You can order your copy HERE, and listen to an extract HERE.

cropped-page-header-8In other news, the guys at Traveling the Vortex has just reviewed the latest short stories, In His Kiss, The Black Eggs of Khufu and (exclusive to The HAVOC Files), The Enfolded Time. They are joined for the last hour of the podcast by range editor and author Andy Frankham-Allen to discuss UNIT dating and offer a bit of insight into the latest happenings of the Lethbridge-Stewart range. Listen HERE!

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Announcing Lethbridge-Stewart – The Audiobooks!

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lethbridgestewart_01Candy Jar Books is very pleased to announce a new partnership with Fantom Films, to bring a new dimension to the Lethbridge-Stewart range of books – on audio.

Candy Jar Books launched the fully-licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen’s The Forgotten Son kicking off the venture in styleAlmost immediately fans asked to see audiobooks of the titles released, and Candy Jar Books is happy to reveal that they have listened. Fantom Films, producer of various audiobook titles, including classics by Charles Dickens and Bram Stoker and Doctor Who related titles, have joined forces with Candy Jar Books to produce a new range of unabridged Lethbridge-Stewart audiobooks read by Terry Molloy.

The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen is released in February 2016 (with a sample soon to appear on Fantom Films’ soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/fantompublishing), followed by The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee in March. The remaining two titles from series one, Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen and Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, will be released in June and July respectively.

lethbridgestewart_02Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, says, “People have really been excited about the range, and have continually asked for audio versions of the titles. This was something we’ve always wanted to do, so when Fantom Films got in touch we jumped at the opportunity. It’s a great pleasure to finally be able to announce this new avenue for the series. I am very excited that Terry Molloy’s narration/performance really reflects the vision the writers had for the characters. We all couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Terry Molloy is no stranger to audio, having been a radio and voice actor for almost forty-three years. He has played the character of Mike Tucker in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers since 1973, and since 1984 he has played Davros, creator of the Daleks, in Doctor Who both on television and audio. Paul WT Ballard, director of the audio range, says, “Terry has done a brilliant job in bringing these stories to life, adding a whole new dimension to them with his skilful renditions.”

lethbridgestewart_03“The fans asked, and we listened,” says Andy Frankham-Allen, editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart range and author of The Forgotten Son. “It’s a real delight to hear Terry Molloy bring the book, and indeed the characters, to life. Even though I wrote the first book, I found myself listening and wondering what was going to happen next. Such is the power of Terry’s rich performance.”

All four audiobook titles are now available for pre-order directly from Fanton Films. £18.99 in the UK, and £22.99 overseas for the individual titles, with bundles at £60.00 for the UK and £75.00 for overseas. (Four titles for the price of three!) All prices include P&P. Order from:

http://www.fantomfilms.co.uk/audiobooks/fiction/lethbridge01.htm

lethbridgestewart_04The four titles are still available in paperback form directly from Candy Jar Books. Also available for pre-order are the series two titles; Moon Blink by Sadie Miller, The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel (released April, May and June 2016, respectively). The usual discounted pre-order bundles are on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get series two and three together. Six titles in all, for the price of five:

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/moonblink.html

The Web of Fear Commentary

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cover_web2It’s been two years since The Web of Fear, the story that introduced Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to Doctor Who, was returned to the BBC Archives and released back into the public arena — first via iTunes and then on DVD. Unfortunately, due to the rushed released there was no time to produce extras for the DVD and so it was released sans commentary track — a mainstay of Doctor Who DVDs since the very first release.

BOFRBut no more. Fantom Films have recorded a commentary featuring actors and production staff involved in The Web of Fear, which can now be listened to alongside the DVD. Among the many commentators is John Levene, who later found fame as Sergeant Benton, one of the UNIT family in the 1970s, and Ralph Watson, who played Captain Knight as well as various other characters in Doctor Who over the years — including Ben Travers in Horror of Fang Rock, a character set to make a return in this month’s Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Beast of Fang Rock.

To find out more about the commentary, visit the Fantom Film website HERE.

It’s Still Out There

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The Web of FearIn 2013 Doctor Who fans all over the world celebrated the return of long-lost stories The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear. But this wonderful event had one small problem to mar it; episode three of The Web of Fear was not among the found episodes.

Fans of Lethbridge-Stewart especially were, and remain, disappointed since episode three was the debut for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart (although they had to wait until the novelisation by Terrance Dicks [and latterly Lethbridge-Stewart:The Ambush by Andy Frankham-Allen, first published in Doctor Who Magazine] to see the first meeting between the colonel and the Doctor). It seemed a little suspicious that the one episode still missing was probably the most anticipated find of all.

But this past weekend Philip Morris (the man who returned the episodes to the BBC) revealed at the Pandorica convention that episode three of The Web of Fear was among the collection when he first located the missing stories. Alas, and somewhat mysteriously, by time the six-month negotiation was conlcuded, episode three had vanished. Morris believes that when word of the find was leaked out, an offer was made by a private collector.

So, there’s still some hope that Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart’s first appearance may be seen again. If and when the private collector breaks his/her silence.