Group Captain Gilmore
The New Counter-Measures follows a team of investigators looking into unexplained events in the UK. The team was first introduced in the 1988 Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch. The team has been referenced several times in the Lethbridge-Stewart books, with Ian Gilmore, the military man in the team, appearing in the short story, The Dogs of War.
Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I’m no stranger to the team, Gilmore in particular, having written for him once before. I’ve watched Remembrance of the Daleks more times than I count, and listened to the majority of the Counter-Measures series, so it was a great pleasure to write for these characters properly. Finding their voices was scarily easy, even Sir Toby, who was created especially for the series.”
Producer David Richardson tells us what it was like to bring back the Yeti: “We were delighted to reach agreement with the Haisman Estate to use the Yeti in our productions, with the hope to make a special production to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first appearance in Doctor Who, in 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen. This time it’s not the Brigadier and his troops facing the Great Intelligence, but the crack team of Counter-Measures – but once again the Yeti are on the loose in Central London, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.”
On bringing the Great Intelligence to Big Finish, Andy says: “I had literally just finished writing Night of the Intelligence when the call came asking me to come up with a story for The New Counter-Measures. Time was an issue, and David was keen we echo the tone of The Web of Fear. Knowing I had only a limited cast enabled me to keep the story smaller and, hopefully, more immediate than I would with my novels. Having created the official backstory of the Intelligence for the Haisman Estate, it was important to me to incorporate some that history into the story.”
Along with the Great Intelligence, Professor Travers makes his Big Finish debut. Which, due to the fact that the actor who originated the character passed away in 2001, meant recasting was a necessity.
David continues: “I was very keen to cast Tim Bentinck as Travers – Tim is a terrific actor, and I knew he would pay great homage to the late, great Jack Watling. In fact, he’s spent recent weeks watching the DVD of The Web of Fear, getting under the skin of this iconic character.”
Script editor, John Dorney, told us more, “It’s amazing to think that the Yeti only appeared in two Doctor Who serials on tv (well, three if you count The Five Doctors), and for decades only two of their episodes could even be seen – and yet they’ve always held a special place in the heart of fandom. The first Doctor Who novelisation I ever bought was The Abominable Snowmen, so it’s an honour to help bring them back to the worlds of Doctor Who!”
You can pre-order this release, out in December 2017, at £30 on CD or £25 on download.
You can now buy The Dogs of War, which sees Counter-Measures’ Ian Gilmore team up with the Brigadier, on Amazon Kindle for only £1.29.
The New Counter-Measures series two:
1. The Splintered Man by Roland Moore
When a Spanish scientist kills himself in an explosion at a secret test facility, Counter-Measures are called in to salvage anything they can from the wreckage. But someone else is stalking the scene – and they’re determined that whatever is lost will stay lost.
2. The Ship of the Sleepwalkers by Christopher Hatherall
The Counter-Measures team wake on a luxury cruise, with no knowledge of how and when they got onboard. Who has brought them here, and why?
3. My Enemy’s Enemy by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
Glamorous international arms dealer, Lady Suzanne Clare, has come to town and is offering herself into the hands of Counter-Measures. But can their former nemesis ever really be trusted?
4. Time of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen
A strange voice is interrupting TV broadcasts across the capital, and bear like creatures are raiding factories, stealing equipment and killing guards. An old enemy of London has returned. And there’s only one team that can stop it.
Written By: Roland Moore, Christopher Hatherall, Robert Khan, Tom Salinsky, Andy Frankham-Allen
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Tim Bentinck (Professor Edward Travers), Tam Williams (Doctor Javier Santos), Dan Starkey (Doctor Henry Cording), Beatriz Romilly (Mariana Lopez), Cory English (Ted Hunter), Caroline Harker (Dr Jayne Smythe), Carolyn Seymour (Lady Suzanne Clare), Leighton Pugh (Bernard/ Freddie), Lisa Diveney (Doctor Norma Vine), Tim Bentinck (Professor Edward Travers/ The Great Intelligence), Charlie Anson (Reece Goff/ Jacob)
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: John Dorney
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Creative Director of the Haisman Literary Estate: Andy Frankham-Allen
Candy Jar Books is gearing up to release the fourth book in the critically acclaimed Lethbridge-Stewart series.
Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters is due to be released on 20th November and can be pre-ordered now for the reduced price of £7.99 (plus p+p). When pre-ordered directly from Candy Jar customers will receive an exclusive, free pdf-only short story, The Dogs of War, by Andy Frankham-Allen.
In 1969 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln created the Dominators… and the Quarks! They had hoped, with the Quarks, to create a Doctor Who monster to rival the Daleks in the affections of the public. But aside from a few appearances in comics, neither the Quarks nor the Dominators returned. Until now!
The Dominators was written as a metaphor for the then-current fear of nuclear war. With the Dominators themselves embodying the ultimate nuclear threat, and the docile Dulcians playing the part of the cautionary tale; a race so fearful of nuclear fallout that they took pacifism to the ultimate degree.
In his foreword Paul Finch said: “In a twist that completely delighted me, (this book) is set in precisely that era: the late ’60s, with the protest movement still at full power and the anti-nuclear ticket a hot one. It even has its own desolate wilderness – Dartmoor. Though of course at the heart of this wasteland stands not the Doctor, but his unofficial deputy on Earth (at least, that’s always the way I used to think of him), and another fine creation of Messrs Haisman and Lincoln, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, better known as ‘the Brigadier’, though for our purposes today he’s still a colonel.”
Author Nick Walters said: “I had a great time writing Mutually Assured Domination, taking as my inspiration the Cold War thrillers of John Le Carre and the 1985 BBC Drama Edge of Darkness. I have always loved the Dominators and their sinister robotic servants so it was great to be given the chance to make them live again! My favourite parts of The Dominators has always been the bickering between Rago and Toba and there’s some of that in this book, in fact there is great comedy potential in the characters. But I also hope I have presented them as a credible threat and a worthy foe for Lethbridge Stewart. I hope people find my book is to be a good old-fashioned romp – and a wham-bam ending for the first ‘season’ of Lethbridge-Stewart novels!”
Along for the ride is journalist Harold Chorley, last seen in 1968’s The Web of Fear. Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, Shaun Russell said, “Ever since we secured the deal with the Haisman Estate, we’ve been planning to bring back Harold Chorley. He was such a pain in Lethbridge-Stewart’s side in The Web of Fear it was a forgone conclusion that he’d return to give the colonel more grief. His return has been set up throughout the last few books, with hints as to his situation following The Web of Fear. Now we finally get to play it out properly, and Nick has done a great job with him!”
In 1988, in the serial Remembrance of the Daleks, Doctor Who fans were introduced to Group Captain Ian Gilmore and the Intrusion Counter Measures Group. Gilmore soon found his way into Doctor Who lore in the Wilderness Years (Part One) of 1990-1996 when it was revealed in two novels that Air Vice-Marshal Gilmore was partly responsible for the ultimate formation of UNIT.
For the last few years, Gilmore has lead the way in a successful series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish called Countermeasures, which shows his activities following Remembrance of the Daleks, but still the historic meeting between Gilmore and Lethbridge-Stewart has never been fully dramatized… until now!
Author Andy Frankham-Allen said, “Since day one of this series I have been mindful that there are certain milestones in Lethbridge-Stewart’s life that need to be dealt with in these books in one way or another. His meeting with Gilmore is one of those. With the approval of Ben Aaronovitch, who created Gilmore back in ’88, and with thanks to Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who script editor 1987-89), we are finally able to make that happen with our own spin. Hopefully we’ll offer fans a little bit more meet to their meeting. It’s been a real joy bringing these two iconic characters together and letting them play in each other’s sandpits – for one night only!”
The Dogs of War follows the event of Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock and leads into the events of Mutually Assured Domination. (Although, as with all of Candy Jar’s free Lethbridge-Stewart stories, The Dogs of War is not essential when reading Mutually Assured Domination.)
Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, is due to be released on 20th November. To receive The Dogs of War pre-order from Candy Jar Books: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/lethbridge-stewart–mutually-assured-domination.html
Candy Jar Books are very pleased to announce their next free pdf-only incentive short story.
Ever since the release of the novel of Downtime in 1995, it’s been established that Lethbridge-Stewart met with Air Vice-Marshal Gilmore in the lead-up to the formation of UNIT. These events have never been dramatised… until now!
“The London Event was only the beginning, or so Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart believed. Until he was ordered to meet with Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gilmore. It began in 1963 – for Gilmore, at least. But the alien codenamed Cosmic Hobo visited Earth a lot earlier than that.
“It’s not only Lethbridge-Stewart who wishes to learn the truth of these visits. He is being watched, and soon Lethbridge-Stewart and Gilmore find themselves in the deserted tunnels of the London Underground chased by a familiar furry form…”
To get this free pdf-only book, you simply need to pre-order the next title in the series, Mutually Assured Domination, direct from Candy Jar Books. Offer applies to all bundles.
Group Captain Gilmore first appeared in the 1988 television serial, Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch.
With thanks to Andrew Cartmel (script editor of Doctor Who 1987-1989). Cover design by Will Brooks.