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 pleased to announce the second free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017.
Nick Walters is no stranger to the worlds of Doctor Who, having written for BBC Books in the 1990s, and penning two spin-off novels, one for the Bernice Summerfield series, and one for Lethbridge-Stewart back in 2015.
It was a hanging thread from Nick’s Lethbridge-Stewart novel that inspired The Runaway Bomb, as Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains: “At the end of Mutually Assured Domination, Lethbridge-Stewart considered two soldiers for the Fifth – both helped him fight the Dominators in that book – but we’ve not heard from them since. So, this short story shows us a little of how Lethbridge-Stewart recruits new troops for the Corps. Only one of the two will make the grade, and the winner has a guest spot in Night of the Intelligence, the novel for which this short story is the companion.”
Nick says: “Sergeant Bell and (especially) Corporal Stevens originally had bigger roles in Mutually Assured Domination, so I leapt at the chance of fleshing out the characters a bit more. Stevens is a bit of a loose cannon and quite an intimidating character, whilst Bell is quieter and more reserved, so the two make a good pairing. I wanted to put them in a combat situation to see what happens. Bell, especially, went through the wringer in Mutually Assured Domination, so this story, if you like, is his ‘reward’ for all that he suffered – being tied to that chair for hours on end couldn’t have been nice! As for the titular Bomb of the story, it is based on a fondly-remembered episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled Death Probe, which really captured my six-year-old imagination. Older readers (?) may remember this!”
The Runaway Bomb will be sent out free to everybody who purchases (includes any bundles or subscription featuring…) this month’s release, Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen.
Night of the Intelligence not only opens seires four of the range, but also begins the year-long celebration of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers, characters who first appeared in Doctor Who on September 30 1967 in The Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln. The celebration continues with a special anniverary bundle – all of which act as prequels to Night of the Intelligence. Buy Candy Jar’s three Great Intelligence novels (The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen, Times Squared by Rick Cross, and Night of the Intelligence) and get The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee for free. So that’s four books for the price of three!
Hannah Haisman, Executor of the Haisman Estate, says: “It’s been wonderful seeing the resurgence of respect for my grandfather’s creations in the last few years, and celebrating two of his greatest characters is a moment of pride for me. Grandad would adore what’s happening now, and especially the way Andy (Frankham-Allen) has tied his characters’ histories together. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers!”
Throughout 2017 a further three non-Lethbridge-Stewart titles featuring the Great Intelligence will be released. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says: “We’re very proud to work alongside some great people during the celebration year, and look forward to sharing further titles and information with you as the year goes on. Great things are coming!”
The foreword is written by United in Blood’s Mark Jones. Mark Jones was co-creator of the Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton TV project Starwatch.
Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £37.00 (excluding postage), saving £5.97.
The Anniversary Intelligence bundle can be ordered now, for £26.25 (including postage), saving £21.71, or an international bundle for only £47.00 (excluding postage), saving £12.96.
Series four features Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, released in May; The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, released in June; and The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Buford-Jones released in July.
Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says: “We’re very excited about our latest series of novels, which not only begins our 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Great Intelligence, but also brings two new authors to the novel range.”
Night of the Intelligence is released the same month as the novella, Day of the Intelligence, both delving into different aspects of the Intelligence’s origin story.
Range Editor/Author Andy Frankham-Allen says: “Day began as a series of interludes set within the framework of Night, but when we considered the eventual word count of Night (which is deliberately set out to be the longest novel in the range thus far) we decided to make Day a novella in its own right. Although both books are connected, in so much as they both explore the origins of the Intelligence, they are still written in such a way that you don’t necessarily need to read one to understand the other. Although, of course, if you have both, then you will get a fuller and more enriching experience.”
The cover art is another masterpiece by Colin Howard. Colin says: “I was thrilled to find out my next cover was to feature Professor Travers, in a tribute to Chris Achilleos’ original Three Doctors Target novelisation. I decided to put Jack Watling as the professor on the cover in his ‘possessed by the Intelligence’ state from The Web of Fear. I screen-grabbed a reference from the platform scene with Victoria, and painted his portrait on my WACOM Intuos Pro at around 2-300 x magnification, colouring as I went, with the shading from the screen-shot as reference. The visualisation of the Intelligence was a greater challenge, with the brief stating an ‘ethereal old man-like figure’ in the Omega pose. So, to give the impression of the burning Intelligence within, I opted for a glow from the eyes and mouth, stopping short at having the energy crack the parchment-like figure’s skin. With Owen, there was a modern reference picture of Ryan Jaymes (a friend of Andy’s, who ‘modelled’ for us) from which to base the character on. It was just a matter of late-‘60s/early-’70s hair needing to be applied, as well as clothing based on Adrian Salmon’s character guide art. I thought it would also be nice to add some sympathetic lighting, picked from colours in the background and reflected on the face/hair (including a Shaggy from Scooby Doo style Beard!). Thonmi was slightly more challenging, as it had to be the same actor who portrayed him in The Abominable Snowmen, David Spenser, but aged somewhat. So the relevant robes and head-dress were required. Luckily with the assistance of Andy, I managed to find a reference online of the actor in later days so was able to incorporate this into the visualisation of Thonmi you see now on the cover.”
With Owain taking a more prominent role in Night of the Intelligence, the second novel, The Daughters of Earth, sees Lethbridge-Stewart’s fiancee, Sally, take a more central role in the story, in what will prove to be something of a game-changer for the series as a whole.
Andy Frankham-Allen says: “The relationship between Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally has been simmering away in the background of the series so far, ten novels in total. The Daughters of Earth has been set up very deliberately to put Sally in a position that makes her look at her engagement in a very different way.”
The third book, The Dreamer’s Lament, sees the welcome return of Chorely, who was last seen in the novel, The Grandfather Infestation.
Shaun Russell says: “Readers adored the team-up of Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley in 2015’s Mutually Assured Domination, so it was only a matter of time before we paired them together once again, removing them from all familiar surroundings, leaving them with no choice but to work together. With, no doubt, hilarious results.”
Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.
We’ve locked David A McIntee in a room to finish The Schizoid Earth undisturbed; in the meantime, we at Candy Jar Books offer you a free short story to set the scene… The story is set during The Schizoid Earth, and the days leading up to it, and features the return of both Anne Travers and her father, Professor Edward Travers, who has not been seen since 1968’s The Web of Fear.
In The Forgotten Son Anne Travers was last seen at the engagement party of Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally Wright, and there she explained that she had to return to work at the Vault. While there, Lethbridge-Stewart also learned that Professor Travers was planning a return visit to the monastery at Det-Sen, only another member of the Travers’ family has something to say about that…
Download it HERE on pdf. (Subscribers to Top Secret Files will receive it by email automatically.)
Anne Travers, the forthright scientist daughter of Professor Edward Travers, first appeared in The Web of Fear, the creation of writers Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln and based on Haisman’s wife, Vina. Anne was brought to life by actress Tina Packer. She made quite an impact on Doctor Who and, one can reasonably assume, the formation of UNIT, especially at the outset of the Pertwee years. The character of Liz Shaw certainly owes a lot to Anne Travers. With such a strong character, and the future return of Lethbridge-Stewart assisted by a smart female scientist, it’s a wonder why Anne Travers never returned to Doctor Who. Her only substantial return was in the novel Millennial Rites, set on the cusp of the year 2000, which saw her as the respected Dame Anne OBE. So, what happened to her after The Web of Fear? We know that four years later she was back in America with her father, his house being looked after by his old friend Professor Watkins. So, what happened in between? Readers of The Forgotten Son will already know she was retained by the British army, and sent to work in a secret vault in Northumberland. She returned to assist Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart against the Great Intelligence in Bledoe, and was last seen briefly at Lethbridge-Stewart’s engagement party.
She’s due to make a return in the next two Lethbridge-Stewart novels, The Schizoid Earth and Beast of Fang Rock (the latter of which is all about Anne and her family), with her becoming the co-lead of the series next year! Until then, why not take a peek at her stats HERE, and read a little extract below (and learn a little more about the origin of the Vault*)…
*first seen in The Scales of Injustice and used with kind permission of Gary Russell