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
Due to the unfortunate delay of The Schizoid Earth, Candy Jar Books have revised their release schedule for 2015. They have also released the covers for Beast of Fang Rock and Mutually Assured Domination and a revised cover for The Schizoid Earth.
David A McIntee says: ‘I’m sorry nobody’s had a chance to read the book yet. I had hoped to be able to finish it earlier than originally planned so that it could be brought forward somewhat. A family bereavement has negated that hope (my mother-in-law died a few weeks ago) leading to all the irritating practical and bureaucratic interruptions you might imagine. The book, however, is nearly finished and will be coming very soon.’
Hayley Cox, publishing co-ordinator at Candy Jar Books, says: ‘We are determined to not let this setback affect the rest of this year’s releases, and we are committed to getting four titles out by the end of 2015 as originally intended.’
The Schizoid Earth will now be released September 25th, and features a slightly revised cover incorporating new artwork by Adrian Salmon, who has provided art for Doctor Who Magazine and Big Finish Productions, among many others. It features a foreword by Amanda Haisman, daughter of Mervyn Haisman, co-creator of Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart. The Schizoid Earth serves as a prequel to the television story Inferno by Don Houghton and David A McIntee’s Doctor Who novel The Face of the Enemy.
Beast of Fang Rock will be released October 23rd, and features cover art by Colin Howard, who has provided artwork for Doctor Who Magazine, Red Dwarf and BBC Video, among many others.
Fang Rock has always had a bad reputation. Since 1955 the lighthouse has been out of commission, shut down because of fire that gutted the entire tower. But now, finally updated and fully renovated, the island and lighthouse is once again about to be brought back into service.
Students have gathered on Fang Rock to celebrate the opening of the ‘most haunted lighthouse of the British Isles’, but they get more than they bargained for when the ghosts of long-dead men return, accompanied by a falling star.
Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is brought in to investigate what he believes to be signs of alien involvement. But it is not only Lethbridge-Stewart who has an interest in Fang Rock. Anne Travers is called to her family solicitor’s, who have in their possession a letter from Archibald Goff, the paranormal investigator who once visited Fang Rock back in the 1820s, and along with it a piece of alien technology.
What connects a shooting star, ghosts of men killed in 1902 and the beast that roamed Fang Rock in 1823? Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers are about to discover the answer first hand…
With a foreword by Louise Jameson, who played Leela, the Doctor’s companion from 1976-1978. Beast of Fang Rock is both a sequel and prequel to the 1977 Doctor Who story Horror of Fang Rock by Terrance Dicks.
The late ‘60s. Global power balances are shifting and the peace movement, preoccupied with the Vietnam War after the Tet offensive, has perhaps taken its eye off the nuclear ball.
Certain ‘outside interests’ take advantage of this situation and soon the world is poised on the brink of nuclear armageddon.
It’s up to Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and uneasy ally journalist Harold Chorley to fight the forces of darkness and save the day.
Featuring the return of the Dominators and their weapons of mass destruction, the Quarks! Also features a forward by novelist and Doctor Who scriptwriter Paul Finch.
Pre-order The Schizoid Earth and Beast of Fang Rock direct from Candy Jar Books
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