Lethbridge-Stewart: South Wales short story competition 2017Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 10 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books will be launching a short story competition for their Lethbridge-Stewart series from 17th August:

Lethbridge-Stewart at the Candy Jar Book Festival (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books is offering an exciting, new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launching at Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff, writers can submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.

These stories will be included in a book to be released early next year.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says:
We had huge success with the previous two short story competitions and we wanted to do something different this year. With the fiftieth anniversary of the Brigadier coming up we felt that this would be a fantastic opportunity for budding writers to write their very own Lethbridge-Stewart story.
The overall winner will offered the chance to pen their very own Lethbridge-Stewart book, and work alongside range editor and creative director of the Haisman estate, Andy Frankham-Allen, and will also receive a Kindle Fire to read it on. Both the winner and runner-up will receive all the Lethbridge-Stewart novels from 2018. All winning entries will see their stories published in book form in 2018.

Lethbridge-Stewart has been an essential part of the Doctor Who universe since 1968. He was created by authors Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln for the six-part Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear. Forty-nine years since the Brigadier appeared in Doctor Who he has become one of the show’s most iconic characters, having appeared with ten different Doctors in countless TV episodes, books, audio dramas and comic strips. And his legacy continues on with his daughter appearing in Doctor Who since 2012.

The Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition will launch at Candy Jar Book festival on 17th August. Candy Jar is hosting a free event at Cardiff Central Library at 1pm: a panel with Lethbridge-Stewart authors Nick Walters, Simon A Forward, Tim Gambrell, Alyson Leeds and range editor Andy Frankham-Allen, discussing writing Lethbridge-Stewart and Doctor Who novels and short stories. And prior to that, at 12pm, cover artist Richard Young will be hosting a drawing class.

Andy Frankham-Allen says:
It’s a unique opportunity to have so many of our authors together in one place. We’ll be talking about the differences between writing novels and short stories, and offer some hints and tips for those interested in entering the short story competition. We are extremely committed to encouraging new talent and hope the public will take the time to come along and possibly enter the competition.
The South Wales Short Story Competition will be accepting submissions from 17th August. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories of no more than three thousand words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers across the UK.

Andy Frankham-Allen believes that short stories are an excellent way for writers to perfect their craft. He said:
The discipline and imagination required for creating and structuring a good short story is excellent practice for aspiring writers. The experience winning writers will gain will be invaluable in preparing them for any future writing career.

All submissions must be received by the end of September. The competition is £5 to enter per story. The terms and conditions, such as copyright restrictions, will be emailed once the entrant has paid.

Entries can be sent via the Candy Jar Book Festival website.
Or at: https://www.freewebstore.org/jellybeanbooks/product/lethbridge-stewart%20short%20story%20competition

Alternatively, they can also be posted to Candy Jar Books, Mackintosh House, 136 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 1DJ
For more information please contact Shaun Russell on 02921 157 202 shaun@candyjarbooks.co.uk.


The South Wales Short Story Competition is currently accepting submissions. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories and these can be a maximum of 3000 words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers across the UK.
Please include:
  • Your name, age, email, address and telephone number
The winning entry will receive a Kindle Fire and Lethbridge-Stewart publishing deal. All shortlisted entries will be published in the third volume of the South Wales Short Story Competition anthology.
£5 entry fee for up to two stories.
Submissions can be entered from Thursday 17th August to the end of September.

Submission guidelines for the Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competitions:
  • Maximum of 3000 words.
  • This competition is open to anybody who has never been published before, whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who and Lethbridge-Stewart or not. We’re looking for different takes on the character of Lethbridge-Stewart, in different settings. It could be a version of the man living in Victorian London, or it could be a version of the character living in the far future. Any kind of story, in any setting, as long as Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart carries the basic core principles that make the character the legend he is: heroic, stoic, laid back and often ironic, a field officer who ensures loyalty due to his willingness to lead by example.
  • A free short story will be sent to all applicants, so even if you have never encountered Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart before, you can get a sense of the man.
  • Our license is with the Haisman Literary Estate only, therefore you CAN use any character from the Doctor Who serials The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear and The Dominators, or any original character found Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart series (except the Rutans and Group Captain Gilmore, who were used by Candy Jar under express permission).
  • You CAN NOT use any other Doctor Who characters or monsters or UNIT.

The main event kicks off on Monday 14th August at 11am with open auditions for Nigel Hinton’s The Norris Girls book trailer at the Cardiff Story Museum. This is a chance for young performers to show off their talent. The book has been endorsed by Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy, and has been described as the “modern version of Little Women”.

Nigel Hinton, the award-winning Buddy’s Song and Beaver Towers author, says:
I’ve written a short script based on my book and entrants can download it from my website. We’re looking for three aspiring young actresses to play Beth, Georgy and Katie, who respectively are fourteen, twelve and ten years old.
Mark Jones, creator and author of Time to Sleep Stories will be hosting a “Sleep Workshop” at the Cardiff Story Museum on Monday 14th August at 3.00pm.

Mark says:
Several years ago I witnessed a number of work colleagues suffering from the effects of stress. At the same time it was being widely reported that children were suffering from a lack of sleep due to the onslaught of digital technology and bedtimes were becoming a battlefield for parents. I realised that I could use my storytelling skills by writing gentle fantasy tales, and including within the stories breathing and calming techniques that could help relax children at bedtime.

Throughout the week, Candy Jar will be hosting book signing sessions, workshops, and “meet the artist” events. Attendees will be able to meet some of Candy Jar’s finest authors including former The Honeycombs bassist Roger J Simmonds, Hinterland director and award-winning author Griff Rowland, Michelle Briscombe, Jane Cohen, Laura Shire, and accomplished children’s author Sue Hampton (who will be signing exclusive copies her new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off children’s novel The Lucy Wilson Mysteries).

Shaun Russell says:
We have a whole host of incredible authors and illustrators who have been announced as part of the seven-day festival. Our aim is promote reading, writing and creativity in the heart of the city.
Lauren Thomas, publishing co-ordinator at Candy Jar, believes that the festival is a fantastic way to engage young people with reading. She says:
As with our previous festivals, the exciting activities on offer will help to engage the local youth with great children’s literature.




Lethbridge-Stewart: The Two BrigadiersBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Two Brigadiers (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has announced its third free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017, to accompany the newly released The Daughters of Earth:

The Two Brigadiers:

It’s 2001 and Brigadier Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is feeling restless, his mind still on his recent adventure with the Doctor and Morgaine. But then there is a knock at the door and a familiar face asks for his help in finding an old friend who has gone missing!

The book has been written by newcomer Jonathan Macho, who was a runner up in the South Wales Short Story Competition of 2015, run by Candy Jar Books. His first encounter with Candy Jar Books came in 2014 at their Summer Book Festival.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains:
I was doing a talk on how to write the perfect short story. Jonathan was in the audience, one of those who stood out, with a very obvious interest in Doctor Who. When I saw his submissions for the short story competition, I paid particular note. Indeed, I was the one who put both his stories forward for the final short list. In the event only one was picked as a runner up. There was an interesting humour to his stories, which were technically very good too. So, from that point I knew it was only a matter of time before I asked him to submit an idea to Lethbridge-Stewart.
Jonathan says:
After running-up in the South Wales Short Story Competition, I was just excited to have a publication under my belt. I had no idea it would lead to such an incredible opportunity, until Andy asked if I would like to work on a story for the range. Needless to say, he didn’t have to ask twice!
Andy continues:
I first needed to find out how wide his Who knowledge was, as often a lot of the younger fans are less familiar with the series pre-2005. Fortunatley he was one of those uber fans that knew everything, and so I asked him to pitch an idea set sometime after the 1989 television serial, Battlefield (which takes place in the late 1990s).
Jonathan adds:
The fact that my story is set during one of my favourite eras of Who is the icing on the proverbial cake! Just as I was trying to stay as true to his character as possible, the Brig here is trying to find his feet in a life he was meant to have left behind. Said life just so happens to involve clandestine reunions, strange happenings and infamous monsters of course. Who would want anything else?

The Two Brigadiers also includes an mini-short written by Andy Frankham-Allen called When Times Change..., in which Sir Alistair himself remarks upon the announcement of Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who!


The book will be sent out free to everybody who purchases (includes any bundles or subscription featuring...) this month’s release, The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen. This is the second novel in series four, focusing on a subject matter than is still topical. Sarah says:
There are echoes of what’s happening now and how women organise. The intersections of class, race, outsiders versus those within the establishment – how prone they are to infiltration. I wrote the book during the US presidential elections, which kept being a touchstone to how far women have come to be treated as human beings with agency and a reminder as to how quickly reactionary politics can assert itself.

The Daughters of Earth is available to buy individually or as part of a bundle from Candy Jar Books.




Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files 4Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files 4 (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from early 2017 (in print for the first time) and brand new exclusive material.

This volume contains three short stories previously available in digital format and released early 2017, plus five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episodes one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).

  • The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
  • The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters (previous digital release)
  • United in Blood by Mark Jones (previous digital release)
  • The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
  • All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
  • The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
  • The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
  • The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (previous digital release)
  • The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to profesionally published fiction.

Among the authors new to range are Andrew Allen, who is a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and workshop leader, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre. This collection also introduces to the range, Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The cover has been designed by Richard Young:
Shaun (Russell, Head of Publishing) had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I've always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.

Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store, and is a strictly limited-print run.

HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.



Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book will contain an exclusive story written by Tim Gambrell: "Lethbridge-Stewart is called back to Bledoe to help an old friend he barely remembers, and memories of quiz night with the Bledoe Cadets soon surface..."





Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's LamentBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 June 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announced the next in their range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's Lament (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Dreamer's Lament
Written by Benjamin Burford-Jones
Cover by Martin Baines


While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.

Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.

What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?

The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.

The Dreamer’s Lament is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books. It originates from an unpublished Second Doctor novel Ben wrote several years earlier, and was an early contender in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, as range editor Andy Frankham-Allen elaborates:
Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.
Ben was more than happy to rework the story:
When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.

When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.
The cover art in question is by Martin Baines, creating his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says:
I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.
The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Shaun:
I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.

The novel is available for pre-order now, individually, as part of the discounted UK bundle, or as an international bundle. It is also available as part of a yearly subscription offer - full details can be found via Candy Jar's website.



In addition, Candy Jar is launching its very first Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
  • 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
  • 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
  • Low-low discounts on selected other books
  • Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit their website.




The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz BookBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart Quizbook (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announce a new Quiz Book to tie in with fifty years of the character of Lethbridge-Stewart.

Compiled by Mark Jones, author of the recent free story United in Blood, the book collects together trivia from throughout the Brigadier’s on-screen life, plus questions relate to the Target novels, Big Finish and BBC audio stories, comic strips and of course Candy Jar's own Lethbridge-Stewart novels.

Mark said:
When Candy Jar asked me to compile The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book I couldn’t wait to get started. The Brigadier is a character that meant a great deal to me and it gave me the chance to watch the UNIT stories over again.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, expressed his excitement about the book:
I remember a trip to Lyme Regis as a boy where I found a copy of the first Doctor Who Quiz Book. For some reason my local WHSmith did not have this book, which made the discovery even more exciting. I don’t think my sister appreciated it though. Asking me questions on the beach about Doctor Who was not her idea of fun.

Revisiting the classic formula of those quiz books, this new version has some 750+ questions split over twelve sections dedicated to the adventures of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT. Examples include:
  • In the television story The Time Monster what was TOMTIT?
  • Who is attempting to penetrate the Earth’s crust in Inferno?
  • What relation is James Lethbridge-Stewart to the Brigadier?
  • What does UNIT stand for?

Mark added:
There’s something for everyone and it’s a book that will provide hours of entertainment and a challenge to the old grey matter. It’s a book for dipping into whenever you feel like challenging yourself or your friends – hopefully without too many arguments.

Full details and how to order can be found via the Candy Jar Books website.




Lethbridge-Stewart: The Runaway BombBookmark and Share

Sunday, 21 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Runaway Bomb (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announced the second free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017, The Runaway Bomb, which accompanies this month's release of Night of the Intelligence.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains the story's origins:
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.
Author of both the original inspiration and this followup short story is Nick Walters, who 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 series 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.

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!


Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, either individually or as part of a discounted UK bundle.

In addition, as part of the celebration Candy Jar are offering a special anniverary bundle – buy the three Great Intelligence novels The Forgotten Son (Andy Frankham-Allen), Times Squared (Rick Cross), and Night of the Intelligence and get The Schizoid Earth (David A McIntee) for free.

See the Candy Jar website for full details.




Extremis: Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 21 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Extremis: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who - Extremis achieved an overnight viewing audience of 4.16 million viewers, a share of 22.7% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial figures. This figure is up on last week's, where Oxygen achieved 3.57m (20%).

The episode was third most-watched show of the day, with ITV's Britain's Got Talent as usual taking the top spot with 9.13m viewers and a whopping 44.7% share of the total television audience! Second place went to Pointless Celebrities, which was watched by 4.52m viewers (28.9% share).

Consolidated viewing figures are expected to be released by BARB on 29th May, which should see Doctor Who's figure increase.





Lethbridge-Stewart: The Daughters of EarthBookmark and Share

Friday, 12 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar have announced the second novel in the 2017 series of Lethbridge-Stewart books:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Daughters of Earth (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lethbridge-Stewart: The Daughters of Earth
Written by Sarah Groenewegen
Cover by Adrian Salmon


To celebrate Lethbridge-Stewart's birthday, a romantic weekend is planned for him and Sally Wright in a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately for Sally, freak weather causes her to crash her car.

Lethbridge-Stewart, meanwhile, is in Cairngorm investigating UFO sightings with Anne Travers and Lieutenant Bishop. Elsewhere, the Daughters of Earth, a women-only peace movement, are making waves in the political world.

But just who is their enigmatic leader? And what links the Daughters with the events of Cairngorm and Sally's accident?

The book, which follows on from this month's Night of the Intelligence, 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. Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
The relationship between Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally has been simmering away in the background of the series since the beginning, eleven 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 position in the Corps in a very different way.

Writer Sarah Groenewegen (who wrote 2016 short story The Lock-In) said:
I wanted to explore the reasons for why she signed up, her ideals of duty in the face of the adventures they all share. Her relationship with the Brigadier, especially now they work together. Then there’s her interest in a newly emerging women’s lib movement arguing for peaceful solutions to mankind’s many problems – the Daughters of Earth.

I had terrific fun creating a late-’60s peace movement led and run solely by women. While their politics are very much rooted in the start of women’s lib – the generation before the women of Greenham Common, and the grand-generation of the women now running the resistance against current right-wing authoritarianism – there are echoes of what’s happening now and how women organise. The intersections of class, race, outsiders versus those within the establishment – how prone they are to infiltration. I wrote the book during the US presidential elections, which kept being a touchstone to how far women have come to be treated as human beings with agency and a reminder as to how quickly reactionary politics can assert itself.
The book includes a foreword by popular Doctor Who and Star Trek scribe, Una McCormack:
Representation matters. Sarah knows this, but, more importantly, she lives this. In her professional life, her commitment to equality and diversity has earned her recognition from her peers, and a ‘gong’ (a BEM, no less – yes, Sydney Newman would be horrified). In her writing, fiction and non-fiction, and her involvement with fandom, she has voiced and made visible lives and experiences that are too often ignored or denied: women who game, dykes who dig Time Lords. Doctor Who (let’s face it) hasn’t always been great at representation (where is our female Doctor?).

The cover was designed by Lethbridge-Stewart regular artist Adrian Salmon:
My initial idea was to confine all the various visual ideas within the overall shape of the Daughters of Earth’ house. However after submitting my rough it was brought to my attention that the ‘house style’ for the Lethbridge-Stewart main range is a circular motif, which I had inadvertently created with my cover for Mutually Assured Domination in 2015. How ironic! I dropped the house shape into a circle allowing parts to break out for visual punch.
Sarah felt it beautifully illustrates her initial idea:
I love the cover that Adrian Salmon has painted for my book. So striking and bold, but yet it gets the central conflict for Sally: has she chosen her military career wisely? Or is there another path?


The Daughters of Earth is available for pre-order now, either individually or as part of a discounted UK bundle (which includes the novels Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, and The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Buford-Jones). Full details can be found via the Candy Jar website.



Candy Jar still has thirty copies of the novella bundles left. The Life of Evans has been posted out, but both The Flaming Soldier and Day of the Intelligence can be pre-ordered - these are only available directly from Candy Jar Books.




Oxygen - New ImagesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Oxygen
Oxygen

Writer: Jamie Mathieson
Director: Charles Palmer

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered - and the dead are still walking!
In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…
Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Des Willie))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Des Willie))Oxygen: Nardole (Matt Lucas), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Nardole (Matt Lucas), Bill (Pearl Mackie), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen:  (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Nardole (Matt Lucas), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Nardole (Matt Lucas), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Bill (Pearl Mackie), Ivan (Kieran Bew) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Bill (Pearl Mackie), Ivan (Kieran Bew) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Abby (Mimi Ndiweni) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Ivan (Kieran Bew), Tasker (Justin Salinger) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Dahh-ren (Peter Caulfield), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Ivan (Kieran Bew), Tasker (Justin Salinger) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Bill (Pearl Mackie), Tasker (Justin Salinger) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Abby (Mimi Ndiweni), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Oxygen: Tasker (Justin Salinger) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))Oxygen: Tasker (Justin Salinger) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))Oxygen: Dahh-ren (Peter Caulfield) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))Oxygen: Dahh-ren (Peter Caulfield) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))Oxygen: Abby (Mimi Ndiweni) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))Oxygen: Abby (Mimi Ndiweni) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))Oxygen: Dahh-ren (Peter Caulfield) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall))

This week BBC One will show Doctor Who five minutes earlier than usual, at 7.15pm, in order to accomadate the Eurovision Song Contest which starts at 8pm.

Oxygen: Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 13 May 20177:15pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 13 May 20179:20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 13 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 13 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 14 May 201711:30am EEST(Sun 9:30am BST)
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Lethbridge-Stewart: United In BloodBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have released details on the next of their free digital-only stories:

United In Blood (Credit: Candy Jar Books)United In Blood
Written by Mark Jones
Cover art by Richard Young


Blurb: New Year 1970 and Lethbridge-Stewart decides to visit an old school friend. In the village of Aldbury something strange is going on. An unexplained increase of violence spreads across the town, and Lethbridge-Stewart finds himself caught up in the middle of it. So much for a short New Year break!




United in Blood is only available to readers who order the novellas bundle (comprising The Life of Evans, The Flaming Soldier and Day of the Intelligence).

Author Mark Jones was taught how to write a television script by Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, and was the co-creator of the Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton TV project, Starwatch. Other credits include writing for the Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, and penning the bestselling book about the film and TV location, Aldbury (filming location for The Dirty Dozen, The Avengers, Bridget Jones and Midsomer Murders amongst many others). Mark said:
One of favourite TV shows was the ITV programme Shillingbury Tales, a series also filmed in Aldbury. As a location it has always been presented as an idyllic English village, but what if dark forces were at work behind the scenes? My story combines this rural peace with an underbelly of violence.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said:
I remember reading about Starwatch in Doctor Who Magazine a few years back. So when Mark started working with Candy Jar on a new project, we grilled him about this. During these conversations he pitched an idea for a short story: Shillingbury Tales meets The Tomorrow People, with a hint of Children of the Stones. I told him to go away and write it.

Mark continued:
I wanted the story to feel as much like the early 1970s as possible. I’m old enough to remember how grim it was. In particular I remember how frightening football violence could be. This story transfers the fears of the terraces to a rural village and throws Lethbridge-Stewart into the mix.

The cover art is by Richard Young, who said:
I’ve really enjoyed the detailed work on the novellas, especially as the schedule has been slightly more relaxed. However, I have missed the fun of a tight schedule. And this one was certainly tight! Anyway, nothing brings out creativity better than a tight deadline. I put the artwork together in record time and I am rather pleased with it. It’s like A Clockwork Orange meets Jossey’s Giants.

The e-book is only available to readers who order the novellas bundle. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said:
People who have ordered the bundle already will automatically get the free story, but I would advise those readers who plan to buy all three to do it as soon possible. We only have fifty bundles left and a handful of copies of the individual titles.
The Novellas Bundles are available directly from www.candy-jar.co.uk.



Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that The HAVOC Files 2 & 3 have just been made available on Kindle for £4.99.




The Flaming SoldierBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have released details for the second of their novellas based within the Lethbridge-Stewart series:

The Flaming Soldier (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Flaming Soldier
Written by Christopher Bryant
Cover by Richard Young


Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is investigating a series of cases of spontaneous combustion. How can an inferno start inside a brick wall? Who or what are the ghost-like creatures spotted in the area around Imber base? Does it have anything to do with Eileen Younghusband, hotel proprietor, whose ordinary day is about to be interrupted by secrets from her past?

Traumatic events from the Second World War impact upon the present day and a mysterious aircraft could hold the key to the identity of the flaming soldier.

Written by Christopher Bryant, the book features a younger Travers, alongside real-life World War 2 heroine Eileen Younghusband, who passed away in September 2016. Christopher said:
In The Last Duty Eileen was only a cameo. Her inclusion came quite late to the mix, and despite her character hinting at a past fighting aliens, we didn’t fully explore this, so when the opportunity came along to delve deeper, I jumped at the chance.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said:
Eileen worked in the Filter Room, the top secret hub of Britain’s air defence, and tracked the first V2 rocket into the country! Before she died, I had a brief conversation with her about our Lethbridge-Stewart series. We joked about her being the first person to track an alien rocket into the country and this sparked an idea. Her sad death prompted us to include her in The Last Duty, but now we feel the time is right to discover more about Eileen’s alien fighting exploits during WW2.
Quentin Younghusband, Eileen’s real-life nephew, was really pleased that Eileen’s legacy will live on:
My aunt would have been tickled pink at the fact that she is a central character in this the latest book in the Lethbridge-Stewart series.

The cover is by Richard Young, who said:
For this second cover I wanted to create a full colour image rather than my usual mix of colour and black and white. I had also backed myself into a corner with The Life of Evans. I found it quite difficult to fade the hand-drawn train explosion into the background, so here for the first time I decided to create the fire effects digitally, though Travers and Eileen are still pencil drawings.

I was aware of Eileen from seeing her on the TV, but I never knew just how famous she was until I did my preliminary research. It turns out that she lived quite a life, so there was no pressure to get her portrait right... not! I'm pleased to say that the feedback I received from the family totally blew me away. I just hope that I have done her justice for all her fans.

The story features a younger Edward Travers, which is all part of range editor Andy Frankham-Allen’s grand plan:
Travers’ life between The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear is still pretty much unexplored, bar a few hints here and there. It has already been established that he worked for a previous version of the Home-Army Operational Corps during World War 2, but this is our first look at what his work entailed. It’s all part of a much larger canvas, as we slowly unveil the hidden mysteries and secrets of Professor Travers’ remarkable life.

The Flaming Soldier is now available to pre-order from the Candy Jar website.



With the launch of series ten of Doctor Who starting on Saturday Candy Jar will be making the third series of Lethbridge-Stewart (Times Squared, Blood of Atlantis, Mind of Stone) and Connecting Who: Artificial Beings available for free via Kindle across the Easter weekend.




Lethbridge-Stewart: submissions soughtBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announced that they are soliciting for new writers to submit short stories in their Lethbridge-Stewart range, and also seek submissions for a 50th Anniversary book about the Brigadier:
For a limited period, Candy Jar Books are opening their Lethbridge-Stewart short story range to everybody (as long as you've never written for the series before). All you have to do is send a one line idea, and a short story you've written (any original short story, as long as it's a finished piece), so the editors can gauge your writing ability.

Please visit our website for more information and the pitch guidelines. Please note Candy Jar will not consider any submission that had not taken into account the information in the guidelines.

Lauren Thomas, publishing coordinator at Candy Jar, said:
We would expect prospective authors to be familiar with the brand. And to help them with that, they can visit the Candy Jar website and sign up to the newsletter, and receive a free PDF copy of The HAVOC Files in the process. Thery can also buy The HAVOC Files 3 and The Life of Evans for £17, and several other Lethbridge-Stewart books for £5.

Candy Jar is also looking for submissions for their forthcoming book that celebrate fifty years of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said
The book will cover all aspects of the Brigadier's fifty-year history. It will look at his UNIT days, his appearances in comic strips, audio and, of course, books.

If you have an idea, then send it to havoc@candyjarbooks.co.uk with the words 'FACT PITCH' in the subject bar.




The Life of Evans novella cover releasedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have released the final cover for The Life Of Evans, the first in the new series of Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off novellas.

The Life Of Evans (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Life Of Evans
Written by John Peel
Published March 2017


Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart never could work out what to do with Private Gwynfor Evans. He never got on with the troops, was always shirking responsibility. So a reassignment to Imber was in order, and a whole new training programme under the watchful eye of Captain Younghusband.

Things seemed to be working out, Evans even made a new friend in the shape of Private Tommy Godber, but things soon take a sinister turn when Evans finds himself the prisoner of a strange alien intelligence. The spearhead of a new invasion. But before it continues in its plan, the alien seems oddly curious about the life of Evans...


Includes a bonus short story Time and Again by Robert Mammone.

The artwork is by Richard Young, who previously did the cover for Blood of Atlantis. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, said:
We had great feedback from Richard’s Blood of Atlantis cover. His style harks back to the classic era of Doctor Who, and we wanted to showcase this talent across a number of books. As a result we have commissioned him for all three novellas.
Richard Young said:
One of my favourite artists is Drew Struzan, the man responsible for some the most iconic poster designs of the 20th century, including Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. I would never compare myself to him, but I do try to follow his traditional design philosophy. Shaun, who is also a fan of his work, wanted the novellas to embrace this hand-drawn style.

The novellas are to have their own, distinctive look, with range editor Andy Frankham-Allen explaining:
The main range evolved into a circular motif, so for the novellas we thought we could do something slightly different. Diamond shapes are a standard element of classic Doctor Who, notably the logo used from 1974 to 1979, and it seemed an obvious thing to echo here. Shaun worked with Richard to develop the overall concept, while I continued my focus on the stories.
Richard added:
Once we’d fixed on the idea, I started work on the individual elements for the composition. Candy Jar prefers the artwork for the covers to be submitted as separate elements, rather than a single completed piece of artwork. I’m sure Drew Struzan has never done this, but it does allow for a greater flexibility when I am creating elements individually, or as a whole. So this cover is actually made up of several illustrations; Evans, the train and explosion, the standing stones, the sunset, the old man, and finally his hand.

The novella is available to order from the Candy Jar website, and is limited to 400 copies (of which half have already been sold).





US cinema update for The PilotBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide and Fathom Events have sent further details on their plans to show the new series premiere, The Pilot on cinema screens around the United States:

Doctor Who in US Cinema (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Fathom Events)Tickets are now available for the Fathom Events presentation of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere, playing in movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. local time, following BBC AMERICA’s television premiere on Saturday, April 15 at 9/8c.

In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy the premiere episode of the Doctor Who spinoff series Class, featuring a guest appearance by the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, and the never-before-seen bonus feature Becoming the Companion, in which fans will travel with new companion Pearl Mackie from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says, “the most insane thing that's ever happened to me.” The bonus feature includes exclusive interviews with Pearl Mackie, Peter Capaldi, and Steven Moffat, and is narrated by Ingrid Oliver.

With as the official retail partner of the Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere cinema event, attendees can bring in their ticket stub or proof of purchase to Hot Topic retail locations for 25% off Doctor Who merchandise, valid March 10 – May 6, 2017.

In addition, fans who purchase tickets through Atom Tickets will receive three free Doctor Who digital comic books from Titan Comics and ComiXology, delivered to purchasing email address on event date.

These partnerships along with Fathom Events presentation is all brought together through licensing deals with BBC Worldwide North America.

Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 550 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).