We’re off again this week, this time for con stuff, this time spending the weekend at Topeka’s TopCon Geek Expo. We had a wonderful time at the convention and thought we’d relay some of our journey over the 3 days of the con. Plus, we had a chance to sit down, not once, but twice with Spencer Wilding who acted in three Doctor Who stories during the Matt Smith era of the show. Included in this Side Trip is one of those interviews where he shared with us some stories of his time on the show.
Plus, some added news from Candy Jar Books announcing the start to the next series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
Lots of great news coming from Candy Jar Books including details on the first book in series 3 of “Lethbridge-Stewart” with “Times Squared”
Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the return of the Great Intelligence, and its foot soldiers the Yeti, in the first novel of Candy Jar’s third series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
The Great Intelligence and the Yeti first appeared in the 1967 Doctor Who serial, The Abominable Snowmen, written by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln. It was such a success that the two authors were quickly commissioned to write a sequel, and in 1968 both the Intelligence and the Yeti returned for The Web of Fear, a story which also introduced Lethbridge-Stewart himself!
Apart from the straight-to-video film, Downtime, released in 1995, it was many long years before the Great Intelligence returned to Doctor Who; Christmas 2012. Two more appearances followed in 2013. This trilogy of stories (The Snowmen, The Bells of St John and The Name of the Doctor) was penned by Steven Moffat and introduced viewers to a future version of the Intelligence, which led into the events of the first Lethbridge-Stewart novel, The Forgotten Son, a story that saw the final death of the Intelligence and revealed a previously unknown link between the Intelligence and the Lethbridge-Stewart family.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “For The Forgotten Son I was interested in wrapping up the story of the Great Intelligence as seen in Moffat’s trilogy, and exploring something of its origins. So now it’s time to go back to the Intelligence as depicted in the original Haisman/Lincoln stories. Ever wondered what happened to it in those long years between The Web of Fear and The Snowmen, and how the 1995 straight-to-video film, Downtime, fits in? Well, now it’s time to start finding out.”
Times Squared, written by first-time novelist Rick Cross, takes place some eight months after The Web of Fear, transferring the Yeti from the London Underground to the underground network of New York. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “I had the idea of the Yeti roaming through Times Square, plaguing the immense underground of New York. And by throwing in a bit of time travelling shenanigans, the title was an obvious one.”
Andy says: “After Shaun came to me with the basic idea, it was quickly decided we wanted, ideally, an American author to write it. I turned to Rick Cross, an aspiring US author I knew via social media. We talked and he jumped at the chance. We spent a short while discussing story ideas, telling him the elements I wanted, and he came to me with a few ideas of his own. And it has turned out rather brilliantly; the first bona-fide sequel to The Web of Fear, dealing with the Intelligence from that story, as well as a story that brings back Owain, Lethbridge-Stewart’s nephew, last seen in Beast of Fang Rock. A character with a very special relationship to the Intelligence.”
Rick says: “It’s been an exciting opportunity. Hard work, trying to remember the British rules of grammar, but I’ve enjoyed telling my story and delving into the relationship between Lethbridge-Stewart, his fiancée, Sally, and his nephew, Owain. Owain in particular has been fun, exploring his freedom of spirit, and his destiny – which is, one day, to be reincarnated into the person who will ascend to be the Intelligence.”
On bringing back the Yeti, Rick continues: “I had this brilliant idea about the rats in the sewers of New York, and their connection to various plagues throughout the years. What if one such plague was the result of the Intelligence? Coupled with that was my desire to explore the origins of the Yeti. Who made them? How did so many of them get to be in the London Underground in The Web of Fear? Remember, in that story it is revealed that Travers only brought one of them back from Tibet with him. Hopefully Times Squared will provide fans with an interesting take on that, as well as expanding the mythology surrounding the Intelligence and Yeti.”
Not only does this novel bring back these classic enemies, but it also brings back a character from the BBC’s range of Eighth Doctor Adventures from the 1990s.
Andy adds: “Ever since first reading about this character in 1997 I’ve wanted to use her; indeed, she featured in an unpublished Doctor Who novel I wrote in 1998. Her connection to UNIT, and consequently the Brigadier, has been something I’ve wanted to explore since day one of this series. In particular to show the origins of how she came to know Lethbridge-Stewart and what piqued her interest in all things alien.”
The character in question if Adrienne Kramer, future brigadier-general of the US arm of UNIT, who made her official Doctor Who debut in the 1997 novel Vampire Science by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman. Although she originally appeared in a fan-made video, also written by Jonathan Blum, Time Rift.
Rick says: “It was a wonderful opportunity. Andy set it all up, put me in touch with Jon, who compiled a detailed background document for the character. I had never heard of Kramer, but did my research, and it has been brilliant writing for her, exploring the young woman she was in 1969, long before she became the tough soldier in Vampire Science. I’ve been very blessed to play with all these wonderful much-loved Doctor Who characters in my book, and add one of my own creations to the mythos of Doctor Who.”
Cover art is provided by Martin Baines, whose portfolio includes the Wallace & Gromit comic, Commando, The Beano, and more recently Thunderbirds Are Go magazine. Martin says: “As soon I was briefed on the key scene in the book, Yeti robots covered in rats coming out of the New York underground, I was onto a winner with the cover. This horrific, stark image along with the brilliant writing by Rick Cross makes this a worthy continuation to the classic Web of Fear.”
The book has a forward by Terry Molloy, who is no stranger to either Nicholas Courtney or Lethbridge-Stewart. He worked with Courtney on the audio series, The Scarifyers, and has narrated the first series of Lethbridge-Stewart audiobooks. He is perhaps best-known, among Doctor Who fans, as the actor to have played Davros, creator of the evil Daleks, more times than any other, including three 1980s Doctor Who serials and many Big Finish audio dramas.
Blurb: When Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, his fiancée Sally Wright, and nephew Owain Vine, embark on a much-needed holiday to New York City, the last thing they expect to find is a puzzling mystery involving coma patients, a stranger from a distant land and a dark menace lurking in the bowels of the city’s labyrinthine subway system. Before long, they’re battling an ancient evil pursuing a deadly campaign of terror that could bring Manhattan under its control… and the world to its knees.
Times Squared can be pre-ordered individually, or as part of the Series 3 Bundle (both UK and overseas), which includes forthcoming novels, Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward, and Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin, or the subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five (UK only, covering the series three titles, plus the series four titles released early 2017)! Pre-order directly from http://www.candy-jar.co.uk; Times Squared is due for release at the end of October.
A free digital-only short story, The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell, will be given out to all pre-order/subscription customers in October.
The previously limited print-collection, The HAVOC Files, has also been released on Kindle. Buy it here.
It’s TopCon weekend and to celebrate Spencer Wilding we’re watching “The God Complex” for Friday Night Who this week!
In this week’s show we return with another couple of reviews from Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart series. First we look at The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. We follow that with a look at a recent short story, The Playing Dead penned by author Adrian Sherlock. We break down the good and the bad with both of these stories.
Also, with a week off, we catch up on some news, including the BBC’s announcement about an animated Power of the Daleks featuring the first appearance of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor.
And, of course, your feedback.
On September 14th, Titan Comics will release the first issue of the new Doctor Who comic series featuring the 3rd Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee!
Here’s what Titan has to say about it:
Paul Cornell returns to Doctor Who comics with THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION! When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilise immediately – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader… But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis!
It’s classic Third Doctor action as you’ve never seen it before!
While speculation has run rampant for weeks now, BBC Worldwide has just announced the official word on the project. All six parts of the Patrick Troughton story “The Power Of The Daleks” will be animated and released for the episode’s 50th Anniversary.
It’s a move that surprises no one after a clip surfaced (and was immediately removed by BBC) on line, but delights everyone. Power of the Daleks is reported to be one of the more iconic, and powerful stories in the show’s history. It’s Troughton’s first episode, and features the first regeneration, (here called renewal) by William Hartnell into Troughton. While that clip is technically the very end of the preceding story, The Tenth Planet, this episode deals with the ramifications. The story features the second Doctor, Polly and Ben fighting Daleks on the planet Vulcan. It aired only once, and unfortunately was junked as part of the BBCs then standard practice.
The animation is being produced by the same team that did a highly successful animation for a missing episode of Dad’s Army “A Stripe For Frazer”, which was first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.
Charles Norton says: “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”
Previous animations commissioned by the BBC were usually only two segments to complete a serial that was missing individual pieces, such as “The Reign Of Terror”, “The Tenth Planet”, “The Underwater Menace”, “The Moonrise”, “The Ice Warriors” and “The Invasion”.
“The Power Of The Daleks” will initially be exclusively released on BBC Store, with episode one available on the 50th anniversary of it’s original air date, Saturday, November 5th at 5:50pm. The others will be released on consecutive days thereafter. Readers can register their interest in the download at the BBC Store. The story will become available online more widely on the 14th of November, and will also be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 21st of November.
No other regions have been announced at present.
In addition to the story’s release, there will be a special screening of the first three episodes at the BFI in London, which will include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from the BFI website from Monday September 19th.
Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says: “Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”
There is no other information on what this announcement means for other missing episodes.
In the U.S. BBC America announced “The Power of the Daleks” will air Sunday, Nov. 12th and will be available online to stream the next day.
We continue where we left off last week with the rest of “Doctor Who and the Silurians” for Friday Night Who.
We are off this week, but never fear, we still have a special treat for your podcast feed. We recently had a chance to speak with Jonathan Cooper, the author of the Lethbridge-Stewart novel, The Showstoppers. You can hear about how Jonathan developed the idea for the story and brought its many character to life.
Our special thanks to Andy Frankham-Allen and Candy Jar Books for helping us come together with Jonathan to discuss the novel.
You can still order The Showstoppers as well as other books in the Lethbridge-Stewart line of books at Candy Jar’s website, here.
The velvet continues with this week’s Friday Night Who offering, we’re watching “Doctor Who and the Silurians”
In this show we feature our final ‘Beyond the Doctor’ for the year, closing the series with Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi in the film, In the Loop. We give our reviews of the farcical dark comedy and our impressions of Capaldi’s performance as Malcolm Tucker, perhaps his most famous role before stepping into the TARDIS.
Also, not much as far as news this week, but lots of your feedback to read out.
Rah, rah, rah! We check in this week with a long one, but a good one. This time we look at another Doctor Who story that has been lost in time, with our attention on The Macra Terror. We examine both the Loose Canon reconstruction of the Patrick Troughton, Second Doctor Story and the novelization written by screenwriter, Ian Stuart Black.
Also, rumor news involving a leaked animation clip that appeared online and then disappeared shortly after, some convention announcements, and a new limited edition book from our friends over at Candy Jar Books.
And, of course your feedback.
UPDATE: We misspoke on this week’s show. The Havoc Files 2 is not included in the 30% discount with the special EPICLS30 code. Sorry for the misunderstanding. This from Candy Jar:
To clear up a bit of confusion: The HAVOC Files 2 is *not* included in the 30% offer. All other LS titles are, tho. https://t.co/Gu5bVOtMOj
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