Tag Archive: Lethbridge-Stewart

Episode 342 – Colonoscopy In Space

In this week’s podcast, we’re joined by author and Candy Jar Books editor, Andy Frankham-Allen. We pick his brain a little this week and discuss the recent Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Night of the Intelligence and other topics in the range.

Then we torture… err… keep him around to discuss this week’s review of the Third Doctor and Jo Grant story, Colony in space.

He also, joins us as we weigh in on the news of the week.

And of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

 

Episode 341 – Putting it All Together

In this week’s episode, we rejoin Lethbridge-Stewart in the Candy Jar Books series named for him, this time with a review of Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen. We explore what becomes some closure to a story arc that started nearly two years ago in the series.

Also, we’ll look at the short story – The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters. Find out what we thought about this tale that is also part of the bigger picture in the Lethbridge-Stewart series on books.

Plus, one news item this week.

Enjoy!

Episode 340 – Slouching Towards the Vortex

In this week’s show we review more materials from Candy Jar Books.

First we look at the latest short story selection in The HAVOC Files 3, including a tale by our very own resident author, Shaun

Plus, we squeeze in the novella, Life of Evans by John Peel, that was released by Candy Jar Books earlier this year. It also features the short story, Time and Again by Robert Mammone.

Plus some news-of-the week.

And, of course your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 317 – Woodworms Scrubs Prison Blues

In this week’s episode we look at two pieces from our friends over at Candy Jar Books. First, it’s the final novel in the third phase of the Lethbridge-Stewart series, Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlan. This will be a spoiler filled review of that book.

Then, we look at The Xmas Files featuring three short stories including The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward, The Fright Before Christmas by Tom Dexter, and Home for Christmas by a collection of the authors who have worked on the LS series.

Plus, we have some convention announcements, and a look at some of the news that came out this week.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

 

Episode 312 – Stonefinger

James Bond meets Doctor Who in this week’s edition of the podcast. This time we look at two Lethbridge-Stewart stories from Candy Jar Books. First, the fantastical short story, The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell. Then we turn our attention to the novel, Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward. We give our impressions of these two stories.

But, not before a little news from out friends at Candy Jar, with the announcement of a new Lethbridge-Stewart project, that may just include someone very familiar to this podcast. You’ll have to listen to find out.

Plus, some very joyous news comes to us by way of feedback this week.

Enjoy!

 

 

Episode 308 – Holiday in Hell’s Kitchen

ttv_logo_newIn   this week’s podcast we look at the recently released episodes 3 and 4 of The Power of the Daleks. We catch up on the series so far and give our impressions of the story to this point.

Also, another book in Candy Jar Books’ ongoing Lethbridge-Stewart series, this time Times Squared written by Rick Cross. We look at the return of the Great Intelligence and the Yeti, in the first novel of Candy Jar’s third series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.

Then, we follow that up with a review of the Lethbridge-Stewart short story, Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone, which takes place after Times Squared.

Plus, some news from the week, including discussion of the latest Doctor Who trailer for this year’s Christmas Special.

Enjoy!

Oh, before we go, be sure to take advantage of the special promotion that Candy Jar has going on here.

Candy Jar Books Reveals 1st Book in Series 3 of the Lethbridge-Stewart Line!

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 SnowmenThe 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.

Episode 297 – Plants vs. Zombies

ttv_logo_newIn  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.

Enjoy!

Friday Night Who for 9/2

The velvet continues with this week’s Friday Night Who offering, we’re watching “Doctor Who and the Silurians”

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Join @TravelVortex, @VortexShaun, @VortexGlenn & @VortexKeith as we press play on parts 1-4 at Midnight CDT on Friday!

And as always keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #TheSilurians

Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart DISCOUNT CODE

So we’ve been touting the good stuff in the Lethbridge-Stewart series from Candy Jar Books for almost a year now, (my how time flies!) and wanted to make sure all our regular listeners and Who fans knew about the following offer…

OUT NOW! BRAND-NEW 30% DISCOUNT CODE ON LETHBRIDGE-STEWART BOOKS!

Summer is nearly over but don’t worry, Candy Jar Books have the perfect cure for you all: a generous 30% off ALL books in the Lethbridge-Stewart series!

It’s easy to do, simply quote this discount code: EPICLS30 before you order and voila- your favourite books at bargain prices!

This offer is only available until the end of the month and is not applicable to book bundles, only individual books. Take a look below at some of the treats that could be yours!

 

   

Episode 286 – Full Moon Rising

ttv_logo_newIn this week’s show we revisit Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart line and review the latest release, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller. We give our impression on the newest book in the series.

Also, we continue our lunar themed show with a look back at Doctor Who in the 1960’s TV Comic series and discuss the First Doctor, John and Gillian adventure, The Moon Landing.

Plus, some news including an announcement regarding Doctor Who Series 10, another announcement about a returning companion in the Big Finish audios, and some exciting and historic news for the show as it may soon be up for a popular American television award.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!