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Lethbridge Stewart: The lock in
Candy Jar Books has announced a new digital-only short story, The Lock-In, which is free to all those ordering the regular books in the 2016 range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
Candy Jar Books launched the fully licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen’s The Forgotten Son kicking off the venture in style. It was trailered by a free short story in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, and every subsequent novel released throughout 2015 was accompanied by a free short story available direct from Candy Jar Books.
Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says:
Our free short story incentive has proven to be very popular with our readers, and have met with many rave reviews, and so we’re very happy to announce that we’re continuing that incentive throughout 2016 with stories too intimate for the larger books.
The latest is The Lock-In by newcomer to the range, Sarah Groenewegen. Sarah was born in Sydney, Australia, but now lives in London. She has had essays published in various anthologies including the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords. Most recently she contributed over twenty entries in 1,001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You Die. Her short fiction has won awards (Scarlet Stiletto, 2002) and been published in Big Finish’s Doctor Who line, including the award winning Short Trips: Zodiac.
I grew up with the Brig. I am of that Aussie generation who enjoyed multiple repeats of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker stories, many of which included UNIT. Writing for Candy Jar has been fabulous, letting me dive into the character and bring to light some different facets of who he is. I loved exploring the relationship between him and Pearl, a slightly older woman who has a lasting effect on him and his life.
The Lock-In takes the form of a series of letters between Pearl and Sir Alistair, a man at the end of his life, as they reminisce over an adventure they shared just after he graduated from Sandhurst in 1956. It is a story of the impact one man can make, a story of perception of history and the importance of those who pass through our lives.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
As well as the usual romps, I thought it would be fun this year to use the short stories to explore the more intimate moments of our characters’ lives, the kinds of stories that would never work in a full length novel. Sue Hampton’s In His Kiss was the first of this new type of story, and Sarah’s is the second. I love what Sarah has done with her story, the personal tone to it all. So impressed was I, in fact, that one the back of this story Sarah is now writing a Lethbridge-Stewart novel for us.
The short stories now form part of a new initiative by Candy Jar Books to bring new talent into the worlds of Doctor Who. Frankham-Allen continues:
Short stories are a perfect testing ground for new, untried, authors. A way to introduce them to readers, who may not normally be willing to part with hard-earn money on authors they have not heard of. And, if the reception is positive, we then talk to these new authors about possible ideas for novels.
Shaun Russell agrees:
Candy Jar has always been about encouraging new authors, and we regularly publish novels by first-time authors, including the children’s favourite, Anthony Ormond, and World War II hero Eileen Younghusband. So it seems a natural thing to extend this to our Lethbridge-Stewart range. Continuing the work pioneered by such people as Andrew Cartmel and Peter Darvil-Evans in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
The Lock-In will be given free to every person who pre-orders the first of the new series of novels, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller, which is due to begin shipping13th May. All subscribers will receive the short story automatically, as will those who purchase any of the bundles for 2016 series.
Target exhibition extended
The exhibition showcasing original cover artwork from the Target range of Doctor Who novels has been extended and will now run until Sunday, June 5th
The display, at the Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury in London, features 30 pieces of art, which were commissioned for the cover illustrations of Doctor Who novelisations, published during the 1970's and 1980's under the Target imprint
The exhibition was due to close this weekend, but due to popular demand it has now been extended for a further three weeks.
The exhibition was the brainchild of current Doctor Who brand manager Edward Russell, who told Doctor Who News
With no idea how popular the exhibition would be, we originally wanted to host it for 2 weeks. However, I’m delighted that it’s been extended to the 5th June. Particularly as it’s now covered two Bank Holidays meaning that heaps of Doctor Who fans are able to see these wonderful paintings up close.
It doesn’t matter how familiar we are with the images – seeing them in the flesh is a wonderful experience. Some of them are so much bigger than they appeared on the book, meaning we can now study each brush stroke and ink dot. Many of them aren’t much bigger than they appeared in print which is quite a revelation. The attention to detail in those paintings by Roy Knipe and Jeff Cummins is truly breathtaking.
The Cartoon Museum opened to the public at its current home in central London in 2006 and features three main galleries displaying original artwork from British cartoons and comics. A spokesman for the museum told Doctor Who News
This has been one of our most popular displays in recent years and we're very pleased to be extending it for a few more weeks. Hopefully Doctor Who fans from all over the country (and beyond!) will have the chance to come and see it for themselves.
New sonic screwdriver figure
Character have announced that they plan to release a toy version sonic screwdriver that made its debut during last year's series finale, Hell Bent:
After months of speculation it is now official, the Twelfth Doctor’s Second Sonic Screwdriver is to be part of the Character Options’ toy collection. The first images have been released with confirmation that the eagerly awaited Sonic will be on sale within weeks!
This new toy version is a faithful recreation of the current Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver which debuted in the Series 9 Episode ‘Hell Bent’. This is the first Sonic to have 4 light modes and four sound FX. The model has been designed as a replica from the Series 9 Prop.
As all fans would know, the Doctor has carried many Sonic Screwdrivers of various designs throughout his lifetimes, ranging from a simple silver coloured tube to more complex illuminated and articulated versions.
This second Sonic for the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, was ‘gifted' to him by the TARDIS itself after his previous version was lost. Although we are yet to discover all of the new Sonic’s abilities, like the Doctor himself, it has become ever more complex and mysterious. This multipurpose tool features numerous settings and can open most locks, detect all manner of deadly rays, read bio-signs and generate Sonic waves of great power.
Alasdair Dewar, Head of Product Development at Character Options commented: “Since this Twelfth Doctor’s Second Sonic Screwdriver appeared at the end of series 9, we have been inundated by fan requests to produce a toy replica as part of our toy range. We are therefore very proud to finally be able to reveal it. The Sonic Screwdriver has historically been one of the most sought after toys for fans and collectors alike and we hope they will be as delighted with it as we are.”
The Character Options’ Twelfth Doctor’s Second Sonic Screwdriver is available from for pre-sale orders from Doctor Who merchandise retailers from today.
Vote for your favourite DWM cover
Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its five hundredth edition later this month, and the publishers are conducting a poll to find the fans favourite cover.
The poll is being conducted in batches of 50 covers each day (each section will remain live for the duration of the poll) and you can vote for up to five covers from each section.
The 50 finalists will then be put into a final polling group so the overall winner can be determined before Issue 500 is published.
The first batch of 50 can be found here.
Doctor who time and space #158
We look at the monsters and the villains of the 1980's as the main feature of this podcast in our monsters through the times series. Our review story this week is a town called Mercy, but what will we think? Plus there is more news (but we're light on news) and another round of who to face. Next week we celebrate Tennant and Tate's audio return with a review of partners in crime.
More next Friday.
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