Lethbridge-Stewart: United In Blood

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.

Thin Ice – Publicity

The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Thin Ice:

Thin Ice
Written by Sarah Dollard and directed by Bill Anderson

In Regency England, beneath the frozen Thames, something is stirring.

The Doctor and Bill arrive at the last of the great frost fairs, and find themselves investigating a string of impossible disappearances - people have been vanishing on the ice! Bill is about to discover that the past is more like her world than she expected, and that not all monsters come from outer space...

The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas.


Profile images feature Austin Tailer as Spider, Ellie Shenker as Dot, Tomi May as Dowell, Kishaina Thiruselvan as Harriet, Badger Skelton as Perry, Asiatu Koroma as Kitty, and Nicholas Burns as Lord Sutcliffe.

This Bank Holiday weekend sees Doctor Who sitting between Pointless Celebrities and Casualty, with primary opposition on ITV being Take Me Out and Britain's Got Talent. World Snooker continues on BBC2, whilst Channel 4 serve up The Restoration Man followed by Walking Through Time; Channel 5 will be showing new episodes of two incarnations of NCIS, whilst Sky 1 have The Simpsons followed by Inside the Freemasons, and the Sky Movie Premiere in the time-slot is X-Men: Apocalypse. The previous weeks have seen Doctor Who achieve third place for The Pilot and fourth for Smile, with Britain's Got Talent the most-watched show of both evenings followed by the BBC's All Round to Mrs Brown's - last weekend also had the live FA Cup Semi-Final football game gaining slightly more viewers than Doctor Who, but this weekend doesn't suggest any other surprises ratings-wise!


BBC One continues to show Doctor Who at 7;20pm, with BBC First simulcasting the episode across the Middle-East - see the table below for other broadcasts around the world. Meanwhile, Danish broadcaster DR has now schedueled the series on its DR3 channel, with The Pilot receiving its premiere at 8:00pm CEST on Saturday.

Thin Ice: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 29 Apr 20177:20pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 29 Apr 20179:20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 29 Apr 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 29 Apr 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 30 Apr 201711:00am EEST(Sun 9:00am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 30 Apr 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 30 Apr 20178:00pm BRT(Sun 11:00pm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 30 Apr 201711:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 30 Apr 20177:30pm NZST(Mon 8:30am BST)
DenmarkDR3Sat 13 May 20178:00pm CEST(Sat 7:00pm BST)

Penguin Podcast: Jon Culshaw in conversation

Jon Culshaw in conversation with Meera Syal (Credit: Penguin)This week's Penguin Podcast is a special Doctor Who edition, featuring Jon Culshaw.

Chatting to Meera Syal, he covers topics as diverse as astronomy, comedy and ZX Spectrums, as well as his favourite Doctors and just why he - and millions like him - first fell in love with the series. He also reveals which two classic Doctor Who novelisations he’ll be reading next.

The podcast can be heard via the Penguin website.

The Pilot – Media Roundup

The Pilot - Bill, as played by Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC/Des Willie)The new series of Doctor Who hit UK screens last night, but what did the media make of the latest adventure for the Doctor, and of his new fresh-faced companion?

The Telegraph's Ben Lawrence was pleased with the pairing: "their relationship, on the basis of this sensitively written episode, looks set to be the best since Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler and David Tennant’s Doctor flirted through time and space over a decade ago.". Clair Woodward in the Express had similar thoughts: "showrunner and writer Stephen Moffatt has pulled off what many thought was an impossible feat by bringing some much-needed humanity back to the series, a great deal of which comes from new female companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who has a really lovely chemistry with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. I can’t remember the old sod smiling so much." Colleague Neela Debnath for the Sunday Express added: "newcomer Pearl feels totally natural in the role and is a strong fit for Doctor Who, with elements of Eighties companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), thanks to those patches on her coat but also her intelligence. You get the sense that she might have a science background like Ace’s extensive knowledge of chemistry, although there is nothing to prove it - and she is simply working in the university canteen.".

Of course there's always those who don't take to the show so easily. The Mail on Sunday chose to focus on Bill's sexuality, citing feminist campaigner Julie Bindel's thoughts: "This is something that is clearly done for the benefit of those who just think of it as girl-on-girl titillation. I don’t want to have representations of lesbians which is all about sexism, double entendres and sexualised behaviour. It’s just taking two women and using the blueprint of sexist heterosexuality."

Daniel Jackson in the Mirror noted: "it’s quite telling that the director pulled focus to a photo of The Doctor’s granddaughter during her introduction - it reaffirms how Moffat sees the new coupling.". Patrick Mulkern from the Radio Times added: "Susan has barely been mentioned since her departure in 1964. Carole Ann Ford reprised the role in The Five Doctors (1983), we saw a blur of Susan fleeing Gallifrey in The Name of the Doctor (2013), and of course Susan was An Unearthly Child, the focus of the original “Pilot Episode” in 1963. For now, I’m not reading too much into this sudden reminder of her existence."

Summing up the feel of the episode as a whole, Patrick continued: "The Pilot has a lovely visual flair and is given an energetic snap from director Lawrence Gough. The effects of the menacing puddle and the watery transformations are expertly handled. But there’s a simple pleasure to be had in the presentation of our old friend, the Tardis. Never has it looked more stunning than in the gradual zoom-out from Bill at the police box doors as the lights and mechanisms flicker to life.. Jeff Robson of the i commented: "Bill was totally hooked – and, with reservations, so was I. It was amazing that in a set-up seen quite a few times before Moffat, director Lawrence Gough and the two leads still managed to serve up plentiful helpings of sharp dialogue and pulse-racing moments. Mackie could well be the breath of fresh air the series needs. She’s more down to earth than Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but believably gobsmacked by it all too."

With the story overall, Ben commented: "this episode may not have pushed all the buttons, but it was a reminder of how good Doctor Who can be when it tugs at the heartstrings, and moves from pyrotechnics into a more thoughtful, psychologically ambitious orbit.". Clair's thoughts: "This first episode brought Doctor Who’s humanity back, after a long, chilly spell. “What are any of us looking for? We’re looking for someone who’s looking for us,” said the Doctor about Bill’s crush on Heather, but it obviously applied to the way he felt about his new companion as well. I think viewers will find the new partnership equally loveable, and plotlines more understandable." Dan Martin of the Guardian observes: "it’s ironic and impressive, for a showrunner who gets criticised for reusing ideas, that Steven Moffat has delivered one of his freshest openers for his final run. It would indeed be a good place to join the show. In fact, I might start my little nephew off right here." Daniel noted: "more importantly, this episode nails the mellowing of the 12th Doctor. Perhaps his 50-year stint on Earth has done him good? Capaldi’s Doctor is certainly showing his more caring side."


Additional views and reviews of The Pilot can be found at: Belfast Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro, Digital Spy, Wales Online, TV.com, The Quietus, Vox, A.V. Club, Screener.

Radio Times

Radio Times (15 - 21 Apr 2017) (Credit: Radio Times)The latest edition of the Radio Times celebrates the return of Doctor Who on television this weekend with a front cover featuring Peter Capaldi and new companion Pearl Mackie.

Inside the magazine, Pearl explained how she went up for a part in "Mean Town":
It transpired it was an anagram for Woman Ten, the companion in the tenth series, because if agents had known it was a Doctor Who casting, they'd have put every client up for it. Just walking through the foyer (of the Soho Hotel) was nerve-racking (sic), I rocked up in my Afro and bright yellow trainers and a baggy T-shirt, into this big glossy octagon foyer and they told me to wait in a room till they were ready for me - I almost ran away.
Capaldi was happy to reassure her, however:
I think you looked very cool there. You didn't seem fazed, you seemed to have a life beyond the scene. It was like Bill ha existed rather than saying lines for an audition.

The full interview can be read in the magazine, which also includes a brief synopsis of each episode this series by Steven Moffat - who also confirms that the episodes of his two-part finale will be called "World Enough And Time" and "The Doctor Falls".


The Radio Times is out now in the United Kingdom

The Flaming Soldier

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.

Predict the Ratings competition

It's time for our traditional "predict the ratings" competition, where we invite readers to guess how well the latest premiere of Doctor Who will fare with UK television viewers.

This year's prize will be a set of three new 12th Doctor Novels which tie into the new series, Diamond Dogs, Plague City and The Shining Man released this month by BBC Books. In order to be in with a chance to win the set, simply send us an email to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Rate that Pilot" and the following details:

  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final viewing figure of The Pilot to the nearest 10,000 (eg.9.99m)
  • Your guess at its initial overnight figure - this will only be used in the event of a tie-break

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition closes at 06:30 GMT, 16th April 2017
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • Figures that aren't complete will be rounded down (i.e. 9.9m will be considered as 9.90m)
  • BARB final figures are expected a couple of weeks later; we will contact the winner once they have been published.


South Bank Doctor Who Promotion

The BBC have released a number of images with Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie taken at London's South Bank to promote the return of the series this Saturday. The artwork by 3D Joe & Max has featured on several news programmes over the course of the day, including the BBC's Breakfast and London News where lead writer Steven Moffat has also been on hand to chat about what's in store in the coming weeks.

"To celebrate the new series of Doctor Who Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Pearl Mackie (Bill) pose in front of the TARDIS by the River Thames in London, alongside a fantastic 3D pavement painting of a vast, deep and magnificent alien landscape"

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie at the South Bank promoting Series 10 (12 Apr 2017) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide/3D Joe & Max/Guy Levy) Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie at the South Bank promoting Series 10 (12 Apr 2017) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide/3D Joe & Max/Guy Levy) Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie at the South Bank promoting Series 10 (12 Apr 2017) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide/3D Joe & Max/Guy Levy)


The couple are also appearing on a number of shows to promote the premiere, with television appearances by Pearl Mackie on tonight's edition of The One Show and Peter Capaldi on Friday's The Graham Norton Show, both on BBC One, and in radio interviews with Pearl on BBC Radio 1xtra's Ace and BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon tomorrow, plus Peter on BBC Radio 6's Shaun Keaveny tomorrow morning. Readers can find these and further appearances via This Week in Doctor Who

The Pilot – latest images

The BBC have released a host of publicity images relating to this week's premiere, The Pilot:


There are also a number of new profile images, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Stephanie Hyam as Heather, Jennifer Hennessy as Moira, Pearl Mackie as Bill and Matt Lucas as Nardole:

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With the time on BBC One now confirmed as 7:20pm, BBC First in the Middle East have adjusted the time of their broadcast so that the episode will be simulcast with UK transmission! In addition, YLE2 has now scheduled the episode for Sunday morning, meaning that viewers in Finland will also get to see The Pilot within 24 hours of those in the UK.

The Pilot: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 15 Apr 20177:20pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 15 Apr 20179:20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 15 Apr 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 15 Apr 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 16 Apr 201711:00am EEST(Sun 9:00am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 16 Apr 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 16 Apr 20178:00pm BRT(Sun 11:00pm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 16 Apr 201711:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMEMon 17 Apr 20177:30pm NZST(Mon 8:30am BST)

Britbox brings ‘classic’ Doctor Who online back to the United States

Britbox - Classic Who (Credit: Britbox)Recenty launched online streaming service Britbox has added the majority of existing 20th Century Doctor Who to its collection. The service, co-operated by BBC Worldwide and ITV, provides subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) to the United States of America, and features a range of programmes - both old and new - from British Television to stream on a variety of devices.

Soumya Sriraman, President of BritBox said:
Doctor Who continues to be a global phenomenon that spans generations. Whovians in the U.S. now have a one-stop-shop for the most comprehensive catalog of Classic Doctor Who to either relive the exciting adventures with their favorite Classic Doctors, or experience for the first time how it all began. Now is the perfect time to catch-up on the Classic series, as BBC AMERICA heads towards the season premiere of new Doctor Who on Saturday, April 15 @ 9:00pm ET/PT.

Subscribers will be able to watch most of the existing stories between 1963-1989 (including The Web Of Fear with its reconstruction of episode three):
BritBox will provide users with the ability to relive the expansive story arcs and incredible journeys of the Classic Doctors through space and time. In addition to housing these classic episodes, BritBox also offers several entry points into the world of Classic Doctor Who to provide every type of fan – regardless of their knowledge of the Whoniverse – with an opportunity to enjoy the expansive archive. The catalogue is chronologically organized by Doctor, allowing fans to find their favorite moments starting from the very beginning, or discover new ones. BritBox will also feature specially curated Classic Doctor Who playlists like “Monsters” and “Companions,” so viewers can take a trip back in time to witness the Doctor’s most epic battles through the years against classic foes like Daleks, Cybermen, and Autons.
Notable omissions to the collection include several Dalek stories, and The Five Doctors; however, a number of DVD extras are available to watch, not to mention items such as K9 & Company and 50th Anniversary productions An Adventure In Space And Time and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. It should be noted that programmes are based on the remastered Region 1 versions which are occasionally different to the original broadcast episodes.

The service is expected to expand to include missing episodes too in the future, and will include the (narrated) audio soundtracks of those episodes that don't currently exist in the BBC Archive.


"Modern" Doctor Who is available to stream in the United States via Amazon Prime Video.