Doctor Who News – Lethbridge-Stewart: The Overseers / Short Story Collection 3
Candy Jar Books has announced the second book in its ninth series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels:
Lethbridge-Stewart: the supervisors
Written by James Middleditch
Cover by Adrian Salmon
The Fifth Operational Corps is preparing for the future, but is horrified to see the shape of things to come.
A new form of surveillance is spreading over the south coast of England. The British people are being shown a new kind of peace, but at what cost? Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and his team fear that it is already too late when this revolutionary method of control expands its reach into ordinary city streets.
There are also other secrets at work, which stretch from the past through the world hidden beneath the surface.
With nowhere to hide, Lethbridge-Stewart, Anne Travers, Bill Bishop and Samson Ware must find new allies. With their own stories set in the blueprint and the fate of the country at stake, can they withstand a force approaching from all directions?
The supervisors is the author’s first novel James middleditch after two previous short stories for the series. Range editor Andy Frankham Allen noted:
Since the first time I read James’ first short story, Peace of mind, I knew I had found a very good author. And that’s after his second short film, Latent Image for The laughing gnome anthology I knew it was time to test it out on a novel. At this point, plans were underway for the last eight Lethbridge-Stewart novels, which meant if I used James there wouldn’t be a better time. James’ inventiveness is matched only by his enthusiasm, and it shows in his writing. It took a few attempts to break up his story, inserting a few new elements and characters, but when the idea was locked in, James’ true skills fully manifested themselves.
Jacques said :
I’ve loved spending time reading about these characters over the past few years and was delighted to be able to write a few short stories featuring some of them. I was then asked to submit a story for a full novel, and I was quite upset to be selected. This will be my first published novel. Nothing really prepares you for the job, so I’m grateful for the advice Andy has provided throughout.
There had been some time between the finalization of the outline and the rough cut of the finished novel, during which time I had worked on many other projects, so in many ways it was a nice surprise to read the James book. I only recalled pieces of the outline. What I discovered was very sharp writing, in a book that illustrates what Lethbridge-Stewart (And in fact Doctor Who) does its best, telling a good adventure story by playing on fears and common issues with modern culture. An even smarter task, given that the book is set in 1971.
Planning the chapters was a great intermediate step, although I’ve learned that these need to evolve as things go on and new ideas emerge. Spending an even more immersive moment with these characters was a pleasure. They’ve always felt so real, especially in the face of extraordinary things, and I feel privileged to have contributed to one of their full adventures, especially as the series is heading towards its conclusion.
In addition to capturing some of the most disturbing aspects of popular culture, The supervisors highlights some of the most interesting aspects of the south coast of England. Jacques explained:
I tried my luck with The supervisors to show (and beautify!) some of our own local history here on the south coast of England, while exploring very contemporary debates about surveillance and control. A few stories have even erupted during the time I am writing that seem woefully close to fiction. This blurry line between reality and speculation is ideal for our team of familiar characters to navigate. Likewise, the point between the past and the future, where each exerts an attraction, is a good point to have taken them, and I hope readers will enjoy going there too.
The cover sees the return of the popular artist Adrian Salmon, just out of his job the last Doctor Who animation, Evil of the Daleks:
I loved intensive care as I read the brief – it’s such a simple idea, yet incredibly scary: big brother on legs. I figured there should be a big, bold drawing of an intensive care unit with a cocked arm raised to grab the reader’s attention, while the rest of the edit hinted at scenes from the story. The speeding Volkswagen T2 Camper gave the cover a sense of movement, and all it took was Anne and Lethbridge-Stewart to complete the design.
The supervisors will be released at the end of October 2021 and can be pre-ordered now on its own or as part of the series 9 package of the Candy Jar Site.
The next volume in the series will be Blue blood through Chris Thomas.
In 2017, 2019 and 2021 Candy Jar gifted aspiring writers and fans of Lethbridge-Stewart series the / opportunity to write their own story. Notable attendees included Jonathan Macho (who has since written several short stories and The Lucy Wilson Mysteries book, The Serpent’s Tongue), Richard Brewer (author of the recent Lethbridge-Stewart anthology, The Ever-Running) and 2019 winner Megan Fizzell (who co-wrote Domination Game with Aly Leeds).
Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the winner of the third Lethbridge-Stewart News Contest is Pierre Frankum.
Publishing Director Shaun Russell said:
It is always a privilege to review the nominations and as you can imagine it was extremely difficult to choose a winner, but we felt Peter’s stories were exceptional.
Peter’s two winning stories are called Prologue and Epilogue, and sit at the beginning and end of the book.
Will rees, Editorial Coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said:
We’ve always offered participants the option of submitting two stories, but so far we haven’t felt pressured to use both. Peter’s stories were both equally brilliant that we didn’t really have a choice. Peter instinctively understands the characters of Professor Travers and Anne, and offers a new perspective on their lives. We look forward to working with him in the future.
The story of the finalist is Susan Mark. Shaun said:
In the Lucy wilson books, we usually include a flashback prologue; essentially Lucy sitting in the brigadier’s lap as he tells a fantastic story of his action-packed past. Susan took this concept and developed it with love. As the co-creator of the series, I felt this story was a joy to read!
The idea of the Lethbridge-Stewart News Contest was born out of the company’s commitment to shed light on new writing talents. Since 2015, the Lethbridge-Stewart novels have championed previously unknown authors such as James Middleditch and Gareth Madgwick, alongside names of famous writers in the Doctor Who universe including John Peel, Nick Walters, Simon A Forward and David A McIntee.
The Lethbridge-Stewart News Collection presents eight exclusive stories featuring Lethbridge-Stewart from different stages of his life (plus a larger LSverse story). It’s a chance for the fans to see the Brigadier as they’ve never seen him before!
The eight stories are:
- Prologue by Peter Frankum
- The Grotesque by Tim Beeley
- The Dulcians by Dallas Jones and Roger Reynolds
- And cut by Robert Kilmister
- Feed the zoo animals by Peer Lenné
- A master of perception by Alan Darlington
- Perfect day by Susan Brand
- Epilogue by Peter Frankum
Fully licensed from the Haisman Estate and featuring concepts and characters created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, the Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection is a must-have for fans new and old. Readers are advised that this book will be a limited edition, only available for purchase direct from Books in candy jar.