Back in the summer I was offered something big. Something very big and very exciting. I was not able to tell anyone about it, however, until now.
So, this is it: I am writing the ‘season finale’ in the first series of a new set of Doctor Who spin-offs featuring the adventures of the young Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart, published by Candy Jar Books.
My first novel in ten years! (This was the last).
No, I can’t quite believe it either – it does, indeed, scarcely seem possible – but it’s real, as reported on Doctor Who News.
The first book, The Forgotten Son by series line editor Andy Frankham, is out in February 2015 (and I can say with all honesty it’s effin’ brilliant). Then, throughout the rest of the year, comes Lance Parkin’s Horror of Det-Sen and David A McIntee’s The Schizoid Earth, and finally, my very own Mutually Assured Domination.
It’s set in the late 60s Cold War era during an uneasy period when global power balances were shifting and the peace movement, preoccupied with the Vietnam War after the Tet offensive, had perhaps taken its eye off the nuclear ball. Certain ‘outside interests’ take advantage of this situation and soon the world is poised on the brink of nuclear armageddon. It’s up to Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and uneasy ally journalist Harold Chorley to fight the forces of darkness and save the day. And, given the title Mutually Assured Domination, the seasoned Doctor Who aficionado can probably take an educated guess as to what exactly these ‘forces of darkness’ are. DANGER! TRESPASSERS WILL BE DESTROYED!
To quote myself from the press release:
“After the Doctor himself the Brigadier is the best-loved character in Doctor Who. I met Nick Courtney a number of times and he really is a splendid fellow. He brought a real humanity and vulnerability to the role without compromising the essential toughness of the character. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is the chap you’d want on your side in a fight – any fight – and it is a real privilege to be exploring what made him into the character we came to know and love.”
Not much else to say, really, other than: I am going to have a very busy Christmas and New Year!