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Bookmark and Share Moments in Time - Return of the Cybermen

8/31/2017 07:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Cover Issues 31 August 1967 (Credit: Radio Times)Moments in TimeFifty years ago today, on Thursday 31st August 1967, sixpence would buy you the new issue of Radio Times, and for the fifth time Doctor Who featured on the front cover.

Previous covers had marked the start of Marco Polo, The Web Planet, The Chase and Power of the Daleks, but this was the first cover to herald the start of a new season for the programme, returning in the coming weekend for its fifth year.

The focus of the cover was firmly on the adversaries the Doctor would face in the new series. The Cybermen were returning for the third time in less than a year. Inside an article promised new adventures along with a new threat, the Cybermats.

Doctor Who had undergone a complete transformation over the past year. When Season four began in September 1966 William Hartnell was still clinging onto the controls of the TARDIS, along with companions Ben and Polly, played by Anneke Wills and Michael Craze. Now twelve months later there was a completely new team in the ship led by Patrick Troughton, aided by the young Scottish piper Jamie McCrimmon played by Frazer Hines, and the recently orphaned girl from the 19th Century, Victoria played by Deborah Watling.

The risk of recasting the series had paid off and the series had built a loyal following who would await each adventure to unfold on Saturday Evenings. Ratings had stabilized with around 7 million tuning in each week, up from the 5 million the series was getting at the end of the Hartnell era. Audience appreciation was also up by around 10 points to average in the high fifties.

Behind the scenes, change was also afoot. Producer Innes Lloyd was keen to move on having been in charge of the series since April 1966. He was lining up actor and writer Peter Bryant as his replacement.

One loss the production team was having to deal with was the decision of Terry Nation to withdraw the use of the Daleks from Doctor Who and new monsters were needed. Over the next year, viewers would be introduced to The Ice Warriors and the Yeti. As season five launched, the first story of the series was safely on tape, having been recorded at the end of the Season Four production block. After a short holiday, the Team would soon be spending a week in Snowdonia, filming scenes for the upcoming story The Abominable Snowman. Before long they would be back in the comfort of Lime Grove Studio D ready to slip back into the old familiar pattern of 4 days rehearsal before recording each episode on a Saturday evening.

In 1967 Saturday night television looked very different to today. After live sport in Grandstand, Juke Box Jury assessed the hits of the day. Doctor Who then led the BBC 1 Saturday evening schedule, which was still very much dominated by American imports. Match of the Day carried the football highlights and after a talk on the history of the Trade Union Movement, the station closed down and the nation went to bed at 11.15pm.

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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension - Alpha

8/28/2017 11:55:00 am - Reported by Marcus

This Wednesday, August 30 sees the release of the new Doctor Who event from Titan Comics- The Lost Dimension

The stunning Alpha issue is written by Cavan Scott and George Mann with art by Rachael Stott and Cris Bolson. It kicks off Titan's latest multi-Doctor adventure which pits our heroes (and a few phenomenal guest stars from across the Whoniverse!) against the all-consuming, universe destroying Void! Now, every Doctor must play their part to save...everything.

Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension - Alpha

Writer: George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artist: Rachael Stott, Cris Bolson, Rod Fernandes
Cover A: Fifth Ink Metallic Tardis Cover Cover B: Photo Cover Cover C: Rachael Stott And Luis Guerrero

The Void has always existed: No Place. The Silent Realm. The Lost Dimension.

But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry.

It's devouring our universe - through time and space!

Now, every Doctor must play his part to save...everything!
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Bookmark and Share The Lucy Wilson Mysteries

8/26/2017 09:33:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books is to publish a new series of novels, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, a spin-off from their Lethbridge-Stewart range:

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Lucy Wilson Mysteries:
Avatars of the Intelligence


Written by Sue Hampton
Cover art by Steve Beckett


Lucy Wilson doesn't want to move from London to sleepy south Wales. But when she arrives at her new seaside home, it doesn't appear to be as boring as she expected.

Ogmore-by-Sea seems to be under the control of a mysterious and powerful force. But why is Lucy its target? And why, when students at her new school start to disappear, does no one seem to care?

With the help of her new friend Hobo, Lucy Wilson must assume the mantle of her grandfather, the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and defeat an invisible enemy before it's too late.



The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure and features licensed characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

Up until now the Lethbridge-Stewart series has continued on from the BBC’s The Web of Fear, taking place in the 1970s period known as Doctor Who’s "classic era". But three years into the series, Shaun Russell, head of publishing, thought the time was right to broaden the Brig’s horizons:

The great thing about Doctor Who is that it appeals to adults and children alike. There’s something for everybody to explore, from The Sarah Jane Adventures for the very young, to Torchwood for those a bit older. Lethbridge-Stewart’s last appearance in any Doctor Who media was, in fact, in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m sure that sent a lot of kids back to the classic series to see what all the fuss about. And once you’re a fan of that, you’re generally a fan for life.

The Brig is such a fundamental part of classic Doctor Who, but after Nicholas Courtney’s death, he’s naturally become less a part of the ongoing programme. We thought that, with the Lucy Wilson series, we could ensure his legacy continues into the modern day – at the same time hopefully sending young fans back to the classics! This is why we have decided to pit Lucy up against the iconic Great Intelligence.

Lucy's character is described as "a modern girl with strong values and opinions, she’s dauntless, loyal and whip smart – qualities long embodied by the Doctor". The announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor has spotlighted the positive example the character provides young viewers, a tradition Candy Jar wanted to continue with its own contributions to the Who universe.

Sue Hampton, author of two previous Lethbridge-Stewart stories, says
I’m sure that the new Doctor will defeat her enemies with smarts and ingenuity – and with the help of her friends. It’s great for kids to have someone like this as their role model. They’re the values of the show. And while she’s very much her own girl, we see Lucy as embodying similar traits. We hope young readers will find her just as inspiring.

The book has been endorsed by Eggheads presenter and Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine. He says:
A great read – brilliant characters and a plot that keeps surprising you. Sue Hampton writes in three dimensions! Avatars of the Intelligence draws you in from the very first page.

The cover art is by Steve Beckett, a freelance writer and illustrator who has contributed artwork for the UK's longest running children's weekly comic The Beano, including The Bash Street Kids, General Jumbo and Bully Beef and Chips. He says:
I am very excited to have contributed to the expanding Lethbridge-Stewart universe. Shaun contacted me because he was familiar with my work for The Beano. He wanted something that could appeal to the young and adults alike. Hopefully I have achieved this. I have certainly grown quite fond of the characters and I look forward to hopefully drawing them again very soon.


Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton is available for pre-order exclusively for fans via the Candy Jar website until the end of September, with dispatch shortly thereafter. The commercial release of the book will be early next year.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi signed script up for auction

8/26/2017 08:41:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have launched an auction on behalf of Syrian Refugees in North London, a charity run from Muswell Hill Methodist Church and supported by the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi and his wife Elaine. A number of items are up for auction, including the original readthrough script for the episode Listen, signed and illustrated by the actor.


DWAS: Peter Capaldi charity auction (Credit: DWAS)


The auction ends just after 5pm on the 4th September - visit the DWAS website for full details.

Bookmark and Share Russell T Davies Given Lifetime Achievement Award

8/25/2017 01:26:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Former Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The writer, whose hits include Queer As Folk, Casanova and Cucumber as well as being the man who brought Doctor Who back to BBC One, used his speech to defend the BBC which he said was being treated with contempt by the current UK Government.
We actually have a government which is warding off the BBC with one hand while xxxxing off Rupert Murdoch with the other.
Davies went on to say how important it was to tell the young people watching that working in Television was great fun and that it was a brilliant industry.
I have worked with Daleks, Casanova, I’ve worked with gays, I’ve worked with Penelope Wilton, I worked on children’s programmes, I’ve worked in documentary, I worked on a quiz show with Terry Wogan, I worked with Jesus, I worked in Cardiff, Manchester, at Granada, I’ve worked with all sorts of shows, I’ve worked with David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, I’m so lucky.

I’ve been a presenter on Playschool, I’ve actually been to Norway with Keith Chegwin, I love my job and I hope you all grow up and get in the industry and love the job too.
At the TV festival, BBC One was named channel of the year.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 516

8/23/2017 07:29:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Magazine 516 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out this Thursday, and features an exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.

Sharing her feelings about becoming the thirteenth Doctor, Jodie says:
Chris [Chibnall] wouldn’t have cast me as the Doctor because he wanted me to repeat anything that had gone before. And I think as a fan you don’t want to watch something that’s an imitation of something that’s gone before. Or what would be the point of recasting?

Also in this issue:
  • CASTING JODIE: DWM asks what the arrival of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who.
  • MONSTERS INC: We go inside the workshop of Millennium FX, with previously unseen designs and photographs from the making of the 2017 series.
  • NOW WE ARE SIX HUNDRED: Former showrunner Russell T Davies talks about his illustrations for BBC Books’ collection of Doctor Who poetry.
  • NICHOLAS BRIGGS AND THE CYBERMEN: Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Mondasian Cybermen.
  • HANK MARVIN: Legendary Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin discusses his surprising links to the Doctor Who theme.
  • THE AZTECS: Take a fresh look at the 1964 classic The Aztecs in The Fact of Fiction.
  • TREVOR BAXTER: We pay tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Litefoot in 1977’s The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more...
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR: A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill.
  • TRAIL OF A TIME LORD: An exclusive extract from Red, White and Who, the forthcoming book about the history of the series in the United States.
  • PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 516 is on sale from Thursday 24 August.

Bookmark and Share New Twelfth Doctor Comic

8/22/2017 01:16:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This Wednesday, August 23, sees the publication of the next issue in the Twelfth Doctor's continuing adventures with the latest companion, Bill.
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year Three #6

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Brian Williamson
Cover A: Blair Shedd Cover B: Photo Cover Cover C: Arianna Florean

New adventures featuring the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi, and featuring all-new TV companion Bill, played by Pearl Mackie!
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Bookmark and Share Black Archive - Update

8/21/2017 10:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Obverse Books have announced a change in the schedule for the Black Archive series of books.

The Black Archive explores the making of specific Doctor Who stories, analysing in detail the stories selected.

The previously-announced 2018 release of The Twin Dilemma has been put on hold indefinitely. Instead Jon Arnold, author of the acclaimed the Black Archive #1: Rose will be stepping into the breach with a study of Steven Moffat’s debut story as showrunner, and Matt Smith’s as the 11th Doctor, The Eleventh Hour.

The Black Archive schedule now runs as follows:
  • January – The Black Archive #15: Carnival of Monsters
  • by Ian Potter
  • February – The Black Archive #16: Full Circle
  • by John Toon
  • March – The Black Archive #17: The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit
  • by Simon BucherJones
  • April – The Black Archive #18: Marco Polo
  • by Dene October
  • May – The Black Archive #19: The Eleventh Hour
  • by Jon Arnold
  • June – The Black Archive #20: Face the Raven
  • by Sarah Groenewegen
  • July – The Black Archive #21: Heaven Sent
  • by Kara Dennison
  • August – The Black Archive #22: Hell Bent
  • by Alyssa Franke
  • September – The Black Archive #23: The Curse of Fenric
  • by Una McCormack
  • October – The Black Archive #24: The Time Warrior
  • by Matthew Kilburn
  • November – The Black Archive #25: Doctor Who (1996)
  • by Paul Driscoll
  • December – The Black Archive #26: The Dæmons
  • by Matt Barber
Titles for 2019 will be announced in due course.

Bookmark and Share Referencing The Doctor

8/19/2017 02:05:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Referencing The Doctor (Credit: Panini)
The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine, Referencing The Doctor, explores some of the landmark reference works devoted to the series.

More has been written about Doctor Who than any other television series in history. What prompts this exhaustive analysis? And how was research into the show’s complex production conducted in the years before home video, conventions and the internet?

From the very first episode guides compiled by Doctor Who story editors for their colleagues in the 1960s, to the fanzines of the 1970s, the first authorised books based on the show and the wide variety of publications available today – this is the story of how successive generations of fans and historians have referenced the Doctor.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
I’ve got a house full of reference books about Doctor Who, but I’m not sure there’s ever been a publication looking at how they evolved. It’s been fascinating to read about Jean-Marc Lofficier, Peter Haining, Jeremy Bentham and all the other pioneers in the field, as well as more recent projects that examine the series in unprecedented depth. It’s an aspect of Doctor Who that’s never been looked at in this way before, and it’s full of surprises.
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Referencing the Doctor is on sale now price £5.99.

Bookmark and Share Data Extract: the first 100 issues

8/17/2017 07:21:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Data Extract: Issues 1 - 100 (Credit: The Doctor Who Club of Australia)The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) have announced the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, will be released as a collected volume:

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Subsequently editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully-fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available to purchase through Lulu.

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)

Bookmark and Share RiffTrax present The Five Doctors

8/17/2017 07:05:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who (Credit: Fathom Events)A special presentation of The Five Doctors will be taking place in the United States over the next couple of weeks:

The Doctor is in the house! The RiffTrax house, that is! The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000®, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, are back on the big screen for a legendary riffing of the 1983 Doctor Who film "The Five Doctors." Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, fighting Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti and a devious Time Lord Traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.

Join Mike, Kevin and Bill as they join the Five Doctors for one of the most thrilling Doctor Who adventures ever!

The special showing will be presented in cinemas around the USA on the 17th and 24th August - see the Fathom Events page for more details.

Bookmark and Share New Comics Out This Week

8/14/2017 06:19:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week sees some new releases from Titan expanding the timey-wimey world of Doctor Who - including the return of Sarah Jane in the latest Tenth Doctor as well as the next installment of the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith.

​​ Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
Cover A: Claudia SG Iannicello Cover B: Will Brooks Photo Cover C: Arianna Florean

More shocking revelations for the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, as the true extent of Gabby's powers starts to become clear...and Cindy's response changes everything!
Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 Cover A (Credit: Titan /  Claudia SG Iannicello) Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 Cover B (Credit: Titan /  Will Brooks) Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Arianna Florean) Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan)

Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Ivan Rodriguez, Wellington Diaz, Klebs Junior, Leandro Casco
Cover A: Blair Shedd Cover B: Photo Cover C: Simon Myers Cover D: Andy Walker

Brand-new standalone one-shot featuring The Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith!
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 Cover A (Credit: Titan /  Blair Shedd ) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 Cover B (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Simon Myers ) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 Cover D (Credit: Titan / Andy Walker ) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8 (Credit: Titan)

Bookmark and Share Victor Pemberton 1931-2017

8/14/2017 12:20:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Actor and writer and inventor of the Sonic Screwdriver Victor Pemberton has died at the age of 85

Victor Pemberton was one of a select group of people to have both written for and appeared in Doctor Who.

In 1967, while trying to get writing work, he was earning money playing bit parts including that of a scientist in the Second Doctor story The Moonbase. But his real love was writing and when his friend Peter Bryant took over as the series Story Editor he was brought in as Bryant's assistant. He script-edited The Tomb of the Cybermen for Bryant, writing the poignant scene between the Doctor and Victoria where the Doctor explains how their lives are different.

Pemberton returned to freelance writing to pen Fury from the Deep, which saw the departure of the character Victoria from the series. It also saw the introduction of an iconic object that would forever be associated with the Doctor, The Sonic Screwdriver.

Fury from the Deep was Pemberton's only contribution to the TV series, but one of which he was very proud.
The cost of mounting Fury was astonishing, for budgets for filming in those days was miniscule, and when you think that a helicopter had to be used, and fake foam sprayed onto the sea, no wonder I got a few glares from the production crew! However, the late Hugh David did tell me that the scale of it was a challenge that he greatly enjoyed, and, as far as I’m concerned, he met that challenge superbly. But the great joy of getting Fury onto the screen was working with dear old Pat Troughton, who was already a friend, together with Debbie Watling, who had the best scream in the business, and Fraser Hines, who was the best practical joker!
In 1976 Pemberton wrote the audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons, initially released as an LP and cassette and starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. He wrote the Target novelisations of both Fury from the Deep and The Pescatons.

Victor Pemberton was born in London in 1931. His first job was as a mail delivery boy for a timber magazine in Fleet Street, followed by a short spell in the publicity and printing department of 20th Century Fox. Two years National service in the Royal Air Force followed, where he set up an entertainment system for the troops. His father brought him his first typewriter after he expressed a desire to be a writer.

His first drama scripts were for BBC Radio. In 1961 he wrote The Gold Watch, a play based on the extraordinary circumstances of his father’s retirement. Many other scripts followed, including The Slide, a seven episode science-fiction serial about an earthquake in the south of England, which starred Roger Delgardo and Maurice Denham. TV followed in 1965 with a script for a children's series on ITV called Send Foster. After Doctor Who he contributed to series such as Timeslip, Ace of Wands, The Adventures of Black Beauty and Within These Walls. In 1993 he invented the character of the Lighthouse Keeper for the UP version of the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock

In 1987 he formed Saffron Productions Ltd making a number of documentary films, including Gwen, A Juliet Remembered and Benny Hill: Clown Imperial for the BBC. In 1990, Headline Book Publications asked him to write a novelisation of his BBC Drama radio series, Our Family. He went onto write fifteen novels.

In 2016 he undertook his Arctic Adventure, traveling alone by car through seven countries of Europe and Scandinavia to reach the Norwegian town of Bodo – in the Arctic Circle, in order to raise money for the charity Help for Heros.

Victor Pemberton's lifetime partner was the actor David Spenser, who died in 2013.

Victor Pemberton Website

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: South Wales short story competition 2017

8/10/2017 08:21:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books will be launching a short story competition for their Lethbridge-Stewart series from 17th August:

Lethbridge-Stewart at the Candy Jar Book Festival (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books is offering an exciting, new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launching at Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff, writers can submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.

These stories will be included in a book to be released early next year.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says:
We had huge success with the previous two short story competitions and we wanted to do something different this year. With the fiftieth anniversary of the Brigadier coming up we felt that this would be a fantastic opportunity for budding writers to write their very own Lethbridge-Stewart story.
The overall winner will offered the chance to pen their very own Lethbridge-Stewart book, and work alongside range editor and creative director of the Haisman estate, Andy Frankham-Allen, and will also receive a Kindle Fire to read it on. Both the winner and runner-up will receive all the Lethbridge-Stewart novels from 2018. All winning entries will see their stories published in book form in 2018.

Lethbridge-Stewart has been an essential part of the Doctor Who universe since 1968. He was created by authors Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln for the six-part Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear. Forty-nine years since the Brigadier appeared in Doctor Who he has become one of the show’s most iconic characters, having appeared with ten different Doctors in countless TV episodes, books, audio dramas and comic strips. And his legacy continues on with his daughter appearing in Doctor Who since 2012.

The Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition will launch at Candy Jar Book festival on 17th August. Candy Jar is hosting a free event at Cardiff Central Library at 1pm: a panel with Lethbridge-Stewart authors Nick Walters, Simon A Forward, Tim Gambrell, Alyson Leeds and range editor Andy Frankham-Allen, discussing writing Lethbridge-Stewart and Doctor Who novels and short stories. And prior to that, at 12pm, cover artist Richard Young will be hosting a drawing class.

Andy Frankham-Allen says:
It’s a unique opportunity to have so many of our authors together in one place. We’ll be talking about the differences between writing novels and short stories, and offer some hints and tips for those interested in entering the short story competition. We are extremely committed to encouraging new talent and hope the public will take the time to come along and possibly enter the competition.
The South Wales Short Story Competition will be accepting submissions from 17th August. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories of no more than three thousand words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers across the UK.

Andy Frankham-Allen believes that short stories are an excellent way for writers to perfect their craft. He said:
The discipline and imagination required for creating and structuring a good short story is excellent practice for aspiring writers. The experience winning writers will gain will be invaluable in preparing them for any future writing career.

All submissions must be received by the end of September. The competition is £5 to enter per story. The terms and conditions, such as copyright restrictions, will be emailed once the entrant has paid.

Entries can be sent via the Candy Jar Book Festival website.
Or at: https://www.freewebstore.org/jellybeanbooks/product/lethbridge-stewart%20short%20story%20competition

Alternatively, they can also be posted to Candy Jar Books, Mackintosh House, 136 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 1DJ
For more information please contact Shaun Russell on 02921 157 202 shaun@candyjarbooks.co.uk.


The South Wales Short Story Competition is currently accepting submissions. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories and these can be a maximum of 3000 words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers across the UK.
Please include:
  • Your name, age, email, address and telephone number
The winning entry will receive a Kindle Fire and Lethbridge-Stewart publishing deal. All shortlisted entries will be published in the third volume of the South Wales Short Story Competition anthology.
£5 entry fee for up to two stories.
Submissions can be entered from Thursday 17th August to the end of September.

Submission guidelines for the Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competitions:
  • Maximum of 3000 words.
  • This competition is open to anybody who has never been published before, whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who and Lethbridge-Stewart or not. We’re looking for different takes on the character of Lethbridge-Stewart, in different settings. It could be a version of the man living in Victorian London, or it could be a version of the character living in the far future. Any kind of story, in any setting, as long as Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart carries the basic core principles that make the character the legend he is: heroic, stoic, laid back and often ironic, a field officer who ensures loyalty due to his willingness to lead by example.
  • A free short story will be sent to all applicants, so even if you have never encountered Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart before, you can get a sense of the man.
  • Our license is with the Haisman Literary Estate only, therefore you CAN use any character from the Doctor Who serials The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear and The Dominators, or any original character found Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart series (except the Rutans and Group Captain Gilmore, who were used by Candy Jar under express permission).
  • You CAN NOT use any other Doctor Who characters or monsters or UNIT.

The main event kicks off on Monday 14th August at 11am with open auditions for Nigel Hinton’s The Norris Girls book trailer at the Cardiff Story Museum. This is a chance for young performers to show off their talent. The book has been endorsed by Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy, and has been described as the “modern version of Little Women”.

Nigel Hinton, the award-winning Buddy’s Song and Beaver Towers author, says:
I’ve written a short script based on my book and entrants can download it from my website. We’re looking for three aspiring young actresses to play Beth, Georgy and Katie, who respectively are fourteen, twelve and ten years old.
Mark Jones, creator and author of Time to Sleep Stories will be hosting a “Sleep Workshop” at the Cardiff Story Museum on Monday 14th August at 3.00pm.

Mark says:
Several years ago I witnessed a number of work colleagues suffering from the effects of stress. At the same time it was being widely reported that children were suffering from a lack of sleep due to the onslaught of digital technology and bedtimes were becoming a battlefield for parents. I realised that I could use my storytelling skills by writing gentle fantasy tales, and including within the stories breathing and calming techniques that could help relax children at bedtime.

Throughout the week, Candy Jar will be hosting book signing sessions, workshops, and “meet the artist” events. Attendees will be able to meet some of Candy Jar’s finest authors including former The Honeycombs bassist Roger J Simmonds, Hinterland director and award-winning author Griff Rowland, Michelle Briscombe, Jane Cohen, Laura Shire, and accomplished children’s author Sue Hampton (who will be signing exclusive copies her new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off children’s novel The Lucy Wilson Mysteries).

Shaun Russell says:
We have a whole host of incredible authors and illustrators who have been announced as part of the seven-day festival. Our aim is promote reading, writing and creativity in the heart of the city.
Lauren Thomas, publishing co-ordinator at Candy Jar, believes that the festival is a fantastic way to engage young people with reading. She says:
As with our previous festivals, the exciting activities on offer will help to engage the local youth with great children’s literature.

Bookmark and Share Happy Centenary Earl Cameron

8/08/2017 08:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Today marks the 100th Birthday of the actor Earl Cameron

Earl Cameron appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who story The Tenth Planet, playing Glyn Williams one of the two astronauts on the Zeus IV.

He becomes the third actor to have appeared in Doctor Who to reach their 100th Birthday. The others being Zohra Sehgal and Olaf Pooley. He is the oldest surviving actor to have appeared in the series.

Cameron was born in Pembroke, Bermuda. He is believed to be the second black actor to have a speaking role in the series' history, following Elroy Josephs apperance in The Smugglers.

Cameron made his first stage experience in 1942 when he talked his way into a West End production of Chu Chin Chow. He went on to act in a number of plays in London, including The Petrified Forest. He has appeared in the films Pool of London, Simba, The Heart Within, Sapphire in which played Dr Robbins; and The Message, the story of the Prophet Muhammad.

Other film appearances have included: Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), No Kidding (1960); Flame in the Streets (1961), Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), Guns at Batasi (1964), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), The Sandwich Man (1966) and the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965), in which he played Bond's Caribbean assistant Pinder Romania.

One of Cameron's earliest TV roles was a starring part in the BBC 1960 TV drama The Dark Man, in which he played a West Indian cab driver in the UK. The show examined the reactions and prejudices he faced in his work. His other television work includes Emergency - Ward 10, The Zoo Gang, Crown Court, Jackanory, Dixon of Dock Green, Neverwhere, Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, Babyfather, EastEnders, Dalziel and Pascoe and Lovejoy.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Earl Cameron lives with his wife Barbara in Warwickshire.

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Bookmark and Share Jodie Whittaker tells of the Excitement of being cast as The Doctor

8/07/2017 12:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Jodie Whittaker has talked about her reaction to being cast as the thirteenth Doctor.

It was incredibly emotional... I'm about to play an alien, a time-Lord, as a girl.... The fans are the most creative and enthusiastic people and it's so exciting to be part of that.
The actress was talking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed. She described her excitment for the new series led by Chris Chibnall, who worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch.

The best thing about this part is that every script will be brand new and something that I can genuinely say I've never done this before.
Whittaker said she had not seen a lot of the reaction to her casting as she is not on any kind of social media, so she has only seen what friends had sent her. One clip she has seen is the reaction to her casting by a young girl in a clip which went viral.
Seeing things like that are really exciting.... If you grow up watching adventures films and TV Shows, that belief that anything is possible, this is the job to do. And I get to do it. And that was not in the realm of possibility ever growing up.
Whittaker said she had spoken to a few of the other actors who have played the role and the overwhelming advice was to enjoy the exciting adventure she was embarking on. No person plays the part the same.

The interview was to promote the new BBC One series Trust Me, which starts on 8 August. where she stars as Cath Hardacre, a nurse who loses her job after she turns whistle-blower - and then steals her friend's identity as a senior doctor in an Edinburgh hospital.

Jodie Whittaker has also been talking to BBC News about the new role.

Bookmark and Share Hywel Bennett 1944-2017

8/03/2017 05:42:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The actor Hywel Bennett has died at the age of 73.

Hywel Bennett was best known for playing the title role of Shelley in the ITV comedy series broadcast in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

One of his earliest television appearances was as Rynian, the Aridian in The Death of Time, the second episode of the William Hartnell story The Chase.

Bennett was born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, in 1944, and grew up in London. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first stage appearance was in 1959, playing Ophelia in Hamlet.

In the sixties, he appeared in a number of British films including The Virgin Soldiers based on the novel by Leslie Thomas, The Family Way alongside Hayley Mills and the psychological thriller Twisted Nerve.

In 1979 Bennett won the role he would become famous for, playing James Shelley in the Thames Television sitcom which was watched by up to 18 million viewers. The series ran until 1984. Bennett reprised the character in The Return of Shelley, running for four series from 1988 to 1992.

Other TV roles included parts in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, where he played Ricky Tarr, Boon, Frontiers, Neverwhere, Karaoke, Last of the Summer Wine and the Dennis Potter series Karaoke, Cold Lazarus and Pennies from Heaven. He played Peter Baxter in The Bill for five years and in 2003 he played the gangster Jack Dalton in Eastenders. His last known role was as Reggie Conway in The Last Detective in 2007.

In 2007 he retired from acting due to ill health.

Bennett was married to the former television presenter Cathy McGowan from 1970 to 1988 and to Sandra Layne Fulford from 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Emma.

Bookmark and Share Dr. Men Figurines Announced

8/03/2017 01:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide has announced the release of a set of figurines based on the Dr. Who/Mr Men set of books released earlier this year.

The first four figures feature Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth and will be released this autumn.

The Dr. Men book series, published by Penguin Random House, brings to life Doctor Who characters in the story-telling and illustrative style of Roger Hargreaves, famous for the Mr. Men books.

Each figure will retail at £9.99

Dr. First Dr. Fourth Dr. Eleventh Dr. Twelfth


Four Dr. Men books have been published so far, with books featuring Dr. Second, Dr. Seventh, Dr. Eighth, and Dr. Ninth set to be released later this month.