Candy Jar Books has announced the second book in its Brendon Years trilogy of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
Legacy of the Dominator
Written by Nick Walters
Cover by Adrian Salmon
1983 was turning out to be quite the year for strange, troubled boys at Brendon.
The Brigadier is mentoring Damon, a new boy at school. A boy with problems, and a mysterious past. A boy in danger who needs his protection. The last Dominator on Earth, Director Vaar, plans to make his final play for power – or does he? The Brigadier finds out that all is not quite what it seems.
And meanwhile, the Order of the Seven Suns is rising, with plans that could change the destiny of the whole planet.
Can the Brigadier protect Damon from the forces ranged against him? Can Damon escape the long shadow of his father? What will be the final legacy of the Dominator race?
The novel is the latest by Nick Walters, forming the third part of ‘Vaar Trilogy’ and is the fourth Lethbridge-Stewart novel to feature the Dominators Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said:
This is another of those books we’ve had planned for a while. I’ve enjoyed revealing Vaar’s tale out of sequence, starting with the middle section, then the first part and now, at last, the conclusion. Originally Son of the Dominator, to use its original title, was going to be written by me, but as if often the case I got too busy to be able to do so, and so the book was delayed. Even, for a time, removed entirely from the schedule. But with a couple of glitches in last year’s schedule, it seemed a good time to bring the book back. Only, I still didn’t have the time to write it, so I decided the only man for the job was Nick Walters, who created Vaar back in 2015 with Mutually Assured Domination.
Of course, I tend to give most of my authors a shopping list of various lengths, things they need to include. Legacy of the Dominator was no different in that regard; the difference lies in giving Nick the basic premise of a book I’ve had in my mind for some time. And there’s a lot of joy in that too, since you’re left with ‘what surprising ways can an author take your idea?’. And Nick certainly did that. There was a little toing and froing as Nick got to grips with the story, and he came up with some clever ideas that I may not have considered originally. The end result is a solid and personal drama for the Brigadier and Bill Bishop.
Nick Walters said:
When I was asked to complete the story of Director Vaar, last of the Dominators (on Earth, at least), I was thrilled and honoured. Though I obviously can’t take all the credit, as the Dominators were of course created by Mervyn Haisman
and Henry Lincoln
, but I can take credit of the senior echelon of Dominators, that of Director, who sits above Navigator and Probationer. The Dominators in their single TV appearance
are brilliant and underrated, in my view; though played straight, there is a very slight aura of camp about them, a delicious touch of the absurd. The way they squabble like an old married couple is hilarious! They are the epitome of the type of Doctor Who
adversaries that take themselves far too seriously, and cannot see how silly they look in those massive shoulder pads, or how daft (if deadly) their robot servants are. I developed this aspect of them in Mutually Assured Domination
– for example the Robin Day interview – and Vaar as the Big Man in Rise of the Dominator
also possesses this quality of the bizarre, though remaining 100% dangerous and threatening. More importantly, I always saw Vaar as not merely a villain, but a more complex character, even a relatable one – despite his plans to destroy the Earth! In Domination Game
and Rise of the Dominator
, he's an alien trapped on Earth, doing what he can, what he must, to survive. A sort of dark mirror of Thomas Jerome Newton from The Man Who Fell to Earth
Here we find the Brigadier in the late summer of 1983, still teaching maths at Brendon School, and with a strange, rather disturbed schoolboy under his wing. Not Turlough – he's long gone by then – but instead the mysterious Damon, who is excellent at games, has a short temper, and dislikes peas. Damon's secrets propel the story and present the Brigadier with a challenge to his loyalties and friendships. As well as a rollicking good adventure, Legacy of the Dominator
is an emotional story for all characters concerned. A story of fatherhood, friendships and loyalty – and how these can be put to the ultimate test.
The cover is the latest work by ever-popular artist Adrian Salmon, hot off his work on recent Doctor Who animated specials:
I was emailed a list of ingredients to choose from, and my first attempt though was too cluttered. It lacked any sense of motion too, which I think my style depends on. Back to the drawing board. When discussing other options, I was reminded that the story at heart is about a tug of war over Damon, so why not show this visually? I think my work is strongest when working with these type of symbolic images (which always make for an eye-catching cover) and I enthusiastically embraced this strong idea. Also of interest in the story was the Quarkoid – a flying Quark-type drone about the size of a bee. This unique twist on the Quark design made for the perfect background image, however working out the gossamer wings was the biggest headache of the cover! Where do they attach? In the end I figured at the back and left the explanations to the writer!
Legacy of the Dominator is available to pre-order from the Candy Jar website.
The next title in The Brendon Years trilogy will be Embrace of the Hiraeth by James Middleditch, a sequel to his 2021 novel, The Overseers. This will be followed later in the year by the final three pre-UNIT novels by Natasha Gerson, John Peel, and Jonathan Blum.
The Analysis Bureau is written by Tom Dexter with profits going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.
The book features appearances by Professor Travers (The Abominable Snowmen/The Web of Fear), Tobias Vaughn and Packer (The Invasion) and even a Quark from The Dominators. A team of new characters, operating anonymously for a high ranking government minister, investigate attempted alien incursions as a far greater, darker plot begins to unfurl around them.
Told over three short stories, The Analysis Bureau will also feature a previously lost Lethbridge-Stewart short story from Candy Jar.
Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing at Candy Jar says:
We previously published a book as part of our Lucy Wilson Mysteries series called Lockdown, which successfully raised funds for NHS charities. So the idea of doing it again, only this time to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal, seemed ideal and gives fans not only the chance to enjoy the stories, but also to help with a desperately urgent cause. I’m delighted to launch this title and utilise Candy Jar’s publishing skills to try and help."Tom Dexter, the author, says: “Shaun has been talking with me about trying to find a different strand of stories to use their licensed characters in, and the opportunity to bring their first book out and hopefully raise money for Ukraine was too good a cause to turn down.
The Analysis Bureau also sees the return of legendary artist Lee Sullivan to the worlds of Doctor Who, with his first cover art for Candy Jar Books and with more projects with him in development; he said:
I’m delighted to return to such familiar territory and for such an excellent cause.
The book can be purchased from the Candy Jar website.
With the Queen's Platinum jubilee holiday upon us, Candy Jar has released a free Lucy Wilson story to celebrate the festivities. Baz Greenland has written a fun, action-packed, timey-wimey story featuring the seventeen-year-old Defender of Earth,
Lucy Wilson.Lucy finds herself in 1977 during the Queen's Silver Jubilee, but how will she save the Queen without breaking time?
Perhaps UNIT can help!
The free story can be downloaded from our website.