UNIT - The Benton FilesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 29 August 2021 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce a very special book for 2021, the first of its standalone UNIT books: 

UNIT: The Benton Files (Credit: Candy Jar Books)
The Benton Files
Written by Tim Gambrell and John Peel
Cover by Richard Young



Rifleman John Benton finds himself summoned to London, to the HQ of a brand-new organisation – UNIT – under Waterloo Station. There, he meets an old barrack room buddy, Major Bill Bishop, and UNIT’s Commanding Officer, one Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The young rifleman is about to learn that not everything is as innocuous as it appears. Major Bishop has specially selected Benton to assist him on a mission – a mission that could change Rifleman John Benton’s life forever.



Featuring two UNIT stories…

Into the fire by Tim Gambrell

Car Wars by John Peel

The book features the very first meeting of the Brigadier and Benton, followed by Benton’s very first ever UNIT adventure.


Taking over as range editor from the hard working and very talented Andy Frankham-Allen is the equally assiduous Tim Gambrell. Tim said::

The Brigadier and Benton meeting for the first time seems such a momentous occasion in the Doctor Who universe. And we never saw it on screen. Of course, the Brigadier has a history of meeting much-loved characters off-screen. We never see the moment he first meets the Doctor in The Web of Fear, for example. And Benton is already a UNIT corporal when he shows up in The Invasion. But how did Benton join UNIT? The first story Into the Fire helps bridge that gap.

UNIT: The Bention Files (Credit: Candy Jar Books)To mark this occasion, Candy Jar recorded an audiobook version with John Levene. This will be released simultaneously with the paperback

The second story has been written by popular Doctor Who author John Peel, and is quite literally a race against time around the streets of Birmingham. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said:

As we approach 2022, we will soon be wrapping up the Lethbridge-Stewart range of novels. It’s been a great journey, but it’s time to move on to our planned next phase.

Authorised by the Sherwin estate, these UNIT new books will move the story onwards, to after The Invasion and beyond. Tim continues:

Launching a series of books based around UNIT, and featuring the Brigadier and Benton, is by far my biggest creative challenge yet. But what an amazing opportunity it is! When Shaun telephoned and offered me the role of range editor, I remember thinking, "If I turn this down I know I’ll always regret it." So here I am, excited, enthused, immersed and loving every minute of it.

The series will be launched in 2022, although The UNIT Files (similar to The HAVOC Files) will be released later this year.Tim, who has written for both the Lethbridge-Stewart and Lucy Wilson series, is indebted to the outgoing range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen. He continued:

UNIT owes a debt to the work of Andy, and everything he established with the Lethbridge-Stewart books. UNIT won’t be a direct continuation of these novels, largely because the cast will change, and we don’t want new readers to feel they need to have read the Lethbridge-Stewart books first, but I hope the two ranges will complement each other. And if we get new readers jumping onboard with UNIT, it would be great if they feel they want to check out what else Candy Jar has done previously. Personally, I want to tell stories that will appeal to fans of Doctor Who, but also to readers who enjoy action-adventure stories in general. Character-driven narratives, grounded in their contemporary world, but with a modern inclusive awareness.

 Tim concludes:

How wonderful it is to have The Benton Files narrated by Benton himself, the fabulous John Levene.You can hear John’s love and enthusiasm for the character of Benton as he narrates Into the Fire and Car Wars. I really hope people enjoy both versions ofthis release. Also, I’d like to thank Richard Young for such a gorgeous cover. He has really done us proud this time.


The Benton Files novella and accompanying audiobook are available to pre-order from Candy Jar Books. and will be released in the next few weeks.


From the worlds of Doctor Who U.N.I.T. The Benton Files - Coming Soon!
An introduction to a brand new series of Doctor Who spin-off novels featuring the characters created by Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln and Derrick Sherwin. Licensed by Hannah Haisman and Kate Sherwin.

FILTER: - Candy Jar Books - UNIT

Vworp Vworp! - Issue 4Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 August 2021 - Reported by Marcus
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The long-awaited fourth issue of acclaimed Doctor Who comics and artwork fanzine Vworp Vworp! will be released in September.

This 172-page issue focuses on the Doctor’s strange adventures in TV Comic, Countdown and TV Action.

Trods, Daleks, Ugrakks, Quarks, The Pied Piper, Cybermen, Kleptons... For 15 years, Doctor Who fought them all with the help of his plucky grandchildren John and Gillian, and more familiar faces like Jamie, Liz, Sarah Jane, Leela and, of course, Santa Claus! We celebrate the weird and often wonderful TV Comic, Countdown and TV Action strips, and the equally colourful characters behind them.

This issue, lavishly illustrated with original artwork and never-before-seen photos, includes:

  • Interviews with artists Bill Mevin, Harry Lindfield and Martin Asbury

  • Celebrate of the lives of the late artist's John Canning, Neville Main, Gerry Haylock and Frank Langford, written with the full cooperation of their families

  • Scripters Roger Noel Cook and David Motton write about their Doctor Who work

  • Profiles of the strip’s other writers, artists and editors, including Tom Woodman, Alan Fennell, Dennis Hooper, Patrick Williams and Dick Millington

  • Brand new comic strips: the First Doctor, John and Gillian must avert The Trod Invasion of Earth  (written by Steve Lyons and drawn by Shawn Van Briesen), the Second Doctor faces the Return of the Piper (by Tim Quinn and Paul Cowan) and there’s trouble for the Third Doctor, in the epic Revenge of the Ugrakks (by George Mann and Paul Cooke)

  • The creation of Doctor Who Magazine’s homage to TV Comic, The Land of Happy Endings

  • Memories of growing up with the comics, and designing a competition-winning monster

Also in this issue:

  • Two of its three artists discuss the making of the much-loved book Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus, released through Marks & Spencer in 1976

  • Collecting original Doctor Who artwork

  • The life of prolific illustrator John Woods, who worked on many Dalek and Doctor Who books in the 1960s

  • ... and much more!

Plus, these exciting FREE GIFTS:

  • ‘Sugar Pats’, an authentic 1960s Doctor Who/TV Comic-themed cereal packet

  • A set of thrilling TV Comic stickers for your favourite cardigan


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Order Vworp Vworp! issue 4, price £9.99, from vworpvworp.co.uk now.


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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 568Bookmark and Share

Friday, 20 August 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 568 (Credit: Panini)

Issue 568 of Doctor Who Magazine is now available


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Showrunner Chris Chibnall writes exclusively for DWM on why he and Jodie Whittaker are leaving Doctor Who.

  • A brand-new adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor and Yaz, written by Joy Wilkinson.

  • The complex story behind the destruction of Doctor Who episodes – and the culture surrounding their recovery.

  • New insights into the First Doctor’s missing serials from fans who remember watching them.

  • Jonathan Morris imagines a parallel universe where the missing episodes from the 1960s existed – and vice versa!

  • A detailed look at the Blackpool and Longleat exhibitions in the first half of the 1980s. 

  • Apocrypha revisits a live Doctor Who performance staged at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1974.

  • Collectivity meets the fans lucky enough to own screen-used props.

  • The Fact of Fiction goes underground with the 1968 story The Web of Fear.

  • An exclusive first look at the forthcoming animation of The Evil of the Daleks.

  • Sufficient Data explores Doctor Who’s big ideas.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 568 is on sale from panini.co.uk and WH Smith from Thursday 19 August priced £5.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £4.99.



Tom Baker to Record Two Lost ScriptsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Christopher Naylor, Tom Baker, Sadie Miller (Credit: Big Finish)
Fourth Doctor Tom Baker is to record two missing stories for Audio producers Big Finish Productions
Doctor Who –The Lost Stories will take us back to the first season on the Fourth Doctor, screened by the BBC in 1975. 
Several stories were commissioned for Baker's debut season including two that were abandoned or changed during the production process. These two missing stories are now completed in audio format with Tom Baker starring.  


Doctor Who and the Ark is adapted from John Lucarotti’s original story of the television serial that became The Ark in Space
The audio recording stars Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, alongside Elisabeth Sladen's daughter, Sadie Miller, as Sarah Jane Smith and Christopher Naylor as Harry Sullivan.
Adapted by Jonathan Morris from the first draft scripts, this audio production of Doctor Who and the Ark highlights where Robert Holmes polished the storytelling for television, and how the team developed the character of the Doctor


Daleks! Genesis of Terror features a full-cast episode from Terry Nation’s first draft script and an enhanced dramatic reading of his original storyline for Genesis of the Daleks.
The recording features the same TARDIS team working directly from a PDF of Terry Nation's original script –complete with typos! Also featuring Nation’s initial storyline for all six episodes with additional material by Simon Guerrier, this audio adventure finds the Fourth Doctor and his friends in a Kaled-Thal war being fought by teenagers –but where are all the adults?

Producer Simon Guerrier said:
This is something very special: Doctor Whoarchaeology brought thrillingly to life. The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Dalek sare among the best-loved TV stories ever. We’ve uncovered first draft scripts by John Lucarotti and Terry Nation that are exciting, surprising and very different Genesis is a very visual script packed with striking, stark images –Nation even makes the stage directions exciting. In Doctor Who and the Ark, the directions were more functional so Jonathan Morris has carefully adapted the script for audio. Though we’ve kept the original episode titles, such as “Puffball” and “Camelias” –I think Tom Baker enjoyed recording those! Oh, and wait till you hear that cliffhanger...
These releases add to the “Season 12” Lost Stories set begun by Return of the Cybermen, which was released in March 2021.
Doctor Who and the Ark Doctor Who –The Lost Stories: Doctor Who and the Ark is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (on CD at £14.99) and as a digital download (at £12.99), exclusively at www.bigfinish.com.
Doctor Who –The Lost Stories: Daleks! Genesis of Terror Doctor Who –The Lost Stories: Daleks! Genesis of Terror is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £12.99) and as a digital download (at £10.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.


Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 58Bookmark and Share

Monday, 9 August 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 58 (Credit: Panini)

The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine reveals the role that directors have played in bringing the series to the screen.


Looking at the series from 1963 to the present day, the Magazine Includes tributes to some of the greatest behind-the-scenes names, shot-by-shot highlights of outstanding episodes and exclusive interviews with directors from almost every decade of the show’s history.

This is the ultimate guide to some of Doctor Who’s most influential figures.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 58: Directing Doctor Who is on sale from panini.co.uk and WH Smith from Thursday 5 August priced £6.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £5.99.


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