The For­gott en Son Hello, Sol­dier

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Last seen hero­ically sac­ri­fic­ing him­self as the Cy­ber- Brig in “Death In Heaven”, Alis­tair Leth­bridgeSte­wart’s early days are about to be ex­plored in a new se­ries of nov­els from Candy Jar Books. Li­censed from the lit­er­ary es­tate of orig­i­nal cre­ator Mervyn Hais­man and his writ­ing part­ner Henry Lin­coln, the books take place be­tween the then- Lieu­tenant Colonel’s first en­counter with Pa­trick Troughton’s Sec­ond Doc­tor in 1968’ s “The Web Of Fear” and their next meet­ing in “The In­va­sion”.

“That was an ob­vi­ous de­ci­sion as it meant that we had a gap of about four years to ini­tially play with,” says range edi­tor Andy Frankham- Allen, who is also writ­ing first vol­ume The Forgotten Son be­fore pass­ing the ba­ton onto Lance Parkin, David McIn­tee and Nick Wal­ters. “It’s a pe­riod of the Brig’s life that has never re­ally been touched on in Who me­dia, so it is in part an ori­gin story in that we get to look at the man be­fore he be­came a leg­end and what turned him into the char­ac­ter that be­came such a main­stay and an im­por­tant part of the Doc­tor’s life.”

While li­cens­ing is­sues mean that the Doc­tor is con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence, The Forgotten Son pits Leth­bridge- Ste­wart against an­other of Hais­man and Lin­coln’s cre­ations in the shape of the Abom­inable Snow­man. “The Yeti are in it, which in it­self sug­gests the re­turn of an­other old en­emy…” teases Frankham- Allen. “It’s a very per­sonal story for the Brig. It’s very much about the pri­vate man he keeps sep­a­rate from the mil­i­tary man he’s most known for. It’s set a week or so af­ter ‘ The Web Of Fear’ and brings back a few char­ac­ters from that story, which has a huge im­pact on the first novel. It also sets up the se­ries as a whole and there’s a link to the cur­rent se­ries, which you’ll ei­ther get or you won’t.” Leth­bridge- Ste­wart: The Forgotten Son is pub­lished on Sun­day 22 Fe­bru­ary.

Note what Howard has in his plant pot…

The Yeti re­turn to battle the Brig!

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