Out Now: Lethbridge-Stewart – Mutually Assured Domination

The Dominators are back!

Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, from Candy Jar Books, is the fourth book in the Lethbridge-Stewart range, and concludes the first ‘series’ which began earlier this year in Andy Frankham-Allen’s The Forgotten Son.

Released on 20th November, Mutually Assured Domination features the return of the Dominators and the Quarks. In 1969, Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln had hoped, with the Quarks, to create a Doctor Who monster to rival the Daleks in the affections of the public. But aside from a few appearances in comics, neither the Quarks nor the Dominators came back. Until now!

The Dominators was written as a metaphor for the then-current fear of nuclear war. With the Dominators themselves embodying the ultimate nuclear threat, and the docile Dulcians playing the part of the cautionary tale; a race so fearful of nuclear fallout that they took pacifism to the ultimate degree. In his foreword, Paul Finch says:

“In a twist that completely delighted me, (this book) is set in precisely that era: the late ’60s, with the protest movement still at full power and the anti-nuclear ticket a hot one. It even has its own desolate wilderness – Dartmoor. Though of course at the heart of this wasteland stands not the Doctor, but his unofficial deputy on Earth (at least, that’s always the way I used to think of him), and another fine creation of Messrs Haisman and Lincoln, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, better known as ‘the Brigadier’, though for our purposes today he’s still a colonel.”

Author Nick Walters added:

“I had a great time writing Mutually Assured Domination, taking as my inspiration the Cold War thrillers of John Le Carre and the 1985 BBC Drama Edge of Darkness. I have always loved the Dominators and their sinister robotic servants so it was great to be given the chance to make them live again! My favourite parts of The Dominators has always been the bickering between Rago and Toba and there’s some of that in this book, in fact there is great comedy potential in the characters. But I also hope I have presented them as a credible threat and a worthy foe for Lethbridge Stewart. I hope people find my book is to be a good old-fashioned romp – and a wham-bam ending for the first ‘season’ of Lethbridge-Stewart novels!”

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The series charts the untold stories of Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, better known as the much-loved Brigadier, with the first book focusing on his continuing battle with the Great Intelligence, which first appeared in The Web of Fear (1968). Journalist, Harold Chorley, who we also last saw in Web, also crops up in Mutually Assured Domination; Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, Shaun Russell says:

“Ever since we secured the deal with the Haisman Estate, we’ve been planning to bring back Harold Chorley. He was such a pain in Lethbridge-Stewart’s side in The Web of Fear it was a forgone conclusion that he’d return to give the colonel more grief. His return has been set up throughout the last few books, with hints as to his situation following The Web of Fear. Now we finally get to play it out properly, and Nick has done a great job with him!”

Anyone who pre-ordered the book (or joins the subscribers’ list to receive news of the series) get a further 65-page PDF-only short story, The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen.

In 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks, Doctor Who fans were introduced to Group Captain Ian Gilmore and the Intrusion Counter Measures Group. Gilmore soon found his way into Doctor Who lore in the Wilderness Years (Part One) of 1990-1996 when it was revealed in two novels that Air Vice-Marshal Gilmore was partly responsible for the ultimate formation of UNIT.

For the last few years, Gilmore has lead the way in a successful series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish called Counter Measures, which shows his activities following that particular Seventh Doctor tale, but still the historic meeting between Gilmore and Lethbridge-Stewart has never been fully dramatized… until now! Author Andy Frankham-Allen says:

“Since day one of this series I have been mindful that there are certain milestones in Lethbridge-Stewart’s life that need to be dealt with in these books in one way or another. His meeting with Gilmore is one of those. With the approval of Ben Aaronovitch, who created Gilmore back in ’88, and with thanks to Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who script editor 1987-89), we are finally able to make that happen with our own spin. Hopefully we’ll offer fans a little bit more meet to their meeting. It’s been a real joy bringing these two iconic characters together and letting them play in each other’s sandpits – for one night only!”

The Dogs of War follows the event of last month’s Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock and leads into the events of Mutually Assured Domination. (Although, as with all of Candy Jar’s free Lethbridge-Stewart stories, The Dogs of War is not essential when reading Mutually Assured Domination.)

Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters is out now from Candy Jar Books – normally £8.99, but if you head over there right now, you can pick it up for just £7.99.



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