5 Years Rapid
William Nicholas Stone Courtney (16 December 1929 – 22 February 2011)
Written by Sadie Miller
Published by Candy Jar Books, April 2015
July 1969, and mankind is on the Moon. Both the United States
and Soviet Russia have lunar bases, and both are in trouble.
Back on Earth, Anne Travers has learned she is about to be
visited by an old friend from America, Doctor Patricia
Richards. Lance Corporal Bill Bishop is aware
of the visit, and is on hand to meet Richards.
She brings with her a surprise, one which the Americans and
Russians wish to get their hands on. But the only man who can
truly help Anne, Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, is away in Scotland.
It’s a game of cat and mouse, as Anne and Bishop
seek to protect the life of an innocent baby –
one that holds the secrets to life on the Moon.
Sadie is no stranger to Doctor Who, of course. Her father is actor Brian Miller, who has appeared in both Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and her mother is Doctor Who legend Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who won the hearts of millions of Doctor Who fans in the 1970s as Sarah Jane Smith, and once again in 2005 when she brought Sarah back to the modern era of Doctor Who. Elisabeth Sladen sadly passed away in 2011, which led to Sadie distancing herself for some time from Doctor Who fandom.
“I needed time to mourn, to be there for my dad. The constant reminders of my mum, obviously very hard to avoid, were just too painful. But now I feel that the time is right to reconnect with Doctor Who, and the fans,” said Sadie. “My dad did so last year with an appearance in Peter Capaldi’s first episode, and so now it’s my turn. It’s exciting to be writing my first novel, and that it features the Brig adds another layer of importance. He, in the form of Nicholas Courtney, was there when mum debuted as Sarah in 1973, and she was there for his very last on screen appearance as the character in 2008. So in many ways this is important.”
“I almost worked with Sadie a good ten years ago on the second series of Sarah Jane Smith,” said series editor Andy Frankham-Allen, “but alas that did not come to be. We’ve kept in touch since, and as soon as I learned she was switching careers I immediately asked if she wanted to write for the Lethbridge-Stewart range, feeling it may be the right time for her to reconnect with Doctor Who fandom. And bless her, she agreed without a second thought!”
Candy Jar’s Publishing Co-ordinator Hayley Cox said: “It’s a great honour to be here at the start of Sadie’s writing career, working with her on her debut novel. She came to us with an amazing idea and it was a case of how could we not do it.”
The usual discounted pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five!
The Lethbridge-Stewart series of books can now be pre-ordered from www.candy-jar.co.uk
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