Wednesday 25 November 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Lethbridge Stewart Will Return

Candy Jar Books have just released the fourth - and what was thought to be the final book - in the Lethbridge-Stewart series: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters. But fans who have already received the final instalment may have noticed the very exciting revelation at the end of Walters' book: Lethbridge-Stewart will return in 2016. and, not only will the publisher be releasing another series of novels, it has been announced that the next book will be written by none other than Sadie Miller!

The fully licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series was launched in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen's The Forgotten Son. Three more titles were subsequently released; each met with high praise from fans and the press. 

Sadie miller is set to return to the worlds of Doctor Who with her debut novel, Moon Blink - an exclusive preview of which is printed at the end of Mutually Assured Domination. 

Gary Russell, former script editor of The Sarah Jane Adventures and long-time family friend, said: "When I first heard that Sadie was writing a novel, my initial reaction was 'ahh, a chip off the old block' - her delightful mum was one of the most creative, sharp and incisive individuals I ever knew. But then I realised I was doing Sadie a disservice, because from the first day I met her, Sadie Miller has always been her own person, utterly talented and rapaciously gifted which, other than encouragement and support, owes nothing to either of her parents and everything to Sadie's own determination to be brilliant. And with this novel, she's proven that she is."

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, it was 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 years 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 onscreen appearance as the character in 2008. So in many ways this is important."

Sadie enjoyed a career as a child actress through many voice-over parts, making her screen debut when she was eight, playing Penny in the BBC film Royal Celebration. She is best-known to Doctor Who fans for her role in two series of Sarah Jane Smith audio dramas produced by Big Finish in 2002 and 2006. She won much critical acclaim for the role of the wheelchair-bound Planet 3 researcher, Natalie Redfern, particularly in the story Test of Nerve. 

"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."

Sadie's book headlines the 2016 series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, followed by The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. A further three novels will be released in the autumn. 

The usual 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!

Lethbridge Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller is due to be released April 2016. It can now be pre-ordered (individually, or as part of a bundle or subscription) from Candy Jar Books.

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