To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Intelligence, Candy Jar Books is very kindly giving DWC readers a complete short story to download and enjoy!
The publisher’s Lethbridge-Stewart range tells the tales of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (played on TV by Nicholas Courtney), who of course debuted in The Web of Fear, the second serial to feature the Intelligence. The disembodied presence was created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln for The Abominable Snowmen, and the alien has subsequently appeared in numerous Lethbridge-Stewart stories, including The Forgotten Son, Times Squared, and Night of the Intelligence. In fact, to further commemorate the occasion, you can buy a special bundle of these three novels, and also get The Schizoid Earth completely free!
The Dogs of War is similarly something unique: a full short story which sees Alistair meet one Group Captain “Chunky” Gilmore, played by Simon Williams in Remembrance of the Daleks. Here’s the synopsis:
The London Event was only the beginning, or so Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart believed. Until he was ordered to meet with Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gilmore. It began in 1963 – for Gilmore, at least. But the alien codenamed Cosmic Hobo visited Earth a lot earlier than that.
It’s not only Lethbridge-Stewart who wishes to learn the truth of these visits. He is being watched, and soon Lethbridge-Stewart and Gilmore find themselves in the deserted tunnels of the London Underground chased by a familiar furry form…
In our review of The HAVOC Files, a collection of many short stories from the range, we said:
“It goes without saying that [writer, Andy] Frankham-Allen knows his Doctor Who, and he expertly handles this historical first encounter.
“Alistair naturally doesn’t trust Gilmore, and it’s a situation that reminds me of the distrust we’re supposed to hold for Lethbridge-Stewart himself in The Web of Fear. With hindsight, we know both characters are altruistic, but it’s interesting to see such parallels. Anyone who has read The Schizoid Earth can understand Alistair not immediately trusting authoritative strangers.”
The Dogs of War is an excellent spy thriller starring much-loved characters, and we know you’ll love it.
Which is why we’ve teamed up with Candy Jar to give you this chance to dig in!
So what are you waiting for? Just click here and The Dogs of War will begin downloading.
Clocking in at 51 pages, including cover art, after the story, you can read the synopses of The Forgotten Son, The Schizoid Earth, Beast of Fang Rock, and Mutually Assured Domination.
Head over to Candy Jar to find out more about the acclaimed Lethbridge-Stewart range now!
And the DWC will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Great Intelligence all week, so stay tuned…