Candy Jar Books have announced the third free short story of 2017, The Two Brigadiers, to accompany the release of The Daughters of Earth.
The Two Brigadiers sees Brigadier Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart feeling restless after his most recent adventure with the Doctor and Morgaine. But then there is a knock at the door and a familiar face asks for his help in finding an old friend who has gone missing.
Written by newcomer Jonathan Macho, who was a runner up in the South Wales Short Story Competition of 2015, run by Candy Jar Books, his first encounter with Candy Jar Books came in 2014 at their Summer Book Festival.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said:
“I was doing a talk on how to write the perfect short story. Jonathan was in the audience, one of those who stood out, with a very obvious interest in Doctor Who. When I saw his submissions for the short story competition, I paid particular note. Indeed, I was the one who put both his stories forward for the final short list. In the event only one was picked as a runner up. There was an interesting humour to his stories, which were technically very good too. So, from that point I knew it was only a matter of time before I asked him to submit an idea to Lethbridge-Stewart.
“I first needed to find out how wide his Who knowledge was, as often a lot of the younger fans are less familiar with the series pre-2005. Fortunately, he was one of those uber fans that knew everything, and so I asked him to pitch an idea set sometime after the 1989 television serial, Battlefield (which takes place in the late 1990s).”
Needless to say, Macho leapt at the chance to write for the series:
“The fact that my story is set during one of my favourite eras of Who is the icing on the proverbial cake! Just as I was trying to stay as true to his character as possible, the Brig here is trying to find his feet in a life he was meant to have left behind. Said life just so happens to involve clandestine reunions, strange happenings and infamous monsters of course. Who would want anything else?”
The Two Brigadiers also includes a mini-short written by Andy Frankham-Allen called When Times Change…, in which Sir Alistair himself remarks upon the announcement of Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor.
The book will be free to everybody who purchases this month’s release, The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen.
The Daughters of Earth is available to buy individually or as part of a bundle from Candy Jar Books.