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Coming Soon: UNIT — The Benton Files IV From Candy Jar Books

The next collection in The Benton Files, a series of short story books from Candy Jar, will feature two new stories by Hayden Gribble and Ian Ball.

The first story is Rotten to the Core, by Candy Jar newcomer, Hayden Gribble.

Hayden says:

“It’s always been an ambition of mine to write Doctor Who fiction. So, when Tim and the good people at Candy Jar asked me to write for the Benton Files, I was over the moon! It didn’t take long for me to come up with the idea of the Hem and what kind of terror they would put Benton through – it’s a solo adventure that puts our beloved UNIT man at the heart of danger.”

Range Editor Tim Gambrell explains:

“Hayden’s aliens were such an interesting concept that it seemed a shame to only have them in one story. I asked Hayden and he was happy for another writer to pick them up. I then approached Ian Ball, a writer who’d previously contributed a story for The UNIT Files: Operation Wildcat, about the second story.”

Ian says:

“I’m getting suspicious. It’s happened twice now, that Tim has come to me with a very specific story requirement and a tight deadline! I loved the imagery that Hayden had created with the Hem for his story and could immediately see more possibilities there. The challenge was to make it sufficiently the same and different, to give a sense of continuity and progression. What helped hugely was being able to set the story in the JB Motors period of Benton’s life.”

Ian’s story is called Scrapped Plans. Tim continues:

“This book is essentially telling a story across a long period of Benton’s life, and it’s allowed me to integrate the modern-day pub scenes a little more than in previous books. That was probably the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place.”

But what are the Hem? How does Benton become embroiled in their invasion? You’ll have to read the stories to find out…

The Benton Files IV will be issued free with the hardback edition of The Vaughn Identity by Gambrell. It will also be available to buy on its own, exclusively from the Candy Jar website.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Coming Soon: UNIT — The Benton Files IV From Candy Jar Books

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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