Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sadie Miller headlines new Lethbridge-Stewart novels for 2016

Candy Jar Books have revealed the first details of next year's range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, announcing that the first book of the new year, Moon Blink, will be written by Sadie Miller, the daughter of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures actors Elisabeth Sladen and Brian Miller.

In Moon Blink, a new drug is on the streets, and it appears to have come from the moon. Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers are all set to investigate, when Anne receives a very unexpected visitor. Then in The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper, a new TV show is about to hit the airwaves, one connected to a notorious Nazi war criminal. The series continues with The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. Something strange is happening in the North Sea, bringing pirate radio to its knees. The Fifth Operational Corps is called in to investigate...

A further three novels will be released in the autumn of 2016.

Moon Blink is Sadie Miller's début novel. “When I first heard that Sadie was writing a novel, my initial reaction was ‘ahh, a chip off the old block,’” says Gary Russell, former script editor of The Sarah Jane Adventures and long-time family friend of the Millers. “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.”

Miller enjoyed a career as a child actress through many voice-over parts before making her screen début when she was eight, playing Penny in the BBC film Royal Celebration. She is best-known to Doctor Who fans for her role in both 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. However, she turned from acting in 2011. “After University, I went to drama school and was actually in my final term when mum died,” says Sadie. “This obviously impacted how I looked at my future and I decided to switch to writing instead so that I could have a little more control and flexibility to be around for my dad.” She is currently working on an original Young Adult novel, having already contributed to anthologies. In 2014 Miller was a finalist for the Glass Woman prize with Mirandolina.

Miller is the daughter of Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. Following Sladen's passing in 2011, Miller distanced herself for some time from Doctor Who fandom. “I needed time to mourn, to be there for my dad,” she explains. “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. 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.”

For series editor Andy Frankham-Allen, a collaboration with Sadie Miller has been a long time coming. “I almost worked with Sadie a good ten years ago on the second series of Sarah Jane Smith,” says Andy, “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!”

For those wishing to pre-order the new books, discounted bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal offering six books for the price of five. More information is available from the Candy Jar Books website.

With thanks to Candy Jar Books
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