The Astrea Conspiracy is out!

After being determined to blog more this year I am, naturally, doing a terrible job of it, alas. So this post is about six weeks late. Ahem.

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At the end of February my Short Trip and Big Finish’s first Twelfth Doctor, The Astrea Conspiracy, was released. Here’s the blurb:

The conspirators sit in Antwerp, plotting to kill King Charles the Second. Aphra Behn’s mission is simple: get former lover William Scot to turn against his treasonous comrades. But her money is running out and the complications don’t stop there. A strange Scottish man arrives at her inn with troubling news.

William Scot is out and the Doctor is in.

It was an absolute joy to write, and when it came out I was quite overwhelmed with the response. Thank you everyone who bought, listened, and said such lovely words about it. There was even fanart. Thank you so much, again, Melissa Dow! It still makes me flail when I look at it. (In my teens and twenties I made so many fanworks, but I never really thought about someone ever making something inspired by something I’d written, so, yes, that was a little bit amazing to me.)

And a huge thank you to my editor Alfie Shaw, director Nick Briggs, and the wonderful Neve McIntosh.

The Astrea Conspiracy is available to download on the spiffy new Big Finish website for £2.99.

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I’ve Written the First Big Finish 12th Doctor Story!

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As well as lovely new Doctor Who this weekend I also had some personally exciting and cool Doctor Who news: I’ve written a Short Trip for Big Finish, and it’s also the first 12th Doctor Big Finish story. Which I didn’t, thank goodness, actually know when I was writing it. That would have been rather scary.

Here’s the lovely synopsis:

The Astrea Conspiracy by Lizbeth Myles

The conspirators sit in Antwerp, plotting to kill King Charles the Second. Aphra Behn’s mission is simple, get former lover William Scot to turn against his treasonous comrades. But her money is running out and the complications don’t stop there. A strange Scottish man arrives at her inn with troubling news.

William Scot is out and the Doctor is in.

These are also the first Short Trips edited and produced by Alfie Shaw, who was absolutely amazing, and a delight to work with, and I’m so looking forward to listening to this season of stories, and seeing where the range is going next.

The Astrea Conspiracy is available to pre-order now, and is released in February 2019.

 

My Ambassadors of Death

Realised this morning that though I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, I don’t have a proper official omg-it’s-out-yay! post for my recently released book on The Ambassadors of Death:

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Ambassadors, if you don’t know, is a classic Doctor Who story, made in 1970, and is one of my very favourite of all Who goodness. And the lovely people at Obverse Books have started a range of non-fiction releases where each book (novella length: 20-40 thousand words each) goes into some serious depth about the writer’s chosen story.

The first four books in the range have just come out, covering The Massacre (top notch William Hartnell historical from the sixties), Rose (the very first episode of New Who), Dark Water/Death in Heaven (the finale of Peter Capaldi’s first season), and my own Ambassadors of Death, where I flail about Liz Shaw, the Doctor/companion relationship dynamics, villains who know how to get the job done, scary spacesuited aliens, and the British space programme.

Congrats to my fellow writers on their own releases, and huge thanks to the range editor (and writer of the Dark Water/Death in Heaven entry) Philip Purser-Hallard for his fab work on my book, and the smashing work done by the cover artists, Blair Bidmead and Cody Schell. (Look! There’s a space helmet on the front! :D)

They’re all available at the Obverse Books site, and, should you be so inclined, you can buy them in a bundle as well as individually. I’m really excited to be a part of this range, and hope if you’re a Who fan you’ll give it a shot.

Until next time; farewell, delicious readers!