Doctor Who character turns protagonist for local author

Chris Thomas' short story appears in a new book.
Chris Thomas' short story appears in a new book.

A DOCTOR Who background character serves as the surprising protagonist of a new short story by a Hamilton Hill author.

Chris Thomas’ new short story, Vampires of the Night has been included in new book The Havoc Files 2 – Special Edition.

Publisher Candy Jar Books secured the licence for the story’s protagonist Professor Travers, a character in two Doctor Who stories from the 1960s.

“Travers was originally in a story called The Abominable Snowmen, set in 1935, and my story touches on what he was up to during World War II before his second appearance in Doctor Who as an older man in the late 1960s,” Thomas said.

The author said his story featured on the professor discovering sleep experiments being done on British soldiers, as the Allies try to create enhanced soldiers to combat the Nazi threat.

“The experiment backfires terribly and causes some untold horrors to the soldiers who volunteered for the experiment – as well as those trying to keep everything under wraps,” he said.

“With Vampires of the Night, there was an opportunity to pitch short stories to the publisher and my mind was drawn to a half-remembered urban legend about sleep experiments.”

Thomas said while the story focuses on Travers, you did not need to be a Doctor Who super-fan to follow the plot, although there were a few Easter eggs for diehard Whovians.

The HAVOC Files 2 – Special Edition is available from the publisher’s website.

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