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The Forgotten Son was the first novel published by Candy Jar Books in their Lethbridge-Stewart series. The series was devised and created by Andy Frankham-Allen with Shaun Russell, and licensed by the Mervyn Haisman Estate (with approval from Henry Lincoln) and is set following the events of The Web of Fear.

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The Great Intelligence has been defeated. And Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart's world has changed.

For Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart his life in the Scots Guards was straightforward enough; rising in the ranks through nineteen years of military service. But then his regiment was assigned to help combat the Yeti incursion in London, the robotic soldiers of an alien entity known as the Great Intelligence. For Lethbridge-Stewart, life would never be the same again.

Now he has a mammoth task ahead of him – the repopulating of London; millions of civilians need to be returned home after being evacuated so suddenly. On top of that, he also has his engagement to think about.

Meanwhile in the small Cornish village of Bledoe a man is haunted by the memory of an accident thirty years old. The Hollow Man of Remington Manor seems to have woken once more. And in Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, Mary Gore is plagued by the voice of a small boy, calling her home.

What connects these strange events to the recent Yeti incursion, and just what has it all to do with Lethbridge-Stewart?


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Audiobook cover.

  • The opening chapter sees a Yeti inside an outside toilet in Tooting Bec. This is a reference to Jon Pertwee's comment about there being nothing more scary than coming home and finding a Yeti on your loo in Tooting Bec.
  • Mention is made to the BBC calling to complain that they are not being allowed to film in the underground after the event. This is a sly reference to the real-life British Broadcasting Corporation's inability to use the setting for The Web of Fear.
  • The audiobook of The Forgotten Son was released by Fantom Films on 6 March 2016, read by Terry Molloy.


  • There are several mentions of a secret vault in Northumberland, where the Yeti and other technology left over from the London Event are stored, (PROSE: The Scales of Injustice, AUDIO: Tales from the Vault, etc) and where Anne Travers went to work on behalf of the British Army. (PROSE: One Cold Step)
  • Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is aware of the United Nations creating new protocols the previous year. When he contacted the Toclafane, the Master violated the first contact protocols established by the Security Council in 1968. (TV: The Sound of Drums)
  • It is stated that "for centuries [the Intelligence] has lived without form, seeking to add more minds to its own. But now it is lost, falling through time, weak. It cannot even remember its name. If it ever had one. It falls to Earth, like snow in winter. On Earth the year is 1842 and there it meets a boy". (The Snowmen) 1892 is the earliest concrete memory that the Intelligence has, but it recalled being called a "great intelligence" in Tibet (where it had taken over Padmasambhava's body for 300 years prior to The Abominable Snowmen). Over the years between it learns of its previous visits to Earth, and there are several references to its enemy who it fought in both Tibet and London, "so many times humans have encountered it, and it seems one man is always there to defeat it. The same man who defeated it in the nineteenth century", as well a reference to its younger self in the London Underground (TV: The Web of Fear)
  • The Great Intelligence attempts to change the events of The Web of Fear, but another encounter deters this. It instead travels down Lethbridge-Stewart's timeline in an attempt to kill the man's greatest ally. This book claims to show the final end of the Great Intelligence, but notes that the original Intelligence not from the future is still "out there."

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