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Blood and Hope – standard

Written by Iain McLaughlin
Foreword by John Ostrander

The fourteenth of Telos Publishing’s acclaimed Doctor Who Novellas range.

Published February 2004

The American Civil War … a time of great unrest, when fathers found themselves in conflict with their sons and when lawlessness and slavery were rife.

The Doctor, together with his companions Peri and Erimem, arrive in the middle of the conflict. The Doctor manages to cope in his own inimitable manner, however Peri – an American – and Erimem – a dark-skinned Egyptian – find themselves faced with all the bigotry and hatred that typified the war for some.

Featuring the fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem.


Published February 2004



Iain McLaughlin

Iain McLaughlin was born during The Macra Terror. He should have arrived towards the end of The Moonbase but a cold snap and a stubborn streak did him out of that. A pity really, because The Moonbase is a great favourite of his. That has nothing to do with anything really. He just thought he’d like to mention it.

Since being forcibly turfed out of school, screaming and kicking, at the age of 18, he has earned a living working on various D.C. Thomson comics including the Beezer, the Beano and the Dandy, where the unsuspecting management made him assistant editor. He was one of the villains responsible for trying to pension off Desperate Dan in the 1990s but hopes they’ve made things up by now. In fact he introduced Dan to his current girlfriend.

He’s written a couple of Doctor Who audio stories and is, at least in part, responsible for many heated disagreements about how long the gap between Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani really is and whether or not another companion could really fit into that gap, which has pleased him no end. He’s like that. A bit of a git, really.

He’s been a Doctor Who fan for as long as he can remember, though given that he has a terrible memory that’s not saying much. In large part he blames Doctor Who for his fascination with history and laments the demise of historicals from the show.

Long-term ambitions include writing a thriller, winning the lottery, seeing Dundee United go through an entire season without causing him to lose the will to live at least once and most of all, working out how the DVD player works. Oh, and if Scotland could manage to sneak in winning the world cup that’d please him no end, too.