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Night Thoughts
(Ed Young)

 The release for February 2006 is a Seventh Doctor story starring Sylvester McCoy titled "Night Thoughts" that has been written by Ed Young. This is Ed Young's first script for Big Finish Productions and was an un-produced script that was prepared for a future television serial which Doctor Who's cancellation in 1989 meant never happened. A Doctor Who Magazine (Issue 255 - July 1997) article looking at what these potential Season 27 (New Series 1) and Season 28 (New Series 2) stories might have entailed described "Night Thoughts" as "a bleak horror mystery that evoked Stanley Kubrik's film of The Shinning".

Joining Sylvester McCoy in this audio adventure are Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier as companions Ace and Hex. It is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded on the 12th and 13th November 2005.

Seventh Doctor
Seventh Doctor
 Also starring are: Ann Beach, Duncan Duff, Andrew Forbes, Lizzie Hopley, Bernard Kay and Joanna McCallum.

 Hex has a dream – a weird and disturbing dream about a kid’s toy and an operation on what looks like a small doll with no eyes. And then after the TARDIS lands Ace falls into a nearby lake after seeing a woman’s face submerged in the water – which results in a visit to a nearby mansion house for the TARDIS crew. Could the two events be connected?

 Inside the mansion five bickering academics are reluctantly forced to offer shelter to The Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex. But not everyone in the house are as they seem as The Doctor soon learns that each winter this motley group of academics gather, at this remote Scottish mansion, at the instruction of former medic Major Dickens. But what disastrous experiment are they commemorating and what was the consequence of their actions?

Haunted by ghosts from their past and with Hex further disturbed by the night time appearance of a whistling, hooded apparition means that The Doctor is in his element with a mystery to be solved.

Ace

Ace

Once recovered from her ordeal Ace tries to befriend the young housemaid, Sue as it seems that Sue knows secrets. She knows why the academics have assembled here, and she knows why they are all so afraid. But Sue's lips are sealed, preferring to communicate through her disturbing toy, Happy the Rabbit.

 And then the killing begins. Gruesome deaths that leads The Doctor and his friends to discover the grisly truth behind the academics' plans as the ghosts of the past become ghosts of the present. As the mansion rapidly becomes a house of horrors it is up to The Doctor to discover who is intent on eliminating the house guests, why the villain is going around using a recording of his voice before he attacks people and why a body doesn’t stay where it lies.

With Ace wandering through a garden full of animal traps, Hex disturbed by his dreams and The Doctor having to go back in time to ask for a child to be killed are just the catalyst for some nasty experiments in time travel.

 
And then we have Sue, a very disturbed little girl who, along with her toy rabbit Happy, who have their own story to tell one which involves the heartbreaking death of her sister Idee, an empty grave and a pointless death. And then there is Bursar's frightened acknowledgement that she has been held prisoner for ten years and The Deacon's discovery of her own suicide note.

 Doctor seems to know what is happening, while the others don’t have a clue, and has to choose between life and death for one person while the insane ambitions of one character have serious ramifications for the rest who have to recognise that sometimes death can be preferable to life.
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Notes:
  • Featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex.
  • Serial Number: 7WC
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 125 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 30'09", 2 = 28'40", 3 = 29'11", 4 = 28'27"
  • Total Story Length: Length: 116'27"
  • This story takes place after "Survival" and follows on from "LIVE 34".
  • Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
  • Recorded: 12th and 13th November 2005
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: February 2006
  • ISBN: 1-84435-167-X

On the Back Cover:

'I warn you, things could get very nasty here before they get better.'

 A remote Scottish mansion. Five bickering academics are haunted by ghosts from their past. Reluctantly they offer shelter to The Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex.

 Hex, already troubled by a vivid nightmare, is further disturbed by the nighttime appearance of a whistling, hooded apparition.

 Ace tries to befriend the young housemaid, Sue. Sue knows secrets. She knows why the academics have assembled here, and she knows why they are all so afraid. But Sue's lips are sealed, preferring to communicate through her disturbing toy, Happy the Rabbit.

And then the killing begins. Gruesome deaths that lead The Doctor and his friends to discover the grisly truth behind the academics' plans, and - as the ghosts of the past become ghosts of the present - to recognise that sometimes death can be preferable to life...

 

On the Inside Cover:

 ‘By night, an atheist half-behaves m God’ So said my namesake, the eighteenth-century poet Edward Young. Night is like a virus: it enters minds and warps our sense of reason. By day a distant whistled tune, an isolated churchyard, a bizarre collection of stuffed animals, would be unthreatening. But by night they are to be avoided.

 And attics. Attics are also to be avoided at night. Festering in my attic for 15 years was a script called Night Thoughts, a grisly little horror story about a group of people who cannot escape their past. I had written it in 1989 for Andrew Cartmel, who was then the script editor of Doctor Who. Before we got very far, the BBC cancelled the series and, having decided that the plot could not be reworked into an episode of Casualty, which was Andrew’s next posting, I boxed it up and forgot about it.

 But for a tedious whistling noise which was keeping us awake one night, I might never have rediscovered Night Thoughts. Whilst searching the attic for the source of the noise, I stumbled across the script in an old trunk. Reading it afresh, I found it genuinely spooky. My wife suggested that I resubmit it, and here we are. I never did find the source of that noise. The odd thing was, on top of the attic trunk, I found a rusty old child’s whistle. I could have sworn it felt slightly warm...

 
Good night.

Edward Young,
November 2005

 Edward Young has written for film, stage and radio. He started his writing career by penning jokes for BBC Radio 4’s satirical comedy show, Week Ending. He now only writes occasionally, as a hobby.
 

Who's Who?

The Seventh Doctor

First television appearance: "Time and the Rani"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!"

 He has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people. The Doctor and Ace have had many adventures now - and they’ve recently been joined by Hex, a youthful former nurse from the twenty-first century. In this regeneration, The Doctor can be impish, devious even, but also greatly compassionate; whimsy and melancholy do battle inside this persona, but his friends know they can always rely on him...


Ace

First television appearance: "Dragonfire"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The Fearmonger"

 Dorothy McShane, who likes to be known as Ace, was a schoolgirl living in Perivale, west London: when she was transported far across time and space to the Iceworld colony by a time storm. Here, she met The Doctor and since then the pair have travelled the universe together, fighting evils and righting wrongs. Over time, a close bond developed between the two, and Ace has recently begun developing skills of leadership, cunning and guile to equal that of her mentor himself...


Hex

First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The Harvest"

 Thomas Hector Schofield discovered at quite an early age that the name ‘Hector’ wasn’t exactly designed to give him the easiest of times at a Merseyside school, so he began referring to himself as ‘Hex’. Moving down from to London to complete his medical training, Hex began working as a staff nurse at St Gart’s Hospital in Shoreditch. There he encountered Ace and The Doctor, helped them fight off a Cyber incursion and ended up aboard the TARDIS. Since joining them, Hex has seen enough monsters, hostile situations and aliens to last most people a lifetime. But clearly not him...
 

The Cast Gallery:

The Seventh Doctor - Played by Sylvester McCoy

‘Will you walk into my parlour, said the spider to the fly.’

   
 Hex and Ace - Played by Philip Olivier and Sophie Aldred

‘Over the years, you and me, we’ve been through a lot together, right? So what happened down by the lake – what I saw – I should’ve been able to take it, not bottle it up. But it won’t go away.’

   
 The Bursar - Played by Joanna McCullum

‘Must preserve the power of the stairlift. Otherwise I’d be marooned down here all night. Or up there all day…’

   
 Major Dickens - Played by Bernard Kay

‘Hex, if I unlock the front door, why don’t you see if you can find the girls before the trap snaps shut? You have five seconds. Five, four, three…’

   
 Joe Hartley - Played by Duncan Duff

‘Who the hell put that there? I’m sorry Miss McShane. Not all photographs bring happy memories.’

   
 Doctor O’Neill - Played by Andrew Forbes

‘I am mildly - just mildly, mind you - beginning to regret ever seeing that notice. “Join serious-minded professor over Christmas for uninterrupted study”.’

   
 Sue - Played by Lizzie Hopley

‘Me? I get passed around foster homes faster than a box of sweets.’

   
 The Deacon - Played by Ann Beach

‘Breath into the mask, Deep breaths, now. You will not feel any pain.’

 

Full Cast List:

The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Hex Philip Olivier
The Deacon Ann Beach
Joe Hartley Duncan Duff
Doctor O’Neill Andrew Forbes
Sue Lizzie Hopley
Major Dickens Bernard Kay
The Bursar Joanna McCullum

The Production Team:

Writer Edward Young
Director Garry Russell
Sound/Music Andy Hardwick
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
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