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.
starring are: Ann Beach, Duncan Duff, Andrew Forbes, Lizzie
Hopley, Bernard Kay and Joanna McCallum.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
The Seventh Doctor
First television appearance: "Time
and the Rani"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!"
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
First television appearance: "Dragonfire"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
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...
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
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:
Doctor - Played by Sylvester McCoy
‘Will you walk into my parlour,
said the spider to the fly.’
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.’
Bursar - Played by Joanna McCullum
preserve the power of the stairlift. Otherwise
I’d be marooned down here all night. Or
up there all day…’
Dickens - Played by Bernard Kay
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,
Hartley - Played by Duncan Duff
the hell put that there? I’m sorry Miss
McShane. Not all photographs bring happy memories.’
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”.’
- Played by Lizzie Hopley
I get passed around foster homes faster than a
box of sweets.’
Deacon - Played by Ann Beach
into the mask, Deep breaths, now. You will not
feel any pain.’
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and