Naples, 1763. The Great Ape of Posto di Foraggio is on show, an exhibition to amuse jaded foreign tourists. However, there are three Englishmen who recognise that the creature is no mortal beast, but a harbinger of ancient evil from before the time of the Pharaohs -- and one which may presage the return of something thought long buried.
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- John Pennerton - Alistair Lock
- Captain - William Johnston
- Ellainya / Merytra - Isla Blair
- Abelard Finton - David Bickerstaff
- Sutekh - Gabriel Woolf
- Don Escuro - Francesco Calabretta
- Gennarino - George Bertwell
- Jala - Robin Fry
- Corwyn Marne - Robert Lock
- Prostitute - Maria Fontanetti
- Astarte Marne - Patricia Merrick
- Cousin Justine - Wanda Opalinska
- Cousin Eliza - Jane Lesley
- Upuat - Julian Glover
- The Turks captured Constantinople in the mid-15th century.
- Pennerton mentions that Voltaire has recently finished writing another book.
- Cleton and Endlebee are members of the Society of Sigismondo di Rimini.
- Corwyn Marne's father was a member of the Freemasons.
- Isla Blair was cast as Merytra Ellainya because Julian Glover, her husband, recommended her to director Alan Stevens for the role. (REF: Downtime – The Lost Years of Doctor Who)
- This story was recorded along with The Ship of a Billion Years in three different recording blocks at The Moat Studios: 16 October 2004, 9 December 2004, and 10 February 2005. (REF: Downtime – The Lost Years of Doctor Who)
- This story was reviewed in the "Off the Shelf" section of DWM 362.
- The Earl of Sandwich has told Finton about strange events which occurred in London the previous year involving Faction Paradox. (AUDIO: Sabbath Dei, In the Year of the Cat)
- Corwyn Marne mentions the signing of the Gregorian Compact eleven years previous. (COMIC: Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses)
- Justine mentions the destruction of the Eleven Day Empire. (AUDIO: The Shadow Play)
- The Faction bolthole has remembrance tanks. (PROSE: Interference)