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Nightshade was the ninth story in Big Finish Productions' Novel Adaptations range. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Kyle C. Szikora and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

Professor Nightshade - tea time terror for all the family, and the most loved show in Britain. But Professor Nightshade's days are long over, and Edmund Trevithick is now just an unemployed actor in a retirement home, fondly remembering his past.

It's the same through the entire village of Crook Marsham - people are falling prey to their memories. At first harmlessly, and then, the bodies begin to turn up.

The Doctor and Ace arrive on the scene - but, with the Doctor planning his retirement, it may be time for Professor Nightshade to solve one last case.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Cast[edit | edit source]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

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  • The original novel's author Mark Gatiss has stated that the fictional series Nightshade was designed as a tribute to Quatermass, a BBC science fiction series of the 1950s which had a great influence on Doctor Who, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. Given the implication in both the television story Remembrance of the Daleks and the novel The Dying Days that the eponymous Bernard Quatermass is a real person in the Doctor Who universe, it is possible that Nightshade would in effect serve to replace Quatermass. If that were the case, it is similar to the relationship between Doctor Who and Professor X. Furthermore, Trevithick mentions that he starred in several Hammer horror films in the 1950s. Hammer produced film adaptations of the first three Quatermass serials between 1955 and 1967.

Continuity[edit | edit source]

Deviations from the original novel[edit | edit source]

  • The prologue and the epilogue are not included.
  • Vijay Degun, a major supporting character in the novel, is omitted from the audio adaptation. Holly Kidd, Constable George Lowcock, Jack Prudhoe and Tim Medway are mentioned but do not appear.
  • In the audio adapation, the Doctor confirms that Susan is his granddaughter. In the novel, he remains silent when Ace asks who Susan is to him.
  • The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver in the audio adaptation but he does not have one in the novel.
  • In the novel, Robin's mother Betty Yeadon is killed by the Sentience. In the audio adaptation, she is implied to have been dead for many years.
  • In the novel, the Sentience manifested in the form of Alfred Beadle when it appears to his sister Betty Yeadon. In the audio adaptation, Alf is Lawrence Yeadon's brother.
  • Hawthorne is 55 years old in the novel. He is much younger in the audio adaptation as he was a schoolboy when Nightshade was first broadcast in the 1950s.
  • In the audio adaptation, Hawthorne is given a more sympathetic treatment than in the novel, in large part because the racist dimension of the character has been removed.
  • No details of Trevithick's family are revealed.
  • Hawthorne is killed by the Sentience in the novel but survives in the audio adaptation.
  • In the novel, the Doctor refuses to allow Ace to leave and materialises the TARDIS on an alien planet instead of returning her to Crook Marsham in 1968. In the audio adaptation, Ace has second thoughts about leaving the TARDIS and the Doctor tells her that she is faced with a difficult decision, the audio ending with the Doctor going into the TARDIS and leaving Ace outside to decide if she will go with him or stay with Robin.

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