On the human colony planet Nocturne, there is suffering and blight, tragic symptoms of an ages-old war. Nevertheless, Nocturne is also one of the Doctor's favourite places in all of time and space, because it is here that a late, great flowering of human art — the High Renaissance — is taking place.
He has been back here, many times. It is a place of music and art which he finds inspirational and uplifting. It is a place he wants to share with Ace and Hex. It's always been a safe haven for him, a world of friends and laughter.
But with strict Martial Law imposed on the front-line city, and the brutal scourge of interstellar warfare vicing the system, how safe can anyone really be?
There is a note of death in the wild, midnight wind...
to be added
- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Ace - Sophie Aldred
- Hex - Philip Olivier
- Korbin Thessinger - Trevor Bannister
- Will Alloran/Lomas Alloran - Paul David-Gough
- Lothar Ragpole - Eric Potts
- Lilian Dillane - Ann Rye
- Oberst Cate Reeney / Familiars - Helen Kay
- Ace and Hex remind the Doctor of several previous occasions that he brought them to places under false pretences including Breearos, Tau Sartos and Nydas III.
- Lilian Dillane comments that it is quite a novelty for the Doctor not to have regenerated between visits to Nocturne.
- During a visit to Glasst City five years earlier, the Doctor became embroiled in a cover-up over an attempted Foucoo assassination of the executives of the War Department.
- During his fifth incarnation, the Doctor visited Nocturne in the company of Tegan Jovanka. He remembers it as being a "particularly lively visit."
- While he was in secondary school, Hex went on a school trip to Venice. He thought that everything was wet and smelled like rubbish.
- In later centuries, Nocturne will be regarded as the greatest concentration of artists including painters, sculptors, poets, writers and composers since the Florentine Renaissance.
- The people of Nocturne are serviced by robots known as Familiars, all of whom are female.
- A preview illustrated by Martin Geraghty was featured in issue 379 of Doctor Who Magazine.
- This audio drama was recorded on 26 and 27 September 2006 at The Moat Studios.
- The Doctor says that the era "you" come from is about 790 years ago, however it is unclear whether he is referring to Ace's time (1987) or Hex's time (2021).
- This is the last Big Finish release to feature the original cover design.
- This story was originally released on CD and download. It is now available as a download only.
- This story is set after Survival.
- The Doctor mentions that he has previously had numerous bad experiences with robots. (TV: Robot, The Robots of Death)
- Official Nocturne page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Nocturne at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide