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Stage Fright was the third story in the audio anthology The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Matt Fitton and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Lisa Greenwood as Flip Jackson, Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago and Trevor Baxter as George Litefoot.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor and Flip visit Victorian London, where investigators Jago and Litefoot explore theatrical performances that have echoes of the Doctor's past lives...

Plot Edit

Stage Fright

"The final act is such an important one."

The story opens on the Valeyard staging a theatre play about a group of people experiencing their friend dying. He explains that he will himself be playing the dying man and then goes on to instruct the actors, Susie, Sylvie, and Tommy, in their roles. During all this a weird machine keeps humming in the background. As the Valeyard lays out the scene, Sylvie interrupts him with questions, noticing that another actor, Johnny, has mysteriously disappeared since the first rehearsal, but the Valeyard responds that it is normal for actors to come and go, and she accepts the explanation though she still finds it strange. She then asks about the plot of the play, pointing out that when she rehearsed it alone with the Valeyard it was about man dying from being poisoned, but now it has changed to be about a man dying after falling from a great height, to which the Valeyard answers that the final act is always the most important one and sometimes you have to rewrite it several times to get it right. He then asks everyone to take their places and begin the rehearsal. It soon becomes clear that the scene is actually an re-enactment of the Fourth Doctor's regeneration, though with slightly altered lines. As the actors play their roles and begs the Doctor not to die, the strange machine begins humming with increasing intensity, and soon the actors start screaming in extreme agony.

Elsewhere in London, the Doctor and Flip arrives in the TARDIS. Wanting to show Flip the cultural side of Victorian London, the Doctor takes her to the New Regency Theatre, but they find it to be to locked with a sign explaining that the building is temporarily closed for private use. The Doctor decides that they should instead try to find the owner of the theatre, his old friend Henry Gordon Jago, and the Doctor has a good idea where to start.

The Doctor and Flip finds Jago, along with the Doctor's other old friend, Professor George Litefoot, at the Red Tavern as they are being served a lavish lunch by Ellie Higson. After he has introduced Flip to Jago and Litefoot, the latter tells the Doctor about some rather mysterious murders involving some impossibly old bodies he has been investigating lately, which intrigues the Doctor who offers his help. Jago, meanwhile, offers to show Flip around the New Regency Theatre while the Doctor and Litefoot visits the morgue.

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  • Flip saw a Jack the Ripper exhibition at the London Dungeon.
  • Baker Street is being extended.
  • Flip was forced to perform on stage at school in Year 3 aged 8 and was very shy about it; she was given a very long poem and then extra homework, and was thus forced on stage without having time to learn the poem, remaining on the stage for an embarrassing 45 seconds before running off.
  • Flip compares the Prydonian Chapter to the houses of Hogwarts, such as Hufflepuff and Slytherin, in Harry Potter.
  • The Doctor explains the concept of regeneration to Flip.
  • Flip compares the Valeyard to Darth Vader from the Star Wars film franchise, reflecting that the Valeyard is basically the Doctor if he went to the Dark Side, while Litefoot uses the analogy of yin and yang in Chinese philosophy as a way of describing the Doctor's relationship with his foe.
  • Flip likes Jar Jar Binks.
  • Jago and Litefoot recall a book, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, that was released recently, and suggest it needs a theatre revival.
  • The Valeyard uses the alias Mr Timothy Yardvale. "Yardvale" is simply a syntactic inversion of "Valeyard".
  • The Valeyard has actors perform his own versions of the Doctor's regenerations, such as the very first regeneration after the events of The Tenth Planet. He then proceeds to kill the actors. These versions of the regenerations are not how they actually played out.

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