Doctor Who Logo 'Nightshade'
by Mark Gatiss
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Ace has never known the Doctor so withdrawn and melancholic. He is avoiding her company, seeking solace in the forgotten rooms and labyrinthine passages of his ancient time machine.

Perhaps he will find the peace he years for on his favourite planet, Earth, in the second half of the twentieth century - in the isolated village of Crook Marsham, to be precise, in 1968, the year of peace, love and understanding.

But one by one the villagers are being killed. The Doctor has to act, but for once he seems helpless, indecisive, powerless.

What are the signals from space that are bombarding the radio telescope on the moon? What is the significance of the local legends from the Civil War? And what is the aeons-old power that the Doctor is unable to resist?

*Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace

*A Virgin Books 'New Adventures' novel

*From August 30th 2006, BBCi published a reworked version of this story as an eBook on the official website.

*The E-book contains an introduction and chapter notes by Marc Platt, plus new illustrations by Daryl Joyce, and a BBC Books-style mock cover:

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*A Version of this story was subsequently released as a full cast audio play by 'Big Finish Productions' in April 2016:

Doctor Who Logo 'Nightshade'
(2 Parts)

by Mark Gatiss,
adapted by
Kyle C Szikora
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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.

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), John Castle (Edmund Trevithick), Samuel Barnett (Robin), Katherine Jakeways (Jill), Edward Harrison (Doctor Hawthorne), Jonny Magnanti (Lawrence), Tom Price (Sergeant Barclay), Carole Ann Ford ('Susan')

Directed by Scott Handcock

*Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace

*A Big Finish 'New Adventures' audio production