Publisher's summary Edit
Jago, Leela and Ellie take a trip to the theatre to see Oscar Wilde's new play and discover something sinister during the interval. Meanwhile, bodies are turning up at Litefoot's lab, while Wilde meets his biggest fan...
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- Henry Gordon Jago - Christopher Benjamin
- George Litefoot - Trevor Baxter
- Leela - Louise Jameson
- Ellie Higson - Lisa Bowerman
- Sergeant Quick - Conrad Asquith
- Oscar Wilde - Alan Cox
- Warren Gadd - John Sackville
- Mr Kempston - Christopher Beeny
- Mr Hardwick - Mike Grady
- Professor Claudius Dark - Colin Baker
- Jago mistakes Widowers' Houses for one of Wilde's plays. As Wilde informs him, it was actually written by his fellow Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.
- Mr Kempston and Mr Hardwick directed Gadd to make Wilde his next victim, hoping that the temporal paradox caused by Wilde's death in the 1890s would attract Professor Dark's attention and force him to come out of the shadows.
Story notes Edit
- Although the overall series is not given a date more specific than the 1890s until the audio story The Final Act, Oscar Wilde's play A Woman of No Importance premiered on 19 April 1893, whereas George Bernard Shaw's play Widowers' Houses premiered on 9 December 1892 in real life. However, Litefoot, referring to "the love that dares not speak its name," quotes the poem Two Loves by Lord Alfred Douglas, which was originally published in 1894.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde previously played an important role in the audio story Echoes of Grey, which was likewise written by John Dorney.
- Litefoot's house is still being repaired. (AUDIO: Chronoclasm, Jago in Love)
- Jago and Leela discuss the former's brief relationship with Abigail Woburn during their trip to Brighton. (AUDIO: Jago in Love) Leela tells him that she knows how it feels to lose someone. (AUDIO: Insurgency)
- Per Professor Claudius Dark's instructions, Leela suggested that she, Jago and Litefoot have a holiday in Brighton. (AUDIO: Jago in Love)
- Litefoot has previously met Wilde. Following the appearance of metal spheres from the future in 1890s London, the Metropolitan Police Service issued the cover story that they were a stunt by a group by Bohemian artists. When Litefoot raised the possibility that this may, in fact, be the case, Sergeant Quick told him that the police had interviewed Wilde to that end and were confident that he had nothing to do with it. (AUDIO: Chronoclasm)
- After watching the first half of A Woman of No Importance, Leela thanks Xoanon as she initially believes that the play is over. She tells Jago and Ellie that she would have stabbed herself with a janis thorn if she had had one to hand. (TV: The Face of Evil)
- The Sixth Doctor had previously claimed to have attended the premiere of Wilde's subsequent play The Importance of Being Earnest. (AUDIO: Assassin in the Limelight)