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Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine cover
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Jo
Main enemy: The second voice
Main setting: Lezarata Research Centre
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Jonathan Morris
Director: Louise Jameson
Music: Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Sound: Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Read by: Katy Manning
Damian Lynch
Cover by: Anthony Lamb
Release details
Release number: 8.04
Release date: 11 October 2013
Format: 2 Parts, 1 CD
Production code: BFPDWCC72
ISBN 978-1-78178-086-2
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Ghost in the Machine was the seventy-second release in the Companion Chronicles audio range. It was the fourth story of season 8. It was written by Jonathan Morris and featured Jo Grant.

Publisher's summary Edit

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went, that lamb was sure to go.

The TARDIS is empty. The Doctor has gone.

Jo Grant steps outside into the darkness and finds the frozen body of her friend, and the ship's log recorder. On it is attached a simple message - 'Use Me'.

As she explores this place, recording her every move, Jo discovers the horror that lies in the shadows.

But by then it is too late.

Plot Edit

Part one Edit

After spending a couple of hours sorting through the TARDIS wardrobe, Jo returns to the console room to find the Doctor absent. After discovering that they've landed and theorizing that he's gone out to explore, she checks the scanner to find it completely dark outside. She takes a torch and, after a moment of apprehension for what may be out there, ventures outside.

She discovers numerous bodies in the darkness, all of them reduced to skeletons. After a moment of exploration she discovers the cold, unresponsive body of the Doctor and fears him dead. She then discovers a tape recorder by his side with the words "Use Me" written on it. She assumes that the Doctor had left a message for her, but after playing it back she discovers it is blank. Ever the optimist, Jo refuses to believe that he's dead and instead compares aspects of this current predicament with similarities of previous adventures - she theorizes that, like on Spiridon, the Doctor has become frozen and wants her to record any progress or discovery she makes while he's out cold, so he can catch up on it later when he comes round. She begins recording at this point. She also theorizes that, like the events at Devil's End, the Doctor will be awoken by a sudden rise in temperature. She sets off to the TARDIS to fetch a medical kit but discovers that the door locked itself after she closed it, with the Doctor possessing the only key. She returns to his body but after rummaging through his pockets, she finds the key missing. Jo then decides that the best course of action is to look for a way out and find help. She promises the Doctor's unconscious body that she will return, and sets off into the darkness.

Whilst exploring the location Jo discovers many unusual things, including some concrete-blocked stairs with skeletons gathered around it in positions that suggest discomfort, a feeling of someone watching her in the darkness and a voice reciting "Mary had a little lamb".

Part two Edit

to be added

Cast Edit

References Edit

Notes Edit

  • This story was recorded on 18 October 2012.
  • In several scenes, Jo, the Doctor, and Benjamin are forced to swap bodies in order to communicate when the Doctor is rendered voiceless. Thus, by the end of the story, Damian Lynch has played all three characters and Katy Manning has played both Jo and the Doctor.
  • Unlike most Companion Chronicles, this audio is not narrated in the past tense but actually takes place in the "real time" of the story. Additionally, this frame makes use of tape recordings just as The Forbidden Time did.

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