Nocturne (audio story)
|Main setting:||Glasst City, Nocturne, 2797|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||Steve Foxon|
|Cover by:||Alex Mallinson|
|Release date:||February 2007|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Winter||Renaissance of the Daleks|
Publisher's summary edit
On the human colony planet Nocturne, there is suffering and blight, tragic symptoms of an ages-old war. Never the less, 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...
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- 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
The Doctor edit
- Ace and Hex remind the Doctor of several previous occasions that he brought them to places under false pretences including Breearos (apparently in order for the Doctor to return his library books but resulting in a fortnight's stay while he negotiated the ceasefire in the Orbit Wars), Tau Sartos (to use their reliable laundry service but in actuality to prevent the spawning of a particularly mucous Zylax swarm) and Nydas III.
- The Fifth Doctor once visited Nocturne in the company of Tegan Jovanka. The Seventh Doctor describes it as being "a particularly lively visit."
- The Doctor has visited Nocturne at least once before during his seventh incarnation. Since neither Ace nor Hex have ever been to Nocturne before, it must have been during his travels with Melanie Bush.
- Lilian Dillane comments that it is quite a novelty for the Doctor not to have regenerated between visits to Nocturne.
- Prior to this incident, the Doctor had visited Glasst City a total of eight times over the course of the previous 30 years.
- 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. He had only visited to catch up with friends.
- While he was in secondary school, Hex went on a school trip to Venice. He thought that everything was wet and smelled like rubbish.
- Nocturne is located three parsecs from Earth (which is commonly referred to as "Old Earth") and "smack in the middle" between the systems of Tau Ceti and Zeti Reticuli.
- Humanity has been at war with the Foucoo, who are native to Zeta Reticuli, for approximately seventy years.
- The Foucoo are a subterranean species. Their true appearance is unknown to humans due to their vicious territorialism.
- In later centuries, Nocturne will be regarded as the greatest concentration of artists including painters, sculptors, poets, writers and composers since the Florentine Renaissance. It will consequently become known as the Far 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 mentions that he has previously had numerous bad experiences with robots. (TV: Robot, TV: The Robots of Death)
- Official Nocturne page at bigfinish.com
- Nocturne at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Nocturne at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide