The Nightmare Fair is an adaptation of an unproduced Sixth Doctor story of the same name. It was originally intended for Season 23, but was cancelled along with other planned stories when Doctor Who went on a production hiatus. It is the first of a series of Big Finish Productions audio adaptations based upon these lost stories.
The TARDIS has been drawn to Blackpool in the year 1985, where the Doctor intends to investigate a dangerous space/time vortex... while enjoying some local attractions along the way. But an old enemy is watching from his base deep within the amusement park, a timeless being who craves revenge.
The Celestial Toymaker has returned. The game is on. And, should he lose, the Doctor will pay the ultimate forfeit...
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- The Doctor – Colin Baker
- Peri Brown – Nicola Bryant
- The Celestial Toymaker - David Bailie
- Kevin - Matthew Noble
- Stefan - Andrew Fettes
- Woman - Louise Falkner
- Shardlow/Attendant - William Whymper
- Yatsumoto/Truscott/Manager/Man - Toby Longworth
- Humandroid/Security Man/Geoff/Guard - Duncan Wisbey
- Peri suggests that the Doctor could have taken her to Disneyland, but he suggests that it needs another hundred years "to settle."
- The Toymaker operates outside of the Celestial Toyroom.
- The Toymaker can intensify the Time Vortex on occasion.
- The Toymaker refers to the Christmas Truce of 1914, where he says "During one of the Great Wars, they (the people of Earth) stopped fighting and played games"
- Truscott mentions Preston North End.
- This is actually the second audio adaptation of The Nightmare Fair (which was also adapted as a novelisation); in 2003 an unofficial adaptation, without any of the original cast, was produced for charity.
- Seven months before this audio was released, Big Finish Productions brought back the Celestial Toymaker in AUDIO: The Magic Mousetrap.
- As originally filmed, TV: Revelation of the Daleks, the final story of Season 22, ended with the Doctor telling Peri that he was going to take her to Blackpool. This reference was removed before broadcast as the BBC had decided to take the series off the air. The reference to Blackpool would have originally led into The Nightmare Fair. Had it been produced, Michael Gough would have reprised his role as the title character from TV: The Celestial Toymaker.
- Doctor Who's audio series producer David Richardson briefed all the composers including Jamie Robertson to give the Lost Stories season an original but classic "80's Retro" feel.
- Robertston used various synths for the music soundtrack and sound design including an AKAI AX-80 and a Yamaha SY85.
- This audio drama was recorded on 9 and 10 March 2009.
- Previously portrayed by Michael Gough in The Celestial Toymaker, the Celestial Toymaker is played by David Bailie (Taren Capel in The Robots of Death and Magic Bullet Productions' Kaldor City series).
- The First Doctor visited the Celestial Toyroom, the domain of the Celestial Toymaker, in the company of Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet. (TV: The Celestial Toymaker) He would later encounter the Toymaker again in Switzerland in 1926 during his seventh incarnation (AUDIO: The Magic Mousetrap) before returning to the Toyroom in the company of Charlotte Pollard during his eighth incarnation. (AUDIO: Solitaire)
- The Doctor recalls his encounters with Magnus Greel and the Peking Homunculus (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang, AUDIO: The Butcher of Brisbane) and his visit to Brighton during his fourth incarnation in the company of Romana and K9. (TV: The Leisure Hive)
- In the TARDIS wardrobe, Peri finds a sporran with a £5 note in it. The Doctor believes that it belonged to Jamie McCrimmon, noting that "He was always so careful with his cash."
- Peri is not surprised by the existence of androids. She previously met them on Androzani Minor. (TV: The Caves of Androzani)
- The Doctor tells Kevin that he knew a man who was always hitting things in Paris. (TV: City of Death)
- The Doctor refers to Romulus and Remus. (TV: The Twin Dilemma)
- The Toymaker refers to the 1914 Christmas Truce. The First and Twelfth Doctors were present at this event before their respective regenerations. (TV: Twice Upon a Time)