It was former script editor's first script for Big Finish Productions, and, as of 2017[update], his only one for the main monthly range. It was highly unusual for his work in the DWU because it featured the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, rather than his usual team of the Seventh Doctor and Ace.
When a teleportation experiment goes badly wrong, Nyssa finds herself stranded on the freezing slopes of the Swiss Alps in 1963. But is it mere coincidence that she finds shelter in a snowbound school, haunted by a malevolent poltergeist?
When the Doctor arrives, Nyssa and the other inhabitants of the school soon discover that the ghost is merely part of a darker, deeper and more deadly game involving rogue psi talents and something else... Something not of this Earth.
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- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
- Alison Speer - Liz Sutherland
- Miss Tremayne - Sally Faulkner
- Mlle. Maupassant - Hannah Dickinson
- Peril Bellamy - India Fisher
- Lt Peter Sandoz - Peter Jurasik
- Harding Wellman - Christopher Webber
- Commodore - Andy Coleman
- Empress - Nicky Goldie
- The Doctor tracks Nyssa using her biomorphic essence.
- The Doctor says "Brave heart, Alison".
Foods and beverages
- The Doctor brews tea that contains a mild sedative.
- The Doctor eats a ham sandwich.
- Nyssa is offered cognac, but refuses.
- Nyssa mentions the Permians (AUDIO: The Land of the Dead) and the Xeraphin. (TV: Time-Flight)
- The Spillagers are from another dimension.
Theories and concepts
- Nyssa had never heard of poltergeists, William Blake or Walt Whitman.
- Harding Wellman is a dead person whose spiritual remains were animated by energy, manifesting similar to a ghost.
- An illustrated preview for this story appeared in DWM 293, with art by Lee Sullivan.
- This audio drama was recorded on 18 and 20 March 2000 at The Moat Studios.
- Russell Stone's score was released on Music from the New Audio Adventures Volume 3, alongside the soundtracks for Red Dawn and The Holy Terror.
Cassettes and covers
- Nyssa mentions her recent visit to Alaska in 1964 and 1994 and the Permians (AUDIO: The Land of the Dead) as well as the Xeraphin (TV: Time-Flight).
- Official Winter for the Adept page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Winter for the Adept at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide