The Magic Mousetrap
Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Philip Olivier (Hex), Paul Anthony-Barber (Ludovic Comfort), Joan Walker (Lola Luna), Nadim Sawalha (Swapnil Khan), Nadine Lewington (Queenie Glasscock), Andrew Fettes (Harry Randall), Andrew Dickens (Herbert Randall)
Switzerland, 1926: the Doctor finds himself halfway up an Alpine mountainside, on his way to an exclusive sanatorium for the rich and famous run by the Viennese alienist Ludovic ‘Ludo’ Comfort. In between bouts of electric shock therapy, Ludo’s patients – including faded music hall turn Harry Randall, chess grandmaster Swapnil Khan and Lola Luna, darling of the Weimar cabaret scene – fill their time with endless rounds of Snap!, among other diversions.
But the Doctor soon suspects that someone’s playing an altogether more sinister game. Someone with a score to settle…
- The Magic Mousetrap was the one hundred and twentieth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions.
- The Doctor describes the Celestial Toymaker as “a spirit of mischief from the infancy of the universe.”
- Ace tells Queenie that she knows from personal experience that “burning stuff never resolved anything.” (Ghost Light)
- Harry and Lola’s song about the Doctor refers to his defeat of the Gods of Ragnarok. (The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)
- This story features the first appearance of the Celestial Toymaker in a BBC-licensed audio play. He had appeared earlier in a charity audio version of The Nightmare Fair, and would return again in late 2009 for the official, Big Finish version of the same story. However, this was the first officially-licensed audio story using the Toymaker that was available for public purchase.
- This audio story was recorded at The Moat Studios.
- This audio also included the first episode of The Three Companions “Polly’s Story” by Marc Platt.