Winter for the Adept
Audio / February 23, 2016

Released July 2000 ‘Winter for the Adept’ finds Nyssa stranded in the Swiss Alps in 1963, an unintended result of the Doctor’s experiment. She is duly rescued by a local policeman Lt Peter Sandoz and taken to a ladies’ finishing school that just so happens to be the only establishment in the area. Mysterious, seemingly supernatural events are occurring in the school snowed in by a blizzard, the perfect place for the Doctor to happen upon during his search for Nyssa. One of the big draws of this story is that is written by Andrew Cartmel, ‘Masterplan’ script editor of the Seventh Doctor era and author of three fantastic New Adventures novels. It seems strange, then, that his first audio outing features the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa but, regardless, the core concept behind the script as well as the atmosphere work quite well as he puts a unique spin on the haunted house genre. While this may seem like a story suited best for the Seventh Doctor, ‘Winter for the Adept’ proves just like ‘The Spectre of Lanyon Moor’ before it that taking a Doctor out of his ‘normal’ story environment can still provide a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. The story…