In search of the legendary "Point of Stillness", the Professor and Ace find themselves in an old house, steeped in evil. Who is the ancient woman in the attic? Why are there so many clocks? And did the butler really do it?
Written and Directed by Nigel Fairs. Post-Production and Music by Harvey Summers. Cast: Sylvester McCoy (The Professor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Catherine Debenham-Taylor (Cecily), Oliver Bradshaw (Webster), Nigel Fairs (Harold), Julia Akerman (Nanny), Max Day (Daniel).
A full-cast audio drama.
©1998 BBV (P)1998 BBV
"The most recent of BBV`s Audio Adventures pulls off a clever trick by setting a story within a story. And it is to the credit of Nigel Fairs that Guests for the Night is such an enjoyable tale. The story`s premise sees The Professor and Ace searching for The Point of Stillness but instead coming across an ancient and seemingly empty house. However, upon entering, it appears that they have journeyed in time, and together with Daniel, a traveller searching for his sister, they are soon guests of some strange hosts. The supporting cast actually play clichéd characters in a clichéd situation in perhaps homage to the Hammer Horror films. The residents of the house are in themselves quite amusing, being upper class: Cecily and Harold, brother and sister, are perhaps the weirdest. One moment they`re bickering like children, the next Cecily is lusting after The Professor, and Harold has similar feelings for Daniel. The Butler, Webster, has sinister plans for Ace, the character being reminiscent of an evil First Doctor. And Nanny an arthritic, swearing cockney is for the most part unnecessary, appearing for only a short time. The Professor/Ace relationship actually doesn`t seem any stronger, (especially as the last two adventures concentrated on Ace), but is still convincing enough. To the credit of the players, they manage to act out Guests for the Night without sniggering at some of the dialogue. Everything here seems to fall into place, two separate yet believable and coherent storylines, sound effects to match and a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an hour when it's raining outside. Easily the best of the Audio Adventures thus far." (Stuart Gutteridge)
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