You know, it's terribly annoying that this website is so parsimonious when it comes to character limits within the page titles. This release contains a bonus definite article not mentioned in the page title above, consider it a special feature. A lexicograhical Easter egg.

A four part story featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Bonnie Langford as Mel.

When I wrote this story I lived in Spain. A few years earlier I'd visited an old village that had once been -- and forgive my bluntness in the name of clarity -- a leper colony. A few sufferes of Hansen's Disease still lived there, one in particular took great pleasure in touring visitors around the site in return for a few euros. I was very touched by him, a man who wore his visible scars with a casual, almost proud air. He features in this story.

As does the Spanish Civl War, a conflict some listeners -- the bright young things -- assumed I'd invented.

In all honesty, I suspect I should have written a purely historical adventure about the war, having it purely as a backdrop to sci-fi madness feels somewhat wasteful.

DOCTOR WHO: FIESTA OF THE DAMNED

In search of "a taste of the real Spain", the TARDIS transports the Doctor, Ace and rejoined crewmember Mel not to sizzling Fuerteventura, or the golden sands of the Costa Brava – but to 1938, amid the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.

Having fallen in with a rag-tag column of Republican soldiers, the time and space travellers seek shelter from Franco's bombers in the walled town of Farissa – only to discover themselves besieged by dead men returned to life...

Written By: Guy Adams
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast: Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Mel), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Enzo Squillino Jnr (Juan Romero), Christopher Hatherall (George Newman), Owen Aaronovitch (Antonio Ferrando/Control Unit), Tom Alexander (Luis/Phillipe). 

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