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New Companion for 7th Doctor
Big Finish (Big Finish)
10.01.03: The next Doctor Who audio drama to feature Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace - The Harvest by Dan Abnett- will see the travellers joined on their adventures by a new companion. Hex, a twenty-three-year-old nurse from Merseyside, will be played by ex-Brookside star, Philip Olivier.
Hex (his real name is Hector, not the coolest name for a kid growing up in Merseyside) lives and works in London in the year 2021 He enjoys working as a nurse in a hospital, is terribly good at his job and gets on with patients and staff alike an all round good bloke. He's quite taken by Dorothy McShane (she's only a few years older), a friend who has been working part-time at the hospital for some months now. Intrigued by her, he follows her home one night to an address in Shoreditch, only to find it's not quite the home he expected...
Hex and Ace form a good friendship and together with the Doctor solve the galaxy's problems. However, everyone has a past, despite what appears on the surface and Hex knows that one day, whether he likes it or not, his might surface and that could seriously damage the dynamic of the new TARDIS team. So he opts to keep quiet about things... for now...
Producer, Gary Russell, who created the character of Hex didn't initially have a particular actor in mind for the part as he explains:
"I'd been faffing around about casting Hex for a few months. A number of incredibly appropriate actors had crossed my path in a number of Big Finish productions and I had seen several likely candidates on both TV and stage, but it wasn't until I watched the last couple of episodes of the much-missed Brookside that I realised Hex had been staring me in the face for years now! Tinhead would make and ideal Hex, so I asked around a few contacts at Mersey Television to find out if Philip Olivier might be interested. Word came back that he was and I couldn't be more chuffed. I'm looking forward to going into studio early in the New Year with Sylvester, Sophie and Philip and getting going on yet another new Big Finish team-up!"
Hex's first adventure with Ace and the Doctor, The Harvest, will be released in June and is available to pre-order now.

Date Added: 1/10/2004

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