Hex (Doctor Who)

Hex (Doctor Who)

series=Doctor Who
affiliation=Seventh Doctor
start= The Harvest
finish= Unknown
portrayed=Philip Olivier (voice)

Thomas Hector Schofield, nicknamed Hex, is a fictional character played by Philip Olivier in a series of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions based on the long-running British science fiction television series "Doctor Who". A staff nurse working for St. Gart's Hospital in London in the year 2021, he is a companion of the Seventh Doctor. The canonicity of the audio dramas with respect to the television series, like other "Doctor Who" spin-offs, is open to interpretation.


Hex first appeared in the play "The Harvest" (2004), where he met the Doctor and Ace while the two were investigating signs of alien activity at St. Gart's. Ace was going by her real name of McShane and working in Human Resources, striking up a conversation with Hex to gain information on the mysterious C-programme. When Hex gave Ace a ride to her "lodgings" in Shoreditch, he spied her going into a police box at Totter's Lane. As Hex was hammering on the door and demanding to know what was going on, Ace let him inside the TARDIS, and Hex's world was transformed forever.

Hex aided the Doctor and Ace in their investigations at St. Gart's, uncovering the latest invasion scheme of the Cybermen and helping the two time travellers defeat their old foes. At the adventure's conclusion, Hex asked if he could accompany them in their travels. The Doctor did not seem surprised that he should ask, and accepted him as his newest companion.

Schofield, who hated his real name and preferred to go by Hex, was incredulous of the strange things he saw, but was able to adjust rapidly and accept the evidence of his eyes. As a result, although he admitted that he did not know what he was getting into when he asked to join the Doctor, both the Doctor and Ace seemed confident that he would be able to cope.

Hex's first real trip in the TARDIS was to an Earth city floating in deep space, centred around Uluru, where he not only encountered beings from the mythical Dreamtime, but also the alien Galyari. Once again, despite initial culture shock, he adapted quickly to his circumstances and, together with Ace, ably assisted the Doctor in persuading the Dreaming to stop consuming the human inhabitants of the city ("Dreamtime", 2005). He went on to aid the Doctor in overthrowing a corrupt regime in "LIVE 34" and uncovering the truth behind supernatural murders in "Night Thoughts", developing a slightly flirtatious relationship with Ace.

However, after his first trip into Earth's past involved him directly in the events of the Siege of Drogheda and the Sack of Wexford ("The Settling", 2006), the traumatic events he experienced caused him to realise that things do not automatically get better because the Doctor shows up and also placed him in a situation where he had to kill for the first time. He became unsure of whether he wanted to continue his travels in the TARDIS, and asked Ace if she would join him if he ever left.

It was revealed in "Thicker than Water" (2005) that the Seventh Doctor knew that Hex was actually the son of Cassandra, a young woman whom the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe met in the late 1990s. Cassie left her son (whom she called Tommy) with her mother while she set off for London to find her fortune. Cassie then became involved in a blood feud between the owners of the vampire-owned club "The Dusk" and Nimrod, an agent from a covert organisation known as the Forge. On the advice of the Sixth Doctor, Cassie reluctantly abandoned the young Tommy when she became a human-vampire hybrid (', 2001) until the Doctor could find a cure for her; before he could, she was hunted down, captured and brainwashed by Nimrod to become his replacement in the field, code-name Artemis. However, when her conditioning was broken by Evelyn, Artemis turned against the Forge and was killed by Nimrod. (', 2003). Hex is, as yet, unaware of his heritage.

At this time, the circumstances of his parting from the Doctor have not been revealed.

List of appearances


* The Harvest
* Dreamtime
*LIVE 34
*Night Thoughts
*The Veiled Leopard
*The Settling
*No Man's Land
*The Dark Husband

= Short Stories =
*"Natalie's Diary" by Joseph Lidster "()"
*"The Report" by Gary Russell "()"

External links

* [http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Hex Hex at TARDIS Index File]

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