It sounds like you have a hardware fault on the washer, can you advise when you turn it on if there are any light illuminated and if any are flashing (if so how many times).
There is clearly an intermittent fault, I would put it on a simple rinse to start with and see if it completes without issue.
If that completes then put it on the fast wash.
At any point if it shows an error code on the display or you have lights flashing, take note of which lights are flashing, and how many times (unless continuous).
The ticking noise is just the relays, it probably went into a fault mode which rests itself after a given period of time.
If you are able to reproduce the fault, let me have the info about which point in the cycle it failed, what lights were flashing and also the model of hotpoint washer you have, and I can talk you through some further troubleshooting steps.
Its not a good idea to have the machine spinning empty, I would put the wet towels back in (they need to be spun anyway), or if your worried about not getting them out put some old clothes or tea towels in there, you need the drum at least 25% full.
Sorry about the delay, in responding I was caught up with another job.
Reduced creases wouldnt give you the fault you have, with no lights showing.
This is a hardware fault and will unfortunately mean a engineer needs to come down and strip down the unit.
It may well be a pump fault, however the fact you are not seeing any lights on the display would suggest it could be a failed control panel. When the engineer strips it down they will be able to test each component and confirm which parts needs to be replaced.
If you would like me to recommend an engineer, please provide your post code, should you have any follow up questions please feel free to ask.