|Main enemy:||Warren, The Ish of the Omniverbum|
|Main setting:||An unnamed university in the Articulate Worlds|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Cover by:||James Arnott|
|Release date:||August 2002|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Spare Parts||The Rapture|
Publisher's summary Edit
A conference of lexicographers: bromides in tweed. But the leading expert in the field is found dead by her own hand — and by her hologlyphic assistant. Is he responsible? Does the death fit any conventional definitions? Can the Sixth Doctor realise who wrote the suicide note and why, exactly, it was riddled with spelling errors?
Peri should help out, but there's a guy. Someone who loves language even more than the Doctor. Maybe, she realises, enough to kill for. Or perhaps just enough to ask her out to dinner. Unless, of course, he's already spoken for...
Is it madness? Seeking transcendence in the complete lexicon? Having the right words on the tip of your tongue but never quite knowing when to use them?
If so, how?
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- The Doctor — Colin Baker
- Peri Brown — Nicola Bryant
- Book — Moray Treadwell
- Professor Osefa de Palabra Hftzbrn — Marie Collett
- Symposiarch Cawdrey — Oliver Hume
- Warren — Chris Eley
- Book is a Hologlyph. His function is to collect, present and arrange linguistic data from dictionaries.
Colleges and universities Edit
- The conference held at a university is a collection of Linguistics, Lexicologists, and Logomaniacs, with multiworld attendees including ABCDarians and Xenophilologists.
- The Omniverbum is the longest word in the universe known to exist.
- The Ish is an affix to this word, and is a sentient meme, perhaps like the Bad Wolf meme or the Bad Wolf itself.
- The Doctor says he can communicate via the language of Delphon; it's a silent language expressed using one's eyebrows.
- The Doctor makes an aborted reference to an encyclopaedia that was too heavy to lift that "ran from DAL to...". This is a nod to Terry Nation's apocryphal claim that the name of the Daleks was inspired by an encyclopaedia volume running from DAL to LEK.
- This audio drama was recorded on 6 and 8 March 2002 at The Moat Studios.
- Peri refers to her botany course and her stepfather Howard Foster. (TV: Planet of Fire)
- The Third Doctor demonstrated the Delphon eyebrow language to Liz Shaw when they first met, saying "hello." This took place soon after he had finished regenerating and was testing out his new eyebrows. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
- Official ...ish page at bigfinish.com; note that it is out of print and is available as download only.
- ...ish at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for ...ish at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide