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...ish (audio story)

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Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri
Main enemy: Warren, The Ish of the Omniverbum
Main setting: An unnamed university in the Articulate Worlds
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Phil Pascoe
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Music: Neil Clappison
Sound: Neil Clappison
Cover by: James Arnott
Release details
Release number: 35
Release date: August 2002
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 6Z/B
ISBN 1-903654-73-4
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...ish was the thirty-fifth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown. This was the second audio story to feature this line up of companion and Doctor. To date, it is Phil Pascoe's only contribution to audio-based Doctor Who.

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?

Plot Edit

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Illustration preview by Martin Geraghty in DWM 321

Cast Edit

References Edit

Books Edit

  • 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.

Languages Edit

  • 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.

Notes Edit

  • 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.

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