A Perfect World was the final story in the short series of stories featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Thomas Brewster. Brewster returned in the 2011 story The Crimes of Thomas Brewster alongside the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe.
Publisher's summary Edit
Who wouldn't want a perfect world? Thomas Brewster for one.
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- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
- Thomas Brewster - John Pickard
- Phil - Nicholas Farrell
- Taz / Connie's mother - Beth Chalmers
- Trev - Sean Connolly
- Connie - Rebecca Callard
- Connie describes the inhabitants of the alternative timeline as Pod people, referring to the 1956 science fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and later compares them to characters from a Richard Curtis film.
- Connie says that the Jubilee line was like Dawn of the Dead.
- Connie mentions the Iraq War, referring to it as "a war which shouldn't have happened."
- Brewster is amazed by how clean the air is in 2008 when compared to 1867.
- Taz is Connie's unemployed flatmate, whom Connie describes as being built like a "brick privy." In the alternative timeline, she refers to herself by her full name of Tasmin and works as a management consultant, having spent three years at university.
- Connie's boyfriend Richie dumps her over the answering machine. In the alternative timeline, he refers to himself as Richard and had proposed to Connie the previous night.
- Brewster first met Connie on a brief trip to London in 2008 while the TARDIS was in his possession.
- When she first meets the Doctor, Connie assumes that he is going to a fancy dress party dressed as Bertie Wooster, referring to the "idle rich" English gentleman from P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves novels.
- Phil and Trev are existential plumbers who created the perfect alternative timeline per Connie's request using an existential waveform matriculation spanner. They subsequently reverse the process.
- The Doctor left strict instructions to his solicitor that his house, 107 Baker Street, was not to be sold or let, and it has thus lain undisturbed since 1867. The inside of the house is covered in cobwebs and much of the furniture has rotted due to woodworm.
- Connie had tickets to a Kaiser Chiefs concert in 2004, but accidentally went to the wrong Newcastle.
- The Health Minister resigned due to the spread of hospital-based infections. In the alternative timeline, he announces that such infections had been completely eradicated in Britain.
- In the alternative timeline, a peace treaty has been signed in Palestine, inflation has fallen and Pakistan has avoided widespread flooding.
- In the "perfect" version of 2008, cricketer Graeme Swann was "100 not out" — which proved to the Fifth Doctor that something was "off" with the world.
- This audio story was recorded at The Moat Studios.
- Brewster tells Connie that he used to work as a mudlark near London Bridge and that he has visited the 2008 of an alternative timeline. (AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster)
- Brewster refers to the Time Reef. (AUDIO: Time Reef)
- Brewster leaves the TARDIS with the Doctor leaving him 107 Baker Street, which he had acquired in 1866. (AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster) He would later be reunited with the Sixth Doctor in 2010. (AUDIO: The Crimes of Thomas Brewster)
- Prior to 2010, Connie was killed in a hit-and-run. (AUDIO: The Crimes of Thomas Brewster)
- Official A Perfect World page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for A Perfect World at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide