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All-Consuming Fire was the eighth story in Big Finish Productions' Novel Adaptations range. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Guy Adams and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield.

It is notable for incorporating the versions of Holmes and Watson from the Big Finish audio series, as portrayed by Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl, into a Doctor Who story.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Library of St. John the Beheaded contains the most dangerous books in all creation so when some of them are stolen who else should the Vatican call but Sherlock Holmes?

Immediately, one of the possible suspects seems more suspicious than others. He has no traceable background, refuses to give straight answers and hides behind a pseudonym. However, Holmes and his loyal friend Watson soon realise this suspect is also their greatest hope: war is brewing and an Old God is rising, to save humanity they need the Doctor as much as he needs them.

Plot Edit

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Cast Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

Bernice Summerfield Edit

  • Bernice disguises herself in a male form under the name of "Bernard Summerfield" in order to appear inconspicuous in Victorian India.
  • Bernice is attracted to Watson and goes on a date with him.

Ace Edit

  • Watson is taken aback by Ace's rubber jumpsuit.
  • Ace quotes "top of the world, ma" from Jimmy Cagney. Watson does not understand the reference.

Holmes and Watson Edit

  • Mrs Hudson is visiting her sister in Carlisle. Holmes refers to her as his landlady.
  • Holmes and Watson are contacted by the Pope.
  • Watson remembers serving time in Afghanistan.
  • Watson has worked with Holmes for several years. He wonders if he has spent too much time with him.
  • Holmes mentions his brother Mycroft and the Diogenes Club.
  • Watson says that Holmes throws things when he is grumpy.

Literature Edit

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

Deviations from the original novel Edit

  • The audio version does not have a framing story with an Arthur Conan Doyle novel within a novel, however sections of the story are narrated as a first-person monologue from Watson's perspective. This narrative device was used in both the original novel and Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories. Other sections of the story are narrated by Holmes (part two) and Bernice (part three). Generally, Big Finish only usually use this device in their Companion Chronicles series.
  • The name Azathoth was changed to Azazoth.
  • Whilst the First Doctor and Susan do not appear in this adaptation of the story, they are referred to.
  • A subplot of Azathoth attempting to convert Ace and Watson (and them encountering a partially converted Fakir) is removed.
  • The major involvement of Mycroft Holmes and the Diogenes Club are removed entirely instead being reduced to the reference mentioned before by Holmes who adds that Mycroft is sick due to gout.
  • Likewise, the involvement of James Moriarty in the story is also completely removed.
  • Ace's violent reaction to Watson grabbing her arm (and subsequent reference to Glitz) is removed.
  • The entire sequence of the Doctor, Holmes and Eaton travelling by steamer ship to India, including Watson's discovery that the Doctor doesn't sleep is removed.
  • A conversation between the Doctor and Benny comparing and contrasting Holmes and Watson's reaction to and ability to cope with being on an alien world (the Doctor opines that Holmes is perfectly suited to London because of his encyclopedic knowledge of it, he'd flounder on an alien world due to that very encyclopedic knowledge while Watson, who takes things as they come, would cope better) was removed, replaced with Watson breathlessly commentating via his narration on his amazement and later the Doctor praising Holmes on how he could cope with anything because of his intelligence.
  • Where the novel featured the transformed Sherringford Holmes attempting to kill Watson to avenge Azathoth's death and being killed in direct combat by Sherlock to save his friend, the audio does not explicitly feature Sherringford's death, although he is implied to have died when the army was transferred to San Francisco.

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