|Crime of the Century|
|Adapted from:||Crime of the Century|
|Main enemy:||Colonel Felnikov|
|Main setting:||London and Kafiristan, the Middle East, October 1989|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Release date:||May 2011|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|The Lost Stories|
Crime of the Century is an audio play based upon a television story of the same name, which was not produced due to the series' cancellation in 1990.
Publisher's summary Edit
The year is 1989. In London, safe cracker Raine Creevy breaks into a house – and finds more than the family jewels.
In the Middle East, the kingdom of Sayf Udeen is being terrorised by Soviet invaders and alien monsters.
And on the Scottish border, a highly guarded facility contains an advanced alien weapon.
These are all part of the Doctor's masterplan. But masterplans can go awry…
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- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Ace - Sophie Aldred
- Raine Creevy - Beth Chalmers
- Markus Creevy - Ricky Groves
- Nikitin/Parvez - Derek Carlyle
- Colonel Maxim Alexandrovitch Felnikov/Party Guest/Waiter - John Albasiny
- Metatraxi/Walnuf/Gunman - John Banks
- Sayf Udeen/Valentin - Chris Porter
- Raine Creevy is based on Raine Cunningham, the companion who was intended to come after Ace in the then-unproduced Season 27. A feature in DWM 255 gave the character the name Kate Tollinger, but according to an interview with script editor Andrew Cartmel in DWM 433, the character was always going to be named Raine. The character has been renamed Raine Creevy, as Cartmel had since discovered someone of the name Raine Cunningham existed in real life.
- Notably, this story deliberately does not give the identity of the British Prime Minister in 1989 in the Doctor Who universe. In reality, it was Margaret Thatcher, who served in that office continuously from 4 May 1979 to 28 November 1990. This contrasts with several other audio dramas based in the 1980s, including AUDIO: The Ultimate Adventure (in which she is featured as a character) and AUDIO: Rat Trap (in which she is mentioned several times). The latter was released in June 2011, only one month after the release of Thin Ice.
- This audio drama was recorded on 13 and 14 April 2010.
- Raine Creevy was delivered by the Doctor in the Soviet Union on 7 November 1967 (AUDIO: Thin Ice), almost twenty-two years before the events of this story. From the Doctor's perspective, those events occurred immediately before his encounter with the adult Raine on 13 October 1989.
- The Doctor and Ace previously met Markus Creevy and the then Major Felnikov in Moscow in November 1967. Both Creevy and Felnikov take some time to realise that Ace is the same girl whom they had last seen more than two decades earlier, having not aged a day in the interim. (AUDIO: Thin Ice)
- Ace refers to her home of Perivale. (TV: Ghost Light, TV: Survival)
- Ace mentions that she has previously had bad experiences in caves. (TV: Dragonfire, TV: Battlefield)