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Klein's Story
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Elizabeth Klein
Featuring: Johann Schmidt
Main setting: British Kenya, Africa, 1953
Inside the TARDIS (Frame story)
Nazi Germany, 1962-1965 (alternative timeline) (Flashbacks)
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: John Ainsworth & Lee Mansfield
Director: John Ainsworth
Producer: Simon Robinson
Release details
Release number: 131a
Release date: 28 February 2010
Format: 1 part, 32 minutes
Production code: 7Z/F
ISBN 978-1-84435-434-4
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Klein's Story was part of the one hundred and thirty-first monthly Doctor Who audio release produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the final of the single part stories released together with a three part story. This story is primarily set in Elizabeth Klein's timeline. Uniquely for a single part story, it features two actors playing the Doctor, namely Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. However, the two do not meet.

Publisher's summary

Elizabeth Klein is an anomaly, a renegade from an alternate future in which the Nazis won World War II. To get to know his latest companion, the Doctor invites Klein to tell him how exactly she came to be in possession of his TARDIS and of the events that led to her trip into the past to Colditz Castle.

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Cast

References

The Doctor

  • In Klein's timeline, the Seventh Doctor fled Colditz Castle after Ace was killed by the Nazis. Immediately afterwards in his personal timeline, he returned to Germany in 1955. The TARDIS materialised near a border checkpoint in the West. As he appeared to be carrying a weapon, the Nazi soldiers on duty shot him immediately. After examining his body, they realised that it was in actuality an old umbrella. Although the TARDIS was captured, the Doctor's body seemingly disappeared. While the Nazi assumed that it had been stolen by trophy hunters, its "disappearance" was due to the fact that the Doctor had regenerated into his eighth incarnation and absconded. He adopted the alias "Johann Schmidt" and later told Klein that he was a collector of sorts who had stolen the Doctor's body and gained possession of the TARDIS key. Klein describes him as being "handsome, in a Gothic sort of way."
  • Between 1955 and 1965, the Doctor helped political prisoners escape the clutches of the Nazis and disrupted the Third Reich's "ethnic cleansing programmes." Consequently, he attracted the attention of the Nazi authorities but nevertheless maintained his liberty.
  • The Doctor mentions the science fiction series Professor X. He claims that he always thought that it was better in the 1960s than it was later during its run until he actually watched several of the early serials including Vault of the Cyborgs, one of the series' best regarded stories.

Colleges and universities

Technology

  • The Führer Adolf Hitler was reluctant to acknowledge the existence of superior alien civilisations and technology and therefore ordered all evidence of this to be placed in the bunker. After his death in 1961, policy was changed and research into the alien technology began in earnest. However, the succeeding ruling body was soon weakened by divisions and internal conflicts.
  • Klein had been studying a Drahvinan power drive. She learned how to operate the device but remained ignorant of how it worked. Consequently, she was unable to duplicate the technology.

History

Notes

  • Paul McGann stars as an alternative version of the Eighth Doctor from Klein's timeline in this story.
  • Unlike previous Big Finish releases of three part/one part story combinations, Klein's Story precedes Survival of the Fittest in this release.
  • The Doctor's reference to Professor X is a reference to an episode of Steven Moffatt's children's television programme Press Gang, which revolved around one character's relationship with a creaky old television show that he watched as a boy; the show, Professor X, was very clearly patterned on Doctor Who. Professor X himself was played in this episode by Michael Jayston, who had already appeared in Doctor Who as the character of the Valeyard. Moffatt has joked in interviews that after the end of his series Coupling, the main character, Steve Taylor, is a scriptwriter who now works on a modern revival of Professor X.
  • The reference also functions as a good-natured poke at the lower quality of earlier Doctor Who episodes, since he says that he thought the show was better in the 1960s until he went back and actually watched the episodes. The title Vault of the Cyborgs is a reference to TV: Tomb of the Cybermen. Lost for many years, all four episodes of The Tomb of the Cybermen were recovered and rushed onto video in the early 1990s, at which point its reputation as a classic underwent radical, albeit temporary, reappraisal.
  • Along with AUDIO: Zagreus, AUDIO: The Four Doctors and AUDIO: The Light at the End, this is one of four Big Finish audio dramas in which both Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann appear.

Continuity

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