|Main enemy:||Shape thief|
|Main setting:||The Russian Empire, 1812|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Read by:||Peter Purves, Tony Millan|
|Cover by:||Simon Holub|
|Release date:||October 2007|
|Format:||2 episodes on 1 CD|
|The Companion Chronicles|
|The Beautiful People||Helicon Prime|
Mother Russia was a 2007 audio-play from Big Finish Productions. It was the first Companion Chronicle to feature the talents of Peter Purves and to use the character of Dodo Chaplet. However, it was not Steven Taylor's debut in the range, since he had earlier appeared in the very first Companion Chronicle, Frostfire, read by Maureen O'Brien.
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- Along with Tales from the Vault, Return of the Rocket Men and The War To End All Wars, this is one of only four Big Finish audio dramas to feature Dodo Chaplet as a character.
- This audio drama was recorded on 6 June 2007 at The Moat Studios.
- Dodo Chaplet takes up a position as a piano teacher, on the condition that she does not have to play, or hear Steven Taylor sing, "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon". Also, Steven is surprised that the Doctor wishes to holiday in Russia, since they have so recently holidayed in Tombstone, Arizona. (TV: The Gunfighters)
- The Doctor's interest in Napoléon Bonaparte was no doubt fueled by the fact that, as Susan Foreman once said, the French Revolution was her grandfather's favourite period of Earth history — and the fact that he narrowly missed meeting Bonaparte the last time that he was in the era. (TV: The Reign of Terror) The Second Doctor would later have an extended encounter with Bonaparte (PROSE: World Game) and the Third Doctor would claim to have advised the Emperor that "an army marches on its stomach." (TV: Day of the Daleks)
- The Eighth Doctor and his companions Fitz Kreiner and Trix MacMillan would later visit Russia during Napoléon's invasion in 1812. (PROSE: Emotional Chemistry) The renegade Time Lady Iris Wildthyme also met Napoleon on the Russian front. She told George Strangeways that, in spite of what the history books said, he was "anything but small". (AUDIO: The Panda Invasion)
- The Doctor previously visited Russia, specifically Siberia in 1903, in the company of his granddaughter Susan, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. On that occasion, they met Grigori Rasputin. (AUDIO: The Wanderer)
- The successful Russian defence against Napoléon's forces was later commemorated in the 1812 Overture by the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. (AUDIO: A Thousand Tiny Wings)
- Steven comments that Homer's writings in The Iliad are "wrong", and contrasts the French Army with that of the Greeks. (TV: The Myth Makers)