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Peri and the Piscon Paradox was the seventh release of the fifth series of the Companion Chronicles produced by Big Finish Productions. It was also the first Companion Chronicles release to feature an actor who played the Doctor, with Colin Baker playing his role of the Sixth Doctor. However, Nicola Bryant provides narration as well as the Fifth Doctor's dialogue.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor and Peri journey to Los Angeles 2009 to do battle with a Piscon. His name is Zarl, and he's a fish of utmost evil.

Zarl is going to steal all the water of Earth and sell it to the highest bidder. Or blow up the San Andreas fault. Or the planet. Or something like that. He's a bit vague on that point.

Fortunately, to stop him there's help from an unexpected source: a future version of Peri. She knows Zarl's dark secret.

But should the future Peri be on Earth at all? Something smells fishy — and it's not just Zarl.

Plot Edit

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Cast Edit

Characters Edit

References Edit

Cultural references from the real world Edit

  • Peri says there was panic about diseases during the 1980s.
  • The Peri of 2009 mentions the "credit crunch".
  • Peri compares the expression on Carburetor's face to a face on a Picasso painting.

Music Edit

Films and TV series Edit

  • Peri mentions the game show Jeopardy!.
  • On seeing her older self for the first time, the young Peri wonders if she is an actress who used to play the Fonz's girlfriend in Happy Days or a "green good time girl" in Star Trek.
  • Peri compares the future Peri to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • Peri nicknamed her first boyfriend 'Curious George'.
  • The older Peri tells her younger self that she is in the employ of a secret government organisation known as the X-Files. The younger Peri, being from 1984, is totally unaware that The X-Files is a science fiction television series from the 1990s and takes her at her word. The Fifth Doctor, however, is familiar with the series. He comments that it was never as good after David Duchovny left. He commends the older Peri for her quick thinking and for not revealing anything to her younger self about her personal future.
  • Carburetor says the explosion of the car is like an Industrial Light and Magic special effect. She says it is almost as good as Star Wars.
  • The older Peri's relationship counselling TV series has a higher Nielsen rating than Dr. Phil.

Literature Edit

  • Peri compares the Fifth Doctor's actions to a character in a P. G. Wodehouse novel.

The Doctor Edit

Peri Edit

  • Peri's parents, Janine and Paul Brown, were married on 21 November 1962.
  • Peri's aunt Mona dresses in a similar manner to the Sixth Doctor. She collects golliwogs, which she orders from England.
  • The older Peri is in her 40s and has been married three times.
  • Peri has a degree in botany.
  • Peri has previously worked as a Samaritan.
  • Peri eats Doritos.

Theories and concepts Edit

Notes Edit

  • This story explains in more detail what happened to Peri after the Trial of a Time Lord story arc. Specifically, it reveals that there are no less than five versions of Peri Brown in existence, each created by Time Lord interference in her timeline - not including the original, who was killed in TV: Mindwarp. One of the five rescued Peris married Yrcanos and became a warrior queen (TV: The Ultimate Foe, PROSE: Bad Therapy), while another version narrates Part 2 of this story, only remembering the events of TV: Planet of Fire. The nature of the other three versions is not revealed, though one may be the version who remained on Krontep after marrying Yrcanos (PROSE: Reunion) as opposed to returning to Earth (PROSE: Bad Therapy); in addition the Target novelisation of Mindwarp has Peri and Yrcanos returning to Earth in the 20th century. Another version of Peri who is only married to Yracnos for seven days and rejoins the Doctor in his travels appears in the audio story The Widow's Assassin. It is also possible one of the "other Peris" may have been created with the encounter between the younger and older Peri, since no reference is made to this rather disturbing incident in The Caves of Androzani or any other Peri story.
  • This story features several meetings and even a physical altercation between the Fifth and Sixth Doctors, though the Fifth Doctor remains unaware of his future self's identity.
  • Disc 1 tells the story from the Fifth Doctor and the younger Peri's viewpoint whereas Disc 2 re-explores the story from the Sixth Doctor and the older Peri's view. Although Nicola Bryant performs the voice of the Fifth Doctor, Colin Baker himself performs the Sixth Doctor, becoming the first Doctor actor to appear in a Companion Chronicles release. Also, befitting a story set in two different eras, Part 1 uses the Peter Howell theme arrangement in place at the time that Bryant joined the series during Season 21, and Part 2 uses the Dominic Glynn theme used at the time she left during Season 23.
  • The first and second halves of this story take place at the same time. The same is true of both AUDIO: Flip-Flop and AUDIO: The Veiled Leopard.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 11 and 12 November 2009.

Continuity Edit

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