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Smoke and Mirrors (audio story)

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Smoke and Mirrors
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Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Featuring: Eleventh Doctor
Main enemy: The Master
Main setting: England, the 1920s
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions, AudioGO
Writer: Steve Lyons
Director: John Ainsworth
Music: Steve Foxon
Sound: Steve Foxon
Read by: Janet Fielding
Tim Beckmann
Release details
Release number: 5
Release date: 1 May 2013 (download)
2 May 2013 (CD)
Format: 1 disc
ISBN 978-1-4713-1171-0
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Smoke and Mirrors was the fifth release of the Destiny of the Doctor audio series, produced by Big Finish Productions for AudioGO.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor answers a psionic distress call being sent from England in the 1920s. There, in the environs of a fairground, he is reunited with an old friend: Harry Houdini. To Adric and Nyssa the name means very little, but to the Doctor's companion Tegan he is a legend. Escape artist extraordinaire, Houdini's reputation will last for decades.

But how come Harry knows so much about Tegan herself? Is it really just guesswork, as he says? Is Harry right to be concerned about the fairground's fortune teller, who claims to have supernatural skills? Both he and the Doctor suspect an alien influence they know of old.

What neither the Doctor nor his friends realise is that, somewhere in the shadows, a far more sinister and familiar presence is lying in wait for them...

Plot Edit

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References Edit

  • Nyssa and Adric consider the fairground carousel to be rather frivolous and silly.
  • Harry Houdini has met the Doctor on several previous occasions and is aware of regeneration. As he once met Jo Grant, one of these encounters took place during his third incarnation. He learned of the existence of the Bay City Rollers from Jo.
  • The Ovids are beings of pure thought who travel from world to world in crystal spheres. Four of them became trapped in New York City in the 1890s. They can give form to dreams and nightmares. Houdini helped the First Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright free the Ovids.
  • Houdini is the first historical figure that Tegan has met since beginning her travels with the Doctor.
  • There were no zoos on Traken.
  • There is a tiger and a leopard in the fairground menagerie.
  • The Doctor receives a message from his eleventh incarnation through an Ovid sphere. He realises that it is his future self.
  • The Master refers to Adric, Nyssa and Tegan as "the Doctor's whelps."

Notes Edit

  • Excluding his brief off screen appearance in Circular Time: Winter, this is the first Fifth Doctor audio drama to feature the Master.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 17 December 2012.

Continuity Edit

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