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The Church and the Crown (audio story)

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The Church and the Crown
The Church and the Crown cover
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri, Erimem
Featuring: Antranak
Main enemy: George Villiers
Main setting: Paris, 1626
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Director: Gary Russell
Music: Russell Stone
Post production: Gareth Jenkins
Cover by: Clayton Hickman
Release details
Release number: 38
Release date: November 2002
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 6Q/C
ISBN 1-903654-75-0
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The Church and the Crown was the thirty-eighth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was, broadly, an historical examination of the era of the The Three Musketeers, although it featured original musketeers, rather than those created by Alexandre Dumas.

It featured Erimem's first journey in the TARDIS, and her second display of field-of-battle heroism. As with several other historicals in the first five years of Big Finish's main Doctor Who line, it was a so-called "pure" historical without any science fictional elements aside from the TARDIS.

It also gave Nicola Bryant an expanded acting opportunity, since it featured her as both Peri and Queen Anne. Like Romana I before her, Peri had an exact doppelgänger in a royal family.

Publisher's summary Edit

A nation divided...

A Queen's life at risk...

A net of conspiracy closing in...

Sometimes being a time travelling adventurer just isn't easy...

For a start there's a temperamental TARDIS that lands a few thousand years off course in 17th century Paris. But why shouldn't the Fifth Doctor, Peri and their travelling guest Erimem take a look around the city on the morning of King Louis' annual State Ball?

As Peri becomes embroiled in a plot to kill Queen Anne and smash the unity of the Church and the Crown, the Doctor finds himself duelling musketeers on the streets.

With Peri missing, Erimem catching King Louis' eye and a Musketeer's sword at your throat, could things get any worse?


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Cast Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor tells Erimem that, earlier in his personal timeline, he met an older version of Louis XIII in 1638. He claims to have "had a nip and tuck since then," indicating that it was one of his first four incarnations.
  • The Doctor has a lifetime membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
  • The Doctor claims to have once met a Visigoth with a sword, describing him as a "terribly nice chap, very misunderstood."

Foods and beverages Edit

Individuals Edit

Locations Edit

  • The Doctor has visited the Louvre since its modern retrofit with the glass pyramid and didn't like it. He also visited the building when its foundation was laid.
DWM illistration The Church and the Crown

The comic preview for this story. (DWM 324)

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

  • Before landing in France, the Doctor was trying to reach the Braxiatel Collection, in fulfilment of the promise he made to Erimem at the end of her previous story, The Eye of the Scorpion. The Doctor's purpose at this stage in his relationship with Erimem was to get her to a place of education, not necessarily to travel indefinitely with her.
  • Doppelgängers happen in Doctor Who, and Peri looking like Queen Anne is one in a longish line of lookalikes, which also include:
Romana I and Princess Strella on Tara in The Androids of Tara
Nyssa and Ann Talbot in Black Orchid
The Second Doctor and Ramón Salamander in The Enemy of the World
The First Doctor and Abbot of Amboise in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve

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