a real world point of view
|Main setting:||London, 1597, April to November 1483 and June to 22 August 1485|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||Gareth Jenkins @ ERS|
|Cover by:||Stuart Manning|
|Release date:||April 2006|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Time Works||The Settling|
The Kingmaker was the eighty-first monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It uniquely features the Fourth Doctor not played by Tom Baker, but rather by Jon Culshaw, known in the UK for his impersonation of the actor. It is the only example of Big Finish using another actor to impersonate a Doctor.
Publisher's summary Edit
Dr Who encounters one of the most notorious characters from the past as he journeys through time to solve the great Historical Mysteries...
So who did murder the princes in the Tower? Perhaps it's best not to ask a question like that...
You might not like the answer...
to be added
- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Peri - Nicola Bryant
- Erimem - Caroline Morris
- Clarrie - Arthur Smith
- Mr Seyton - Michael Fenton-Stevens
- Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III) - Stephen Beckett
- Henry, Duke of Buckingham - Marcus Hutton
- Earl Rivers / The Doctor - Jon Culshaw
- Sir James Tyrell - Chris Neill
- Susan - Katie Wimpenny
- Judith - Linzi Matthews
- Peri thinks Mr Seyton is the Master.
- William Shakespeare hitched a ride in the TARDIS from 1597 to 1483.
- The Fourth Doctor considered writing books entitled How Green Was My Gallifrey and The Female UNIT.
- The intended title for the Doctor Who Discovers series was The Doctor, Who Discovers... but the publishing company misprinted the title, resulting in the author being mistakenly credited as "Doctor Who". Peri tells the Doctor that she likes the title "Doctor Who" as she finds it mysterious.
- Released in 2006, this was the first "appearance" of the Fourth Doctor in a Big Finish audio, in the context of the Fifth Doctor listening to a voice recording made by his previous self. The Fourth Doctor's recorded voice is performed here by Jon Culshaw. Tom Baker would not reprise the role of the Fourth Doctor for Big Finish until 2011.
- The Doctor's Doctor Who Discovers book series is a reference to the real-world Doctor Who Discovers book series. The cover art for the CD depicts the cover of one of these books, using the same format as the real-world books. It also displays the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who logo in an in-universe context.
- The Doctor's offhand comment that "it was either that or write a novelty cookbook" is a reference to The Doctor Who Cookbook.
- Marcus Hutton previously played another Duke of Buckingham in AUDIO: The Church and the Crown, which likewise featured the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem.
- In real life, George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence is an ancestor of Lalla Ward.
- A preview for this audio story appeared in Doctor Who Magazine Issue 368 illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
- This audio drama was recorded on 20 and 21 November 2005 at The Moat Studios.
- The Doctor tells Peri and Erimem that his previous incarnation was inspired to write the Doctor Who Discovers series of books after the Loch Ness Monster, in actuality a Skarasen, was seen swimming up the River Thames. (TV: Terror of the Zygons)
- Peri refers to her encounter with the Master and Kamelion on Sarn in 1984. (TV: Planet of Fire)
- As a young boy, Shakespeare met the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard in the 2050s and briefly travelled in the TARDIS, an incident which will not happen for many years in the Doctor's personal timeline. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)
- The revelation in this episode that the original Shakespeare left his time in 1597 and was killed in 1485, only for Richard III to return to 1597 and take the prematurely deceased writer's place, has not been acknowledged or addressed by in-universe portrayals of Shakespeare post-1597. Assuming it takes place in the same timeline, TV: The Shakespeare Code, would take place in both in Shakespeare and the Doctor's personal futures relative to AUDIO: The Kingmaker.
- Peri would later visit 16th century England on at least two subsequent occasions in the company of the Sixth Doctor. (AUDIO: Point of Entry, AUDIO: Recorded Time)
- In 1483, Clarrie tells Peri and Erimem that the Doctor's letters were delivered to the Kingmaker inn by a "Northern chap with big ears." (TV: Rose)
- Erimem tells Peri that she believes in an afterlife. She seems to be have modified her views since first meeting the Doctor and Peri, when she claimed that she did not believe in the Egyptian gods. (AUDIO: The Eye of the Scorpion)
- The Doctor refers to Shakespeare as a "hack." However, during his fourth incarnation, he had told his companion Leela that Shakespeare was the greatest poet in the English language "with [his] assistance." (AUDIO: The Foe from the Future) By the time of his tenth incarnation, his opinion of Shakespeare's work had considerably improved as he spoke of it in glowing terms to his companion Martha Jones. (TV: The Shakespeare Code)
- Official The Kingmaker page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of The Kingmaker at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for The Kingmaker at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide