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The Roof of the World (audio story)

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The Roof of the World
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Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri, Erimem
Main enemy: Great Old Ones
Main setting: Tibet, 1917
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Adrian Rigelsford
Director: Gary Russell
Music: Russell Stone
Post production: Gareth Jenkins
Cover by: Lee Binding
Release details
Release number: 59
Release date: July 2004
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 6Q/F
ISBN 1-84435-097-5
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The Roof of the World was a Fifth Doctor Big Finish Doctor Who audio story. It was released in 2004, a few days after its author, Adrian Rigelsford, was convicted of stealing thousands of photographs from the Daily Mail and reselling them for personal profit, and sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment.[1] Thus, it is notable for being the only licensed Doctor Who story to have been released while its author was serving a sentence for a criminal offence.

From a narrative standpoint, it was one of the earlier adventures with Erimem. It explored, in part, her ability to cope with time travel and her burgeoning relationship with Peri Brown. It continued Big Finish Productions' tradition of giving narrative relevance to the Fifth Doctor's love of cricket, something that was mostly unexplored on television. It was also one of the few Doctor Who stories to be set in South Asia during the British Raj.

Publisher's summary Edit

Tibet, 1917.

It's a time of great exploration, with intrepid teams of adventurers heading blindly into uncharted territory, determined to beat inexplicable odds and overcome any challenge they encounter...

But some things are not necessarily that easy to defeat...

An ancient evil, perhaps older than time itself, is stirring deep within the heart of the Himalayas... It has always known it will return and finish off what it started so many centuries before...

But the time has to be right...

As the TARDIS materialises, with the Doctor determined to take full advantage of an invite to a cricket match, the catalyst that the dark forces need unwittingly arrives...

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Illustrated preview from DWM 346.

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Footnotes Edit

  1. "'Cunning' photo thief is jailed", 25 June 2004

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