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The Silver Turk (audio story)

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The Silver Turk
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Mary Shelley
Main enemy: The Cybermen
Johan Drossel
Main setting: Vienna, 11 September 1873
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Barnaby Edwards
Cover by: Alex Mallinson
Release details
Release number: 153
Release date: October 2011
Format: 2 CDs, 4 parts
Production code: 8Z/A
ISBN 978-1-84435-601-0
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The Silver Turk is the first story in the 2011 Eighth Doctor audio trilogy. The story marks the first appearance of the Eighth Doctor in the Big Finish monthly range since AUDIO: The Company of Friends in 2009. However, an alternative version of the Eighth Doctor appeared in AUDIO: Klein's Story in the interim.

Publisher's summary

Roll up! Roll up! To the great Viennese Exposition, where showman Stahlbaum will show you his most wonderful creation, the Silver Turk — a mechanical marvel that will not only play for you the fortepiano, the spinet and the flute, it will play you at the gaming table too!

But when the Doctor brings his new travelling companion Mary Shelley to nineteenth-century Vienna, he soon identifies the incredible Turk as one of his deadliest enemies — a part-machine Cyberman.

And that’s not even the worst of the horrors at large in the city…


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The Doctor

  • The Doctor tells Mary that her books "scared the pants off" him.
  • Mary breaks the Doctor's sonic screwdriver. The Doctor is indifferent as the TARDIS has a room full of them.


  • Both Bratfisch and Countess Wittenmeier mention the economic problems besetting Austria as a result of "the Crash." This refers to the Long Depression.




  • The Doctor refers to the Cyberman as "one of the Mondas originals."




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