a real world point of view
|The Stones of Venice|
|Main setting:||Venice, 2294|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||March 2001|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Sword of Orion||Minuet in Hell|
The Stones of Venice was the eighteenth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. Written by Paul Magrs, this is his first contribution to audio-based Doctor Who, although not his first time writing for the Eighth Doctor. Magrs had previously written The Scarlet Empress and The Blue Angel (with Jeremy Hoad), two novels in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures range.
Publisher's summary Edit
And so they end up in Venice, well into Charley's future, as the great city prepares to sink beneath the water for the last time...
Which would be a momentous, if rather dispiriting, event to witness in itself. However, the machinations of a love-sick aristocrat, a proud art historian and a rabid High Priest of a really quite dodgy cult combine to make Venice's swansong a night to remember.
And then there's the rebellion by the web-footed amphibious underclass, the mystery of a disappearing corpse and the truth behind a curse going back further than curses usually do.
The Doctor and Charley are forced to wonder just what they have got themselves involved with this time...
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- The Eighth Doctor - Paul McGann
- Charley Pollard - India Fisher
- Orsino - Michael Sheard
- Churchwell - Nick Scovell
- Pietro - Barnaby Edwards
- Ms Lavish / Estella - Elaine Ives-Cameron
- Vincenzo - Mark Gatiss
- The Doctor likens the cult worshiping Estella to Liza Minelli being the daughter of Judy Garland, in that the Duke's wife and Liza Minelli's mother were both "taken away" and deified by the populace.
- This audio drama was recorded on 15 and 16 May 2000. It was the first that Paul McGann recorded for Big Finish Productions.
- The First Doctor previously visited Venice in the company of Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet in 1609 (PROSE: The Empire of Glass) whereas the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams would later do so in 1580 (TV: The Vampires of Venice).
- The artwork in Churchwell's collection of the woman in the jar is most likely a reference to the Empress' predecessors in Paul Magrs' PROSE: The Scarlet Empress.
- Official The Stones of Venice page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of The Stones of Venice at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for The Stones of Venice at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide