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Upstairs (audio story)

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Upstairs cover
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Vicki, Steven
Main enemy: The time fungus
Main setting: 10 Downing Street, London, July 1900
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Mat Coward
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Music: Richard Fox and Lauren Yason
Sound: Richard Fox and Lauren Yason
Read by: Maureen O'Brien
Peter Purves
Release details
Release number: 8.03
Release date: 12 September 2013
Format: 2 Parts, 1 CD
Production code: BFPDWCC71
ISBN 978-1-78178-085-5
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Upstairs was the seventy-first release in the Companion Chronicles audio range. It was the third story of season 8. It was written by Mat Coward and featured Vicki and Steven.

Publisher's summary Edit

When the TARDIS lands in a dilapidated attic, the Doctor, Vicki and Steven discover they are on Earth, in London… in Number 10 Downing Street.

However alien forces are at play here, affecting the very fabric of the building… and adjusting the very essence of history itself.

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  • After seeing seven chair legs in the attic, Vicki wonders if there were wooden androids in Victorian London. However, she does not ask the Doctor if this was the case as she thought that it was probably something that she was supposed to already know.
  • Vicki refers to her former travelling companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright.
  • 10 Downing Street was badly built on shallow foundations by a crooked speculator, Sir George Downing, in the 1680s.
  • The Doctor tells Steven and Vicki that William Pitt the Younger, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died at the age of 46 in the early 19th century while Steven reads that another Prime Minister, George Canning, died in office in 1827.
  • That morning, Steven ate bacon and eggs from the TARDIS' food machine.
  • The food machine rearranges molecular deconstructed fungus into whatever delicacy was ordered.
  • Lord Salisbury was the Prime Minister in July 1900. He was the last Prime Minister who refused to use 10 Downing Street as his official home. He instead allowed his nephew Arthur Balfour to use it. Balfour later became Prime Minister himself.
  • The Doctor knows a Comanche war-cry.
  • Steven introduces the Doctor to two parlour maids as "the Archbishop."
  • The Doctor tells Mr Bartholomew that "Lord Steven" is a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
  • The Doctor tells Steven and Vicki that every empire in the history of the galaxy has eventually collapsed.

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