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The Marian Conspiracy
Series: Doctor Who -
Big Finish Audio Dramas
Release Number: 6
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companions: Dr Evelyn Smythe (Introduction)
Enemy: Queen Mary I of England
Setting: Earth, London, 16th century
Writer: Jacqueline Rayner
Director: Gary Russell
Music and Post Production: Jason Haigh-Ellery and
Gary Russell
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Release Date: March 2000
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Prod. Code: 7C/A
ISBN: ISBN 1-903654-17-3
Previous Story: The Fearmonger
Following Story: The Genocide Machine


Publisher's Summary

Tracking a nexus point in time, the Doctor meets Dr Evelyn Smythe, a history lecturer whose own history seems to be rapidly vanishing.

The Doctor must travel back to Tudor times to stabilise the nexus and save Evelyn's life. But there he meets the Queen of England and must use all his skills of diplomacy to avoid ending up on the headman's block...



  • The Doctor once again uses his well worn alias, Aliases of the Doctor#Dr John Smith to gain access to the Queen's inner circle.
  • The Doctor does some serious name dropping during this story, mentioning meetings with Socrates (whom he told to "stick to his guns" when it came to his theories), Sir Francis Drake, Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey (whom he met in the Tower of London, Sir Robert Cecil (Henry VIII's former advisor) and Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Evelyn was once married, but ended up leaving her spouse following a row about her attendance at an academic conference on the day of their anniversary though she doesn't seem to be too bothered about this, describing "love" as a distraction. Her specialty is Tudor political history. She can pick locks with a hairpin following years of dealing with students who had locked themselves out of their rooms and she has a pathological love of cocoa and cakes.
  • The Doctor agrees to take Evelyn to Mexico or Havana so they can pick up some chocolate for some of Evelyn's cakes.


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  • When viewing London from the TARDIS scanner, Evelyn muses that it will all be burnt down in the Great Fire (of London), a statement that causes an intake of breath from the Doctor - his fifth incarnation played a part in starting that fire in DW: The Visitation.


External Links

  • Big Finish The Marian Conspiracy page
  • The Doctor Who Reference Guide detailed synopsis of The Marian Conspiracy
  • The Discontinuity Guide The Marian Conspiracy page

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