The Church and the Crown
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown/Queen Anne), Caroline Morris (Erimem), Andrew McKay (King Louis/Blind Maurice), Michael Shallard (Cardinal Richelieu), Marcus Hutton (The Duke of Buckingham), Peter John (Delmarre), Andy Coleman (Rouffet), Robert Curbishley (Captain Morand), Wendy Albiston (Madame de Chevreuse), Mark Wright (Crow), Gary Russell (Pierre), Mark Wyman (Passerby)
A nation divided.
A Queen’s life at risk.
A net of conspiracy closing in…
Sometimes being a time travelling adventurer just isn’t easy…
For a start there’s a temperamental TARDIS that lands a few thousand years off course in 17th Century Paris. But why shouldn’t the Doctor, Peri and their travelling guest Erimem take a look around the city on the morning of King Louis’s annual State Ball?
As Peri becomes embroiled in a plot to kill Queen Anne and smash the unity of the Church and the Crown, the Doctor finds himself duelling Musketeers on the streets.
With Peri missing, Erimem catching King Louis’ eye and a Musketeer’s sword at your throat, could things get any worse?
Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Directed By: Gary Russell
- The Church and the Crown was the thirty-eighth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was, broadly, an historical examination of the era of the The Three Musketeers, although it featured original musketeers, rather than those created by Alexandre Dumas.
- The Doctor tells Erimem that, earlier in his personal timeline, he met an older version of Louis XIII in 1638. He claims to have “had a nip and tuck since then,” indicating that it was one of his first four incarnations.
- The Doctor has a lifetime membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
- The Doctor refers to his former companion K9. (The Invisible Enemy)
- The Doctor mentions that he was the protégé of the American escapologist Harry Houdini. (Planet of the Spiders)
- Romana I and Princess Strella on Tara in The Androids of Tara
- Nyssa and Ann Talbot in Black Orchid
- The Second Doctor and Ramón Salamander in The Enemy of the World
- The First Doctor and Abbot of Amboise in The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve