Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), Paul Thornley (Robbie Flint/Cyril), Alistair Petrie (Major Harris/German Lieutenant), Hugh Fraser (Dr Schwartzmann/Rider), Charlotte Salt (Sylvia Wimpole/Waveform/Effy), Robbie Stevens (Captain Unger/Dutch/British Captain/Chuadri)
Bletchley Park. Britain’s most secret weapon in the Second World War.
Inside draughty huts, the earliest computers clatter day and night, decoding enemy transmissions and revealing intelligence crucial to the country’s defence. Leading WREN Mrs Constance Clarke directs her charges to provide vital assistance to the boffins stationed in the Manor House. But a recent arrival among the code-breakers, the mysterious Dr Smith, has attracted the attention of MI5’s spycatchers…
Over in mainland Europe, Nazi agents are briefed, covertoperations planned, and a German submarine embarks on a very secret mission.
As encrypted radio waves criss-cross the planet, unearthly forces stir. And when certain ciphers are cracked, something will emerge to threaten all humanity, regardless of allegiance…
Written By:Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
|Written By:||Matt Fitton|
|Sound Design:||Steve Foxon|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Physical Retail ISBN:||978-1-78178-547-8|
|Recorded At:||The Moat Studios|
- Criss-Cross was the two hundred and fourth story in Big Finish’s monthly range. It featured the Sixth Doctor and properly introduced companion Constance Clarke, who had previously appeared in the Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure due to its earlier than previously scheduled release. This was meant to be Constance’s audio debut.
- The Doctor uses his common alias”Dr. John Smith” while working in Hut 12A at Bletchley Park.
- Sylvia Wimpole was a mathematical prodigy at the University of Cambridge.
- Robbie Flint claims that he was the best safe cracker in Bermondsey in the 1930s.
Flint speaks both German and French.
- Constance grew up in Nyasaland. She returned to the United Kingdom after her father died of tuberculosis.
- Constance began working at Bletchley in 1940.
- Constance’s husband Lt. Commander Henry Clarke is a member of the Naval Intelligence Service. He was posted to special duties in November 1943.
- The Doctor has signed the Official Secrets Act several times.
- Constance received a first in modern languages at Somerville College, University of Oxford.
- Constance was on duty in spring 1941 the night that Alan Turing cracked the code.
- The Doctor compares the ingenuity of Bletchley Park to Logopolis.
- The Doctor mockingly refers to Flint as”Lord Haw Haw” and the Chuadri as”Casper the Friendly Ghost”.
- The Doctor again expresses a fondness for fishing. (The Androids of Tara, The Two Doctors)
- Major Harris thinks that Winston Churchill would love to get hold of a machine like the TARDIS. (Victory of the Daleks)
- The Doctor refers to Alan Turing. During his eighth incarnation, The Doctor would later receive help from Turing in cracking an alien code in 1944. (The Turing Test)
- The Doctor claims that Bletchley Park almost puts Logopolis to shame. (Logopolis)
Kinvar detected The Doctor’s presence while he was at Bletchley Park and waited several months for him to return. (Quicksilver)