Empire of the Racnoss
Peter Davison (The Doctor) Adjoa Andoh (Racnoss Empress), Nigel Planer (Old Racnoss Emperor/ Herrax), Andrew French (Racnoss Consort), Lisa Kay (Alayna). Other parts played by members of the cast.
When a distress call rips the TARDIS from the Vortex, dragging it back through time, it arrives in the midst of a conflict between Gallifrey and an ancient foe.
The Doctor, as ever, wants to help, but in returning a wounded combatant home, he becomes further and further entangled in a web of deceit and recrimination. A web spun by an eight-legged Empress and her minions…
The Empire of the Racnoss is at war, and wherever he stands, the Doctor is on the wrong side.
Empire of the Racnoss was the second story in Classic Doctors, New Monsters: Volume Two, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Scott Handcock and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.
The Doctor quips that the Racnoss Consort must have eaten a lot of flies to reach his size.
The Doctor boasts that his TARDIS beats an escape pod any day of the week, “except perhaps Pancake Tuesdays.”
The Doctor compares the bickering of the Racnoss Empress and Alayna to having two Tegans in the TARDIS at the same time.
The Doctor describes the Racnoss Wars as “a long and bloody affair”.
The plot of the story is partially inspired by the play Medea. (Classic Doctors, New Monsters: Volume Two)
The Empress of the Racnoss refers to the Webstar. (The Runaway Bride)
The Old Racnoss Emperor refers to Huon energy. (The Runaway Bride)
The Racnoss were almost wiped out by the Fledgling Empires, including Gallifrey, during the Dark Times. (The Runaway Bride).
The Doctor makes use of the fast return switch. (The Edge of Destruction)
The Doctor would encounter the Empress of the Racnoss again in London on 24 December 2007 during his tenth incarnation. (The Runaway Bride)