I Was Churchill’s Double
Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill), Emily Woodward (Louisa), Hywel Morgan (Von Moltke), Roberta Taylor (Maid), Mark Elstob (John Logie Baird / Kaiser Wilhelm III), Other parts played by members of the cast.
Alexandra Palace, 1942. Strange television signals show a paranoid Churchill urging on the resistance in German-occupied Britain. A man in a battered leather jacket makes a guest appearance. The broadcasts come from another world, one where the country is now part of the Kaiser’s Empire. Of course, The Doctor is involved, and while Churchill claims to understand the notion of ‘alternative histories’, he never expected to be part of one.
I Was Churchill’s Double was the third story in The Churchill Years: Volume Two.
Utopia windows can transport people to virtual parallel universes.
The title of the story is a reference to the 1954 book I Was Monty’s Double by M. E. Clifton James and its 1958 film adaptation.
The R101 airship and Colditz Castle are both mentioned. The Doctor grimly recalls his experiences with both. (Storm Warning, Colditz)
The Doctor uses a banana as a pretend weapon. (The Doctor Dances)
10/10 “The fact that the main character was such a multifaceted man in real life gives the writers, producer David Richardson, director Ken Bentley, Ian McNeice and the whole cast so much to work with and none of them drop the ball in the delivery… You need this set in your life. It will make you feel proud to be British!” Indie Mac User
10/10 “Historical characters deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. Director Ken Bentley has crafted a fitting tribute not only to Churchill but the indomitable spirit of the British people during the most dreadful of historical events.” Blogtor Who
“This is fantastic and walks the line of inspired lunacy that the best historical Doctor Who stories should.” SciFi Bulletin
“There’s something about McNeice’s voice that really captures and holds your attention, and McIntosh’s narration added to that too, the variety of the two made it much more engaging; it was like listening to two friends recount a story” Gallifrey Archive
“McNeice is clearly in great form, and Churchill’s life was long and studded with real incidents which lend themselves to a Doctor Who treatment. On the strength of this box set and its predecessor, a third set would be no hardship at all, and with the dramatic returns showing no signs of diminishing yet, there’s no reason why Churchill himself shouldn’t KBO for years to come at Big Finish.” MassMovement
5/5 “Ian McNeice seems to have relished the dialogue and the whole piece sparkles.” Cultbox