Regular Cast

Peter Davison The Doctor, Sarah Sutton (Nyssa, Rebecca Night (Helene), Victoria Hamilton (Marquise De Rimdelle), David Chittenden (Vicomte de Valdac), Andrew Dickens (Steamroller Man), Sean Brosnan (Dead Man)


France, the year 1770: by special invitation, the famous ‘Doctor’, friend of Voltaire, arrives at the lonely estate of the lovely Marquise de Rimdelle – once a hostess to the highest of high society, now isolated by the strange, pernicious mist that lingers round the countryside.

But there’s more in that fog than mere vapour, confesses the Marquise’s strange niece to The Doctor’s ward, Nyssa. She senses some uncanny machine circling the fringes of the estate, in the space between the shadows. Watching. Always watching. She’s given it a name: ‘The Steamroller Man’.

Meanwhile, the man in the cellar talks to The Doctor, a dead man, trapped behind the cellar walls. The Steamroller Man is coming, he says, coming to smash the place down. It seems The Doctor has been drawn into a very dangerous liaison…

Written by: Stephen Cole
Directed by: Ken Bentley


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  • Masquerade was the one hundred and eighty-seventh story in Big Finish’s monthly range.
  • The Doctor tells Nyssa and Hannah that the Marquise de Rimdelle’s estate room is decorated in the rococo style.
  • Voltaire was expelled from the French court by Louis XV in 1758.
  • Sandra Jane Rimdelle is of French descent.
  • The Fifth Doctor describes Traken and Gallifrey as “lovely worlds, both of them.”
  • The Fifth Doctor tells the Marquise De Rimdelle that he has visited Paris before, at which time he saw the Mona Lisa. (City of Death)
  • The Fifth Doctor initially cannot recall how he met Hannah. (Moonflesh)
  • The Fifth Doctor refers to Catherine de Medici and tells the Marquise that he was present for the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in Paris on 24 August 1572. (The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve)
  • Nyssa recalls tending the Grove as a child on Traken. (The Keeper of Traken)
  • Hannah tells Helen that she is a member of the Order of the Crescent Moon. (Moonflesh)


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