The Marian Conspiracy
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Maggie Stables (Dr. Evelyn Smythe), Sean Jackson (George Crow), Gary Russell (John Wilson) [1-2], Jez Fielder (William Leaf), Jo Castleton (Lady Sarah), Anah Ruddin (The Queen), Nicholas Pegg (Reverend Thomas) [2-4], Barnaby Edwards (Francois de Noailles) [2-4], Alistair Lock (Royal Guard [3-4].
Tracking a nexus point in time, The Doctor meets Dr Evelyn Smythe, a history lecturer whose own history seems to be rapidly vanishing.
The Doctor must travel back to Tudor times to stabilise the nexus and save Evelyn’s life. But there he meets the Queen of England and must use all his skills of diplomacy to avoid ending up on the headman’s block…
- The Marian Conspiracy was the sixth Doctor Who audio story release by Big Finish Productions. It is the first story to introduce a new companion for the Sixth Doctor: Evelyn Smythe played by Maggie Stables. This was the first (of many) companions original to audio to be created by Big Finish.
- This story was featured in a preview in Doctor Who Magazine issue 289 with an illustration by Lee Sullivan.
- This story was the first pure historical in performed Doctor Who since Black Orchid in 1982 and the first to feature historical figures since The Gunfighters in 1966.
- The Doctor says that he should”pop back and support Darwin.” He and Evelyn would later meet Charles Darwin on the Galapagos Islands on 19 September 1835. (Bloodtide)