Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts
Paper Cuts

Regular Cast

Colin Baker (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charlotte), Anthony Glennon (Prince/The Red Emperor in His Youth), Sara Crowe (Tombkeeper – Queen Mother), Paul Thornley (Gomori/Steward), John Banks (Soldier), Nicholas Briggs (Prefect/The Deathless Red Emperor), The Cast (Sazou/Deathless Emperors)


The Empire is lost. The Deathless Emperors are dead. The future may never happen.

An urgent summons returns the noble Doctor to a planet he saved from disaster long ago. But Draconia, so elegant yet so savage, is in worse turmoil than ever.

Who will be next Emperor? The highest Prince? The lowest peasant? The soldier with no name? Or The Doctor himself – his life at their command? Who controls the army of deadly origami warriors? And is the truth about Charley painted on paper walls in the Emperor’s tomb?

History is taking revenge on The Doctor.



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  • Paper Cuts was the one hundred and twenty-fifth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions.
  • This story takes place between the television episodes The Trial of a Time Lord and Time and the Rani, and following the audio story Patient Zero.
  • This story marks the first appearance of the Draconians in a Doctor Who audio story. However, they previously appeared in the Bernice Summerfield audio dramas The Draconian Rage, The Summerof Love, The Judas Gift and Freedom of Information.
  • There are a numberof references to The Doctor’s prior visit to Draconia and the galactic plague that he helped end whilst there. However, there is no description of what he looked like then beyond not being the Sixth Doctor. The Target book, Doctor Who and the Space War established it as his second incarnation, while the booklet shows a drawing of the First Doctor playing chess against a Draconian and in the audio drama The Doctor remarks off-handedly on how old he once looked.
  • The Draconians first appeared in Frontier in Space.

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