The Silver Turk

The Silver Turk
The Silver Turk

Regular Cast

Paul McGann (the Doctor), Julie Cox (Mary Shelley), Gareth Armstrong (Dr Johan Drossel), Christian Brassington (Alfred Stahlbaum), David Schneider (Ernst Bratfisch), Gwilym Lee (Count Rolf Wittenmeier), Claire Wyatt (Countess Mitzi Wittenmeier), Nicholas Briggs (The Cybermen)

Synopsis

Roll up! Roll up! To the great Viennese Exposition, where showman Stahlbaum will show you his most wonderful creation, the Silver Turk – a mechanical marvel that will not only play for you the fortepiano, the spinet and the flute, it will play you At The gaming table too!

But when the Doctor brings his new travelling companion Mary Shelley to nineteenth-century Vienna, he soon identifies the incredible Turk as one of his deadliest enemies – a part-machine Cyberman.

And that’s not even the worst of the horrors at large in the city…

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Notes

  • The Silver Turk is the first story in the 2011 Eighth Doctor audio trilogy.
  • Once the fact that she is more than half a century in her personal future sinks in, Mary begins to consider how old she would be in September 1873 and the fates of her family and friends. She later notes that she would be seventy-six years old by this time.
  • Mary’s husband Percy Shelley invested in the Turk prior to 1816.
  • The Doctor attempts to pick up Samson and Gemma Griffin in Vienna, having left them there in June 1816.
  • The Turk existed in the real world. It was a man masquerading as a robot and also served as inspiration for the Clockwork Droids from The Girl in the Fireplace.
  • Mary feels pity for the deteriorated condition of the Cybermen as she did for the Doctor in Mary’s Story. This also resembles how Rose Tyler felt pity for the deteriorated Dalek in the Vault in 2012. (Dalek)

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