The Carrionite Curse
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Maya Sondhi (Katy Bell), Andrée Bernard (Mary Sissinghurst), Adèle Anderson (Eileen Nelthorpe), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Rev Douglas Bell). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Katy Bell returns to her Midlands home to find strange goings-on at the buskers fair. A witch trial in the 1980s. A bonfire ready to be lit…
Luckily, a colourful visitor is already investigating, and the local vicar, Katy’s dad, is versed in tales of the macabre. Terrifying forces are on the loose, and the town hall holds a secret. There is black magic in the Black Country, and the Doctor has the name of his enemy on the tip of his tongue…
Something wicked this way comes.
The Carrionite Curse was the third story in Classic Doctors, New Monsters: Volume Two, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Simon Guerrier and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.
One of the locals refers to Katy as “Badger Girl”.
The Doctor finds a book titled Reminiscences of the Peculiar, written by George Litefoot.
The Doctor finds books written by an author named Rowling in the Demonology and Witchcraft section of the TARDIS library.
“Roundel” is among the words used by The Doctor to impede the Carrionites.
The Doctor mentions that his coat comes from Kolpasha. (Instruments of Darkness)
Reverend Bell recalls a tale from Killingworth of Ravensworth and Stephenson foiling an old lady who made men violent by drinking from their brains in the 19th century. The Doctor assures him that she was not a witch. (The Mark of the Rani)
The Doctor tells Reverend Bell that he is aware of George Litefoot. (The Talons of Weng Chiang)
The Doctor keeps a “C chest” in the TARDIS, (The Unicorn and the Wasp) inside of which he keeps a Cryon pendant. (Attack of the Cybermen)
Sissinghurst knows that The Doctor is President of the High Council of the Lords of Time on Gallifrey. (The Five Doctors)
Sissinghurst refers to The Doctor as “Valeyard“. (Trial of a Time Lord)
The Doctor saved several scrolls from the fire at the Library of Alexandria in the 5th century. (The Library of Alexandria)
The Doctor considers George Orwell to be an old friend. During his eighth incarnation, he would meet Orwell again in Spain during its civil war in 1937. (History 101)
The Doctor refers to the fact that the Globe Theatre was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. It had been set by Francis Pearson, who was jealous of William Shakespeare’s success. (Managra)
The Doctor would encounter the Carrionites again in London in 1599 during his tenth incarnation. The Carrionites know this and wish to exploit the time paradox that would arise from confronting his past self, using stones from the now ruined Globe Theatre where they were defeated. (The Shakespeare Code)