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1963: The Assassination Games was the one hundred and eightieth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by John Dorney and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace, Simon Williams as Group Captain Gilmore, Pamela Salem as Rachel Jensen, Karen Gledhill as Allison Williams and Hugh Ross as Sir Toby Kinsella.

It was the third story in the 1963 audio trilogy celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

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London. The end of November, 1963. A time of change. The old guard are being swept away by the white heat of technology. Political scandals are the talk of the town. Britain tries to maintain its international role; fanatics assassinate charismatic politicians and Group Captain Ian Gilmore is trying to get his fledgling Counter-Measures unit off the ground.

When his life is saved by a familiar umbrella-bearing figure, he knows something terrible is going on. Whilst Rachel investigates an enigmatic millionaire and Allison goes undercover in an extremist organisation, Gilmore discovers a sinister plot with roots a century old.

The Doctor and Ace are back in town. A new dawn is coming. It's time for everyone... to see the Light.

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  • This is the first audio drama released in the main range to feature the Seventh Doctor and Ace travelling alone since The Rapture in September 2002.
  • The circumstances surrounding Stephen Mulryne's affair with Amanda Caulfield are based on the Profumo Affair.
  • When Sir Francis White threatens him by calling him a "dead man," the Doctor says, "You may very well think that but I couldn't possibly comment." This is a reference to Francis Urquhart's most famous line from the political thriller House of Cards.
  • Rachel's comment that the Bond films "aren't exactly [her] thing" may be an in-joke referring to the fact that Pamela Salem played Miss Moneypenny in the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again in 1983.
  • The identity of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is never given in the story. In reality, the Prime Minister in November 1963 was Alec Douglas-Home, who served in that position from 18 October 1963 to 16 October 1964. He was previously mentioned in AUDIO: The Pelage Project and AUDIO: State of Emergency.
  • Chronologically, this marks the first appearance of Sir Toby Kinsella.
  • In real life, the Defence Secretary position did not exist until 1964 and there was no Deputy Prime Minister under Douglas-Home.
  • This story was recorded on 11 and 12 February 2013 at the Moat Studios.
  • This story was offered as a free download with DWM 467, along with a number of other "Part Ones".
  • In the real world, many of the teas mentioned in episode one did not exist in 1963; notably, Lady Grey was not created until the 1990s.
  • This story was originally released on CD and download.


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