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A Death in the Family was the one hundred and fortieth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Steven Hall and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace, Philip Olivier as Hex, Ian Reddington as Nobody No-One and Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe

It was the final chronological story for Evelyn, with this story taking place many years after she stopped travelling with the Doctor. This is the third Big Finish audio story to feature a companion death, the first was K9 Mark I in Imperiatrix, with the second being C'rizz in Absolution. However, Evelyn continues to travel with the Sixth Doctor with several events mentioned in this story featuring in stories released after this one, until Stables passed away in 2014 and her character was retired.

Publisher's summary[]

"The future folds into the past. The homeless hero has fallen. Now begins the time of three tales: The Tale of the Herald. The Tale of the Hidden Woman. The Tale of the Final Speaker. When the last tale is told, all the lights shall fail. The world will end."

21st century London: Nobody No One, the extra-dimensional Word Lord, is again running amok. Only this time, he's unbeatable — and a terrible tragedy is about to unfold.

It is written.


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The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor has something like a calendar of when his friends will die.
  • Nobody No-one wears a scarf in his new incarnation. He claims that it is a homage to the Doctor's fourth incarnation.



  • The Doctor and Ace search the remains of the Forge's building for alien technology with Captain Stillwell of UNIT.
  • Ace meets up with Henry Noone on several occasions in the White Rabbit pub in London during 2027.
  • By 2027, the United Kingdom has a king.
  • WOTAN 1 is a UNIT base located beneath the BT Tower.


Time travel[]

  • Evelyn Rossiter was transported from Világ to the planet Pelachan via a temporal device.
  • The people of Pelachan are descendants of the crew of a human time ship called the UNS Pelican.


  • Bees were being reintroduced to the UK in June 2027. According to Ace, the bee problem would be resolved by 2040, by which time Earth would also have "new pandas."

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