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Assassin in the Limelight was the one hundred and eighth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Robert Ross and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe and Leslie Phillips as Robert Knox.

This story features the return of two previous characters — Robert Knox played by Leslie Phillips from Medicinal Purposes and the Indo from Pier Pressure.

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Ford's Theatre, Washington. Friday, 14th April, 1865. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The place, the date and the event which made history. Or did it? Someone has been tampering with time, muddying the waters of history for his own purposes. Time itself is out of joint and the chief culprit is the enigmatic Doctor Knox. Somehow the Doctor and Evelyn must put history back on track before the future dissolves into chaos. But Knox, it turns out, may be the least of their worries...


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  • Knox poses as the Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde. The Doctor realises this congruity immediately since, as he tells Evelyn, Wilde was "still in short trousers" in 1865.
  • Knox's body is rotting, but he is using a concoction of lavender and bergamot to cover up the stench, but his breath smells badly.


  • Knox has a TARDIS with voice control which allows him to control the ship's functions, like take-offs and for mundane things like turning the scanner on. Like the Doctor's TARDIS, it has a fast return switch.
  • Knox's TARDIS speaks with a calm female voice.
  • Type 70 TARDISes can quickly scan their systems to determine if there is a fault.
  • Knox's TARDIS's chameleon circuit turns into a cabinet and then a thorny bush.



Illustration from DWM 395.

  • This is the final appearance of Evelyn Smythe in the main range until the audio story A Death in the Family in October 2010.
  • Given that the majority of the events of the audio story The Haunting of Thomas Brewster take place in November 1867, this is the second consecutive audio drama based predominantly in the 1860s.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 7 and 8 February 2008 at The Moat Studios.
  • This story was originally released on CD and download.


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