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Council of War was the twelfth and final story of the seventh series in The Companion Chronicles audio range. It was produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris and featured Sergeant Benton.

Publisher's summary[]

At the Doctor's request, Sergeant Benton is investigating ghosts and missing people in Kettering, while undercover as a local councillor.

And that's how he comes to meet Margery Phipps.

An alien incursion in the town hall leads them on a journey to a terrible future — where Margery discovers how she changed a world, and the life of a whole civilisation hangs in the balance...


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Part two[]

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  • Margery Phipps, a member of the Harmony Party, was the first woman to elected to the Kettering Town Council. She is a feminist, a vegetarian and an environmentalist.
  • Overnight, the Doctor builds a time disturbance sensor for Benton to use to detect "ghosts" in Kettering.
  • Benton goes undercover as an independent councillor in the Burton Latimer Ward in investigate the disappearance of Beryl Umbridge.
  • Ted Fields dresses as Father Christmas.
  • Margery describes Benton as handsome in a "mail order catalogue sort of way" and claims that he resembles James Bond, "not the new one, the one before him but without the Australian accent."
  • UNIT believes that the "ghosts" are time travellers from the future.
  • Benton describes Margery as "a Bolshie women's libber."
  • Margery refers to Marks & Spencer.
  • Margery's favourite flowers are gladioli.
  • In 1992, Margery became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and negotiated a "deep and lasting" peace treaty between nations. Her book Love is All You Need was still a bestseller 500 years later. The people of Valiador adopted her philosophy and renamed the planet "Kettering" in her honour. Kettering became renowned for its pacifism. However, this left the planet open to invasion by a species of strip miners called the Blatherians, who sold much of the population into slavery, ten years earlier. Margery was taken from her own time to be placed on trial for her role in leading to Kettering's devastation. Mr Sparks is her defence attorney.
  • The Blatherians resemble giant cockroaches.
  • UNIT was succeeded by the United Galactic Intelligence Taskforce (UGIT).


  • This marks the first time that John Levene has portrayed the role of Sgt. Benton since the video Wartime in 1987.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 10 August 2012 at The Moat Studios.
  • This story was originally released on CD and download. It is now available as a download only.
  • This story is told from Benton's perspective.


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