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Creatures of Beauty was the forty-fourth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Nicholas Briggs and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

Publisher's summary[]

A planetary ecological disaster... An incurable, disfiguring, genetic disease... Aliens, in breach of galactic law ...

Nyssa, under arrest... The TARDIS, inoperable... The Doctor, facing interrogation...

Another situation of dire peril is unfolding for the Doctor and his companion. However, what if it is not clear who is right and who is wrong? Who is ugly and who is beautiful?

Where does the story begin, and where does it end?

Sometimes, it is all a matter of perspective.


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Preview illustration by Martin Geraghty from DWM 330

  • The story uses a non-linear narrative as a dramatic device, as all the characters within it, including the Doctor and Nyssa, experience events in chronological order.
  • Writer/director Nicholas Briggs wrote the play in thematic order. The theme of the play being moral ambiguity and the difficulties that occur when the whole picture isn't clear. He recorded it in chronological order so that all the actors experienced the story as their characters would have.
  • The development of the character of Lady Forleon is outlined in the CD's liner notes. In an earlier draft of the script, the character was originally to be a female cosmetic surgeon called Sabrique. This was later changed to become a male industrialist who despite appearing to be a philanthropist was in fact colluding with the criminal underworld. This was then developed into the character of Lady Foreleon as seen in the finished play.
  • The CD's liner notes also mention an unused subplot concerning Nyssa's attempts to escape custody through befriending a quirky female solicitor, a character completely absent from the finished play.
  • Big Finish: The Inside Story reveals that Clive Swift was originally offered and accepted the role of Gilbrook, but had to pull out at the last minute due to an illness in the family.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 22 and 24 March 2003 at the Moat Studios.
  • A comic preview of this story was printed in DWM 330 illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • This story was released on 24 May 2003.[1]



  1. Creatures of Beauty Now Available. Big Finish, via Internet Archive. Retrieved on 16 August 2003.

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