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Crime of the Century was the fourth release in the second series of Big Finish Productions' The Lost Stories range. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Raine Creevy, as played by Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Beth Chalmers. It was based upon a television story of the same name, which was not produced due to the series' cancellation in 1990.

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The year is 1989. In London, safe cracker Raine Creevy breaks into a house — and finds more than the family jewels.

In the Middle East, the kingdom of Sayf Udeen is being terrorised by Soviet invaders and alien monsters.

And on the Scottish border, a highly guarded facility contains an advanced alien weapon.

These are all part of the Doctor's masterplan. But masterplans can go awry...


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  • The Doctor claims that dolphins are "one of the few sentient species" on Earth.


  • This audio drama was recorded on 13 and 14 April 2010 at The Moat Studios.
  • It was released on 18 May 2011.[1]
  • Raine Creevy is based on Raine Cunningham, the companion who was intended to come after Ace in the then-unproduced Season 27. A feature in DWM 255 gave the character the name Kate Tollinger, but according to an interview with script editor Andrew Cartmel in DWM 433, the character was always going to be named Raine. The character has been renamed Raine Creevy, as Cartmel had since discovered someone of the name Raine Cunningham existed in real life.
  • Notably, this story deliberately does not give the identity of the British Prime Minister in 1989 in the Doctor Who universe. In reality, it was Margaret Thatcher, who served in that office continuously from 4 May 1979 to 28 November 1990. This contrasts with several other audio dramas based in the 1980s, including The Ultimate Adventure (in which she is featured as a character) and Rat Trap (in which she is mentioned several times). The latter was released in June 2011, only one month after the release of Thin Ice.



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