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Empire of the Racnoss was the second story in Classic Doctors, New Monsters: Volume Two, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Scott Handcock and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.

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When a distress call rips the TARDIS from the Vortex, dragging it back through time, it arrives in the midst of a conflict between Gallifrey and an ancient foe.

The Doctor, as ever, wants to help, but in returning a wounded combatant home, he becomes further and further entangled in a web of deceit and recrimination. A web spun by an eight-legged Empress and her minions...

The Empire of the Racnoss is at war, and wherever he stands, the Doctor is on the wrong side.


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  • The Doctor quips that the Racnoss Consort must have eaten a lot of flies to reach his size.
  • The Doctor boasts that his TARDIS beats an escape pod any day of the week, "except perhaps Pancake Tuesdays."
  • The Doctor compares the bickering of the Racnoss Empress and Alayna to having two Tegans in the TARDIS at the same time.
  • The Doctor describes the Racnoss Wars as "a long and bloody affair".



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