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Forty-Five was the one hundred and fifteenth release in Big Finish's monthly range. The four stories were written by Mark Morris, Nick Scovell, Mark Michalowski and Steven Hall respectively and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex.

The number "45" somehow figured into each of the four stories and was intended to celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of Doctor Who.

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In Egypt, archaeologist Howard Carter unearths an ancient secret buried in the Valley of the Kings. On an island of Mendolovinia, a deranged academic attempts to push back the frontiers of the human mind. In war-torn London, a cockney spiv takes possession of a bizarre alien object. And in a military bunker in the cold heart of Antartica, the strangest and deadliest of the Doctor's many enemies lies in wait...


1. FALSE GODS by Mark Morris

In the blistering heat of the Egyptian desert Howard Carter and his team search for the lost tomb of Userhat, a servant of the god Amun. What they discover sheds new light on the history of the world as we know it.

2. ORDER OF SIMPLICITY by Nick Scovell

Dr. Verryman has devoted his life to the advancement of knowledge. When his experiments on a remote planet threaten the entire human race only the Doctor can help - if he puts his mind to it.

3. CASUALTIES OF WAR by Mark Michalowski

Opportunity knocks in postwar London. But when a tea leaf steals from the wrong woman it becomes a race against time to discover the truth. Only some truths are best left untold.

4. THE WORD LORD by Steven Hall

In a top secret military bunker deep beneath the Antarctic ice a mysterious death threatens peace negotiations and could spell disaster for the inhabitants of Earth. Can the Doctor cross the t's and dot the i's? Or will his efforts get lost in translation?


# Title Author Director Featuring Released Pr. code
45.1 False Gods Mark Morris Ken Bentley Ace, Hex November 2008 7W/H
45.2 Order of Simplicity Nick Scovell
45.3 Casualties of War Mark Michalowski
45.4 The Word Lord Steven Hall


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  • This is the second story to celebrate Doctor Who's 45th anniversary, the other being the comic story The Forgotten.

Illustrated preview from DWM 402.

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