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Harry Houdini's War was the two hundred and fifty fifth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Steve Lyons and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri.

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The world is at war, and Harry Houdini wants to fight for his adoptive country. He might get the chance, when an old friend crashes his New York show.

The Doctor is on the trail of a Central Powers spy ring, which has somehow acquired unearthly technology. But he is also keeping a dangerous secret…

Finding himself on the run behind enemy lines, the world’s greatest escape artist has to work out who he can trust – and fast.


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  • Houdini has not met this particular incarnation of the Doctor before.
  • The Doctor makes use of a tuning fork.
  • Houdini is aware of the Doctor's penchant for Venusian aikido.
  • Peri and the Doctor both independently claim the TARDIS is Houdini's vanishing cabinet, when questioned.
  • Houdini can hold his breath for minutes at a time.
  • Houdini was once lowered into the East River while in leg irons and handcuffs, which were themselves nailed onto a crate.
  • An Estrati spacecraft crash-landed in the Spandauer Forest, near Berlin, in 1911. It was brought into the courtyard of a nearby early 16th century castle. On seeing said spaceship, turned nearly inside out, Harry remarks its resemblance to something made by Rube Goldberg.
  • The Doctor tries to explain away his binary vascular system on an X-ray scan by claiming it must be double exposure.
  • Harry finally gets to ride in the TARDIS, though he was unconscious throughout.
  • Houdini Mentions facing the Kleptons and the Selachians alonside the Doctor in the past.


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