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Revision as of 18:59, December 17, 2014


Mask of Tragedy was the one hundred and ninetieth story in Big Finish's monthly range.

Publisher's summary

Athens, 421 BC. An ancient civilisation of philosophers and poets and the birthplace of theatre. The Doctor has decided to show Ace and Hector how it all began, with help from the great comedian Aristophanes.

But life in Athens is no laughing matter. There’s the ever-present threat of invasion from the Spartan horde. The plague that turns people into the walking dead. The slavery. The tyrannical rule of the paranoid, malicious Cleon and his network of informers. And the giant flying beetle with knives for wings that stalks the city streets at night.

What Athens needs is a hero. And who better to be a hero in ancient Greece than a man called Hector?


Part One

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Part Two

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Part Three

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Part Four

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  • Ace refers to Hollyoaks.
  • Ace describes the Time Lords as "the men in high collars".
  • The Doctor wears a toga. However, he still carries his umbrella.
  • Aristophanes is aware of the existence of time travel and asks Ace what century she is from. The Doctor tells her and Hector that Ancient Greece is a hotspot for time travelling tourists.
  • The Doctor is Aristophanes' sponsor.
  • Athens has been at war with Sparta for many years.
  • Tyrgius mistakes Aristophanes for Euripides.
  • The Doctor previously visited Athens in the company of Melanie Bush, who corrected Euclid's geometry, much to his annoyance.
  • Ace refers to herself as "Germaine Greer".
  • The Doctor refers to Wham! and One Direction.
  • Aristophanes and Cleon knew each other when they were children.
  • Tyrgius is a xenopsychosurgeon.
  • In 422 BC, Aristophanes wrote a play entitled The Wasps in which he mocked jurors, accusing them of being corrupt and in Cleon's pay.
  • The Doctor claims that he is 900 years ago.
  • After the Doctor changes history slightly, he comments that he will have to edit Wikipedia to reflect the change.



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