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The Book of Kells was the fourth story in the fourth series of the Eighth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Barnaby Edwards and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and Niky Wardley as Tamsin Drew.

Publisher's summary Edit

"Anyone who's prepared to kill for a book interests me."

Ireland, 1006. Strange things have been happening at the isolated Abbey of Kells: disembodied voices, unexplained disappearances, sudden death. The monks whisper of imps and demons. Could the Lord of the Dead himself be stalking these hallowed cloisters?

The Doctor and his companion find themselves in the midst of a medieval mystery. At its heart is a book: perhaps the most important book in the world. The Great Gospel of Columkille. The Liber Columbae. The Book of Kells.

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Species Edit

  • A Vortisaur recently crashlanded in a barn near the Abbey of Kells. The monks used its hide to make vellum.

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Time travel Edit

  • Tamsin refers to the Time Vortex as a "temporary whirlpool" rather than a "temporal wormhole".

Notes Edit

  • This story marks the first appearance of the Monk in an audio drama as well as his first appearance in performed Doctor Who since the television story The Daleks' Master Plan in 1966.
  • Sheridan Smith is credited as "Ash Hidminster" (an anagram) in the liner notes, to disguise the reappearance of Lucie. She is only recognisable in the sequence after the end titles.
  • As the Doctor states, it is a matter of historical record that the Book of Kells was stolen from the Abbey of Kells in 1006. When it was recovered some weeks later, the gold and jewels of the cover were missing, along with several pages. This brief period was the only time that the Book of Kells was outside the monastery until it was placed on display in the Old Library of Trinity College, Dublin in the 19th century, where it remains today.
  • The story was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 10 January 2013.

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