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The Church and the Crown was the thirty-eighth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown and Caroline Morris as Erimem.

It was, broadly, a historical examination of the era of The Three Musketeers, although it featured original musketeers rather than those created by Alexandre Dumas.

It featured Erimem's first journey in the TARDIS and her second display of field-of-battle heroism. As with several other historicals in the first five years of Big Finish's main Doctor Who line, it was a so-called "pure" historical without any science fiction elements aside from the TARDIS.

It also gave Nicola Bryant an expanded acting opportunity, since it featured her as both Peri and Queen Anne. Like Romana I before her in The Androids of Tara, Peri had an exact doppelgänger in a royal family.

Publisher's summary[]

A nation divided...

A Queen's life at risk...

A net of conspiracy closing in...

Sometimes being a time travelling adventurer just isn't easy...

For a start there's a temperamental TARDIS that lands a few thousand years off course in 17th century Paris. But why shouldn't the Fifth Doctor, Peri and their travelling guest Erimem take a look around the city on the morning of King Louis' annual State Ball?

As Peri becomes embroiled in a plot to kill Queen Anne and smash the unity of the Church and the Crown, the Doctor finds himself duelling musketeers on the streets.

With Peri missing, Erimem catching King Louis' eye and a Musketeer's sword at your throat, could things get any worse?



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Part 2[]

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Part 3[]

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Part 4[]

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The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor tells Erimem that, earlier in his personal timeline, he met an older version of Louis XIII in 1638.
  • The Doctor has a lifetime membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
  • The Doctor claims to have once met a Visigoth with a sword.

Foods and beverages[]



  • The Doctor has visited the Louvre.

The comic preview for this story. (DWM 324)



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