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The Council of Nicaea was the seventy-first story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Caroline Symcox and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown and Caroline Morris as Erimem.

It unusually, though certainly not without precedent, dealt with Christianity's early history. It was also a particularly strong story for Erimem, who came close to leaving the Fifth Doctor over the morality of preserving the integrity of the timeline. In this conflict, the fact that Erimem came from an even more distant past than the story's setting of 325 AD was of central importance. Unlike most stories featuring an "historical companion", the fact of her origin, both as a former Pharaoh and an ancient Egyptian, fully mattered to the progress of the narrative.

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The year is A.D. 325. In the city of Nicaea, the first great Church council, called by the Roman Emperor Constantine, is due to begin. Here, theology, philosophy and politics will be brought together for millennia to come.

The Doctor, Peri and Erimem are there simply to watch events unfold. Gaps remain in the history books, and the Doctor has come to satisfy his curiosity.

But none of them are ready for what greets them in Nicaea. Intrigue within the Imperial Palace has become violence on the streets. Mobs roam the alleyways and blood is spilt in the name of faith. Even in the face of murder and injustice, though, the time travellers must force themselves to stay aloof.

This is history, after all.

Yet what is history to one person is the future to another.

Is it possible for history to be rewritten? And if it can, can the Doctor afford to let it?


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  • Peri was raised Baptist, but does not consider herself to be a religious person.



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