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{{Infobox Story
 
{{Infobox Story
|image = The Crimes of Thomas Brewser cover.jpg
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|image = The Crimes of Thomas Brewser cover.jpg
 
|range = Main Range
 
|range = Main Range
 
|number in range = 143
 
|number in range = 143
|series = [[Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|Big Finish ''Doctor Who'' audio stories]]
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|series = ''[[Main Range]]'' stories
|number = 143
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|number = 143
|doctor = Sixth Doctor
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|doctor = Sixth Doctor
|companions = [[Evelyn Smythe|Evelyn]]
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|companions = [[Evelyn Smythe|Evelyn]]
|featuring = Thomas Brewster
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|featuring = Thomas Brewster{{!}}Brewster
|featuring2 = Flip Jackson
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|featuring2 = Flip Jackson
|featuring3 = Patricia Menzies
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|featuring3 = Patricia Menzies
|setting = [[London]], [[2010]]
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|setting = {{il|[[London]] [[2011]],|[[Symbios]]}}
|writer = [[Jonathan Morris]]
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|writer = [[Jonathan Morris]]
|director = [[Nicholas Briggs]]
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|director = [[Nicholas Briggs]]
 
|post production = [[Howard Carter (composer)|Howard Carter]]
 
|post production = [[Howard Carter (composer)|Howard Carter]]
|cover = [[Anthony Lamb]]
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|cover = [[Anthony Lamb]]
|publisher = Big Finish Productions
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|publisher = Big Finish Productions
|release date = [[January (releases)|January]] [[2011 (releases)|2011]]
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|release date = [[January (releases)|January]] [[2011 (releases)|2011]]
|format = 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
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|format = 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
|isbn = ISBN 978-1-84435-543-3
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|isbn = ISBN 978-1-84435-543-3
|prev = Special Features (audio story)
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|prev = Special Features (audio story)
|next = The Feast of Axos (audio story)
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|next = The Feast of Axos (audio story)
|series2 = Big Finish ''Doctor Who'' audio releases
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|series2 = ''[[Main Range]]'' releases
|prev2 = The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
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|prev2 = The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
|next2 = The Feast of Axos (audio story)
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|next2 = The Feast of Axos (audio story)
|series3=Main range audios with Brewster
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|production code = [[List of production codes#Based off TV story production codes|7C/NA]]
|prev3=A Perfect World (audio story)
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|producer = [[David Richardson]]|enemy = Terravores}}{{audio stub}}
|next3=The Feast of Axos (audio story)
 
|production code = 7C/NA
 
}}{{audio stub}}
 
 
'''''{{StoryTitle}}''''' was the one hundred and forty-third story in [[Big Finish Productions|Big Finish]]'s [[Main Range|monthly range]]. It was written by [[Jonathan Morris]] and featured [[Colin Baker]] as the [[Sixth Doctor]], [[Maggie Stables]] as [[Evelyn Smythe]] and reintroduced [[John Pickard]] as [[Thomas Brewster]].
 
'''''{{StoryTitle}}''''' was the one hundred and forty-third story in [[Big Finish Productions|Big Finish]]'s [[Main Range|monthly range]]. It was written by [[Jonathan Morris]] and featured [[Colin Baker]] as the [[Sixth Doctor]], [[Maggie Stables]] as [[Evelyn Smythe]] and reintroduced [[John Pickard]] as [[Thomas Brewster]].
   
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== References ==
 
== References ==
 
=== Cultural references from the real world ===
 
=== Cultural references from the real world ===
* Menzies compares the interior of the TARDIS to "[[James T. Kirk|Captain Kirk]]'s [[USS Enterprise|ship]]."
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* Menzies compares the interior of the TARDIS to "[[James T. Kirk|Captain Kirk]]'s [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)|ship]]."
 
* Flip's ringtone is ''[[Pokerface]]'' by [[Lady Gaga]].
 
* Flip's ringtone is ''[[Pokerface]]'' by [[Lady Gaga]].
   
 
=== The Doctor ===
 
=== The Doctor ===
 
* While being interviewed by Menzies, Evelyn tells her that the Doctor's name is "[[The Doctor's aliases#John Smith|Dr John Smith]]."
 
* While being interviewed by Menzies, Evelyn tells her that the Doctor's name is "[[The Doctor's aliases#John Smith|Dr John Smith]]."
* As the Doctor asks the [[Terravore]] to tell him about themselves, they ask who he is. He states he is the Doctor's [[Companion]] and its "kind of my job to ask stupid questions".
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* As the Doctor asks the [[Terravore]] to tell him about themselves, they ask who he is. He states he is the Doctor's [[companion]] and its "kind of my job to ask stupid questions".
   
 
=== Fashion and clothing ===
 
=== Fashion and clothing ===
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
 
* This audio story was recorded at [[The Moat Studios]].
 
* This audio story was recorded at [[The Moat Studios]].
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* Although Menzies says that the events of [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'', set in [[2008]], were two years ago, the next story in this trilogy ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Feast of Axos (audio story)|The Feast of Axos]]'') places it in [[2011]].
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* This story was originally released on CD and download.
   
 
== Continuity ==
 
== Continuity ==
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* The Doctor tells Evelyn that he once passed under the original [[London Bridge]] in a boat with [[James II|King James II]] ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Glorious Revolution (audio story)|The Glorious Revolution]]'') and that [[mudlark]]s used to scavenge for goods in the [[River Thames]]. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (audio story)|The Haunting of Thomas Brewster]]'')
 
* The Doctor tells Evelyn that he once passed under the original [[London Bridge]] in a boat with [[James II|King James II]] ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Glorious Revolution (audio story)|The Glorious Revolution]]'') and that [[mudlark]]s used to scavenge for goods in the [[River Thames]]. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (audio story)|The Haunting of Thomas Brewster]]'')
 
* This is the Doctor's first meeting with DI Menzies in his personal timeline. However, it is their third meeting from her perspective, following [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'' and [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]''. Menzies elects not to inform the Doctor but he correctly guesses that this is the case. He promises to return the favour when they meet for the first time in her personal timeline.
 
* This is the Doctor's first meeting with DI Menzies in his personal timeline. However, it is their third meeting from her perspective, following [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'' and [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]''. Menzies elects not to inform the Doctor but he correctly guesses that this is the case. He promises to return the favour when they meet for the first time in her personal timeline.
* DI Menzies refers to the [[Ackley House]] incident in [[Manchester]] in [[February]] [[2008]]. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'')
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* DI Menzies refers to the [[Ackley House]] incident in [[Manchester (city)|Manchester]] in [[February]] [[2008]]. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'')
 
* Brewster once again poses as the Doctor, as he did while the TARDIS was in his possession. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[Time Reef (audio story)|Time Reef]]'')
 
* Brewster once again poses as the Doctor, as he did while the TARDIS was in his possession. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[Time Reef (audio story)|Time Reef]]'')
 
* Menzies comments that the Doctor looks about five years younger than he did during her two previous encounters with him. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'', ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]'')
 
* Menzies comments that the Doctor looks about five years younger than he did during her two previous encounters with him. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Condemned (audio story)|The Condemned]]'', ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]'')
 
* Menzies tells Evelyn of the time that [[Charlotte Pollard|Charley Pollard]] claimed to have met the Doctor out of order. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]'')
 
* Menzies tells Evelyn of the time that [[Charlotte Pollard|Charley Pollard]] claimed to have met the Doctor out of order. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]'')
* In [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]'', the Doctor politely refuses Menzies' request to travel with him, citing the growing mystery surrounding Charley's true identity, though he states that one day he may return and take her up on the offer. As his encounter with her in ''The Raincloud Man'' takes place later in his personal timeline than the events of this story, he would have been aware at that time that Menzies had never become his companion when they met in [[2010]]. Consequently, granting her request in [[2008]] would have altered history and damaged the [[Web of Time]]. It is possible that the Doctor's grounds for refusal, namely the mystery surrounding Charley, may have simply been an excuse to avoid revealing to Menzies that he had already met her future self.
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* In [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Raincloud Man (audio story)|The Raincloud Man]]'', the Doctor politely refuses Menzies' request to travel with him, citing the growing mystery surrounding Charley's true identity, though he states that one day he may return and take her up on the offer. As his encounter with her in ''The Raincloud Man'' takes place later in his personal timeline than the events of this story, he would have been aware at that time that Menzies had never become his companion when they met in [[2011]]. Consequently, granting her request in [[2008]] would have altered history and damaged the [[Web of Time]]. It is possible that the Doctor's grounds for refusal, namely the mystery surrounding Charley, may have simply been an excuse to avoid revealing to Menzies that he had already met her future self.
 
* The Doctor recalls visiting the then newly opened Great Portland Street Tube in the company of Brewster and [[Nyssa]] in [[1867]] during his fifth incarnation. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (audio story)|The Haunting of Thomas Brewster]]'')
 
* The Doctor recalls visiting the then newly opened Great Portland Street Tube in the company of Brewster and [[Nyssa]] in [[1867]] during his fifth incarnation. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (audio story)|The Haunting of Thomas Brewster]]'')
 
* Menzies compares Brewster to the [[Artful Dodger]] from [[Charles Dickens]]' novel ''[[Oliver Twist]]''. Later in his sixth incarnation, the Doctor would meet a 23-year-old version of the Artful Dodger in the [[Land of Fiction]] ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[Legend of the Cybermen (audio story)|Legend of the Cybermen]]'') whereas the [[Ninth Doctor]] and his companion [[Rose Tyler]] would later meet Dickens himself in [[Cardiff]] on [[24 December]] [[1869]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Unquiet Dead (TV story)|The Unquiet Dead]]'')
 
* Menzies compares Brewster to the [[Artful Dodger]] from [[Charles Dickens]]' novel ''[[Oliver Twist]]''. Later in his sixth incarnation, the Doctor would meet a 23-year-old version of the Artful Dodger in the [[Land of Fiction]] ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[Legend of the Cybermen (audio story)|Legend of the Cybermen]]'') whereas the [[Ninth Doctor]] and his companion [[Rose Tyler]] would later meet Dickens himself in [[Cardiff]] on [[24 December]] [[1869]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Unquiet Dead (TV story)|The Unquiet Dead]]'')
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The Crimes of Thomas Brewster was the one hundred and forty-third story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Jonathan Morris and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe and reintroduced John Pickard as Thomas Brewster.

It was notable for featuring the third appearance of DI Patricia Menzies, for featuring the first appearance of the Doctor's future companion Flip Jackson, for turning the Fifth Doctor's former companion, Thomas Brewster into a companion of the Sixth Doctor and for retconning Evelyn's personal timeline to include a time where she shared the TARDIS with another companion.

Publisher's summary Edit

Sent down south to assist the Metropolitan Police in their efforts to investigate the gangland kingpin known only as "the Doctor", Detective-Inspector Patricia Menzies finds herself up to her neck in laser-armed robot mosquitoes, gun-running criminal overlords, vanishing Tube trains... and not one, but two Doctors.

Meanwhile the real Doctor, and his academic assistant Professor Evelyn Smythe, have become ensnared in the machinations of an old acquaintance — time-travelling Victorian guttersnipe Thomas Brewster. But what's Brewster's connection to the rapacious robot Terravores? And can anyone contain the gathering swarm?

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Cast Edit

References Edit

Cultural references from the real world Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • While being interviewed by Menzies, Evelyn tells her that the Doctor's name is "Dr John Smith."
  • As the Doctor asks the Terravore to tell him about themselves, they ask who he is. He states he is the Doctor's companion and its "kind of my job to ask stupid questions".

Fashion and clothing Edit

  • The Doctor's coat is destroyed in the explosion of the Terravore. He tells Evelyn that he has twelve other identical coats in the TARDIS wardrobe.

Individuals Edit

  • Menzies asks Evelyn what has become of Charley Pollard.
  • Menzies was recently seconded from the Greater Manchester Police to the Metropolitan Police Service due to her experience with mysterious individuals calling themselves "the Doctor."
  • When Evelyn attempts to test Brewster's claim that he is the Doctor, she mentions the Daleks.
  • Brewster tells the Doctor that his girlfriend Connie Winter was hit by a car and left in an irreversible coma.

Planets Edit

Species Edit

  • The Locus tells the Doctor that all life on Symbios exist in symbiosis, hence the name of the planet.
  • A future incarnation of the Doctor saved Symbios from the Drahvins at a considerably earlier point in the planet's history.

Technology Edit

Theories and concepts Edit

  • The Doctor tells Menzies that, due to the Blinovitch Limitation Effect, he experiences a prickling sensation on the back of his hand when one of his past or future incarnations is in the vicinity.

Transport technology Edit

Vehicles Edit

  • The Doctor claims to know how to drive a speedboat, though his efforts are less than successful.

Notes Edit

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