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The Kingmaker was the eighty-first story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Nev Fountain and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown and Caroline Morris as Erimem.

It uniquely features the Big Finish debut of the Fourth Doctor, though not played by Tom Baker, but rather by Jon Culshaw, known in the UK for his impersonation of the actor.

Publisher's summary[]

Doctor Who encounters one of the most notorious characters from the past as he journeys through time to solve the great Historical Mysteries...

Not surprisingly, the Doctor becomes mixed up with Richard III himself as he tries to unravel the perplexing problem of who exactly killed the princes in the Tower.

Peri and Erimem also encounter a suspicious time traveller. Someone from the Doctor's own past. Someone who shouldn't really be there at all.

So who did murder the princes in the Tower? Perhaps it's best not to ask a question like that...

You might not like the answer...


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  • The Fourth Doctor considered writing books entitled How Green Was My Gallifrey and The Female UNIT.
  • The intended title for the Doctor Who Discovers series was The Doctor, Who Discovers...s.


Illustrated preview by Martin Geraghty from DWM 368.

  • Released in 2006, this was the first "appearance" of the Fourth Doctor in a Big Finish audio, in the context of the Fifth Doctor listening to a voice recording made by his previous self. The Fourth Doctor's recorded voice is performed here by Jon Culshaw. Tom Baker would not reprise the role of the Fourth Doctor for Big Finish until 2011.
  • The Doctor's Doctor Who Discovers book series is a reference to the real-world Doctor Who Discovers book series. The cover art for the CD depicts the cover of one of these books, using the same format as the real-world books. It also displays the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who logo in an in-universe context.
  • The Doctor's offhand comment that "it was either that or write a novelty cookbook" is a reference to The Doctor Who Cookbook.
  • A preview for this audio story appeared in DWM 368 illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 20 and 21 November 2005 at The Moat Studios.
  • This story is set between Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani.
  • This story was originally released on CD. It is now available as a download only.
  • Peri reads a drunken note from William Shakespeare in which the "s" sounds are replaced with "f". Until around 1800, the lowercase letter s was known as the "long s" and can be easily confused with the lowercase f, since the long s was written as ſ.


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