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The Roof of the World was the fifty-ninth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Adrian Rigelsford and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown and Caroline Morris as Erimem.

From a narrative standpoint, it was one of the earlier adventures with Erimem. It explored, in part, her ability to cope with time travel and her burgeoning relationship with Peri Brown. It continued Big Finish Productions' tradition of giving narrative relevance to the Fifth Doctor's love of cricket, something that was mostly unexplored on television. It was also one of the few Doctor Who stories to be set in South Asia during the British Raj.

Publisher's summary[]

Tibet, 1917.

It's a time of great exploration, with intrepid teams of adventurers heading blindly into uncharted territory, determined to beat inexplicable odds and overcome any challenge they encounter...

But some things are not necessarily that easy to defeat...

An ancient evil, perhaps older than time itself, is stirring deep within the heart of the Himalayas... It has always known it will return and finish off what it started so many centuries before...

But the time has to be right...

As the TARDIS materialises, with the Doctor determined to take full advantage of an invite to a cricket match, the catalyst that the dark forces need unwittingly arrives...


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Illustrated preview from DWM 346.

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  • This is Adrian Rigelsford's first script for Big Finish. He previously wrote the (unproduced) thirtieth anniversary story The Dark Dimension.
  • The Roof of the World was released in 2004, a few days after Adrian Rigelsford was convicted of stealing thousands of photographs from the Daily Mail and reselling them for personal profit. He was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment.[1] Thus, As of 2019 this story is the only licensed Doctor Who story to have been released while its author was serving a sentence for a criminal offence.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 19 and 20 January 2004 at the Moat Studios.
  • An illustrated preview for this story appeared in DWM 346 with artwork by Martin Geraghty.
  • This story shares its name with the first episode of Marco Polo.
  • This story was originally released on CD. It is now available as a download only.
  • This story is set between Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani.


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  1. 'Cunning' photo thief is jailed. BBC News (25 June 2004). Retrieved on 3 March 2019.