The Silver Turk is the first story in the 2011 Eighth Doctor audio trilogy. The story marks the first appearance of the Eighth Doctor in the Big Finish monthly range since AUDIO: The Company of Friends in 2009. However, an alternative version of the Eighth Doctor appeared in AUDIO: Klein's Story in the interim.

Publisher's summary

Roll up! Roll up! To the great Viennese Exposition, where showman Stahlbaum will show you his most wonderful creation, the Silver Turk — a mechanical marvel that will not only play for you the fortepiano, the spinet and the flute, it will play you at the gaming table too!

But when the Doctor brings his new travelling companion Mary Shelley to nineteenth-century Vienna, he soon identifies the incredible Turk as one of his deadliest enemies — a part-machine Cyberman.

And that’s not even the worst of the horrors at large in the city…


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The Doctor

  • The Doctor tells Mary that her books "scared the pants off" him.
  • Mary breaks the Doctor's sonic screwdriver. The Doctor is indifferent as the TARDIS has a room full of them.


  • Both Bratfisch and Countess Wittenmeier mention the economic problems besetting Austria as a result of "the Crash." This refers to the Long Depression.


  • Once the fact that she is more than half a century in her personal future sinks in, Mary begins to consider how old she would be in September 1873 and the fates of her family and friends. She later notes that she would be seventy-six years old by this time.
  • Mary's husband Percy Shelley invested in the Turk prior to 1816.
  • The Doctor attempts to pick up Samson and Gemma Griffin in Vienna, having left them there in June 1816.
  • The Doctor has met Ludwig van Beethoven, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary and his wife Empress Elisabeth of Bavaria, whom he refers to as "Cissy."
  • Mary has hazel eyes, flecked with green.
  • Mary carries a knife for sharpening her pencil and smelling salts.
  • Stahblaum and Mitzi use the Doctor puppet for their shows. They call him "the Silver Doctor".



  • The Doctor refers to the Cyberman as "one of the Mondas originals."




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