Ostend, 1913. War is coming. A war in which millions will die. And the guest in suite 139 of the Hotel Palace Thermae knows it. Which is odd, considering he has trotters, a snout and a lovely curly tail.
Toby the Sapient Pig is a swine on the run. Two peculiar strangers have been hunting him across Europe. The first, Miss Alice Bultitude, is an Englishwoman and collector of obscure theatrical ephemera. The second, Inspector Alphonse Chardalot, is a celebrated member of the detective police - the man who brought the trunk murderess of St Germain to justice.
This was supposed to be a reading week for the Doctor and Peri. Now they must do battle with a villain who wants to wipe every last human from the face of the earth - once he's had just another dish of truffles. And maybe a valedictory glass of fizzy lemonade.
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant
- Nurse Albertine - Adjoa Andoh
- Toby the Sapient Pig - Paul Brooke
- Inspector Chardalot - Michael Keating
- Miss Alice Bultitude - Maureen O'Brien
- This story was previewed in DWM 377 with an illustration by Martin Geraghty.
- This audio drama was recorded on 27 and 28 March 2006 at The Moat Studios.
- If this story was part of the subscription with Big Finish, it included Return of the Daleks free with this story.
- Maureen O'Brien is best known for playing the First Doctor's companion Vicki Pallister.
- Adjoa Andoh appeared as Sister Jatt in New Earth and Martha Jones' mother Francine in several episodes during Series 3 and 4 of the relaunched series of Doctor Who.
- Michael Keating appeared as Goudry in The Sun Makers.
- This story is set between Timelash and Revelation of the Daleks.
- This story was originally released on CD and download. It is now available as a download only.
- The Doctor recalls Peri's transformation into an avian life form on Varos in the late 23rd century. (TV: Vengeance on Varos)
- The Doctor threatens to tell Peri the story about "the Giant Rat of the River Fleet". (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
- The Doctor opines on the reading habits of some of his previous incarnations. He calls the First Doctor the "real Francophile" (TV: The Reign of Terror) and a person who, like him, had a great appreciation for books — but not much time to do it, considering the mire beasts (TV: The Chase) and Moroks (TV: The Space Museum) that he had to face.
- Peri says that she is going to shop for a postcard to send to H. G. Wells. (TV: Timelash)
- The Doctor tells Peri that his fifth incarnation "was fond of a Boy's Own adventure about an aristocrat who yomped through the Brazilian rain forests, depriving the natives of their orchids." (TV: Black Orchid)
- The Doctor mentions that he has met the "odd anthropomorphic slug". (TV: The Twin Dilemma)
- The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones would visit 1913 in TV: Human Nature / The Family of Blood.
- Official Year of the Pig page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Year of the Pig at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide