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173. The Lady of Mercia

The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa to the University of Frodsham, close to where the warrior queen Æthelfrid fought a desperate and bloody rearguard action against the savage Danes. Over a thousand years later, in 1983, battle is still being raged, with student activists taking on savage funding cuts… and disrupting a conference about Æthelfrid convened by history professor John Bleak.

Meanwhile, over in the Physics Department, Dr Philippa Stone is working night and day on a top-secret project – but can her theoretical time machine really be the solution to the university's problems?

Present and past are about to collide – and the results, as the TARDIS crew is about to discover, will be far from academic!
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Anthony Howell (Professor John Bleak), Abigail Thaw (Dr Philippa Stone), Rachel Atkins (Queen thelfrid), Catherine Grose (Princess lfwynn), Kieran Bew (Arthur Kettleson), Stephen Critchlow (Earl of Wessex)
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Ken Bentley


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Review By komodo
Rated 7/10 on 8/1/13 9:42 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
This story is good, though not great. To begin with is the large TARDIS crew which usually slows stories down and leaves some characters forgotten. In this case Big Finish are managing the issue by having each story in a trilogy focus on one of the three companions. This one is Tegan’s story.

Its really two stories in one; one set in a 1980s university and the other in the dark ages.
The 1980s story did not work well for me. There is a character from the past suffering culture shock who shouts all the time forcing all the other characters to placate her. In the background we have a mess of university politics (mostly uninteresting) which Turlough gets involved in. This whole story line fails to engage me.

Then there is the dark ages storyline where Tegan shines in a pure historical where she is the primary time traveller and has a companion of her own, an inept history professor. This story line is great. Its lots of fun while being dangerous and exciting and everything we expect from Who. The great thing is, it is Tegan at the centre of it.

I loved the cover of this and thought it the best of the year and Tegan’s story lives up to that. Sadly it is mixed in with a lesser story and the whole does not meet the sum of the parts.
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Review By Gcookscotland
Rated 7/10 on 7/3/13 1:40 pm
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Tehran becomes the Lady of Mercia. Not up to much!
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