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5.0 out of 5 stars if the king not like the comedy....
Then he'd probably be alone, because this is a fantastic piece of work. The doctor and companions are forced by desire and circumstance to try and find who killed the princes in the tower. The story that ensues is a wonderful bit of writing, funny at points and a pretty serious discussion of moral issues at others.

Performed to perfection by the guest cast, in...
Published on 8 Jun 2006 by Paul Tapner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's Fantasy Adventures
Doctor Who : The Kingmaker.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri, Erimem.
Main enemy: William Shakespeare (Mr Seyton), Richard, Duke of Gloucester / Richard III of England.
Main setting: London, 1597, April to November 1483 and June to 22 August 1485.
Writer: Nev Fountain.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 81.
Format: 4...
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5.0 out of 5 stars if the king not like the comedy...., 8 Jun 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Then he'd probably be alone, because this is a fantastic piece of work. The doctor and companions are forced by desire and circumstance to try and find who killed the princes in the tower. The story that ensues is a wonderful bit of writing, funny at points and a pretty serious discussion of moral issues at others.

Performed to perfection by the guest cast, in particular stephen beckett as richard the third who being a northerner can't help but remind you of a certain other doctor, and arthur smith as the smelliest barman in olde england.

This has excellent cliffhangers, several stunning twists, and a few moments that long term fans will absolutely love. Highly recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's Fantasy Adventures, 25 Jun 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Kingmaker (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : The Kingmaker.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri, Erimem.
Main enemy: William Shakespeare (Mr Seyton), Richard, Duke of Gloucester / Richard III of England.
Main setting: London, 1597, April to November 1483 and June to 22 August 1485.
Writer: Nev Fountain.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 81.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 140 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Clarrie - Arthur Smith.
Mr Seyton - Michael Fenton-Stevens.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III) - Stephen Beckett.
Henry, Duke of Buckingham - Marcus Hutton.
Earl Rivers / The Doctor - Jon Culshaw.
Sir James Tyrell - Chris Neill.
Susan - Katie Wimpenny.
Judith - Linzi Matthews.

Trivia.
1)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.
2)The Doctor's offhand comment that "it was either that or write a novelty cookbook" is a reference to The Doctor Who Cookbook.
3)Peri refers to her encounter with the Master & Kamelion on Sarn in 1984. (Tv: Planet of Fire).
4)As a young boy, Shakespeare met the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard in the 2050s and briefly travelled in the TARDIS, an incident which will not happen for many years in the Doctor's personal timeline. (Audio: The Time of the Daleks).
5)In 1483, Clarrie tells Peri and Erimem that the Doctor's letters were delivered to the Kingmaker inn by a "Northern chap with big ears." (TV: Ninth Doctor).

Plot Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor travels to the 15th century to investigate the mystery of the Princes in the Tower, to fulfil a contract to write a series of children's books, Is there another time traveller on the loose? & just why is there a robot in the Tardis?

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...

Timelord Thoughts.
This story by writer Nev Fountain sees the Fifth Doctor Peri & Erimem in 1480s to find out what really happened to the Princes in the Tower, after a heated drunken argument with William Shakespeare, while the script is completely bonkers & a little silly in places it does keep the listener entertained throughout.

The Doctor spends the majority of this adventure on his own separated from his companions by a couple of years thanks to another hiccup with the Tardis, Peter Davison's performance delivery in this play is dry humoured wit & works superbly after several darker adventures recently, Davison gives a more humoured take in The Kingmaker of his Fifth incarnation & has a little fun without descending the adventure into becoming farcical.

Impressionist & self confessed Whovian Jon Culshaw appears in a small role of Earl Rivers, but undoubtedly his uncredited impersonation of the fourth Doctor in an old audio recording that the fifth Doctor is using for his research is a spot on interpretation of actor Tom Baker whom at the time wanted no part in Big Finish recordings, thankfully he has since relented & reprised the role of the Fourth Doctor many times over the last 3 year's.

What makes this play work is the cleverness & nostalgia of Nev Fountains script using great ideas witty dialogue (Peri assuming the Master must be Satan due to the goatee beard is a classic line superbly delivered by actress Nicola Bryant) & grounded character drama plus Fountain adds a nice nod to the new series & the Ninth Doctor & while the story may divide fans.

Overall The Kingmaker is a entertaining fresh adventure that's a little different in tone than the norm but that's why Doctor Who works as a series on either tv, novel or audiobook is it's idea's are continually evolving & changing as a series.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who, The Kingmaker - The good Doctor prescribes laughter as the best medicine!, 4 May 2010
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Things can always go wrong when a serious science fiction franchise decides to go for an out and out funny episode. However, the Big Finish team have managed to avoid all the obvious pitfalls and self indulgence here and managed to deliver an involved tale that delivers both mystery and comedy in equal measure.

The Doctor, accompanied by Peri and Erimem, is forced by an overdue publishing contract to go back to the War of the Roses in the time of Richard III to find out just who murdered the Princes in the Tower. What follows is a typical farce plot of mistaken identity, people just missing each other, amazing coincidences and the other stalwarts of British humour. It is all played almost straight by the cast, so this works both as a comedy and as an adventure.

With comedy greats Jon Culshaw and Arthur Smith, and classic central performances from Peter Davison as the Doctor and Stephen Beckett as Richard, this is an enjoyable romp as it explores one of the most infamous periods of English history and provides a rather unique explanation for the mysteries surrounding the age.

Another excellent addition to the Big Finish range, highly recommended to those who enjoy their Doctor Who with a sense of humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Of cabbages and kings, 15 April 2009
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Another great historical adventure from Big Finish; this is what they do best. Fun, informative (well a bit!) and doesn't take itself too seriously; Davison's Fifth Doctor is in his element and he and Egyptian companion Erimem make a great team - now if only they'd ditch Peri ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah this is class this one...., 29 Sep 2007
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The mystery of the princes....
The first time we hear the doctor explain why hes known as doctor who....
erimem breaking a mans arm for fondling her backside....
will shakespeare as the deluded baddie in this one....
peter davison definitely at his best as the doctor.....

well, those are just the major points that make this story such a success with me. I like nev fountains writing, its imaginative and different from other writers. Hes in his own kind of league. How he makes what could appear a simple plot complex is great. And this story has a great epic feel to it too. The story doesnt stop for breath. It has the lot, shakespeare, richard the third, a disgusting bar, double crosses and plenty of other brilliant moments.

Caroline Morris is such a brill companion too. She is so believable and great, she really makes this play. If id ever make a suggestion of what id like to see in an audio itd be to have just a scherzo like play with her and Peter Davison, that would be just great!

This is the kind of s story id like to hear more of....
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who killed the princes?, 30 Aug 2006
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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The 5th Doctor and companions Peri and Erimem set out to discover whether Richard III really killed the princes in the tower, and the results are certainly surprising! While mostly played as a comedy `The Kingmaker' still succeeds as a brilliantly plotted Doctor Who story, with enough twists and turns to keep the listener on their toes, some very cheeky near appearances from the 4th and 9th Doctors, and some post-modern fun with such familiar items to long term Who fans as the `Doctor Who Discovers...' book series and the infamous Doctor Who Cookbook! Funny, well-plotted and brilliantly performed by both the regulars and guest cast, `The Kingmaker' provides far more challenging and enjoyable fare than the majority of the new TV series, and is heartily recommended for all but the most po-faced fan.
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