Medicinal Purposes

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Medicinal Purposes
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series 'Doctor Who'
Release no. 60
Featuring Sixth Doctor
Evelyn Smythe
Written by Robert Ross
Directed by Gary Russell
Produced by Gary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s) Jacqueline Rayner
Production code 7CL
Length 2 hr 10 mins
Release date August 2004

Medicinal Purposes is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.


Edinburgh, 1827. Body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are on the loose while the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn take an interest in the work of Dr Robert Knox.



Knox meets the Doctor and Evelyn again in Assassin in the Limelight.


This is one of the last stories, and the last Doctor Who story, that David Tennant would record for Big Finish before being cast as the Tenth Doctor. After leaving the TV series, Tennant was cast as William Burke in the film Burke and Hare, based on the historical murders, but left the film before it began production.[1]


  1. ^ Warmouth, Brian (20 January 2010). "Andy Serkis Replaces David Tennant In 'Burke And Hare,' According To Star Simon Pegg's Twitter Feed". MTV News. Archived from the original on 6 March 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 

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