The Church and the Crown

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The Church and the Crown
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series 'Doctor Who'
Release no. 38
Featuring Fifth Doctor
Written by Cavan Scott and
Mark Wright
Directed by Gary Russell
Produced by Gary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s) Jacqueline Rayner
Production code 6QC
Length 1 hr 43 mins
Release date November 2002

The Church and the Crown is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.


The Fifth Doctor, together with Peri and Erimem, becomes involved with political intrigue in the court of King Louis XIII and Anne of Austria in Paris, 1626.



  • Marcus Hutton would later play another Duke of Buckingham in the Fifth Doctor audio drama The Kingmaker: Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. The two characters are not related by either blood or marriage and are separated chronologically by almost 150 years.
  • The Doctor says that the Duke of Buckingham is also the Prime Minister, an office which did not exist yet. However, Buckingham was, as a favourite of both James I and his son Charles I, extremely influential at the time.
  • When searching in his pockets for money, the Doctor finds a membership card for the "MCC", meaning the Marylebone Cricket Club.
  • The Doctor mentions that the year is 1626, and tells his companions that Buckingham only has a couple of years to live before his assassination by John Felton.
  • The Doctor tells Peri about having helped François Boucher sneak into the Louvre. Boucher's patroness was Madame de Pompadour, who appears as a major character in the Tenth Doctor story "The Girl in the Fireplace".
  • Rouffet and Delmarre mention an earlier adventure involving the Queen's diamonds, for which three other musketeers and their peasant friend got most of the glory. This is a reference to the events of the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père.
  • The Doctor tells Erimem that this is the second time that he has met Louis XIII in his personal timeline. From the King's perspective, however, that meeting will not occur until 1638, twelve years after the events of The Church and the Crown. The Doctor mentions that he has "had a nip and tuck since then," indicating that it was one of his previous incarnations.

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