The Maltese Penguin

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The Maltese Penguin
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series 'Doctor Who'
Release no. 33 ½
Featuring Sixth Doctor
Written by Robert Shearman
Directed by Gary Russell
Produced by Gary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s) Jacqueline Rayner
Production code SS3
Length 1 hr 10 mins
Release date 14 November 2002

The Maltese Penguin is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was initially made available as an exclusive bonus to Big Finish series subscribers and was not sold commercially, although it is now available to nonsubscribers.


Frobisher is employed as a Private Eye to investigate Alicia Mulholland's fiancé, Arthur Gringax. As a penguin detective would be somewhat conspicuous, he instead chooses to disguise himself ... as the Doctor!



  • Frobisher is a character from the Doctor Who Magazine comics. He first appeared in their first Sixth Doctor story "The Shape Shifters". His only other Big Finish story is The Holy Terror.
  • Dogbolter was also a character from the comics, also appearing in Shape Shifters, and before that, The Moderator.

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