Doctor Who: The Lady of Mercia

Production details

  • Format
  • 120 min audio play
  • Production company
  • Big Finish Productions
  • Recording studio
  • The Moat Studios
  • Dates recorded
  • 7 & 8 January 2013
  • Date released
  • April 2013
  • Written by
  • Paul Magrs
  • Directed by
  • Ken Bentley
  • Sound design & music
  • Steve Foxon
  • Producer
  • David Richardson
  • Executive producers
  • Jason Haigh-Ellery
  • Nicholas Briggs
  • Cover art
  • Anthony Lamb


  • The Doctor
  • Peter Davison
  • Tegan Jovanka
  • Janet Fielding
  • Vislor Turlough
  • Mark Strickson
  • Nyssa
  • Sarah Sutton
  • Professor John Bleak
  • Anthony Howell
  • Dr Philippa Stone
  • Abigail Thaw
  • Queen Æthelfrid
  • Rachel Atkins
  • Princess Ælfwynn
  • Catherine Grose
  • Arthur Kettleson
  • Kieran Bew
  • Earl of Wessex
  • Stephen Critchlow


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!