Colditz
Audio / March 10, 2016

Released October 2001 At its heart, ‘Colditz’ is a story about the relationships that develop between prisoners and and guards within a prison, but that core is surrounded by an astoundingly good historical science fiction tale as well. Having established that the Seventh Doctor and Ace are prisoners within Colditz Castle, writer Steven Lyons then introduces Klein, a woman working for the Gestapo who has intimate knowledge of the Doctor and his TARDIS. Suddenly everything changes as it is revealed that Klein actually arrived in 1944 in the TARDIS itself, coming from an alternate timeline in which the Nazis won World War II and attained control of the TARDIS after the Doctor was shot. Nazis, and even a victorious Third Reich, are nothing new to Doctor Who, but Lyons proves to be adept at playing with assumptions and at keeping the plot twists coming. While it would have been easy to write that the TARDIS gave the Nazis the winning edge, it instead ends up being Ace’s CD Walkman that proved so vital to their war efforts. Likewise, Klein’s journey back in time actually ends up being the result of the machinations of a future Doctor from that alternate timeline…