The Marian Conspiracy
Audio / February 19, 2016

Released March 2000 Doctor Who was originally a show about history, and while most historical plotline have added some sort of science fiction twist for storytelling purposes, ‘The Marian Conspiracy’ harkens back to the Hartnell days and provides a sensational story with just the Doctor and his companion interacting with historical figures. Nowhere to be seen is an alien menace, any malfunctioning technology, or any supernatural elements. The story opens with the Sixth Doctor tracking a nexus point in time landing him in the lecture hall of Evelyn Smythe, PhD. Evelyn’s family tree is disappearing, and the two travel back to Elizabethan England, the Doctor to explore and repair the nexus point and Evelyn to experience living history, one under the rule of a Queen she is not expecting. This Big Finish pairing of Colin Baker and Maggie Stables is a masterstroke. Baker continues to rehabilitate his Sixth Doctor and, while he still has his moments of bravado and pride, he is much less argumentative and instead is much more considerate and devoted to his companion. Stables instantly instills Evelyn with a sense of self-confidence and liveliness, proving herself to be a formidable match for the Doctor. In quick succession,…