The Peterloo Massacre
Audio / March 16, 2016

Released March 2016 Something of an increasing anomaly in the Doctor’s travels, a pure historical adventure is on offer in ‘The Peterloo Massacre.’ Quite simply, this is a throwback to the First Doctor’s era. There are no spaceships or invading alien threats to be seen; instead the Doctor and his companions are trapped in a certain time and forced to react to the situation around them, no matter how detestable or deplorable. Paul Magrs, completely veering away from the more fantastical ideas and humour he is known for, pens a very dark and serious script, focusing on a the incredibly important and tragic Peterloo Massacre of Manchester, an event that most people do not know. Perhaps because of his outwardly friendliness and his seeming combination of the everyman as well as aristocracy, the Fifth Doctor is a natural choice as the star of this historical. Both he and Nyssa have an inherent calm and refinement to their characters, and so it’s fascinating to see both of them become so emotional and enraged about the events surrounding them, events that they cannot change due to their importance in history. Following a TARDIS malfunction, the Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan land in Manchester…