Doctor Who Logo 'Theatre of War'
by Justin Richards
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Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.

Ace stared at the Doctor. He nodded. 'Yes, Ace. We're in Elsinore. And I don't like it either.'


Five years ago, an archeological expedition came to Menaxus to explore the ruins of an ancient theatre. All but one of the visitors died horribly, and the planet was abandoned, bathed in lethal radiation.

Now the only survivor has returned, determined to uncover the theatre's secrets whatever the cost. Among her archaeological team is a certain Professor Bernice Summerfield.

Soon the deaths begin again, while the front line of an interstellar war moves ever closer. Desperate for help, Bernice tries to summon her companions. But when the TARDIS lands on the planet, the Doctor finds himself participating in a frighteningly real performance of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. And he begins to realize that the truth about Menaxus may be far stranger than anyone imagines.

Notes:
*Featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Benny

*First appearance of Irving Braxiatel

*A Virgin Books 'New Adventures' novel






*A Version of this story was subsequently released as a full cast audio play by 'Big Finish Productions' in December 2015:

Doctor Who Logo 'Theatre of War'
(2 Parts)

by Justin Richards
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Years ago, an archaeological expedition came to Menaxus to explore the ruins of an ancient theatre. All but one of the team died. Now the only survivor has returned, determined to uncover the theatre’s secrets.

But then the deaths begin again.

The Doctor, Ace and Benny find themselves caught up in the very real events of Shakespeare’s greatest play. When they finally reach the theatre on Menaxus, the Doctor begins to realise that the truth about the planet may be far stranger than anyone imagined. With Benny doing research at the Braxiatel Collection, the Doctor and Ace head straight into an interplanetary war…

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Miles Richardson (Irving Braxiatel), Kirsty Besterman (Lannic), Richard Vranch (Gilmanuk), Ed Stoppard (Fortalexa), Bryan Dick (The Exec), Ramon Tikaram (Marlock), Gus Brown (Krane), Milo Twomey (Jorvik)

Directed by Scott Handcock

Notes:
*Featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Benny

*A Big Finish 'New Adventures' audio production