The Lady Of Mercia
Peter Davison (the Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Anthony Howell (Professor John Bleak), Abigail Thaw (Dr Philippa Stone), Rachel Atkins (Queen Æthelfrid), Catherine Grose (Princess Ælfwynn), Kieran Bew (Arthur Kettleson), Stephen Critchlow (Earl of Wessex)
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!
Written By: Paul Magrs
Directed By: Ken Bentley
- The Lady of Mercia was the second story in the 2013 Fifth Doctor audio trilogy. This story was set in 1983, making it contemporaneous with the TV stories of this era.
- Turlough refers to Dr Sa Yy Findecker. (The Butcher of Brisbane)
- Turlough tells Barry that he went to Brendon Public School, not Eton. (Mawdryn Undead)