The worlds of Big Finish collide as the Fifth Doctor and Tegan visit Cicero for the Roman detective’s strangest case yet

In the second of this week’s entries in Doctor Who: The Monthly Adventures, the Fifth Doctor meets one of his heroes in a celebrity historical with a twist. Because this time he’s brought Tegan and Nyssa back in time to the Roman Empire to meet the noble Cicero – himself the star of his own Big Finish series! Tartarus sees Cicero star Samuel Barnett guest star as Cicero is plunged into the Doctor’s strange world of gods and monsters. But what will the ancient world’s greatest detective make of the universe’s most famous Time Lord?

Producer and director, Scott Handcock, told Big Finish’s own Vortex magazine about the thirll of uniting the two series. “As a time-travel series, I wanted to tackle more historicals,” says Hancock, “so the Doctor encountering Cicero was high on my list as soon as I took over as producer of the Fifth Doctor stories.

“Obviously, I love Cicero. The Originals series we made is one of my favourite things: a historical drama exploring the life of a significant (though strangely not that well-known) public figure, delving into the lifestyle and politics that comes with it.

“It helps that Peter Davison happens to be a big fan of Samuel Barnett and Dirk Gently, as the Doctor’s whole purpose for visiting is because he’s a massive fan of Cicero’s work!”

The stars of Doctor Who and Cicero unite as Samuel Barnett (Cicero) and Peter Davison (The Doctor) star together in Doctor Who: Tartarus (c) Big Finish Productions
The stars of Doctor Who and Cicero unite as Samuel Barnett (Cicero) and Peter Davison (The Doctor) star together in Doctor Who: Tartarus (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: Tartarus

63BC. Following the overthrow of Catiline, Cicero and his wife retire to the coastal town of Cumae, safe from the threats of Rome. 

But when a stranger and his companions arrive at Cicero’s villa, new dangers lie in wait and Cicero finds himself plunged into a realm of gods and monsters. 

His only hope of returning home lies with a man known as the Doctor. But can Cicero trust him? 

Doctor Who: Tartarus is available now at £14.99 on CD or £12.99 on download. All CD purchases unlock a download option via the Big Finish app and the Big Finish website

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