234. Kingdom of Lies
"10/10.‘Kingdom of Lies’ is a superb character-driven drama that delivers on all fronts and makes a wonderful start to Doctor Who’s 2018." - Blogtor Who
“… it is rollicking good fun - a giddy Shakespearean farce of decoys, doppelgangers and misunderstandings… The Undeadly Assassin, if you will.” - Doctor Who Magazine
"There’s a moment near the very end of the story that is quite frankly one of the biggest shocks in Doctor Who history" - Gallifrey Archive
"Khan and Sakinsky provide comic political intrigue as plot and counter-plot unfold between the warring royals… there is satire aplenty here" - Cultbox
"It’s a great piece of entertainment, and an antidote to grim January weather." - Starburst
“The Doctor and Co find themselves caught between the crossfire of a loveless marriage on a alien world, with both sides plotting against each other and the doctor as the hired hit man... what could possibly go wrong? A rather unique theatrical romp" - The Host Productions
"Cardenas comes to life as an engaging locale that begins Big Finish’s 2018 Doctor Who output on a definite high." - Doctor Who Reviews
"A brilliant and funny addition to the monthly range." - Tin Dog
"10/10 this is a very bold and genuinely amusing start to the year's Big Finish offerings and all praise must go to the writers, the cast (both regular and guest) and Edwards' direction." - Doctor Who Online
"Kingdom of Lies is fun, fun, fun and will leave a smile on your face from beginning to end." - The Digital Fix
"9/10 Robert Khan & Tom Salinsky have written a wonderful script, bought to live by Barnaby Edwards directing this perfect cast." - Indie Mac User
"Kingdom of Lies kicks the Doctor Who corner of Big Finish off brilliantly for 2018 - 9/10" Big Blue Box Podcast
On the planet Cicero Prime, the kingdom of Cardenas is divided, with the whole population forced to swear allegiance to either the effete Duke or the fiery, hard-edged Duchess. This is a situation both parties have grown tired of. What use is half a kingdom when, thanks to a carefully engineered murder, you could have it all?
Surely, neither of them would be rash enough to summon the deadly off-world assassin The Scorpion to help with their problem? And surely, this terrifying figure wouldn’t arrive wearing a long cream coat and striped trousers…?
Written By: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Jonathan Firth (Sebastian, Duke of Cardenas), Charlotte Lucas (Duchess Miranda), Harriet Thorpe (Amelia), Tim Bentinck (Lord Crozion), Richenda Carey (Lady Crozion), Piotr Hatherer (Tomek), Patsy Kensit (Mercenary), Harry Smith (Additional Voices). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Guy Adams
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs