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Doc and Lucie go to Stockholm to steal art from the King and match wits with an Italian chap from outer space.

Before you go any further, consider that this is in some ways a sequel to (A006) Human Resources, an audiobook you really should have a listened to because it’s awesome and bombastic. You won’t need to have heard it to follow along with this one, but you may appreciate it more if you do. Ok, all clear? Good. Let’s go on.

The Doctor and Lucie materialised goodness knows where and goodness knows when, but at the moment they’re rocketing along the rails on an actual electric train bound for Stockholm in 1896. We can only assume that the TARDIS is stowed somewhere onboard.

Anyway, also aboard the train is Simonsson (Michael Maloney), art dealer to King Oskar of Sweden, who is transporting two works of art by renowned Italian artist Claudio Tardelli (Christopher Benjamin), who – spoiler alert – isn’t really from Italy but some other planet entirely. Also onboard are The Headhunter (Katarina Olsson) and Karen (Louise Fullerton) of Human Resources fame, who have teamed up and arrived there to steal one of said works of art. All parties collide and so begins a race between the two baddies and the two goodies to steal it first, along the way of which we witness them hypnotise Swedish royal guards (Colin Spaull and Sebastian Armesto), impersonate aristocracy, bludgeon academics and fight for an entire universe. Pretty neat.

The cast is star-studded, and some of these actors have appeared on Doctor Who before. Behold!


A011 Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago in Talons of Weng Chiang
Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago in ‘Talons of Weng Chiang’

A011 Christopher Benjamin as Keith Gold in Inferno
Christopher Benjamin as Keith Gold in ‘Inferno’
A011 Colin Spaull as Lilt in Revelation of the Daleks
Colin Spaull as Lilt in ‘Revelation of the Daleks’
A011 Colin Spaull as Mr Crane in Rise of the Cybermen
Colin Spaull as Mr Crane in ‘Rise of the Cybermen’
A011 Sebastian Armesto as Broff in Bad Wolf
Sebastian Armesto as Broff (far right) in ‘Bad Wolf’

Doctor Who A011 Grand Theft Cosmos audiobook by Big Finish


Here's what we think of A011 Grand Theft Cosmos

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

4.5

jD | @mariuskane

3.9

Here's what we think of A011 Grand Theft Cosmos

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

4.5

jD | @mariuskane

3.9

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