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THE DOCTOR AND DONNA NOBLE GATECRASH a party at Eddison Hall in 1926. The party is hosted by Lady Clemency Eddison, wife of the wheelchair user Colonel Hugh Curbishley. During cocktails on the lawn, the travellers meet the household and party guests: Clemency’s son Roger, socialite Robina Redmond, local vicar Reverend Arnold Golightly, butler Greeves, housekeeper Miss Chandrakala and footman Davenport. They are all surprised and delighted by the arrival of Clemency’s special guest, the mystery writer Agatha Christie, who has just discovered that her husband is having an affair.

A murder is announced as Miss Chandrakala discovers the body of Professor Gerald Peach in the library. He has been clubbed to death with a length of lead piping; the only clues are droplets of morphic residue and a burnt fragment of paper bearing the word ‘maiden’. Realising that the murderer is an alien, the Doctor introduces himself as Chief Inspector Smith of Scotland Yard and initiates an investigation with Donna and Agatha as his partners in crime. None of the suspects have an alibi, except for Roger and Davenport who are secret lovers and were together at the time of the murder.

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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.