The Butcher of Brisbane

The Butcher of Brisbane is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It's the second sequel to the 1977 story The Talons of Weng-Chiang following after The Shadow of Weng-Chiang.

The Butcher of Brisbane
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
Release no.161
FeaturingFifth Doctor
Tegan Jovanka
Vislor Turlough
Written byMarc Platt
Directed byKen Bentley
Executive producer(s)Nicholas Briggs
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Production code6HI
Release dateJune 2012



The Doctor attempts to take Tegan home to Brisbane, Australia, but mistakenly arrives in the 51st century. The whole world is in chaos and the infamous Minister of Justice, Magnus Greel, is at the height of his power.




  • Magnus Greel was introduced in the 1977 Fourth Doctor television story, The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He was a mutated despot from the future who fled to Victorian London in a Time Cabinet, along with his cyborg, Mr Sin. Under his Supreme Alliance, Greel was said to have killed 100,000, giving him the nickname, The Butcher of Brisbane.
  • Time Agents were first mentioned in The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with Greel believing they may be after him. Beyond that, no other details are known about them. They weren't mentioned again in a television story until The Empty Child in 2005, when Captain Jack Harkness revealed himself to be a former Time Agent from the 51st century.



Critical reception


Doctor Who Magazine reviewer Matt Michael noted that the attempt to create a prequel to the well-regarded Talons of Weng-Chiang was "brave", but found the effort successful.[1]


  1. ^ Michael, Matt (September 2012). "The DWM Review: The Butcher of Brisbane". Doctor Who Magazine. No. 450. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics. pp. 88–89.