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The Holy Terror is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is notable for incorporating Frobisher, a regular character from Doctor Who Magazine's comic strip during the mid-1980s.

The Holy Terror
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
Release no.14
FeaturingSixth Doctor
Written byRobert Shearman
Directed byNicholas Pegg
Produced byGary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s)Jacqueline Rayner
Production codeSS2
Length2 hrs 20 mins
Release dateNovember 2000
Preceded byThe Shadow of the Scourge
Followed byThe Mutant Phase


The Sixth Doctor and Frobisher become involved in a power struggle in a mysterious castle culminating in a bloodbath. The Doctor and Frobisher finds themselves involved with a society which strictly adheres to a complex and apparently illogical set of customs. Drawing inspiration from the Shakespearean tragedy as well as exploring unpleasant elements of the father/child relationship and infanticide this is one of the darker episodes.

This is the first Doctor Who audio story to feature Frobisher.

This episode addresses issues of crime and retribution, self-determinacy, religious extremism and custom.[citation needed]



  • The initial "miracle" of identifying a randomly chosen card uses the 3 of Clubs – a reference to Penn & Teller's favorite card to use in such tricks.
  • This is the first time that Frobisher, a companion that appears in the comic strips of Doctor Who Magazine, is portrayed in an audio adventure.
  • A short "music video" type cue can be found on a bonus track 4 minutes 32 seconds into the final track on Disk 2
  • The background to the CD cover is made up of the 1996 TV Movie TARDIS set.

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