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Year of the Pig is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Year of the Pig
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
Release no.90
FeaturingSixth Doctor
Written byMatthew Sweet
Directed byGary Russell
Produced byGary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s)none
Production code6YA
Length2 hr 23 mins
Release dateDecember 2006



The Sixth Doctor and Peri, vacationing at the Hotel Palace Thermae in 1913 Ostend, encounter several mysterious guests: the eccentric Miss Alice Bultitude, the colourful Inspector Alphonse Chardalot and, last but not least, Toby the Sapient Pig. What is Toby's secret? What is the connection between the well-dressed pig and the celebrated Parisian inspector? What does Miss Bultitude know? And are there any more of those truffles left?



An 1817 poster for the real "Toby the Sapient Pig", including an advertisement for his autobiography.
  • Maureen O'Brien played the First Doctor's companion Vicki on Doctor Who on television. Year of the Pig marks her first acting return to Doctor Who since she left the programme in 1965.
  • Adjoa Andoh played Sister Jatt, one of the Sisters of Plenitude in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "New Earth". She later played Francine Jones, mother of the Tenth Doctor's companion Martha Jones, in the 2007 and 2008 series.
  • Michael Keating is best known for his role as Vila Restal in the BBC science-fiction series Blake's 7. He also appeared in the Fourth Doctor serial The Sun Makers.
  • A theatrical performer known as Toby the Sapient Pig did in fact exhibit himself in the nineteenth century, and even published an "autobiography". However, he was long dead before the setting of this story.
  • Marcel Proust appears in a non-speaking role in this story. The play contains many references to his work À la recherche du temps perdu.

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