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The Veiled Leopard
(McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett)

 This single Doctor-less CD adventure was made available free with Doctor Who Magazine Issue 367 that was published in March 2006. There are no plans to make this story available to buy.

 "The Veiled Leopard" has been written by Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett and directed by Gary Russell. It stars: Nicola Bryant as Peri, Caroline Morris as Erimem, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex.



 Peri and Erimem are in Monte Carlo in 1966. They have been sent there by the Fifth Doctor to prevent the Veiled Leopard - a famous diamond which once belonged to Erimem’s father - from being stolen. But unbeknown to them the Seventh Doctor has sent his companions Ace and Hex to steal the diamond.

 The question is how will the two teams cope with this contradictory task when each is not aware the other teams presence?

 As well as trying to locate the exact location of the diamond, and then prevent it from being stolen, Peri and Erimem decide to have some fun at a costumed ball that has been arranged to celebrate Lady Lillian Hawthorne’s birthday and who is going to be presented with the diamond at the stroke of midnight. Luckily they have invites under the names Peri and Erimem Smith and so are able to mingle in the evocative setting with the well-to-do and so discover the location of the diamond.



 After deducing from the guests the most likely person who is the thief they find themselves in the right place at the right time to prevent it from being stolen but the thief turns out to be not who they thought. All the same they prevent the diamond from being stolen. Congratulating themselves on a job well done they are not aware of a couple of guests who have just arrived and who are introduced as Dorothy and Thomas Smith - and who are the real thieves.

 Now with four companions of The Doctor mingling with the guests who will succeed in their task? Will Peri's asp slip? Why does Ace have to pretend to be a French maid? How will Erimem cope with Pharaoh Rammalamadingdong? And can Hex really "do posh"?

 But is the Veiled Leopard really a diamond or is it really a data storage device containing all the history, culture and D.N.A. of a dead alien species and why would the Seventh Doctor want it stolen when his previous incarnation tries to do the opposite?

 Also included with this release are previews of "Time Works", "Three's a Crowd", "Pier Pressure", "Night Thoughts"; the Sarah Jane Smith audios "Buried Secrets", "Snow Blind", and "Fatal Consequences"; the Cyberman series, and the UNIT series of audio adventures.

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  • Featuring Peri, Erimem, Ace and Hex.
  • Serial Number: None
  • Number of Episodes: 2
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 31'58", 2 = 24'42"
  • Total Story Length: 55'40"
  • Cover Illustration: Stuart Manning
  • Recorded: Unknown
  • Released: March 2006

On the Back Cover:

A complete audio drama starring:

Nicola Bryant
as Peri
Caroline Morris
as Erimem
Sophie Aldred
as Ace
Philip Olivier
as Hex

 Monte Carlo, 1966:

 Four time travellers. Two missions. One costumed ball. The Doctor has sent Peri and Erimem to prevent the fabulous Veiled Leopard diamond from being stolen. Which is odd, seeing as The Doctor has sent Ace and Hex to steal the diamond. how will the two teams cope with this contradictory task? Will Peri's asp slip? Why does Ace have to pretend to be a French maid? How will Erimem cope with Pharaoh Rammalamadingdong? And can Hex really "do posh"?

Full Cast List:

Peri Nicola Bryant
Erimem Caroline Morris
Ace Sophie Aldred
Hex Philip Olivier
Lady Lillian Hawthorne Lizzie Hopley
Peter Mathis Alan Ruscoe
Gavin Walker Steven Wickham
Jean, the Commisionaire Stephen Mansfield

The Production Team:

Writers Iain McLaughlin
& Claire Bartlett
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music David Darlington
Theme Music David Arnold
Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and
Gary Russell
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