ST&SS04: God Rust Ye Merry Gentlemen
Btrdwstss04 cover
Preceeded by Smokescreen
Followed by The Sahul Continuum
Featured cast
The Doctor Matthew Kopelke
Guy Anwar Kane Major
Production notes
Recorded September 2002
Released December 2002

The Doctor is worried. Ever since departing Decalia, Guy has been moping around the TARDIS, reading "A Christmas Carol" and eating far too many mince pies. This isn't normal behaviour for Guy.

The Doctor has fought Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, the Master, and numerous other alien races. And each time, he has defeated them. Can he defeat this new menace? One which strikes at the heart of even the most courageous person in all the known galaxy.

The enemy? Why, the Christmas blues, of course...


Recording, post-production, sound design & CD mastering: Matthew Kopelke. Music: Robert Warnock. Cover illustration and packaging design: Alasdair Dewar. Press & PR: David Hutchison. Recording: BTR's Lacaroo Street Studios. Producer: Matthew Kopelke. Director: Matthew Kopelke.



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Episode endings

  1. The Doctor & Guy make a hasty depature from Carp & Stanford's home, just before they are subjected to some Christmas singing.

Additional credited cast

Carp (David Hutchison), Stanford (Witold Tietze), Robot Voices (Arthur Guthrie, David Hutchison, & Witold Tietze).

Popular myths

  • This story was produced merely to compete with several other fan audio production teams who were releasing Christmas stories at the same time (Peter Grehan delivered the script several weeks prior to any other group announcing plans to release a Christmas audio).

Things to listen out for...

  • The popular Christmas tune 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' is heard in full at the conclusion of this story, in lieu of the usual Doctor Who theme tune.

Things you probably never knew...

  • Originally, the ending of this story was meant to feature Carp & Stanford singing 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', accompanied by the robots as backing singers. Due to the fact that none of the cast could sing very well, however, it was decided to use a professional recording instead.
  • Stanford's line about "why I orta... straight to the moon!" was an ad-lib on the day by actor Witold Tietze, inspired by Jackie Gleason's character of Ralph from The Honeymooners TV series.

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