The Maltese Penguin

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The Maltese Penguin
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
Release no.33 ½
FeaturingSixth Doctor
Written byRobert Shearman
Directed byGary Russell
Produced byGary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s)Jacqueline Rayner
Production codeSS3
Length1 hr 10 mins
Release date14 November 2002

The Maltese Penguin is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was initially made available as an exclusive bonus to Big Finish series subscribers and was not sold commercially, although it is now available to nonsubscribers.


Frobisher is employed as a Private Eye to investigate Alicia Mulholland's fiancé, Arthur Gringax. As a penguin detective would be somewhat conspicuous, he instead chooses to disguise himself ... as the Doctor!



  • Frobisher is a character from the Doctor Who Magazine comics. He first appeared in their first Sixth Doctor story "The Shape Shifters". His only other Big Finish story is The Holy Terror.
  • Dogbolter was also a character from the comics, also appearing in Shape Shifters, and before that, The Moderator.

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