The Paradise of Death was a BBC Radio drama first broadcast in 1993. It was the second audio drama made, after Slipback in 1985, and the first audio drama to feature Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. This made him the earliest actor to portray the Doctor that also lent his voice to an audio serial. However, he would only perform one more audio story in his lifetime.
The story introduced new companion Jeremy Fitzoliver, played by Richard Pearce. The story also featured a number of actors who also played different characters in the TV series, including Maurice Denham, Trevor Martin, Philip Anthony, Peter Miles and Harold Innocent.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
When a horrific and inexplicable death occurs at Space World, a new theme park on Hampstead Heath, UNIT is called in to investigate. The Doctor is highly suspicious. Just who controls the Parakon Corporation, the shadowy organisation behind the running of the park? What is "Experienced Reality" and what are the limits of its awesome powers?
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Cast[edit | edit source]
- The Doctor - Jon Pertwee
- Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
- The Brigadier - Nicholas Courtney
- Freeth - Harold Innocent
- Tragan - Peter Miles
- President - Maurice Denham
- Jeremy Fitzoliver - Richard Pearce
- Crestin / Bill / Radio Voice / Ambulance Man / Man - Andrew Wincott
- Nobby / Kitson / Wilkins / Soldier - Dominic Letts
- Grebber / Reporter - Brian Hall
- Clorinda / Sec. Gen. of the U.N. - Jillie Meers
- General Commanding Unit - John Hardwood
- Odun / Patrol Leader - John Fleming
- Captain Waldo Rudley - Jonathan Tafler
- Onya - Jane Slavin
- Greckle - Emma Myant
- Rasco Heldal - Michael Onslow
- Medan / Hunter - David Holt
- Echolocation Operator / Lexhan - Julian Rhind-Tutt
- Kaido / Guard 2 / Ungar / Custodian of Data Store / Jenhegger - Trevor Martin
- Yallett / Officer of the Day - Philip Anthony
Crew[edit | edit source]
- Writer - Barry Letts
- Director - Phil Clarke
- Incidental Music - Peter Howell
- Technical Presentation - John Whitehall
- Production Assistant - Dawn Ellis
- Studio Managers - Alison Carter, Colin Guthrie
- Producer - Phil Clarke
References[edit | edit source]
The Doctor[edit | edit source]
- The Doctor takes Bessie to the press coverage of Space World.
- The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver.
- The Doctor used to ride skimmers on Gallifrey during his childhood with his friends, which are likened to bicycles.
- The Doctor uses Venusian aikido on a guard.
- The Doctor says he is several hundred years older than Sarah and Jeremy.
Individuals[edit | edit source]
- Sarah and the Brigadier meet for the first time.
- Freeth notes that whilst being on Earth, he is an ethnic minority.
Science[edit | edit source]
- The Brigadier mocks the Doctor's use of the phrase "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow". The Doctor says that it would sound like nonsense to a classical subatomic physicist.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This story puts a different spin on the opening moments of the television story Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Television viewers may have thought the opening moments of Dinosaurs directly followed the closing scene of The Time Warrior. This story suggests otherwise, depicting the first meeting of the Brigadier and Sarah Jane Smith.
- A novelisation by Barry Letts was published in 1994. It was the final release in the long-running Target Books novelisation series.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- The Doctor mentions travelling to Atlantis and that the TARDIS got stuck inside the Master's TARDIS and was on the verge of a time ram. (TV: The Time Monster)
- The Doctor speaks of his and Sarah's recent encounter with Irongron. (TV: The Time Warrior)
- The Doctor survives a fall of 200 feet. He would later regenerate due to falling from a great height. (TV: Logopolis)
- The Brigadier asks the Doctor about the Blinovitch Limitation Effect. (TV: Day of the Daleks)
- The Doctor refers to the last time he saw a Tyrannosaurus. He would see another shortly after these events. (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs)
- The Doctor sings a Venusian lullaby with less success than he had with Aggedor. (TV: The Curse of Peladon)
Releases[edit | edit source]
- This story was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in 1993.
- It was released on double cassette in September 1993.
- It was released on CD on 6 March 2000.
- It was re-released as part of The BBC Radio Episodes box set on 6 June 2011.
- It is now available for sale as a download on iTunes.
- It was released on Vinyl by Demon Records, along with The Ghosts of N-Space, on 28 February 2020.
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