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|The Paradise of Death|
|Novelised as:||The Paradise of Death|
|Companion(s):||Sarah, the Brig, Jeremy|
|Main setting:||London, the 1970s|
|Release date:||1993 (airing and cassette) |
|BBC Radio Dramas|
|none||The Ghosts of N-Space|
Publisher's summary Edit
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?
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- Third Doctor - Jon Pertwee
- Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
- Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - 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
- This story was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in 1993. It was released on double cassette in September 1993. In March 2000, it was re-released on CD. It is now available for sale as a download on iTunes.
- Harold Innocent (Freeth) previously played Gilbert M in TV: Harold Innocent.
- Peter Miles (Tragan) previously played Dr. Lawrence in TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians, Professor Whitaker in TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Nyder in TV: Genesis of the Daleks. He would reprise his role as Nyder AUDIO: Guilt and in in 1993 and 2005 in a charity play The Trial of Davros.
- Maurice Denham (The President) previously played Azmael in TV: The Twin Dilemma.
- Trevor Martin (Kaido / Ungar) previously played a Time Lord in TV: The War Games and the alternative Fourth Doctor in the stage play Doctor Who and the Daleks in The Seven Keys to Doomsday. He would later play Professor Capra in AUDIO: Flip-Flop. Subsequently, he reprised his role as the alternative Fourth Doctor in AUDIO: Seven Keys to Doomsday.
- Jane Slavin (Onya) would later play Valerie Carlton in AUDIO: The Valley of Death and Teesha in AUDIO: The Acheron Pulse.
- This story puts a different spin on the opening moments of TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Television viewers may have thought the opening moments of Dinosaurs directly followed the closing scene of TV: The Time Warrior. This story suggests otherwise, depicting the first meeting of the Brigadier and Sarah Jane Smith.
- Sarah tries to interview the Doctor for the Metropolitan — but the Doctor bristles once he figures out what she's up to.
- This is the only performed story where Sarah's co-workers at the Metropolitan get a look-in. We hear her negotiate with her editor for financial support and a cameraman and we're introduced to Jeremy Fitzoliver, the son of the magazine's majority shareholder.
- Main article: The Paradise of Death (novelisation)
- A novelisation by Barry Letts was published in 1994. It was the final release in the long-running Target Books novelisation series.