Doctor Who and the Pescatons

Written by Victor Pemberton, a veteran of the Troughton era, this two-part story is notable for being the first Doctor Who audio drama ever produced, and was released by Argo (Decca) on vinyl LP in 1976 (between TV season 13/14) and cassette in 1986. Silva Screen Records issued the first CD version in 1991, followed by BBC releases in 2005 and 2011.
Running at forty-six minutes (ie. the equivalent of two TV episodes), the play starred the current Doctor, Tom Baker, and departing companion, Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane, with famous Canadian voice actor Bill Mitchell (the Newscaster in part 6 of Frontier in Space) as the Pescaton leader, Zor.
Often overlooked by it’s parent TV show, The Pescatons is worthy of further interest beyond it’s novelty value, due to it’s Who credentials, and it could even be argued that this adventure is a precursor of the later Big Finish dramas.
Pemberton’s lost TV story, Fury from the Deep, was itself loosely based on his own 1966 radio serial, The Slide, which actually originated as a submission to David Whitaker for Doctor Who in 1964. This 7-part play saw an English coastal community under attack from sentient mud, released from fissures after an earthquake, and was earlier rejected by Whitaker as being too similar to Nigel Kneale’s work. Indeed, both The Slide and The Pescatons clearly display their Quatermass roots. The former play featured the first actor to portray the Master, Roger Delgado, Maurice Denham (Azmael in The Twin Dilemma), and David Spenser (Thonmi in The Abominable Snowmen).
Pemberton also had a minor acting role in The Moonbase, and went on to story edit Tomb of the Cybermen (both 1967). He novelised The Pescatons for the Target book range in 1991.

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